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During introductions at Wednesday night’s CNN GOP debate in Arizona, Seinfeld fans cringed. Before that mess even occurred, little Ron Paul introduced himself and waited for his applause, but Rick Santorum got a bit too eager and started to talk before the applause started. Don’t get ahead of yourself, Santorum! After he made his introduction, Mitt Romney spoke.
“And there was a time in this country when you knew that if you worked hard and went to school, and if you learned the values of America in your home, that you could count on having a secure future and a prosperous life. That was an American promise and it's been broken by this president. I want to restore America's promise, and I'm going to do that…,” said Romney in the midst of applause. He then proceeded to add, “That's good enough. As George Costanza would say, when they're applauding, stop. Right?”
Wrong…about multiple things.
First of all, if you’re going to be our President, I think we’d like to know what we’re getting ourselves into by hearing how you were going to finish that sentence. What if his sentence was “I want to restore America's promise, and I'm going to do that by raising taxes 40%” Or what about, “I want to restore America's promise, and I'm going to do that by waging war with as many countries as possible.” Those are pretty ridiculous statements, but you just never know with these Republicans what they’re going to say.
Case and point, when Romney incorrectly quoted Seinfeld, of all places. True Seinfeld fans would know that George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) never said that line, or any version of it. In a 1998 episode of Seinfeld, Seinfeld’s and Alexander’s characters had a conversation in which Seinfeld said to Costanza, “Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”
Unfortunately, this is not the only time Romney has inappropriately used the quote. According to the Huffington Post, Romney made the same mistake at a CNN debate on December 7, as well as at a South Carolina town hall later that month.
The good news keeps coming in, as Jason Alexander got wind of the misused quote, and tweeted, “Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he'd embrace that again, he'd b a great candidate.”
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