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Friday
Mar092012

Mitt Romney, Like the President, Is a Grits Lover

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(JACKSON, Miss.) -- Is Mitt Romney really a grits-eating, y’all-saying, good ol’ Southern man?  That’s the image the Michigan-bred former Massachusetts governor has tried to portray on his two day swing through Mississippi and Alabama, proclaiming his love for the Southern delicacy of grits and testing out his twang by delving into the Southern lexicon.

“Mornin' y'all. Good to be with you,” said Romney as he kicked off his town hall at the Mississippi Farmer’s Market Friday morning. “I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. I'll tell you! Delicious."

During an event in Pascagoula on Thursday evening, Romney explained to the crowd that he feels like an “unofficial Southerner” after spending so much time with his personal aide, Garrett Jackson, who is from the state.

“He is now turning me into, I don’t know, an unofficial Southerner, and I’m learning to say y’all and I like grits. Things… Strange things are happening to me,” said Romney.

From declaring that the trees of Michigan are “just the right height” to praising the corn of Iowa as an “amber wave of grain,” Romney has a penchant for drawing on the local flavor of the areas he campaigns in and tossing them into his speeches.

But Romney is not alone in voicing his love of grits.  While campaigning in 2008, President Obama declared his love of grits while in a buffet line in Indiana.

“I’ve been losing weight on this campaign,” Obama said according to a New York Times report from the time. “I hope there are some biscuits and grits.”

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