Romney VP gaffe follows similar Obama moment in ‘08

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):

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August 11th, 2012
11:53 am


Ms. Smith

August 11th, 2012
11:58 am

@Raul — How short your memory must be. Please refrain from using all caps. It makes you look like an idiot.


August 11th, 2012
12:06 pm


LOL! I believe that honor goes to George Bush Jr. You can also stop shouting.


August 11th, 2012
12:17 pm

Yeah right Raul and bear wipes his butt with a lucky white rabbit!

Thumbody Thed

August 11th, 2012
12:22 pm

***JOE***Jimmy Carter made George “W” Bush look like a genius. Rumor has it that all the stores within a 100 mile radius of Plains GA are all out of “Thank You” cards. JC has bought them all up sending one daily to: President B. Obama, White House Washington DC(whoever that is).


August 11th, 2012
1:19 pm

**Thumbody** Yeah, Jimmy was a real idiot alright. He had a vision for a national energy policy that in hindsight would have done a lot to address our energy dependance on foreign oil. He had the audacity to ask for short term sacrifices for long term benefits.

Tom Chancelllor

August 11th, 2012
1:48 pm

God bless Jimmy Carter. Mean spirited ppl will diss him, but what former president has actually been a force for the elimination of disease in Africa besides him? He is a true Christian.


August 11th, 2012
2:16 pm

As for Jimmy Carter, it’s interesting that his initials mirror another misguided individual that tried to change a system for the good of humanity. He was probably the most philanthropic and Christian president in applying his ideals within his approach to leading the country…JC’s ideas were too idealistic and niave for the environment he was in. Too bad this stuff won’t play in Washington, or the world at large :(


August 11th, 2012
2:21 pm

It’s great that Romney picked Ryan. When they lose in November, the tea party will be shown to be nothing more than a paper tiger. A paper tiger full of hate at their ever-shrinking universe as society moves on without them.

Truth and Logic

August 11th, 2012
3:00 pm

Hmm Start a recession, lose 9 million jobs, out a spy working on behalf of the government, fooled or lied into a war, fund a medicare benefit without proper funding, made america hated around the world, passed up on getting bin laden…..Yeah I think Pres George W Bush was without a doubt the worse ever.


August 11th, 2012
3:28 pm

To all of those middle class Republicans out there, If you can’t figure out that Romney/Ryan will be Bush/Cheney all over again, then you deserve what you might get for the next 4 years. Not that I believe that Romney will be the next President. He seems to put his foot in his mouth even more than Bush did. Not easy to do!!!

Going Right

August 11th, 2012
3:36 pm

CPJ@1:19; You wrote:

“He (Carter) had a vision for a national energy policy that in hindsight would have done a lot to address our energy dependance on foreign oil.

After I got up from the floor drained and hoarse from laughing so hard, I thought I take a little energy and mention the Department of Energy – a bureaucratic train wreck and bloated dumbocracy formed by the Carter Administration to “free America from foreign oil dependency and become energy independent.”
That was in 1974 – 38 years ago. Hmm, how’s that going? What were his “short-term sacrifices?” Were you of aged to have been able to follow his idiocy in 1974? If so that means that you must be at least in your late 50’s and should know not to double up on your Vicotin just before writing on blogs!


August 11th, 2012
3:48 pm

A Challenge to all the Socialist blogging here:

Should Barack Hussein bin Obama win re-election again, who is he then going to blame for “the poor economy and debt he has inherited from his predecessor? You know the one he inherited…from 2008-2012?

Oh, geez, that’s right! It will still be George Bush. A good Community Organizer has been taught by Saul Alinsky to never admit fault for anything; blame someone – anyone, for you shortcomings.

UGA Blue

August 11th, 2012
4:04 pm


You forget that crazies have to yell to feel validated ;) haha

Thumbody Thed

August 11th, 2012
4:05 pm

According to the leftist media Mitt R “flubs and flip-flops” and Obama “mis-speaks and evolves”. You guys are the epitome of hypocrisy!


August 11th, 2012
4:14 pm

Obama needs to win so I can keep getting my foodstamps and medicaid. I don’t like to work.


August 11th, 2012
4:52 pm

^ Idiots like you, I tell ya… People can’t find jobs— but are made into villains for accepting scraps to get by. Have you MET any of the unemployed? That’s right, they turn DOWN job offers right? GTFOH!


August 11th, 2012
5:02 pm

OK, Socialists! Here’s your CHALLENGE #2 for today;

Your ”ANOINTED ONE has been crusading and whining about the need to raise taxes – particularly on those who are successful and, therefore, rich. He says that’s not right. They should “pay their fair share” (read: provide the Obama Administration more money to buy votes and stay in power). He has caused a chasm in the American public that now pits those who pay the elephant’s share (pun intended) vis-à-vis those who pay little or none at all. With this background, you socialists scratch your heads and answer these short questions:

(1)In your individual opinion, what is the “Fair Share” percent over and above the 38+% those filthy successful millionaires should now pay in federal taxes? A number from 0 to 100, please);

(2) Would you now explain, in 50 words or less, how you arrived at that percent over and above what they now pay?

