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March 19, 2007

A Lesson Via Mitt Romney

Courtesy of Mitt Romney, a lesson for all candidates: when pandering, better do homework or have egg on face:

People chuckled when presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon raised in Michigan and elected in Massachusetts, bungled the names of Cuban-American politicians during a recent speech in Miami.

But when he mistakenly associated Fidel Castro's trademark speech-ending slogan -- Patria o muerte, venceremos! -- with a free Cuba, listeners didn't laugh. They winced.

Castro has closed his speeches with the phrase -- in English, ''Fatherland or death, we shall overcome'' -- for decades.
I wonder whose head will roll in the Romney campaign for this one.

Says David Weigel:

At best, this buttresses the image Romney has as a "presidential"-looking guy who'll say anything his consultants tell him to get elected.
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