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. clarke

    Well how about that!

    July 31, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  2. patw2100

    Liberals acting like liberals, what a shock.

    July 31, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. Gremlin

    This is not newsworthy.

    July 31, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. Klancy Schmertz

    Mitt is not ready for prime time. He doesn't appear that he ever will be.

    July 31, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  5. RDM3

    Way to go Team Romney....stay classy......

    July 31, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. The Body

    In Minnesota, we call that "The Jesse". Our former Gov wouldn't answer questions from the media and if he didn't like the question, and most were pretty innocuous, he'd just push away from the table, get up and walk away.

    July 31, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  7. Jonathan

    Let's get OOO (Obama out of office)!

    July 31, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  8. JT

    While he shouldn't have cursed, what kind of press corp uses questions like "What about your gaffes?" and expects someone to be pleasant in return?

    July 31, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  9. Lionel

    These are the people who wants to be in the White House. I saw we "shove them". Robme would be a laughing stock to the American people. I have already made up my mind and will not vote for this bafoon and his travelling clown show.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    July 31, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  10. BEn275

    Falling fast! I cant wait for four more years of one of the greatest presidents in history, Obama!

    July 31, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  11. Tom, Tom The Piper's Son


    July 31, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  12. Samuel R. Preston, III

    Doesn't matter if you are a R or a D - these types of questions from reporters just show how much of a collective batch of d-bags these so called "journalists" are. Yeah, the number one question someone wants a candidate to answer is "are you concerned about your gaffes". Don't ask anything about the economy, foreign policy, education...nah, that stuff is unimportant.

    July 31, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  13. Jonathan

    Oh wait, that would be "OOOO"...

    July 31, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. McShannon

    I'm not a Romney fan but dislike outright disrespect of national figures, including that disrespect showered on President Obama by GOP enthusiast. We in America have gotten much too hostile.

    July 31, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  15. Core republican Values

    Its super to see Mitt make and idiot of himself all over the world.

    July 31, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  16. Toby McDooogan

    That does it!!!!! I'm not voting for Romney's aid for president!!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. quieteye

    We already had a POTUS recently who regularly was prepped for select favorable audiences with choreographed scripted Q&A sessions. Communications aid departed (went back to Texas) after claiming such did not exist and obviously it did. The press can be a pain, but ignoring them in public settings on public trips when running for the highest office is like broadcasting you don't want to say anything because you will expose how less then qualified you are for that office. So you keep quiet. Strain starting to show on Romney team from taking that position for so long.

    Here we go again...

    July 31, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |

    What a fool ,romney the clown and his secrets are driving the whole Gop bafoons party down the toilet .Gop bafoons party train wreck in Nov ,with romney and BACHMANN and the rest of the Gop goof party ,where's your tax returns you tax evader????

    July 31, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  19. Dan

    If I were part of that press group I'd have two words to say to Mr. Gorka, and they wouldn't be "Happy Birthday."

    July 31, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  20. JoeinNC

    Interesting that Romneys Press Secretary said that, its what most of the media needs to be told all the time. I love it!

    July 31, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  21. bigtbone

    Stay classy mitt! Your likeability and unwavering confidence are a huge hit overseas.

    The audacity of the msm. Asking questions and quoting the replies...

    July 31, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  22. DAK

    "Birds of a feather" right GOP? Isn't this what you've tried to paint Obama with on the people surrounding him? Now the shoe is on the other foot and of course, you'll dismiss this as "It wasn't Romney that said it" and all that usual balogna... Mitt Romney wants to be the President, and as Truman said "The buck stops here" so Mitt is responsible for everything his people do or don't do. If it applies to Obama, it applies to Mitt and Romney is nothing but an embarassment to the USA on this trip. London, Israel and now Poland. I hope he never travels to China or Russia... talk about WWIII

    July 31, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  23. rsp

    Romey campaign is starting to look like they are in meltdown mode after an unsuccessful international tour, facing more tax and financial issues and, now, two major racist slurs - Mr. Romney's against the Arabs, i.e., Palestinians, and Mrs. Romney's "you people" slip directed at the Black journalist on GMA.

    July 31, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  24. thats funny right there

    way to go mittens, boy i hope you get elected to save us all. Now thats funny right there.

    July 31, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  25. KC Yankee

    Brilliant! Show some respect indeed. Is it just me or is Mittens starting to get that look you sometimes see during a political campaign when it is obvious that the candidate feels like a loser and he knows that everybody (even his supporters) know he is really a loser?

    July 31, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
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