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Romney Channels George Costanza, Actor Jabs Back

Todd Williamson/WireImage(PHOENIX) -- Mitt Romney hadn’t yet finished introducing himself at the CNN Republican debate in Phoenix when the crowd Wednesday night began applauding him. Romney decided to stop right then. He turned to rival Rick Santorum and said: “That’s good enough. As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop. Right?”

In that episode of Seinfeld (episode 172, “The Burning”), Costanza complained that at work meetings:

“GEORGE: I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting but by the end it’s buried under a pile of gaffes and bad puns.”

“JERRY: Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”

Later in the episode Costanza did just that after making a joke that amused his boss:

“GEORGE: (getting up and leaving) Alright! That’s it for me. Goodnight everybody.”

On Twitter late Wednesday night, actor Jason Alexander -- who played George Costanza -- tweeted: “Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate.”

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