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You don't know Mitt

A handy cheat sheet to help you get to know the Republican nominee

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Evan Meyer


Ted Nugent - Everyone's favorite aging rock redneck endorsed Romney in March after speaking with him on the phone, then enraged Democrats and frightened everyone else when he suggested that NRA members ride into battle and “chop heads off” the Democrats in November. Cat scratch fever, indeed. As of press time, Romney hasn't renounced Nugent or his crazy talk, but he's asked everyone to stay “civil.” Now that's political diplomacy!

 

Awkward and embarrassing - In 2008, at an appearance in Jacksonville, CBS News filmed Romney trying painfully to connect with a group of young black voters by mugging for photos and quoting the only rap song he's ever heard: “Who let the dogs out? Whoo, hoo!”

 And let's not forget ... he's really not sure about those cookies. They might have come from some vile place commoners buy their food, like the local 7-11.

 

HE'S MORMON!

Three Mormons and a Guy Named Yo - The informal name of the band Mitt Romney's son, Ben, played in. The band practiced above the garage at the Romney home. (source: Los Angeles Times, Dec. 7, 2011)

“Mitt's Temple” - What locals in Belmont, Mass., derisively called a proposed 94,000-square-foot Mormon temple that Salt Lake City church leaders wanted to build there. The temple was controversial because its steeples were going to be taller than local zoning allowed and the Mormon church called on Romney to help soothe the natives. The temple was eventually built, but with modifications. “I believe that this town and this state, this commonwealth, and this nation needs more steeples, not less steeples, pointing symbolically to heaven, where I think the source of our blessings and the source of many of our questions come from,” Romney said at a zoning board hearing on the temple, adding that he didn't think that steeples should be subject to zoning laws. (source: Los Angeles Times, Dec. 7, 2011)

He was a Mormon bishop - From 1981-1985, before he got involved in politics, Romney served as a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But he's not above shilling to the evangelicals - According to Jezebel.com, Romney has agreed to give the May 12 commencement address at Liberty University - the school founded by Jerry Falwell and known for teaching that the earth only 6,000 years old and that God wanted us to run the country according to the Bible. Rally the troops, Mitt!

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