“Mitt Romney on Thursday visited a factory shuttered when George W. Bush was in the White House, and said its lingering idleness marks a failure of President Barack Obama’s economic policies,” AP writes. “’Had the president’s policies worked it, would be open again,’ the Republican presidential contender told a small audience seated in the cavernous space. Obama visited the factory — then open — during his 2008 campaign for the White House, and Romney’s aides chose the site specifically for its presumed political advantage.”
“Mitt Romney is planning to deliver the commencement address next month at the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, his latest effort to consolidate the conservative base now that he is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee,” the Boston Globe writes.
John McCain on FOX, per GOP 12: “Right now, let's have some straight talk, we're running behind, okay.”
At a stop in Pennsylvania, Romney got in some hot water with comments about cookies. “At a campaign event on Tuesday, Romney joked with a woman about a plate of cookies on the table where they were sitting,” the Boston Globe reports. Romney said, “I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney said to the woman. “Did you make those cookies? You didn’t, did you? No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever.”
But: “In fact, the cookies came from Bethel Bakery, a popular Pittsburgh pastry shop.” The bakery’s owner, John Walsh, told a local TV station: “We wanted him to be welcomed with the best in the ’burgh, and he had no idea. This guy has no idea how beloved this institution is that provided these cookies.”
“Walsh later told The Wall Street Journal that he believed Romney was only kidding, and a 7-Eleven spokeswoman said the company was not offended by the likely Republican nominee’s remark.”
“Mitt Romney’s visit to Fenway Park earlier this week has prompted renewed focus on a 2006 comment in which he reportedly told an Air Force pilot he was in Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years,” the Boston Globe writes.
Problem: “The team won the clinching Game 4 of the 2004 World Series not in Boston but at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Romney mistake. An ad in Michigan played up his Michigan roots, and uses a photo of him supposedly at the Detroit Auto Show with his father. But the image was, in fact, of the 1964 World’s Fair in New York; The Toronto Star reported on Romney remembering the “Golden Jubilee,” which took place before he was born; and In 2007, he was pressed on whether he "saw" his father march with Martin Luther King Jr. as he claimed on Meet the Press.
“Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) told the Daily Beast that Mitt Romney would have a ‘tall order to position Hispanics to vote for him’ even though his father was born in Mexico,” Political Wire notes. “Schweitzer admitted that it is ‘kinda ironic given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he'd have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy.’”