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article image'Seinfeld' star schools Romney after misquoting him at debate

By Yukio Strachan     Feb 23, 2012 in Entertainment
During his introduction at the last night's Arizona GOP debate, Mitt Romney quoted a line from the sitcom Seinfeld, getting both the quote and the speaker wrong. The Seinfeld star didn't let the moment go unnoticed.
"I'm Mitt Romney," he begins. "And there was a time in this country when you knew that if you worked hard and went to school, and if you learned the values of America in your home, that you could count on having a secure future and a prosperous life. That was an American promise and it's been broken by this president."
“I want to restore America's promise, and I'm going to do that...”
The audience erupts in applause.
Instead of continuing, Romney decides to use a line from a previous debate. Taking inspiration from the sitcom "Seinfeld", he says:
“That's good enough,” he chuckles. “As George Costanza would say, when they're applauding, stop. Right?”
Romney has misquoted "Seinfeld" before. At a debate On Dec. 7, Romney dropped the same Seinfeld reference during the question and answer session.
"Remember the George Costanza line?" he begins, "When they're laughing and applauding, you sit down."
It didn't go unnoticed.
"As for that Seinfeld quoted seems Romney got it wrong," said CNN correspondent Jim Acosta on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. "We found the quote in question. Romney was close, but it was apparently Jerry that delivered that line, not George Costanza."
And it didn't go unnoticed last night.
Apparently, Jason Alexander, the actor who played George Costanza noticed and took to Twitter to respond with a jab of his own.
Jason Alexander responds to Gov. Romney
Jason Alexander responds to Gov. Romney
screenshot/ Twitter
What Romney is trying to quote is a scene from "Seinfeld" episode 172, "The Burning" in which George and Jerry are at the coffee shop and George voices frustration that he can't keep his coworkers laughing at office meetings.
GEORGE: I had 'em, Jerry. They loved me.
JERRY: And then?
GEORGE: I lost them. I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting but by the end it's buried under a pile of gaffs and bad puns.
JERRY: Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.
GEORGE: I can't just leave.
JERRY: That's the way they do it in Vegas.
GEORGE: You never played Vegas.
JERRY: I hear things.
Back at CNN, Acosta figured that Romney was just trying to "loosen up his button down image".
"Wolf," he said, "we just didn't want to let that go uncorrected for the record."
BLITZER: That's what we do here.
ACOSTA: Not that there's anything wrong with it.
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