Though they're not nearly as controversial as the Sarah Palin gaffes or Michele Bachmann quotes, the biggest Mitt Romney gaffes include more than a few times when the Republican presidential hopeful has put his foot in his mouth.Be it from when he tried to tell people he was a life-long hunter to when he attempted to relate to common folk by joking that he is unemployed to suggesting that we "hang" President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is no stranger to the occasional gaffe and these few are the absolute best.
Too Much Time at Harvard
April 5, 2012 - Speaking in Philadelphia, Mitt Romney suggested President Obama is out of touch because of all the time he spent at elite Harvard University - where Romney also went to school.
We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps...Romney spent 4 years at Harvard, earning his JD/MBA. Obama only got his JD at the Cambridge, MA, institution, which means he was a Harvard student 1 year less than Romney.This is not the first time Romney has bashed his own alma mater. In September 2011 and again in March 2012, he attacked Obama for taking his advice from the "Harvard faculty lounge." Romney seems to have forgotten that one of his own top economic advisers is Harvard professor Greg Mankiw - and that he has received at least $32,000 in contributions from Harvard faculty and administrators.
Mitt Romney's 47 Percent
In September of 2012, the website Mother Jones posted a video of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. At the event, held in May of 2012, Romney is seen and heard telling wealthy donors that roughly 47 percent of American voters see themselves as "victims" who are entitled to government help.
Among other things, Romney said:
Well, there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement and government should give it to them.
Romney then went on to explain to the donors that it's not his role "to worry about those people," adding: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Romney didn't stop there. He also went on to basically call his wife annoying (duh). When a donor asked about using Ann to attract more female voters, Romney said:
We use Ann sparingly right now, so that people don't tired of her, or start attacking.
In a hastily arranged press conference (after the video went viral, sparking a host of hilarious Internet reactions to his dismissal of half the country), an unapologetic Romney said:
It's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question. And I'm sure I could state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that.
Not surprisingly, Ann Romney defended her husband's remarks, saying they were "taken out of context." Then she lit into Mittens for dissing her in front of her wealthy friends, threatening to strap him to the top of her Escalade and ride him around town, Seamus-style.
I'm Also Unemployed
"I'm also unemployed."Speaking to an unemployed group from Florida, Romney attempted to joke and relate to the audience by telling them that he too is unemployed, just like them. Though the group laughed, seeing as how Romney is worth an estimated $200 million, the joke didn't go over well upon further evaluation. So much for relating to struggling Americans.
We Ought to Double Guantanamo
"Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo."Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Debate in May of 2007, Romney expressed his support of the controversial prison Guantanamo Bay. Despite coming under fire for its use of torture to interrogate terror suspects, especially using waterboarding, Romney spoke to the hearts of the Republican voters when he said he'd want to expand the prison, not close it down.