(3) BONUS: If the Republicans agree to raise the tax burden on those filthy rich millionaires (read: Republicans), will you and other Socialists agree that those who now pay nothing in Federal taxes should pay a fair share? I have a number in mind.

These questions should be no-brainers for you, but then I presupposed that you, well, you know, like maybe HAVE a brain?


August 11th, 2012
5:46 pm

I so look forward to the day after election day when President Obama has won another term and Romney/Ryan has crashed and burned.

another comment

August 11th, 2012
5:53 pm

Mitt just gave away Florida. All the Seniors are on Medicare and Medicaid.

My proud 80 year old former Marine Aunt had me help her apply for SNAP in South Carolina, because she can’t make it anymore on her $1,200 Social Security, Medicare, VA health benefits. She got turned down because South Carolina said she makes to much. She told me she made the mistake of telling them she occasionally still takes a private duty patient. Yes, she was one of those nurses in the Korean war. So at 80 and a breast cancer survior she is still forced to take some private duty nursing patients, since she doesn’t have a VA retirement, she doesn’t have a retirement from a hospital. Remember nurses have always pretty much been contract workers. That is why they could raise 6 kids like she did. The only thing she is lucky about that she has a lower copay through the VA for prescriptions, She is still paying $100 or so for Medicare another $120 for a supplementaly policy. But with Romney and Ryan’s voucher progam being a cancer survivor she would not be able to get insurance for a $8K voucher. How would she live on the realitively high $1,200 in Social Security retirement. My mother has less, she has to eat at my sisters every day.

My Aunt already began her campaign through the VFW in SC against Mitt in SC back in July, I am sure now that he foolishly selected Ryan she will be on the phone and down at the VFW even more.


August 11th, 2012
5:53 pm

Romney didn’t build Bain.

John Galt

August 11th, 2012
6:24 pm

Four more years of Obama and Atlas will finally shrug.

Living in Wisconsin

August 11th, 2012
6:27 pm

Dear 20/20,
I stopped reading your ( long winded) response when you seemed to imply that those tax taxpayers
in the 38% bracket actually PAY anywhere near 38% of their income in taxes. The great American tax myth. We all know that is a joke. We should talk about NET taxes paid.


August 11th, 2012
7:16 pm

Living in…
(1) see this website I used (below)-It is non-partisan and uses IRS data.. The actual amount (rounded) is 37%. I never said the filthy successful millionaires (read: Republican) pay 38% of their AGI. What I DID NOT say or imply was that they pay 38% of their adjusted gross income in taxes. Their1% group paid over 37% of all taxes collected.You were in such a da** hurry to criticize that you skipped over that so you could show that your IQ is just about the same as plant life.
According the NPU study – from IRS records (see URL), the top 1% of earners paid 36.73% of ALL COLLECTED TAXES. Interestingly, the 50% of “bottom-feeders” pay a scant 2.25% of all collected taxes.

BTW: did you participate in the siege of the State Capitol and join the other idiots in screaming, ranting, shouting, pushing, threatening, singing (I use that term loosely)? Did you join in the chorus of “Solidarity Forever?” Jesus, what losers!

Go back and join your union thuggies and continue to destroy Wisconsin.

Atlanta Democrat-Constitution

August 11th, 2012
8:50 pm

I wish the AJC would just change their name to something more glorifying of their not-so-hidden Pro-Obama, Pro-Liberal agenda. Not sure why I still bother coming here after canceling the sub long ago. (shoutout to Miss Tucker for that)

At least for the next few years that print papers even exist. Fish markets need fish wrappers, after all.

Cujo Bendi

August 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

Obama ain’t all that bad but I still ain’t gonna vote for him. Romney has a better shot at getting the economy going. We really could use some gun control in this country. We also could use some high taxes for the rich. Wouldn’t hurt to have the government step in and tax Sodas. After spending some time in Europe they definitely have a better way of life. We are an economic power but the is NO such thing as the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. You people that say that nonsense have not ever been anywhere besides Mexico or the Caribbean usually.

Oh and Obama slipped up and said there were 51 states once so don’t make too much out of Romney’s gaffe.

Cujo Bendi

August 11th, 2012
9:57 pm

Oh yeah, Republicans are a bunch of war mongers too. If we’d pull out the middle east and leave those people alone we wouldn’t have to worry about them hating us and wanting us dead.

Here's a thought

August 11th, 2012
10:05 pm

I personally am not a fan of a President, or anyone else, who favors taking more from successful
business people in order to give to,those that won’t work…..note I didn’t say CAN’T work, I said WON’T. There’s a difference.
With that said, I’d like to see a Presidential race with a concentration on issues and how each candidate would address them, not whether a candidate paid enough taxes or if another was born in the US. This type of slander, from both sides, leaves us voting for a Commander in Chief based on which side was able to tell the best lies about the other.
Pollyanna-ish, I realize. But without starting somewhere, the partisan bias will continue to chip away
at our fabric, with disastrous results.


August 11th, 2012
10:07 pm

Romney and Republicans ingeneral are a bunch of “rich-get-richer” hoodlums. The Bushes have sent this country to the toilet and have NOOOOO modern, sustainable track record of helping the poor or maintaining the middle class or creating jobs. They just like to spew hate. @republicanssuck