By Chance Breckenridge
TAMPA, Fla. – Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said today he was “only joking” when he said the U.S. would achieve energy independence by 2020.
“I mean, come on, that’s ridiculous,” he said.
Romney last week released his energy plan, which said the country could be producing 28 billion barrels of oil each day by 2020. The plan, however, apparently was designed to produce laughs.
Romney last week told another joke, saying “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate,” an apparent reference to President Obama’s “birther” controversy. Romney later explained he wasn’t questioning Obama’s citizenship, just “telling a joke.”
The Romney Team has seemingly changed the campaign to a stand-up tour heading into this week’s GOP Convention.
“It’s a brave move,” said comedian Chris Rock. “I guess the serious version of his campaign wasn’t working, so he switched it up. It could work.”
Some other recent Romney jokes:
- “For markets to work, consumers must have the information and the power to make decisions about their own care. Placing the patient at the center of the process will drive quality up and cost down while ensuring that services are designed to provide what Americans actually want.”
- “Pakistan should understand that any connection between insurgent forces and Pakistan’s security and intelligence forces must be severed.”
- “They don’t call them fraternities at Brigham Young University. They’re called Service Clubs. It was the Cougar Club.”
- “I am who I am.”
“Stand-up comedy is very popular right now throughout the country, whether we’re talking about Jeff Foxworthy or Daniel Tosh,” said comedian Patton Oswalt. “It looks like Romney is trying to harness that popularity and create new votes. Some of his jokes are probably racist, but a lot of the things he’s saying are really, really funny.”