Indecision 2012 - Win Dixie

  • Aired:  03/12/12
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As part of his Southern strategy, Mitt Romney references the issues that matter most to Southerners: their accent and choosing the right breakfast starch. (4:16)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

44 YEARS AGO RICHARD NIXON WON

THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HIS FAMED

MIX OF CHARM AND CHARISMA AND

A THING CALLED THE SOUTHERN

STRATEGY, AN APPEAL TO RACIAL

FEARS TO TURN THE SOUTH AWAY

FROM DEMOCRATS THUS MAKING UP

FOR NIXON'S LACK OF CHARM AND

CHARISMA.

EVERY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE HAS

NEEDED A STRATEGY TO WIN THE

SOUTH.

WITH THE PRIMARIES TOMORROW IN

ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI WE'RE

GOING TO CHECK IN WITH MITT

ROMNEY'S SOUTHERN STRATEGY AND

HOW IT'S DEVELOPING.

>> GOOD MORNING, Y'ALL.

GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.

>> Jon: YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO DO

THIS.

>> I GOT STARTED RIGHT WITH A

BISCUIT AND SOME CHEESY GRITS.

DELICIOUS.

>> Jon: A GUY THAT LOOKS LIKE

HE JUST STEPPED OFF THE

MONOPOLY BOARD.

DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU'RE

GOING TO APPEAL TO SOUTHERNERS

BY FINDING REFERENCE WITH THEM

ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST

TO THEM: THEIR ACCENT AND

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BREAKFAST

STARCH?

THIS POOR GUY.

FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING,

CONTORTING HIMSELF JUST TO WIN

A FEW VOTES.

IS THERE ANYTHING MORE

PATHETIC SOUTHERN FRIED

PANDERING THAN GRITS?

>> THIS PLACE ALWAYS HAS A

SPECIAL FEELING IN MY HEART

BECAUSE WHEN I GREW UP I WAS

THINKING ABOUT DAVEY CROCKETT.

REMEMBER THE SONG BORN ON A

MOUNTAIN TOP IN TENNESSEE,

GREENEST STATE IN THE LAND OF

THE FREE.

RAISED IN THE WOODS SO HE KNEW

EVERY TREE.

AND HE KILLED HIMSELF A BEAR

WHEN HE WAS ONLY THREE.

DAVEY, DAVEY CROCKETT.

REMEMBER THAT?

>> Jon: NO, THEY DON'T

REMEMBER IT.

THEY'RE NOT 60.

YOU KNOW, YOU REALLY DID NAIL

DOWN THE PEOPLE WHO GREW UP

WITH BLACK AND WHITE TV VOTE.

FORTUNATELY ROMNEY HAD A

CHANCE TO USE A SLIGHTLY MORE

RECENT SOUTHERN SONG REFERENCE

AT A RALLY LAST FRIDAY WITH

RANDY OWEN, LEAD SINGER OF THE

LEGENDARY COUNTRY BAND

ALABAMA.

THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHICH

GREATEST ALABAMA HIT IS MITT

GOING TO ASK HIM TO SING?

FEELS SO RIGHT.

I KNOW WE HAD TO LOOK UP OTHER

SONGS ON WIKIPEDIA.

WHICH ONE.

>> SWEET HOME ALABAMA.

WOULDN'T THAT BE WONDERFUL.

♪ SWEET HOME ALABAMA ♪♪

♪ WHERE THE SKIES ARE SO

BLUE ♪♪

>> Jon: THAT SONG IS LEONARD

SKIN ARD.

EVERYTHING ROMNEY KNOWS ABOUT

THE SOUTH HE LEARNED FROM A

JEFF FOXWORTHY ROUTINE.

IF YOU HAVE A WORKING 52-INCH

PLASMA TV ON TOP OF ALSO

WORKING 52-INCH PLAZA MA TV,

YOU MIGHT BE A ROMNEY.

IF YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF

FIREWORKS IS FIRING PEOPLE AT

WORK... SERIOUSLY, WHERE IS

ROMNEY GETTING THIS STUFF.

>> JEFF FOXWORTHY JOINS US

NEXT WITH THE GOVERNOR.

>> Jon: HOLY (BEEP).

>> MITT IS THE RIGHT GUY FOR

THE JOB.

>> I UNDERSTAND YOU'VE GOTTEN

A LOT OF NEW MATERIAL FROM THE

FEEDBACK FROM PEOPLE SINCE YOU

MADE THIS ENDORSEMENT.

WHAT KIND OF NEW MATERIAL?

>> THERE'S THE FEEDBACK.

>> CAN YOU REPEAT IT, JEFF?

>> YEAH.

>> NOW WE HAVE TO KEEP

OURSELVES AND ALL THE VIEWERS

HANGING AS TO THE FEEDBACK

THAT JEFF FOXWORTHY GOT AND

THE NEW MATERIAL HE'S BEEN

ABLE TO ACCRUE SINCE ENDORSING

MITT ROMNEY.

>> Jon: NO, NO, NO, NO.

SATELLITE TROUBLES.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT THIS.

IF YOU HAVE A CAR ON YOUR

FRONT LAWN BECAUSE YOUR GARAGE

ONLY HOLDS FIVE CARS, IF YOU

GO TO THE DINER AND ORDER YOUR

EGGS FABERGE, IF YOU THINK

CLOVERFIELD WAS A MOVIE ABOUT

YOUR BUTLER, YOU MIGHT BE A

ROMNEY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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