Romney comments spark 'CookieGate' special
Mitt Romney's comments regarding cookies at a campaign stop on Tuesday drew attention as the week went on. Above, Romney supporters pass out cookies at a January 28 rally in Panama City, Florida.
April 18th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney comments spark 'CookieGate' special

(CNN) - A Pennsylvania bakery is making light of comments made by Mitt Romney on Tuesday, when he compared a batch of cookies from the mom-and-pop store to snacks found at 7-eleven.

After his remarks rippled across the Bethel Park community outside of Pittsburgh, the 57-year-old bakery on Wednesday began offering a 'CookieGate' special: Buy a dozen, get a half-dozen free.

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"I'm sure he meant it all in jest and didn't mean to slam a local bakery," Julie Lytle, the bakery's spokeswoman, said. "It's nothing that we want to get really upset about it, no reason to be angry. We're just having fun with it."

The small town stir began Tuesday at a community center event when Romney paused to take note of the desserts while sitting down at a picnic table.

"I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them," Romney said to the woman sitting next to him "No, no. They came from the local 7-eleven, bakery, or whatever."

The comments quickly spread on Twitter, with some pointing to the remarks as an example of Romney being out of touch to the point of confusing 7-11 with a bakery.

Lytle said local media have turned out in droves in the last 24 hours, asking about the remarks, as well as members of the community wanting to take part in the 'CookieGate' special.

"We donated about five dozen cookies to the community center for the event yesterday," she said. "We didn't think it was going to turn into such a big ordeal."

The bakery has not heard from the Romney campaign in the ensuing hype, Lytle said.

"We'd love for him to come in and taste one."

Also on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for 7-Eleven weighed in on Romney's cookie remarks, saying he was correct to believe the bakery products could have come from one of their stores.

"Mitt Romney was right in thinking the cookies at a Pennsylvania event Tuesday could have come from a 7-Eleven bakery," Margaret Chabris, director of corporate communications for 7-Election, said. "More than 5,500 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. get cookies, donuts, muffins and other bakery items made fresh daily by 14 bakeries across the country that were developed for the purpose of serving 7-Eleven stores daily (365 days a year)."


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Kris Craig

    What's sad is that these are his supporters.....

    April 18, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Bob

    Once again Mittens reinforces his reputation for being Mr. Fussy. He only likes cookes that look homemade, and he wants trees to be just the right height (as he noted in Michigan).

    April 18, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Squealy

    Poor Mitt. So incredibly socially inept.

    April 18, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Kyle

    So a bakery made the cookies.. Romney said they must have come from a bakery.. Romney is a jerk.

    I'm hardly a republican, but really guys?

    April 18, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney.....so out of touch he doesn't even eat cookies!!!

    April 18, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. jake

    this guy named mitt is really out of touch with the people and maybe even reality itself. this moron for president...ohhh pleeeease, didnt the usa suffer enough with george in for 8 years, now these idiot right wing nazis want to go back and put another village idiot in office. lets hope the people of yhis country really take a good look at mitt....hes definetly not president material...i hear 7-11 is hiring, maybe mitt can bake cookies there.....idiot!

    April 18, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Mark Hudson

    Romney knows the difference; he is contrasting the woman's homemade cookies with cookies that were bought locally.

    April 18, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Maxx

    The man is plain weird.

    April 18, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. a little sad

    I never heard of a bakery with a spokesperson, but at least it's a bakery with a sense of humor.

    April 18, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. David

    Non story but I bet Romney's campaign team has a face palm on stand by when he speaks.

    April 18, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    Keep talking to Middle Class America Mitt, you'll keep getting further behind.

    April 18, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Ready

    At least he didn't eat a dog!!!

    April 18, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. weR4freedom

    Lol! Seriously... There are children in the USA who can't read or eat dinner tonight because their parents don't have jobs. Get the economy working!!!

    Romney 2012/2016

    April 18, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    President Obama was right, the "silly season" is now upon us.

    April 18, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Little Jimmy Truth

    Rosen will hate cookies are made by mothers.

    April 18, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. getoverit

    Gas is $4.00 a gallon, unemployment is at an all time high, and CNN thinks this sory about cookies is important. LMFAO!

    April 18, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    Nothing on sale at a 7-11 could legitimately be called a cookie. Had Mittens ever been in one, he'd know that! What a clown.

    April 18, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney.....so out of touch he looks down on cookies like poor people he wants to get fired!!!

    April 18, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. DCEsq

    Now the lamestream liberal media is really off the reservation. Memo to the Obama Girl tingly legged clueless blogosphere aka the mainstream media. 7-11 sells cookies. This author of this story is the one that's half baked. P.S. Romney's pulling even with Obama in the polls despite the most biased media coverage this side of the old Politburo.

    April 18, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Tony

    Romney 2012 ! We need jobs and the deficit reduced. We need to cut programs and slash pork. Romney 2012 or we will be doomed with Obama for another 4 years.

    April 18, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. NotFooledByDistractions

    "I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them,"

    What a freakin' snob.

    April 18, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Russ

    "I'm sure he meant it all in jest and didn't mean to slam a local bakery," Julie Lytle, the bakery's spokeswoman, said. "It's nothing that we want to get really upset about it, no reason to be angry. We're just having fun with it."
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    Now if Obama had said that, Mitt would have been all over him saying he is belittling the little businesses he claims he wants to help. Fortunately for Mitt, President Obama is more of a man than he is. But that's how stupid Republicans can be. The cookie bakery is going, dah, that wasn't a slam on us. We think it was a compliment to compare our hard work to a big company like 7/11 and their factory made cookies. Yesirrreee a compliment.

    April 18, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Arman

    They are attractive and clean so they can't be liberals.

    April 18, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Voltaire

    He is obnoxiously stupid and insulting even to the very people he hopes would vote for him.

    April 18, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Mittens favors cookies from China not the United States! Remember, he likes to ship jobs overseas and he likes to fire people. Too bad for the bakery!

    April 18, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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