I'm Flexin': 8 Ways Mitt Romney Shows Us He's Super Rich
Campaign can't stop former frontrunner's stream of out-of-touch gaffes.
Over the weekend, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney waved goodbye to his "inevitable Republican nominee" status. Facing the reality of it, the former frontrunner now appears hot under his dry-cleaned collar defending his electability against disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Should Romney's campaign fail against a hypocritical, prejudiced, serial adulterer, blame the well-heeled automobile executive's son and his penchant for appearing out-of-touch with middle class Americans.
To be fair, political pundits have portrayed (and misrepresented) Romney's one-percenter gaffes according to their own agenda. Here, we'll just list eight of the more viral moments that campaign advisors wished never came out of the Mitt's mouth. You make the judgement.
1. The $10,000 Bet
This moment in an ABC News Iowa Republican debate spawned the #what10kbuys Twitter trend, cementing Romney's 'Richie Rich' image.
2. 'I Like Being Able to Fire People'
After renewed interest in his record as founder of the job-slashing investment firm Bain Capital, Romney walked right into a gaffe that his opponent could exploit it, although out of context.
3. 'I didn't grew up poor'
In response to a debate question about financial strain in an economic downturn, Romney let Iowa voters know he's not likely to have any idea of what they're going through.
4. 'I'm also unemployed'
During an taped exchange with primary voters, multi-millionaire Romney joked how he technically fit the description of someone who is unemployed.
5. Low personal taxes and speaking fees
Taking questions from reporters and voters in South Carolina, Romney revealed he pays a smaller percentage in taxes than anyone in the middle class. He also dismisses a substantial amount earned in speaking engagements.
6. Staged laundry photo
Romney's son, Tagg, snapped a photo of the former governor and his wife Ann appearing to wash laundry on the day of the South Carolina Primary.
(The sarcastic pessimist in me imagines there was an undocumented immigrant standing to the side, waiting to take over as soon as the picture was taken. "Okay, Misser Romney.")
7. 'America's right and you're wrong'
When confronted about wealth gap and economic equality, Romney has more than once accused the questioner of having a desire to divide Americans.
8. Romney shoos the help away
Texas governor Rick Perry delivered this moment, where Romney admits he fired a landscaping company that hired undocumented workers to save face during an election.