On her Monday program, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell played a clip showing Mitt Romney speaking with amazement about going to a Wawa convenience store.
The apparent aim of MSNBC, in a video featured on BuzzFeed, was to make Romney appear out-of-touch. Mitchell suggested the episode could be likened to George H.W. Bush’s grocery store scanner moment.
However, it appears that MSNBC had played a little fast and loose with the editing. A cell phone camera captured the actual speech in its entirety, during which Romney called the location “Wawas” and boasted about the technology employed to serve customers, as the SooperMexican blog pointed out [emphasis his].
“By the way, where do you get your hoagies here, do you get them at Wawas?” Romney said. “Well I went to a place today called Wawas, have you ever been to Wawas? I know some people haven’t … We went to Wawas and it was instructive to me, because I saw the difference between the private sector and the governmental sector. People who work in government are good people and I respect what they do, but you see, the challenge with government is that it doesn’t have competition.”
Mitchell acknowledged her program in fact didn’t play the clip in its entirety. However, she said the presentation was done in such a way because “we didn’t get a chance to play it.”
Mitchell played the clip, but then offered no apology.
(h/t SooperMexican blog)