Is it just us or has former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gotten really good at engaging rowdy hecklers and using their outbursts as opportunities to reiterate his campaign message?
After today’s speech in DeWitt, Mich., it’s certainly starting to look that way.
Speaking outside the Sweetie-licicious Bakery Cafe on Tuesday, Romney addressed the economy, high unemployment, and the need to embrace pro-business, pro-growth solutions. However, it wasn’t long before a contingent of anti-Romney protesters tried to disrupt his speech with repeated shouts of “four more years!”
But instead of getting flustered and stomping off, Romney simply used their protest as an excuse to contrast his proposed policies with President Obama’s.
“Yeah, listen, I hear some people chanting ‘four more years.’ Who wants four more years of Obamacare?” Romney asked to a thunderous “no!”
“Who wants four more years of Dodd-Frank that makes it harder for banks to make loans to small business?” he asked to a similar reaction. “Who wants four more years of energy policies that say we can’t use our own coal and our gas? Who wants four more years of higher taxes? Who wants four more years of greater and greater regulations that strangles small businesses?”
Romney concluded by addressing the drowned-out hecklers: “Sorry, the guys who want four more years, you can stay on that side of the street! We’re getting American working again on this side of the street!”
Watch Romney engage the hecklers [via The Right Scoop]:
“Look, if I’m president of this country, I’m going to almost do the exact opposite of –” Romney said before noticing that his supporters were chanting “four more months!”
“Yeah, that’s good, let’s have a chant for four more months,” Romney said. “Yeah, four more months. That’s about right.”