October 24th, 2007
09:50 AM ET
2 months ago

Romney makes Obama/Osama slip

Romney made a slip of the tongue when talking about Osama bin Laden Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was only a slip of the tongue, but it's hard not to notice when a presidential candidate is confused for the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

Giving a speech before the Chamber of Commerce in Greenwood, South Carolina Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney invoked Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's name when he apparently meant to say Osama bin Laden.

“Actually, just look at what Osama - Barack Obama said just yesterday," Romney said, according to the Associated Press. "Barack Obama calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield."

Romney campaign spokesman Kevin Madden called the remarks a "brief mix up."

“Gov. Romney simply misspoke," he said. "He was referring to the recently released audiotape of Osama bin Laden and misspoke when referencing his name."

Meanwhile, Bill Burton, a spokesman for Obama, said, "Apparently, Mitt Romney can switch names just as casually as he switches positions, but what's wrongheaded is continuing a misguided war in Iraq that has left America less safe.

"It's time to end the divisiveness and fear-mongering that is at the heart of Gov. Romney's campaign," he added.

In January, CNN made the same mistake, accidentally displaying a graphic that said "Where's Obama?" during a report on bin Laden. Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy also made the same slip in a 2005 speech.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. its obvious

    OSAMA and OBAMA sound alike but BARRACK???? thats not a slip he meant to say it.... also Mark Higuera, Los Angeles, California how are black and latinos going to run this country when they cant even run their own neighborhoods....you can call me a racist but lets be honest does anybody know a good black or spanish neighborhood in america??

    October 25, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. jama, Sweden

    we choose not to answer with the same closed hand, instead we wéll come our mor-(m)-on brother. HOPE will out-last fear

    October 25, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Pete Grant, Reading PA

    The man made a slip of the tongue, and inadvertant error in his speech. I'm 18 and can see that this is little more than something for liberals to whine about in a desparate attempt to cloak the fact that their girl Hillary can't decide what she believes.

    November 17, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Sumer Kolcak, Mountain View, CA

    Yeh well, we all make mistakes, that is why we do not qualify to run for the presidency.

    but if you are qualified to run for the presidency, then you have a lot of money and people teaching you things in the background. mistakes should not happen..

    when you climb a high mountain,, or a tree, or a rock, one little mistake and it's game over.

    by the way as far as my own personal feelings go, trust me, republicans are dirty people, but the problem is , americans actually fall for it.

    dirty people will always exist, it's just nature.
    but nature needs to be intelligent enough to make them go extinct rather than letting them get rewarded for corruption because such corruption can lead the entire nature to become corrupt.

    December 11, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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