Video: Mitt Romney Sings "America The Beautiful" (Badly)

Monday, January 30, 2012 | 8:28 PM

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January 30, 2012 - The Villages, Florida - On the eve of Florida's Republican presidential primary election, candidate Mitt Romney holds a comfortable lead in the polls. He's ahead of Newt Gingrich by 15 points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll today.  
To celebrate, the former Massachusetts governor once again butchered "America The Beautiful" in public as he tried to sing it before a crowd of senior citizens at Lake Sumter Landing. It was his last campaign stop of the day. Video below.

"The Romney family was in a joyful mood Monday night," reports The Weekly Standard this evening, "as the campaign held its final campaign rally of the Florida GOP primary. During her introductory remarks, Mitt's wife Ann handed the microphone to her 5-year-old grandson Parker and asked him to tell the large crowd what he said on the campaign bus. 'I think papa's going to win!' he said. The crowd loved it."

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Barf, right? Did Abe Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt drag their snot-nosed grandchildren onto any stages when they were campaigning? When the heck did candidate start doing that?

And, why would Mitt's grandson refer to him as "Papa?" Isn't that what one calls one's father? Those northeasterners are weird. It's just creepy. Romney's attempt to sing was almost as pitiful as his attempt to fool the American electorate that he's a conservative.

Tragically, Romney's crooning tonight in The Prune Juice State is not the first time Romney has mangled "America The Beautiful."
It's as though he has some latent desire to seek revenge on the nation that rejected him in 2008 by inflicting us with his off-key warbling of such a beloved song.

In reality, of course, Romney uses the song in a schmaltzy attempt to connect with voters who are just as square as himself. He tends to tailor his performance of the song to his local audience. Often, notes John Swaine of The Telegraph (UK), this causes Romney's audience to groan.
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