Romney’s night of bad luck at the races

September 9, 2012

Mitt Romney had one tough night. On Saturday, the GOP presidential candidate was all set to take in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway and say “Drivers!  Start your engines!” but the weather decided not to cooperate.

Of course, Romney’s last go round at the racetrack didn’t exactly go as planned either.  Asked in February  if he was a NASCAR fan Romney replied in a way that no other NASCAR fan would reply:

“Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

Saturday, he gave out hotdogs under a tent, engaged in small talk and  asked for votes (“Georgia! That’s a good state. Tell your friends to get out and vote.”)

And while he posed for photos with two drivers, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton, he later couldn’t quite name a driver he actually liked.

“There’s a lot of drivers I like,” he said, climbing into his SUV.

But from there it got worse.

Romney and his traveling news corps were all set to take off for Boston, but as luck would have it, Romney’s campaign plane had mechanical problems. After about three hours of waiting on the tarmac in Richmond (Romney spent some time on his iPhone, aides said), Romney and his traveling news corps secured a new plane and finally took off for Boston. At 2:31 a.m. Romney finally made it to his Belmont home with his tough day and night behind him.

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