Mitt Romney and George Clooney's debate zinger: “Don’t vote for me.”

October 20, 2011

Mitt Romney in last week’s debate and George Clooney in "The Ides of March." Both told skeptical voters, “Don’t vote for me.” (Associated Press/Sony Pictures)

More proof that politics and movies are melding into one roadshow of great hair, perfect teeth and catchy soundbites: The line “Don’t vote for me.”

We first heard it in the opening minutes of “The Ides of March”: George Clooney, playing a handsome governor running for president, tells voters at a debate: “If you think I’m not religious enough. . .If you think I’m not tall enough or experienced enough, don’t vote for me.”

Mitt Romney, a handsome former governor running for president, closed the Dartmouth debate last week with this: “I am absolutely devoted to making America the strongest nation on Earth. And if you don’t want that as your objective, don’t vote for me.”

Creative license? Great speechwriters think alike? We tried to ask; Sony Pictures and the Romney campaign didn’t return our calls.

Read earlier:

- Mitt Romney solidifies his front-runner status in Republican debate, 10/11/11

- Joe Trippi on "The Ides of March" fact and fiction, 10/9/11

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