When running for President of the United States, perhaps the last person you want to take cues from is the work-avoiding “Seinfeld” character George Costanza (Jason Alexander). But that’s just what Republican candidate Mitt Romney did during his opening remarks in Wednesday’s debate in Arizona, when he told his audience:
“I want to restore America’s promise, and I’m going to do that.” Before he could continue, the crowd began applauding, so Mitt quipped, “As George Costanza would say, ‘when they’re applauding, stop.'”
Despite the laughter and applause the Seinfeld reference generated from the crowd, BuzzFeed points out, the actual quote Romney was reaching for was first uttered by Jerry, not George in “Seinfeld” episode 172, “The Burning”.
During that episode, the comedian told his friend, “Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”
Costanza later tried out the technique by walking out of business meetings once he’d delivered a zinger.
Watch Mitt Romney’s Seinfeld misquote in the video below:
Following Romney’s snafu, Jason Alexander took to Twitter to poke fun at Romney and his penchant for changing positions.
“Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character,” Alexander tweeted. “I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate.”
Romney has misquoted “Seinfeld” before. At a debate On Dec. 7, Romney dropped the same Seinfeld reference during the question and answer session.
“Remember the George Costanza line?” he begins, “When they’re laughing and applauding, you sit down.”
It didn’t go unnoticed.
“As for that Seinfeld quoted seems Romney got it wrong,” said CNN correspondent Jim Acosta on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. “We found the quote in question. Romney was close, but it was apparently Jerry that delivered that line, not George Costanza.”
The next Presidential debate is scheduled for March 19 in Portland, OR. Maybe the third time will be a charm for Romney.