Ted Strickland's Romney-Bashing Comedy Routine

The former governor of Ohio riles up the Democratic convention crowd with a series of zingers mocking Mitt Romney.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- The first night of the Democratic convention was packed with enough red meat to cause a heart attack. And nobody dished it up better than Ted Strickland, the former Ohio governor known for his old-school economic populism.

Strickland's rapid-fire routine of Mitt Romney-mocking one-liners, yelled at high volume, whipped the convention-hall crowd into a frenzy. Here are his Letterman-worthy zingers:

* "If Mitt was Santa Claus, he'd fire the reindeer and outsource the elves."

* "Mitt Romney has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport. It summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps."

* "Barack Obama is betting on the American worker. Mitt Romney is betting on a Bermuda shell corporation."

* "Barack Obama saved the American auto industry. Mitt Romney saved on his taxes."

* "Barack Obama is an economic patriot. Mitt Romney is an outsourcing pioneer."

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Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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