When presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as the next “president” of the United States on Saturday, you can imagine the sweat forming on the brows of Romney campaign staffers and smiles on the faces of Obama campaign officials.
At a naval museum in Norfolk, Va., Romney proudly announced: “Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan!”
Moments after realizing his mistake, Romney quickly returned to the microphone to say, “Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake. I did not make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this, he’s going to be the next vice president of the United States.”
The crowd, good-natured and supportive, laughed off the gaffe and gave another rousing cheer.
Lest Democrats get too giddy over the moment, however, it was reminiscent of another time in recent presidential campaign history when Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama took to an Illinois stage to introduce his 2008 running mate:
“Let me introduce to you the next president, the next vice president, of the United States of America…Joe Biden,” the then-U.S. senator said on Aug. 23 of that year (Skip ahead to the end of the video below):