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Mitt Romney falters, suggests that we should “hang” Obama May 1, 2011

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During a major public appearance in late April 2011, Gov. Mitt Romney, candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election, suggested that the country should hang President Obama. Granted, his remarks were made in error. Romney stated:

“I’ll tell you, the fact that you’ve got people in this country really squeezed, with gasoline getting so expensive, with commodities getting so expensive, families are having a hard making ends meet. So we’re going to have to talk about that. We’re going to hang him. We’re going to hang him with that, uh, so to speak – metaphorically. You have to be careful these days. I learned that.”

Romney clearly noticed his mistake in the middle of his comments, and acknowledged that much by smiling and clarifying. Nevertheless, the news media asked questions about what some perceived as an insensitive remark, to which one Romney spokesperson responded, “It is not what the governor meant and that was very clear in what he actually said. It’s a ridiculous exaggeration of his actual comments.”

To see the moment yourself, watch the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why might some believe that Romney’s comment had racist undertones?

2.  Was Romney’s response in the moment enough to save himself from being dragged through the mud by the news media?

3.  How might such comments, assuming that they were accidental, eventually damage Romney’s reputation?

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1. americanconlib - May 1, 2011

I’m glad to see that Romney caught his error in the middle of his rant. However, he needs to be more careful. Obviously this could hurt him in any presidential run against Obama (personally, hopefully Romney won’t get the Republican nomination).

Some are going to take this sound snippet and run with it, saying he is a racist and doesn’t deserve the presidency. It definitely could hurt him in the long run.


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