July 31st, 2012
05:51 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland

Warsaw, Poland (CNN) - The traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney lost his cool and cursed at reporters who attempted to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate in a public plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw Tuesday.

After Romney paid his respects to Poland's war dead and shook hands with a small gathering of the nation's military veterans, the GOP contender walked approximately 100 yards away from the memorial as he chatted with Warsaw's mayor.

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As Romney made his way to his vehicle, reporters attempted to shout questions to the candidate. The former Massachusetts governor, who has answered only three questions from his traveling press corps during a week-long overseas trip, ignored the queries. Romney did sit down for multiple interviews during his foreign swing, including with CNN's Piers Morgan and Wolf Blitzer. Romney also spoke with NBC News, CBS News, ABC News and Fox News during his trip.

When members of the press tried to ask Romney about some of the mishaps on his trip, his traveling press secretary Rick Gorka verbally dressed down reporters.

Here's a transcript of the questions and Gorka's response:

CNN: "Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?

NYT: "Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?

Washington Post: "What about your gaffes?

NYT: "Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?"

CNN: "Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven't taken but three questions on this trip from the press!

Gorka: "Show some respect"

NYT: "We haven't had another chance to ask a question..."

Gorka: "Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect."

Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to "shove it." About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.

Gorka's comments to the media came just hours before Romney's foreign policy speech in Warsaw.

Aides to the GOP candidate say Romney visited Poland to highlight the nation's growing economy and honor its contributions to the war in Afghanistan.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Poland
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. JackDW

    Republicans are only capable of offering the same thing over & over, even when it doesn't work at all – Romney offers no policies that are at all different than GW Bush. And we all know how well THAT worked out.

    July 31, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Name

    Nothing new, Romney has been saying the same thing from the start.

    July 31, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. fatlip

    ZERO class. And this guy wants to be president? He's not worthy of the job.

    July 31, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. ChiefGunner

    I don't blame him for "going off" on the press. Have you ever heard CNN ask President Obama: "...are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip? Would any "reporter" ask President Obama: "What about your gaffes? No. Instead they cover for Obama and even more so for Biden (that guy gaffes just waking up in the morning). Perhaps if they wanted to ask real questions instead of hoping for that "gotcha moment" he would be more inclined to talk to them.

    July 31, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. Willie12345

    Good for him. The media is too rude and impolite for my liking.

    July 31, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. Rico Sauve

    This is the clown that some people want to be our leader! I see why Republicans dislike him!

    July 31, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Take that as a lesson, all you journalists out there: Show Romney respect... by not hitting him with questions that he would have difficulty answering.

    July 31, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. calvin

    the less said to this bunch of left wing reporters the better. every one here would make his words to fit there report. they are all know for miss reporting the news.

    July 31, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. hecep

    Take that as a lesson, all you evil journalists out there: Show Romney respect... and don't hit him with questions that he would have difficulty answering.

    July 31, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. waimeavalleygirl

    This aide needs to lose his job. Pronto. If Romney wins, he does not need this kind of assistant.

    July 31, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. TomNPitt

    "Governor – why is it you'll meet with the head of the Polish Unions, but yet have such disdain for unions in the United States? Are you pandering to the people of Poland? What is your true opinion of Unions and Union activity?"

    July 31, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. adam

    That's the level of intellect his advisory team has.

    July 31, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. tuscany590

    Oh my God, that is absolutely horrible..That man should be put in jail for such language..In the words of our inept VP "This is a big fing deal". Two horrible "news" sites that are worse than the National Enquirer.

    July 31, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. Joseph

    Ya really think this is newsworthy?

    July 31, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. waimeavalleygirl

    This aide needs to lose his job. If Romney wins, he and WE do not need this type of assistant to the president.

    July 31, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Morpunkt

    The liberal news media is launching their crusade against Romney on an international scale.
    They can kiss my gluteus maximus too.
    Romney in 2012.

    July 31, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. eric

    and yet the haters will vote for this pandering, jingoistic cultist.

    July 31, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    Past 45 days they couldn’t deliver anything, frustration

    July 31, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. American

    What? The Romney campaign exclaims "kiss my as__" at a holy site while somehow telling others to show respect. The hypocrisy & projection of Romney's campaign are unbelievably reprehensible.

    Romney's foreign 'apology' tour has been embarrassing & an epic fail on the world stage.

    July 31, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Andrew

    Gorka says "Show some respect" due to being so close to the memorial, then in the next breath he yells "Kiss my ass"? I guess "respect" means not getting information from Romney. The reporters have every right to ask any question to anyone who wants to be the most powerful person in the world. Just another reason NOT to vote for Romney!

    July 31, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. Mark

    Romney and his entourage didn't get their foot-in-mouth disease
    shots before they traveled. He's over there just to pay lip service.
    Even Obama engages foreigners better than that.

    July 31, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  22. ShawnDH

    Her Highness, Princess Mittens of Buttercup is not ready for the Big Leagues. He's in waaayyy over his head.

    July 31, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. Anon2012

    It's official, Team Romney is not ready for prime time. This was the most incoherent, devoid of content, bumbling foreign tour in the history of America. He is now rivaling Sarah Palin in foreign policy knowledge.

    July 31, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. Mike from Idaho

    Romney: "I see you've met my future White House Press Secretary... Heh."

    July 31, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  25. Morpunkt

    Jealous haters of Mitt Romney need to take note of their hypocrisy, when he Kennedys never get criticized for their wealth, all attained through bootlegging and insider trading, by pappa Joe.

    July 31, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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