Dino Grandoni
The Atlantic Wire
February 27, 20q12

During an appearance at Daytona’s International Speedway, Sunday, Mitt Romney tried to play the part of a NASCAR-loving regular Joe, but reminded voters what a clueless rich guy he is by saying, “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners,” according to an Associated Press report story. Of course, many people latched onto quote. With AP reporter in tow, Romney spoke to both NASCAR VIPs privately and fans publicly about his love of cars and the city that makes cars, Detroit, ahead of the primary in Michigan this week, which Romney apparently has enough confidence he’ll win that he can manage an out-of-state campaign stop.

The full quote from Romney, when asked if he was a NASCAR fan, starts with an honest admission that he isn’t one. “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.”

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