Mitt Romney is giving a town hall in Bowling Green, Ohio Wednesday, and in response to a woman's assertion that President Obama is a "monster," Romney replied "that's not the term I would use." The woman responded, according to TPM, "Well, I can. I'm an angry mom," to crowd laughter. These kinds of moments where Romney interacts with an angry member of the base get attention from folks looking for a dramatic moment like the one when John McCain chastised a woman for calling Obama a Muslim in 2008. Romney got a bit of flak back in May when he didn't address an audience member's assertion that Obama should be tried for treason.
"That's not the term I would use" isn't as direct a repudiation as McCain's "No, ma'am. He's a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with..." Though it is the near-exact wording Romney used when he responded to Rush Limbaugh's attacks on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, after days of anticipation about whether he'd stand up to the right-wing host. "I'll just say this, which is, it's not the language I would have used," he said at the time, and though some pundits called this a weak response, it seems he liked it well enough to use it as a stock response to awkward moments with his own base.
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