We cannot know what ZINGERS Mitt Romney has ready to whip on President Obama during Wednesday night's first presidential debate. But, we do know many of the things Romney has said in the past, and we can help President Obama prepare for the Romney ZINGERS by crafting some ANTI-ZINGERS just in case.
After CNN's Wolf Blitzer introduced himself with this statement: "I'm Wolf Blitzer and yes, that's my real name." at the beginning of a November 2011 Republican presidential debate...
Romney is famous for saying: "I'm Mitt Romney—and yes Wolf, that's also my first name." —Mitt Romney, getting his own name wrong (his first name is "Willard," and his middle name is "Mitt")
Obama Anti-Zinger: My name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that is my REAL name …. Willard!
Romney is famous for saying: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, …" -Mitt Romney, in leaked comments from a fundraiser in May 2012
Obama Anti-Zinger: Mitt Romney is here tonight because he wants to be President of 53% of America. I am here tonight because I am The President of One Hundred Percent of all Americans of The United States of America!
Romney is famous for saying: "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me." –Mitt Romney, using an unfortunate choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance plans (January 2012)
Obama Anti-Zinger: I like finding jobs for Americans and helping them get back to work!
Romney is famous for saying: "I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back." –Mitt Romney, on the American auto industry, despite having written a New York Times op-ed November 18, 2008 titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," in which he said if GM, Ford and Chrysler got a government bailout "you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye"
almost 4 years later Romney famously said: "[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs." –Mitt Romney, campaigning for president in Michigan (February 2012)
Obama Anti-Zinger: Thanks Mitt, for buying those two Caddies for Ann, but that's really all the credit you get for Detroit's come-back! YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT!!!
Romney is famous for saying: "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there." —Mitt Romney (January 2012)
Obama Anti-Zinger: I am concerned about ALL Americans!
Romney is famous for saying: "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised." —Mitt Romney, speaking about his Michigan roots during a rally in Commerce, Michigan, Aug. 24, 2012
Obama Anti-Zinger: I know!
Romney is famous for saying: "I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." —Mitt Romney, speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.
Obama Anti-Zinger: And most of America is okay with that Mitt. Trust me!
Romney is famous for saying: "My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico... and had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino." -Mitt Romney, in leaked comments from a Florida fundraiser, May 17 2012
Obama Anti-Zinger: Mitt, your dad, George Romney, presented 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president. Where are yours? Or, perhaps I should say... ¿Dónde están sus doce (12) años de declaraciones de impuestos?
Romney is famous for saying: "I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love." –Mitt Romney (January 2012)
Obama Anti-Zinger: I believe in America!
After George Stephanopoulos asked Romney: "Is $100,000 middle income?"
Romney is famous for saying: "No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less." -Mitt Romney, ABC's "Good Morning America," Sept. 14, 2012
Obama Anti-Zinger: George's estimate of a Middle Class Income was outrageous. I can't say what I think of Mitt's.
Romney is famous for saying: "There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip" –Mitt Romney, attempting to identify with the problems of average folk (January 2012)
Obama Anti-Zinger: You won't need to wonder on November 7th Mitt.
After it was reported that Ann Romney's plane made an unscheduled landing when smoke was discovered in the cabin...
Romney is famous for saying: "When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no -- and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem." –Mitt Romney, suggesting it would be a good idea to crack a window at 35,000 feet, Beverly Hills fundraiser, Sept. 22, 2012
Obama Anti-Zinger: And, uh Mitt, I hear that as president you would also order the retrofit of all Navy submarines with opening windows too!
Romney is famous for saying: "We have a president, who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps." —Mitt Romney, who has two Harvard degrees (April 5, 2012)
Obama Anti-Zinger: How many Harvard degrees do you have Mitt? I only have the one.
Romney is famous for saying: "Who let the dogs out? Who, who." –Mitt Romney, during an awkward photo-op with a group of African American kids at a Martin Luther King Day parade (January 2008)
Obama Anti-Zinger: Well, let's hope it wasn't the same guy who strapped his dog to the roof of his car!
Romney replies with this famous quote of his: "PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air." —Mitt Romney in 2007, responding to criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals following revelations that he had once put the family dog in a carrier and strapped it to the roof of his car during a 12-hour road trip.
Obama Anti-Zinger: That's NOT quite what PETA was upset about, now is it Mitt?
Romney is famous for saying: "I'm not familiar precisely with what I said, but I'll stand by what I said, whatever it was." —Mitt Romney (May 17, 2012)
Obama Anti-Zinger: Neither is anyone else Mitt!
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