On a campaign stop in Miami to shore up support among his reliably Republican Cuban exile base, presumed GOP presidential nominee committed a foreign language faux-pas of a rather risqué nature.
The real story here is how Romney stopped at a juice shop owned by convicted cocaine trafficker Reinaldo Bermudez. Romney, along with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), apparently did not care that Bermudez had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and had spent three years in federal prison. The Secret Service was reportedly well aware of Bermudez's criminal past, so Romney could not claim ignorance.
In any case, while meeting and greeting at Bermudez's juice shop, Romney chatted with the hosts of Radio Mambí, a longtime supporter of Miami-based anti-Castro terrorists like Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carilles, about Cuban fruits.
"They're waiting for you with a mamey and a guayaba-- Cuban fruits-- here in Miami, do you like those?" one of the hosts asked.
"I am a big fan of mango, papaya and guava," Romney answered, eliciting laughter from the hosts.
They were laughing because, as Univision reported, 'papaya' is Cuban slang for vagina. Romney would have done better to say "fruta bomba" when discussing papayas of the literal variety among Cubans.
But hey, Romney's roots are Mexican, not Cuban, so Miami's exiles, already a sympathetic bunch, gave him a pass on his accidental and decidely lighthearted gaffe.