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Mitt Romney’s most awkward moments (video)

In his Super Tuesday victory speech, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney praised his Republican rivals for their performances. “Thanks, guys,” he said. “Nice races.”

Um...awkward. Watch it for yourself (around the 2:05 mark):

That got us thinking about some of the most awkward moments over the years of Mitt Ronney, presidential candidate. The greatest hits are below. First, a caveat: Yes, Romney has made a cottage industry out of his awkwardness’s also somewhat endearing. (The Fix is sympathetic since “smooth” has never been a word used to describe us.)

* During the Michigan primary, Romney repeatedly expressed his love for his native state by saying “the trees are the right height.”

* At a town hall last August, interrupted by an questioner, a heated Romney responded, “You had your turn madam, let me have mine ... Let me complete. ... I’m sorry, it’s my turn.” Let me complete!

* While taking a photo at a New Hampshire diner in June of 2011, Romney for some reason pretended that one of the waitresses had grabbed his butt:

* Romney got into a heated exchange with an AP reporter during an event at a Staples in 2008, repeatedly telling Glenn Johnson to “listen to my words.”

* In 2008, Romney met with a bunch of high school students and haltingly recited the lyrics of the Baha Men song “Who Let the Dogs Out?

* In 2007, Romney explained that he was “never a big game hunter” but regularly hunted “small varmints, if you will.”

* In 2002, Romney faked a phone call from then-President George W. Bush:

* And way back in 1994, Romney met his socially awkward match, telling a local teen interviewer: “I like music of almost any kind, including this.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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