A “joke” in poor taste or the truth coming out? You be the judge.
Last night, at the pre-Straw Poll “Ronstock” concert at the Bali Satay House in Ames, a Ron Paul volunteer played back a recording of competing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joking about cheating in a State Fair popularity contest, stuffing the ballot box in Ames, and dodging questions across the state.
A Ron Paul event. Something silly’s going to happen.
“Gosh, those Ask Mitt Anythings, how many of those did we have? 46? 47? Unfortunately, people took us for our word,” Romney joked, according to a sound clip on the digital recording device. “They asked me anything. There were some truly awful questions. But I, but I tried to dodge most of those. And I, I’ll keep on doing that as long as I can.”
But wait, there’s more:
Romney also joked about stuffing the ballot box at today’s Straw Poll. “At 7 o’clock they will count the ballots. We will stuff the ballot box, I hope,” he said on the recording.
And one can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a kernel of truth in this:
And he joked about cheating in the Corn Poll, the bipartisan State Fair popularity contest in which attendees are asked to “cast your kernel” by placing a kernel of corn in a jar for their favored candidate to show their support. “I was a little dismayed because I saw Barack Obama — he had a lot of corn in that Mason jar,” quipped Romney. “But I was number one – so thanks for cheating!” The crowd applauded in the background.
Does a man who mocks the American people asking him questions, advocates stuffing the ballot box in his favor and condones cheating belong in the White House? Not on your life.