Romney: My wife ‘drives a couple of Cadillacs’

By David Edwards
Friday, February 24, 2012 14:30 EDT
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Mitt Romney addresses Detroit Economic Club
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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.

Romney told a group of workers at a steel plant in November that federal employees made more than he did. He has also said that he knows “what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired.”

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.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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