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)
  1. Southeast

    Way to go, keep dodging questions you know you don't have answers for.

    July 31, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Comanche Voter

    I might well have said something worse. This pack of press hyenas was in full bay. If Romney tells the truth-it's a gaffe. Describing Mahmoud Abbas as a "world leader" who was offended by a Romney statement is itself a "gaffe" by press corps standards.

    July 31, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Thump

    The best the GOP has to offer, huh?

    July 31, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. runner305

    Real class act! Romney and his traveling, bumbling circus. Definitely NOT presidential. OBAMA 2012!!!

    July 31, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Gwats

    Look for more of this in a Romney Administration..... Ducking questions and acting like a Dictator instead of a Preisdent.

    July 31, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. trh

    good job! most of these "reporters" are nothing but self-centered jerks hoping for their 10 minutes of fame at someone elses expense!

    July 31, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. promote gorka

    Gorka should be the vp for romney. I like this guy.

    July 31, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Taroya

    And the repubs want this guy for President? Can't even handle reporters, something that actors do every day. He has stated he will start a war with Iran. He will repeal ACA, and increase the defense budget instead. What is he going to do about our economic issues? Well, based on his past experience, he will sell off US assets (maybe Yellowstone?) and strip jobs and ship them all overseas. Our government will be run by India.
    Pshaw! What a moron!

    July 31, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The press (and the public) get a little frustrated when the candidate doesn't take any questions. I guess that Romney needs to consider his response to gaffes from his London visit.

    July 31, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. Asturiano

    Such maturity and adult behavior.

    July 31, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Viltor

    Typical: Romney and his people don't want to be accountable for their words or actions.

    July 31, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Frank

    The arrogance of his press secretary is matched only by that of the candidate. Mitt Romney clearly is way out of his comfort zone if he is not among the tenth-of-one-percenters.

    July 31, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Rick

    Just another example of a politician who can't and will not tell the truth. Do we really want to have this Mormon liar for a president. He hasn't told the truth about anything yet. The only thing he does right is insult the American people. All he has done so far is make enemies out of our friends. I think he is trying to make our European friends hate Obama. This country is already in the garbage dump. We don't need any help from him. Has he said any thing about helping our economy? NO. Has he said anything about bringing our jobs back from overseas? NO. Has he said anything about helping the middle class? NO. What HAS he said? Anything? He hides behind the law. He only wants to get in office so he can make MORE money by passing laws that will protect the rich.

    July 31, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Guest

    Taking lessons from Biden, huh.

    July 31, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. really

    Wow, a series of biased and leading questions, irritated Romney's aide? He will need to get used to that.

    July 31, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. mikeharry

    a bit of honesty from the politicos – a heart felt flipping of the bird. its human and terrific. fresh. but even when all these insider power guys are smiling and spewing newspeak, they're invisibly flipping you an even bigger bird.

    July 31, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. Marion

    Why did he want the reporter to kiss Mr Romney.

    July 31, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. Ben

    Let me know when Obama is asked the same string of negative questions. Of course it would be hard to answer questions while golfing. When was the last time Obama met with his jobs council? Oh, nevermind, the economy is stalling again, but we need to know about Romney's dog thirty years ago.

    July 31, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. Wastrel

    Heh heh. "This is a holy site, kiss my a$$." Of course gaffes are really tall animals, so they do overshadow things...

    July 31, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    How a candidate for elected office conducts their campaign is a good measure of how that candidate would conduct their self in the elected office.

    July 31, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. Franks

    If you're going to drop a "Kiss My Ass" at this point, you really need to find a new career. Mitt likes firing people – he better pink slip this loser

    July 31, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  22. EBP

    "Show some respect," Romney aide said...then he cursed. The gaffes just keep on coming!

    July 31, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  23. Danny

    The more questions Romney answers the less chance he has on getting elected.

    July 31, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  24. EddyL

    Very diplomatic..... Romney is a fool.

    July 31, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. monkeboy

    So yelling a question to the President during an announcement is disrespectful, yelling questions at the tomb of the unknown isn't...got it.

    July 31, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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