July 31st, 2012
05:51 AM ET
10 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)

    Mitt the twit is not the solution,he's the problem. That's why he won't let those tax returns out.

    July 31, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  2. Maxx

    Not presidential, even his aides are bullies.

    July 31, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  3. Jimmy D.

    Wow, when does it stop? If these gaffes or incidents were attributed to POTUS, the right would be having a field day.

    July 31, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  4. don

    Mitt and his "not ready for prime time" team

    July 31, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  5. nitro

    I guess that site wasn't so holy after Gorka got through. It becomes frustrating when you try to hide Mr. Robme's faults and you start to run out of answers.

    July 31, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  6. Fortinbras

    Good work, Rick Gorka! Dont let Mitt say a word! Gag him if you have to!

    July 31, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  7. Marie MD

    I see that mitt the twit continues to make friends wherever he goes.
    So it's okay to curse but not answer questions? "Gorka: "Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect."
    I don't think anyone in his campaign knows the meaning of respect, the truth, ethics or just plain common sense.
    Way to leave your Kolob mark on other countries. Even the Isrealis are speaking against his remakrs against the Palestinians. Walessa is an old man who doesn't understand that he was next to someone who wants to destroy unions in the US and (I am going tgo out on a limb ike mcnasty who know knows what is going on in that empty brain of the bully bishop) . I think he was being polite. Chants of Obama, Obama, Obama, were heard as he stepped out of some building in Poland. I think the flip flopper needs to understand THAT NOBODY LIKES HIM!!! Money can't buy you votes.

    July 31, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  8. Obama2012

    even I could do better if I were a candidade..

    July 31, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  9. Oy

    Wish I could say that I'm shocked...

    July 31, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  10. MaryAngeline

    It will be interesting to see if Robme has the spine to fire this guy! We all know he loves to fire people, but let's see if he can fire one of his staff. The guy sure deserves to hit the bricks.

    July 31, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. Wake up people

    Wow. Not very Presidential at all. Does this empty suit really feel like he can win without talking to the press? Just answer some questions and stick to your answers. How this liar has any supporters besides the mega rich completely baffles me.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 31, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  12. geraldo

    and this is news? who cares

    July 31, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  13. Hopper

    I want to know what did he meant when he said the Jews were culturally predisposed to make profit.

    July 31, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  14. mark

    A taste of how they're going to treat voters back home "shove it" – real nice.

    July 31, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  15. caw083@comcast.net

    I suppose his comment to the questions being asked of romney shows respect. NOT1 So far his trip abroad has three strikes. YOU'RE OUT11111

    July 31, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  16. gdouglaso

    Well...it would appear this ribald show of a public relations tour to garner "I am an international statesman," status is not quite going as planned - neither Romney nor his aides seem to be up to the task.

    July 31, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  17. Llosano

    How can you curse in the holy site and at the same time ask others to show some respects. Oh, maybe he's also a mormon

    July 31, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  18. b

    Looks like someone else won't be making the trip to the Whitehaus.

    July 31, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  19. Jason

    Sounds about right. Reporters from all these organizations can be paparazzi vultures.

    July 31, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  20. TBS

    Mittens has only answered 3 questions from the traveling press corps. He has show during this foreign trip that he clearly out of his league. He has insulted the British and the Palestenians. . His spokesman is cursing reporters. God help our country if this draft-dodging,postion changing, pander bear is elected!

    July 31, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  21. Johnjon

    "show some respect", "kiss my ass", and "shove it".................... nothing like showing what the "ugly American" looks like over seas. looks like Romney is making friends everywhere he travels. quite a difference from four years ago when thousands of people came out to see nominee Obama.

    July 31, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  22. Enrico

    It looks like 'Mitt the Twit' as so accurately portrayed in the British Media, has a few more Twits on staff! I just wish the US electorate will take notice, and avoid voting for this loon!

    July 31, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  23. I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

    what do you expect from the coven that worships money and power.... flowers and hugs?
    These people only care about themselves and have no respect for what they call the sub classes.

    July 31, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  24. Give me a break

    HAHA..Wow. Romney is not only a "winner" himself, but he surrounds himself with winners too! No chance of winning whatsoever!!!

    July 31, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  25. Mike

    Aw, thanks Rick! And it's not even my birthday.

    July 31, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
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