Mitt Romney was attending the Daytona 500 NASCAR race on Sunday when his chance to show that he was just another one of the guys went out the window.
Romney was asked by an AP reporter if he’s a NASCAR follower for which he responded:
“Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”
Quickly following his quip Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee tweeted:
“I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts.”
The flub comes just three days after Romney was giving a speech at Forld Field in Detroit when he mentioend at least four cars he owns why mentioning that his wife Ann “drive a couple of Cadillacs.”
After that flub Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked:
“Governor, can you understand why some voters would be put off by those things?”
“I can’t be perfect. I just am who I am.”
Romney did manage to at least showcase his knowledge of the sport’s history, noting:
“I go back to the 1960s, back then when you had guys like Bobby Allison driving, they were driving stock cars,” Romney said. “Maybe they’d taken out the passenger seat and the back seat so they can put in a restraint system and a fire extinguisher. But now these cars really are built from the group up entirely by the teams themselves.”
Regardless of why he said what he did DNC press secretary Melanie Roussell tells CBS News:
“This is just the latest example of how out of touch Mitt Romney is from the average American experience. From an economic plan that provides tax cuts to line the pockets of his friends — like those who own NASCAR teams — to wanting Wall Street to write its own rules, Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it and won’t work to restore economic security for the middle class.”
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