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Romney's wife issues campaign directive; no more "off the cuff comments"
2/26/2012 3:05 PM Alyson Durden
Following presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's most recent gaffe about his wife's many luxury cars, Ann Romney issued a curious directive that he would not make any more unscripted comments. The candidate's wife seems totally committed to the new policy as she has given her husband a bracelet to wear, which is similar to the electronic dog collars some pet owners use to keep their animals in their yards, allowing her or campaign staff to shock the candidate whenever he starts to ad-lib.
"Ann Romney wants to be First Lady more than Mitt wants to be president, and she has a much better sense of how these seemingly-innocuous comments are hurting her chances to do that. Whether he is talking about his love of putting people out of work or how little he cares about poor people, he just does not know how to make 'small talk,'" said one source close to the campaign. "Even his non-offensive comments about trees or cars or what have you just make him look like an idiot. Ann is an incredibly intuitive woman. She knows what her husband can and cannot do -- `relating to non-millionaires' is just not a skill he has ever developed."
The campaign has been practicing with the device for nearly a week now so that when he receives such a shock, and everyone expects him to get shocked at least once per speech, he will react in the appropriate way. They want him to recognize the shock, finish his sentence and get back to his speech. The concern was that without such preparation, he would look jumpy, though some have argued that spastic might be better than stiff. "Have you noticed how he swivels when talking? I have never seen anything like it, it's like he is on a vertical barbeque spit. All pivot and no natural movement," said supporter Joseph Smith.
The impact this will have on Romney's speaking style is still a question, but it does mark an interesting milestone in campaign history as since the invention of the teleprompter, no technology has been used to influence campaign speeches in this manner. - Return to Previous Page
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