He made another personal allusion Saturday as he argued that Obama believes “the economic pie is fixed, that one person’s gain necessarily comes at another person’s loss.”
“That’s a bunch of baloney — and I’m not talking about Oscar Mayer baloney — that’s just a bunch of baloney!” said the Wisconsin congressman, who as a young man worked as an Oscar Mayer salesman and at one time drove the company’s famous Wienermobile.
After a week dominated by news of embattled Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin’s (R) remark that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancy, Romney also sought Saturday to issue a sharper appeal to women, particularly women who want to start their own businesses.
“Just a word to the women entrepreneurs out there,” Romney said. “If we become president and vice president, we want to speak to you, we want to help you. Women in this country are more likely to start businesses than men. Women need our help.”
In contrast to his remarks at a joint event with Ryan in Michigan on Friday, Romney made no reference to his or Obama’s birth certificates.
But attendees were offered a reminder of Romney’s comments in the form of a gramatically incorrect banner flown by an airplane that circled the rally overhead.
“America is Better Then Birtherism,” the banner read. It was unclear who had sponsored the plane; the progressive group MoveOn.org has sponsored similar planes at recent Romney-Ryan rallies bearing messages related to the Akin controversy, Romney’s tax returns and other issues.
As the GOP White House aspirants rallied the enthusiastic crowd, several dozen demonstrators marched behind a fence just beyond the gathering, loudly chanting slogans such as “Hands off Medicare!” and “Ryan, go home!”
Romney seized on the momentary disruption to make a point about Obama, who in 2008 famously delivered his convention speech in front of a set that included Greek-style columns.
“This is kind of like the Greek chorus in the background,” Romney quipped. He then added of the Democrats: “Everything they do reminds us of Greece, and we’re not going to go there.”