He’s about to discover whether or not months on the campaign trail have paid off. Regardless of the outcome, Mitt Romney’s a way-out-in-front winner with us at Plain English Campaign as the only feasible candidate for our Foot in Mouth award.
Throughout 2012 Romney has managed to provide, with what might seem a keen satirist’s eye, potentially damaging gaffes on an alarmingly regular basis. And, following a faux-pas happy line of US politicians, always seems to have a steady stream of gibberish ready for the next particularly unsuitable opportunity.
Consider the following: "When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no -- and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem." This, remember, is the man hoping to succeed Barack Obama as the most powerful man in the world.
And how about: "I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love." It’s difficult to believe that Americans could possibly believe in such waffle.
And those examples are two amongst many, just from the Presidential campaign.
Chrissie Maher, founder and director of Plain English Campaign, has never seen such a resounding Foot in Mouth winner. “Mitt Romney was the only choice this year. He seems to be suffering from some kind of ‘clanger addiction’. He can’t stop talking gibberish. In the most important year of his career – and in a year that people have wanted to see what kind of potential President he might make – Romney has time and again shoved his foot in his mouth at the crucial moment.”
“If he cannot speak in plain English at such an important time in his life, God help us all!”