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Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are guilty of a gaffe or two, The Newsroom takes us through some of the most memorable.
First out of the blocks was President Obama. During an interview with Jay Leno before the campaign began, in March 2009, Obama made an offhand remark about his bowling skills:
“I bowled a 129. It’s like the Special Olympics or something.”
Despite taking an early lead, Romney remained hot on Obama’s tail after putting working-class voters’ backs up by nonchalantly revealing his wife “drives a couple of Cadillacs” in a press conference in Detroit earlier this year.
This wasn’t the first time Romney paraded his wealth. During a heated debate in late 2011 he offered rival Republican candidate Rick Perry a $10,000 bet.
Vice-president Joe Biden didn’t help Obama’s or the Democrats’ cause by incorrectly introducing the President – not once, but twice. Pre-campaign, Biden introduced Obama as “Barack America”. Biden again referred to Obama incorrectly, calling him “President Clinton” in front of 1,200 people at Lakewood High School, Ohio.
In a similar vain to Biden’s outside influence, staunch Republican Clint Eastwood delivered a satire monologue to an empty chair reserved for Barack Obama.
Obama regained the lead in the gaffe stakes, when he told a crowd in Roanoke, Virginia, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that; somebody else made that happen.”
His comments caused a stir amongst many Republican supporters, particularly, many business owners.
On the home straight with Obama a length ahead, Romney surged after making controversial comments at a fundraiser dinner in September that were later leaked.
Romney said that “47 percent of the people will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependant upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them…”
Romney’s comments caused controversy and threatened his bid to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
America has already decided on their president but it’s a photo finish to determine the lord of gaffes. – Lewis Collins and Charlie-Rose Mielczarek