August 11th, 2007
07:30 AM ET
15 years ago

Candidates descend on Des Moines, Romney drops chop

Watch Romney take his turn as a celebrity chef at the Iowa State Fair Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Candidates, candidates, candidates. The Iowa State Fair is in full swing in Des Moines, and with it comes, you guessed it, the presidential wannabe's.

GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul and even unofficial candidate Newt Gingrich have all made stops at the fair in Des Moines so far. Tommy Thompson will also make an appearance.

More than a million people attended this Iowa tradition in 2006, and this year fair officials expect nothing less. So what better place for the GOP candidates to look for votes for Saturday's straw poll than right here?

But in addition to the candidates' stops at the Des Moines Register's political soapbox speech area –where candidates can give a short description of themselves to voters - there's a veritable smorgasbord of possible photo ops to choose from.

Former Massachusetts governor and current Iowa frontrunner Mitt Romney grabbed a spatula to flip a few pork chops today at the Iowa Pork Producers Association booth. And yes, a reporter did ask about the coincidence of his "flipping" pork chops and the fact that he's been accused of flip-flopping on the issues. Romney laughed that off. He did, however, accidentally drop one of the chops, which he quickly picked up and, citing the so-called "five-second" rule, threw back on the grill. Needless to say, that was met with a few friendly boos from the onlookers.

Romney was also asked by a German media outlet what he thought of their country. Another minor flub followed.

"President Merkel is wonderful, and will do great things for her country and for the world," Romney said.

The only thing is, Angela Merkel is the chancellor of Germany, not the president.

Democratic candidate Barack Obama made a similar gaffe on Tuesday, calling Canada’s prime minister "president."

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    HAHAHA, EW. Okay, wait – I thought it was a ten-second rule...? Though five-second rule sounds much more sanitary, I suppose. I guess that's another thing to flip flop over.

    August 10, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    5 second rule... Did we revert back to teenagers?!?! Romney's going to win the Straw Poll tomorrow hands down, because he's bought thousands of tickets and is going to give everyone a free ride, among other free crap. He's essentially buying the poll tomorrow. As an Iowan, I would hope that the rest of my fellow Iowans don't actually believe what this guy says... Vote for that other guy... You know, the one who doesn't flip-flop, respects the Constitution, and is a true Conservative... yeah, that guy, vote for him...

    August 10, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Abe, San Diego, CA

    Obama is a joke. He's about as qualified to be president as you or I.

    August 10, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. James, NY, NY

    Which politician respects the constitution? If any of them did we would have varying tax rates based on income. Also name a candidate who doesn't flip flop.

    Politicians are like a school of fish beached on the seashore. They are a flipping and flopping all over the place.

    August 10, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. bret, atl, ga

    James, NY NY – you are mislead, my man. The Constitution doesn't have anything about varying tax rates based on income – in fact, any tax on INCOME would be ANATHEMA (that means, it would make them explode or kill somebody [or both]) to the authors of that document.

    Do some research man. We can live just fine without income taxation. In fact, we'd be a heck of a lot better off than we are now.

    And that is why Ron Paul is the only one worth voting for!

    August 10, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Flip flop is a cheap pot shot thrown out when there is nothing very intelligent to say in opposition to Romney. And by the way, nearly everyone gets a free ride to the straw poll, regardless of candidate.

    August 10, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. John Allen, Augusta, GA

    Mr Bret, What taxation do you propose or do you think our government (that means you) should just let everything go to pot? Yes, obviously the current tax system isn't working and the loopholes can be easily exploited. I agree the fair tax proposal is the best way to go, for simplicity's sake, as long as it doesn't get twisted into something else. Back to the subject on Mitt Romney, you have to agree he carries much, much less baggage than any other candidate. Yeah, he's changed his views on things but I can't think of anyone who hasn't changed their views over the course of their lives. Just think about it, the older people get the more important social security (a failed system) is to them. What's important is we get a respectable individual in the White House, someone who doesn't have a bunch of skeletons clamoring in their closet. Neither Hillary Clinton or that clown Barrack Obama fit the leader image we need as president, that's for sure. At least Romney has actually DONE something other than be elected. We need a proven leader, not someone who has run a campaign to get elected to Congress.

    August 10, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Absolutely agree with you Mr. Allen from GA "What's important is we get a respectable individual in the White House, someone who doesn't have a bunch of skeletons clamoring in their closet." Mitt Romney is a strong leader and he will do excellent job as President of the United States of America.

    August 10, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Vinny, Boston, MA

    Romney apparently finds pork chops more difficult to flip than his position on every issue.

    August 10, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. todd phillips

    Mitt Romney has as much chance as becoming the next president as I do. He can bring every relative he's got into the game and he still has zero chance of winning. Wrong guy, wrong time, wrong planet. Thank You.

    August 10, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Lindsey, Northampton, MA

    Hmmm.. something substantive in opposition to Romney?

    Let's see.. He first ran for MA Gov. as an allegedly pro-choice/not-actively-homophobic "moderate," but now that he doesn't have to pretend to care about Massachusetts and has to play to the base, he claims to have always been anti-abortion and anti-gay..

    He enlists his priveleged sons to ride a fraction of RAGBRAI for the campaign and claims that's "service to the United States of America," comparable to military service.

    Also, he hates public education and made that abundantly clear as Governor of Mass, allowing the state University system to reach 80% private funding and actively suppressing teacher, faculty and student unions.

    Oh yeah.. and the former governor of Massachusetts does not know how many counties the state has. Romney is a businessman, slick and always out for a profit. He knows he's floundering, and thinks injecting money and false interest into Iowa will buy him legitimacy.

    August 10, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. John, Frazer, PA

    I think that both Obama and Romney have demonstrated by their using wrong titles for foreign leaders why we need someone with experience in foreign affairs. This comment should not be read as my endorsing any particular candidate. It is just meant to emphasize the need for a President who knows how to conduct himself or herself on the world stage.

    August 10, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. Russell, California

    President, Prime Minister... I don't think it's that big of a deal, at least he knew her darn name!

    August 11, 2007 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  14. Mike in Atlanta GA

    Romney is supposed to be a conservative right? The guy has spent five million dollars on a straw poll! What do you think he'll do in the white house? Look at how Ron Paul handles his money and then tell me who the true conservative is.

    August 11, 2007 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  15. john,richmond, VA

    Mitt Romney is a Morman which is very good for him an his family. The Morman church has to much control of its followers which is a bad thing. I do not want the Morman Church controlling the united states of America.

    All of the Mormans I ever met were very nice people.

    August 11, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |