3 Ways Mitt Romney Has Recently Flaunted His Money
Romney’s been called out of touch for making several comments that play up his wealth.
Mitt Romney’s inability to hold onto his frontrunner status among the Republican presidential candidates isn’t his only problem. For some reason, the former Massachusetts governor can’t help but to broadcast how wealthy he is. Rather than downplay what a privileged life he leads, the presidential contender keeps telling the public how many cars he has or tries to make bets with his opponents for thousands of dollars. Each time Romney makes a comment alluding to his wealth, the Democrats pounce on the chance to describe him as out of touch with everyday Americans. So is he? Take a look at the following comments Romney has made and decide for yourself.
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On Friday in Detroit, Romney not only mentioned four cars that he owns but remarked that his wife, Ann, has a “couple of Cadillacs.” Remarking that he and his wife have at least six cars between them isn’t exactly the best way to make the public forget that in this struggling economy he’s still worth $250 million.
On Sunday, a reporter asked Mitt a simple enough question. Does he like NASCAR or doesn’t he? Instead of sticking to a “yes” or “no” answer, Romney replied, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.” Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee, seized the chance to make fun of Romney’s rich acquaintances. He remarked on Twitter, “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts.”
The website Talking Points Memo reports that Romney’s new campaign strategy is to tell the public to “get over” the fact that he’s rich. TPM reported that on Fox News Sunday, Romney declared, “If people think there’s something wrong with being successful in America then they better vote for the other guy.” From now on, Romney may take a page out of Donald Trump’s book and play up how his triumphs in business have made him filthy rich. “I’ve been extraordinarily successful,” Romney said Sunday, “and I want to use that success and that know-how to help the American people.”