Later, in Ashland, Virginia, Mitt Romney delivered his second major gaffe of the day when he appeared to endorse his state chairman Bill Bolling for governor:
Appearing to endorse Bolling in his home county, Romney called him "a great friend and, I hope, the next governor of this great state of Virginia."Clumsy, inarticulate . . . classic Romney. At a moment when he needs Virginia Republicans to be united for him, Romney let it slip that he prefers his own state chair and establishment Republican par excellence, Bill Bolling over Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli.
Later, in remarks to the overflow crowd outside, Romney walked it back, saying of next year's GOP gubernatorial contest: "There are a couple of guys in the race, I love them both. I want to see one of those guys take [Gov. Bob McDonnell's] place."
Seriously, this guy is going to stand on a stage and debate Barack Obama?