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Mitt's 41 Worst Gaffes of His Political Career

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Mitt Romney’s official coronation goes down this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Can he get by without slipping up? Unlikely. From his energetic rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out” to last week’s tasteless crack about birth certificates, Romney has had more gaffes over the years than your average politician. Sometimes they’re unintentionally revealing (“I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners”); other times they’re just plain weird (“Lemon. Wet. Good”). Introducing Salon’s running list of Romney-isms, from today all the way back to 1994.

41. “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” (Aug. 24, 2012)

40. “Join me in welcoming the next President of United States, Paul Ryan!” (Aug. 11, 2012)

39. “Culture makes all the difference. And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things. One, I recognize the hand of providence in selecting this place.” — Speaking in Israel (July 29, 2012)

38. “Mr. Leader.” — Upon meeting Ed Miliband, leader of Britain’s Labour party, Romney appeared to forget his name. (July 26, 2012)

37. “It’s hard to know just how well [the 2012 London Olympics] will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.” — While visiting England ( July 25, 2012)

36. “Lemon. Wet. Good.” — Describing his lemonade while attending a parade in Wofeboro, N.H. (July 4, 2012)

35. “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” — Earlier, Romney wrote a New York Times op-ed in 2008 titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” in which he said if GM, Ford and Chrysler got a government bailout “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.” (May 8, 2012)

34. “I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-Eleven, bakery, or whatever.” — A comment made about a batch of cookies, baked by a local bakery, while sitting around the picnic table at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania. (April 17, 2012)

33. “We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.” — Romney spent one year more than Obama at Harvard while earning two degrees there. (April 5, 2012)

32. “I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.” — To a group of NASCAR fans wearing plastic ponchos (Feb. 26, 2012)

31. “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.” — When asked if he follows NASCAR (Feb. 26, 2012)

30. “This feels good, being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height.” (Feb. 21, 2012)

29. ”I was a severely conservative Republican governor.” (Feb. 10, 2012)

28. [My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.” (Feb. 4, 2012)

27. “I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor — we have a safety net there.” (Feb. 2, 2012)

26. “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.” (Jan. 21, 2012)

 
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