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. Tad

    The press very seldom asks questions that make a damn to what's going on in the world and generally they are rude and abusive and more so to Republicans than Democrats...I love the secretary told them to "kiss his ass"! How refreshing that someone was actually NOT politically correct!!

    July 31, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. sbeth1

    I would swear too if I would being hounded by the press. But, I am not running for President. That makes me happy. It is a thankless job.

    July 31, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  3. HenryB

    Where are them big boy pants, Mittster? Cannot answer but 3 questions during your entire trip and then only the ones that will not prove that you are a complete ignoramus? And then have your press secretary curse at reporters at a holy site? Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    July 31, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  4. Zoglet

    More right wing charm.
    Romney is fake and his backers are unplesant arrogant brash self promoters.

    July 31, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. n

    Again America, Romney in the flesh, he is not for the American people. Romney is not and has never been a servant of the American people . . . He feel we should continue to serve him.

    July 31, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  6. Rob

    The press/media is an arrogant, selfrighteous group of prima donnas. Gorka said nothing wrong!!!!

    July 31, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. some guy in New Hampshire

    So Romney's press aide lets the press rattle him. Romney's foreign policy aide tells him to say that's OK with Romney if Israel bombs Iran and that the US would wade right into that conflict. Romney's economic advisers coach him to promise to cut taxes, hike million spending, and somehow the budget will instantly balance. Does Romney know the difference between competence and incompetence? Makes me nervous about what kind of cabinet and White House staff he'd think were just right.

    July 31, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. Brhino

    The press reaps what it sows. I think "shove it" summed it up nicely.

    July 31, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  9. Joe

    How Romney isn't pushing shopping carts at Walmart for a living is beyond me.

    July 31, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  10. Bob

    Now this is an important story. Thankfully we have CNN and the internet to bring us breaking stories like this.

    July 31, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  11. Vincent

    I can understand the annoyance with the questioning about the 'gaffes', but this is something a politician should be used to dealing with.
    They obviously want the press there to snap shots of the candidate posing in various locations with various dignitaries to try and build up foreign credentials. But did they think they would simply follow along and stay quiet and only do as theyre told? And if Romney has only given them 3 questions during the whole time hes had them following, that seems like hes afraid of them?
    The press always tries to shout out questions highlighting the things you may least like 😀 So maybe he IS afraid of them! But avoiding them and not giving them a specific time and place for questions just ensures more questions being thrown out all the time, and everywhere.

    Either way, the press secretary should have better skills at deaing with it, or simply ignore it.

    July 31, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  12. Walsingham

    In all of his time in office has the President ever been asked about "his gaffes"? Ever? He hasn't even been asked about the Vice President's gaffes.

    July 31, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  13. nolongerarepublican

    Since Romney always says something totally stupid, it is best that he just keep his mouth shut.

    July 31, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  14. Lee Downie

    Pretty cushy, eh? The man himself doesn't cuss: he "has people" who take care of those things for him.

    July 31, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  15. Aret

    Reporters seem to be a bit pushy... And then wonder why they are told to get lost.. And then expect an apology? I dont much care for Mitt but the company he keeps isnt doing well for his intended image. Perhaps he needs to reconsider who he keeps close. Not that he is going to win the election anyhow...

    July 31, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  16. Angela Lee

    Most impressive! NOT!!!!

    July 31, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  17. Yashmun

    Mr.Acosta should interview American domestic violence victims before he leaves Warsaw.

    July 31, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  18. Jazz4Life

    I guess Romney doesn't have control over what comes out of his aide's mouth either. Hmm,,,,,,,food for thought.

    July 31, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  19. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    There were two Republican leaders that I thought would make desirable presidential candidates. Neither tried to achieve the nomination.
    It is a shame that the GOP cannot move forward with the rest of the world.

    July 31, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    'KMA' and 'Shove It' make beautiful bumper stickers for Mittens. I can hardly wait to see, "Shove It You People, Romney 2012." "KMA American Workers, Mittens 2012." "Plutocrats Don't Answer Questions, Mitty 2012."

    July 31, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  21. idunno

    The media are leaches. They push and push and push to get a reaction then have a field day if it's the wrong one. Whatever happened to respect? Guess that's trumped by the dollar too.

    July 31, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  22. bacarr

    I like to see this level of fight from the Romney campaign against its most committed opponents.

    July 31, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  23. Ronnie

    Romony and his cabinet will tell the american people wo don't agree with him to kiss his ask too...

    July 31, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  24. They were lucky

    I'm sure the reporters deserved everything they got and more. They're quite obnoxious when it comes to getting their story.

    July 31, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  25. Name glbrtayal

    That's okay, this is China's century.  The 19th century was the British.  The 20th century was ours.   China will take over soon.  So we will all need to learn how to speak Manderian. 

    Like Bobby McFarlin sang "don't worry be happy!"


    July 31, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
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