Did Romney Put the Brakes on His Momentum Again? Daytona Comment Puts DNC on Offense

Feb 26, 2012 10:06pm

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Democratic National Committee is suggesting that Mitt Romney made another out of touch remark this morning during a tour at the Daytona 500 in which Romney said that while he does not “closely” follow racing he does “have great some friends who are NASCAR team owners. ”

The remark came during a tour of team owner Richard Childress’ facilities, when Romney was asked by an Associated Press reporter whether he follows car racing.

“Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners,” Romney responded.

A campaign spokesman told ABC News that Romney and the reporter were discussing Childress and their love of cars when Romney made a point to distinguish his own love of cars from the more passionate fans at the race.

Listen to audio of the exchange from AP here.

Romney later went on to mention retired driver Bobby Allison, who endorsed him earlier this year.

“I go back to the 1960s, back then when you had guys like Bobby Allison driving, they were driving stock cars,” Romney said, according to the AP. “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.”

Meanwhile, the DNC began a Twitter campaign against Romney, using today’s remarks to suggest that, just a few days after the candidate was criticized by the press for listing a number of cars he owns at the conclusion of a major economic speech, a similar misspeak had been made.

Brad Woodhouse, the communications director for the DNC, tweeted at Romney at one of his senior advisors, Eric Fehrnstrom, various phrases based off of Romney’s original remarks.

“I don’t know pilots, but I know people who own airlines,” Woodhouse wrote.

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a comment regarding the DNC attacks.

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