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Monday
Apr162012

Mitt Romney Offered Guest Spot on "Saturday Night Live"

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has reportedly been offered a guest spot on Saturday Night Live and "is considering it."

The New York Times reports that the show’s writers were impressed by Romney’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels has reached out to the former governor of Massachusetts to ask him to appear on the satirical comedy show.

SNL has been having fun with Romney’s perceived image as an “eager to please” and “square” candidate and is regularly impersonated by SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis.

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Monday
Apr022012

"Mad Men" Blasts Romney’s Dad, Calls Him a ‘Clown’

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The hit AMC TV show Mad Men took a not-so-subtle swipe at Romney Sunday night — George Romney, the  father of presidential contender Mitt Romney, that is.

In the 1960s-era  series, the character Henry Francis, who in previous seasons worked as a political aide for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, calls  Gov. George Romney, who led the state of Michigan  from 1963-1969, a clown.

“Well, tell Jim his honor’s not going to Michigan,” Francis says during a work-related phone conversation. “Because Romney’s a clown, and I don’t want him standing next to him.”

The series, which follows life in an advertising agency in the early- to mid-1960s, has delved into politics before, most notably the presidential battle between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, in season one. The ad agency was working with the Nixon campaign, cheering and celebrating Nixon’s victory in the pivotal state of Ohio, and then showing a gloomy Don Draper, the main ad man, as he watched Nixon’s concession speech.

“Kennedy? Nouveau riche, a recent immigrant who bought his way into Harvard,” Draper says. “Nixon is from nothing. Abe Lincoln of California, a self-made man. Kennedy, I see a silver spoon. Nixon, I see myself.”

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Thursday
Feb232012

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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Saturday
Jan282012

Actor Jon Voight Endorses Romney, Says Newt Gingrich ‘Falls Short’

Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight threw his support behind Mitt Romney on Saturday, telling a crowd of hundreds at a local restaurant that Newt Gingrich “falls short” of having the characteristics needed to run the White House.

“I’m sorry to say Speaker Gingrich may fall short in many ways,” Voight said. “Please join me to bring in Gov. Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States.”

Voight, who has been outspoken about his disdain for President Obama, wrote an open letter to the president last year, accusing him of “promoting anti-Semitism around the world.”

On Saturday, Voight was far less inflammatory, but seemed to hint at his often provocative language when he first approached the microphone, remarking, “Watch Governor Romney’s face.”

Romney could then be heard saying, “Uh oh, what’s he going to do? What’s he going to do?”

Sen. John McCain joined Voight at the Fish House, a local seafood restaurant, where the two men sang Romney’s praises and emphasized the importance of strengthening the nation’s military.

Before Romney launched into his own criticism of Obama’s foreign policy, he joked that he “didn’t know how to chit chat with a famous actor” like Voight.

“I started talking about my five boys,” said Romney of his conversation with Voight. “I said, you know, it’s easier to raise boys than girls. Well, after a long pause, he says, ‘Tell me about it.’”

Voight is the father of actress and one-time Hollywood bad girl Angelina Jolie.

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