Former Massachusetts Governor and two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued his foreign tour this week as he visited Poland. Following his visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw where he shook hands with the nation’s military veterans, reporters gathered at a public plaza and began to yell questions as Romney walked back to his car.
All of the questions that were shouted were in regards to his remarks he made in the United Kingdom and Israel.
This prompted Rick Gorka, a traveling press secretary for the Romney campaign, to lash out at the phalanx of reporters from CNN
, the New York Times
and the Washington Post
, who noted that the Republican presidential candidate has rarely spoken to reporters, except for sit-down television interviews.
Here is a transcript of the altercation (via CNN
: "Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?
: "Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?
: "What about your gaffes?
: "Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?"
: "Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven't taken but three questions on this trip from the press!
Gorka: "Show some respect"
: "We haven't had another chance to ask a question..."
Gorka: "Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect."
Immediately after Gorka’s verbal quarrel, the traveling press aide reportedly told Politico
’s Jonathan Martin to “shove it.”
About 30 minutes later, Gorka called reporters and issued an apology for his actions. “It was inappropriate.”
reported Monday about Romney’s comments in Israel that implied its culture permits it to be more successful than other areas that are controlled by the Palestinian Authority. This led the Palestinian leaders to call Romney’s statement to be “racist.”
Last week, Romney was in hot water for suggesting
that London wasn’t fully prepared for this year’s summer Olympics. Also, a Romney campaign staffer told
a local newspaper that the current administration doesn’t “fully appreciate” the history between the two nations.