How different were the Univision forum experiences for Mitt Romney and President Obama? First of all Romney agreed to only 35 minutes on stage, while the President gave them a full hour. That the Univision hosts mentioned this fact while introducing Romney caused him to throw a tantrum and demand a re-taped introduction before he’d appear onstage. Finally the two audiences were completely different as well: Obama’s campaign went along with Univision’s “parameters” for ticket distribution, while Romney threatened to reschedule if he wasn’t allowed to deviate. Coincidentally, the university official who coordinated both forums, Rudy Fernandez, is also a member of Romney’s Hispanic steering committee.
According to Buzzfeed, Romney was allowed to “bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill extra seats,” because not enough “sympathetic” students took tickets. And, naturally, “Romney’s non-student activists ignored instructions to hold their applause,” which explains the weird, rally-like cheering after every one of his responses. Thanks, Rudy Fernandez!
Meanwhile Obama’s campaign went along with Univsion’s requests and “allowed a large chunk of the tickets to be distributed to interested students on campus. The result was a quiet, well-behaved crowd — and a lot of no-shows. Minutes before Obama’s forum was to begin, producers began frantically directing university staff and volunteers to sit in the empty seats.”
But it gets better. Mitt actually threw a tantrum before he came on stage:
While introducing Romney at the top of the broadcast, Salinas’s co-anchor, Jorge Ramos, noted that the Republican candidate had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night. Ramos then invited the audience to welcome Romney to the stage — but the candidate didn’t materialize. Apparently, Romney took issue with the anchors beginning the broadcast that way, said Salinas, and he refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction. (One Republican present at the taping said Romney “threw a tantrum.”)
They’re also explaining Mitt’s stunning ‘brown face’ look that night as a “sunburn” and not a special makeup request. I think we all know what a sunburn looks like, Mittens. That was no sunburn.
This is yet another example of the impressive “leadership” qualities Romney would bring to the White House — if by impressive you mean Orwellian.