Republican hopeful Mitt Romney illustrated again on Friday why voters may find him harder to relate to than any other presidential candidate.
In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field, the former Massachusetts governor awkwardly praised Michigan and bragged about all the vehicles he and his wife owned.
“I actually love this state,” the candidate opined. “This feels good, being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height, the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles.”
“I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. And I used to have a Dodge truck. So, I used to have all three covered,” he added.
Throughout his campaign, Romney, who is worth around $250 million, has made a series of tone-deaf attempts to relate to average Americans.
In June, he told a group of unemployed people in Florida that he was “also unemployed.”
Returning to Florida in September, the candidate claimed that he was part of the middle class.
During a January debate in South Carolina, Romney encouraged voters to send him to Washington because he had “lived in the real streets of America.”
Unlike many Americans, the former Bain Capital CEO has the option of living on the “real streets” at his California beachfront mansion, or one of his homes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Feb. 24, 2012.