Mitt Romney at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan 3, 2012. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

Hmm. Looks like Mitt Romney might have given up on these here parts. A RealClearPolitics average of recent polls puts Obama up by 17.2 points in California, and while campaigning in Iowa today, the candidate jokingly compared the state to Greece. And he wasn’t talking about the sunny beaches, either. (Watch CSPAN’s video of Romney’s Iowa speech here. The California remark occurs around 13:50 of the video.)

AP reports on the jest…

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a potshot at California’s bedraggled economy, comparing it to the crisis in Greece, as he warned voters on Wednesday that Barack Obama is leading the nation down a similar path of huge debt.

“Entrepreneurs and business people around the world and here at home think that at some point America is going to become like Greece or like Spain or Italy, or like California – just kidding about that one, in some ways,” he added, to laughter from his audience in Iowa.

The remark seemed likely to bruise egos in a state wrestling with the prospect of tax increases and painful budget cuts. But Romney may have little to lose there – polls show Obama with a comfortable lead in California, where Democrats control the governorship and the Statehouse.

A spokesman for California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, disputed Romney’s assessment. Gil Duran said the state’s credit outlook has improved under Brown and that borrowing costs, a major issue facing Italy and other financially struggling European nations, have dropped by hundreds of millions of dollars.

“This is just a paper-thin Republican talking point that doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny” Duran said. “He should get some better speechwriters who actually know what they’re talking about.”

Video: Mitt Romney Compares California to Greece 25 April,2014Jon Brooks

  • Anonymous

    Romney has no chance in California. He can also afford insult New Yorkers since he has no chance there either. However, what Mitt knows about the economy or anything besides Bain-style vulture capitalism would fill a one page book. He publishes that thinnest of volumes every time he opens his mouth.

  • You’d lose

    Mitt Romney hit the nail centerpoint on the head, California is going to end up like Greece, there are to many stupid socialist liberal douchebags here, they want to ban everything and give all our money away to illegal imigrants. Im ashamed of what this State has become. Thank god that the majority of America consists of common sence Conservatives that uphold the Constitution.

  • Both are Dumbasses

    Romney is foppish to compare a state in the union with a sovereign country. If you really don’t understand the difference, you should not be President. He will lose to a weak opponent due to his own stupidity.

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