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Romney goes desi, buses in supporters

india Updated: Sep 26, 2012 00:41 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj

This could have been a story about Mulayam Singh Yadav. But Mitt Romney, thousands of miles away, will do. Romney is reported to have brought busloads of Republican party activists to fill empty seats in the audience to make himself look good with Latino voters.

The former Massachusetts governor is doing poorly among Latino voters.

President Barack Obama, on the other hand, appeared first for an interview with Latino channel Univision last week, with enough students in the local university to pack the audience.

The President was also generous with his time, granting interviewers one hour, which was graciously acknowledged later by the anchors, who were not so kind with Romney.

In leaks to local radios in Florida, the interview hosts gave away the story. Romney was a boor from the start. He didn't like the introduction saying he was on for only 35 minutes.

Obama had been on air for an hour. The Republican challenger refused to go ahead with the interview if the introduction was not changed immediately.

Romney was throwing a tantrum. Later on, the Romney campaign figured they won't be able to fill the seats with students from the university. And they wanted to bring in their activists.

Romney's aides threatened to reschedule the interview if they were not allowed to fill those empty seats with activists bused in from outside the state.

And the activists were just that: activists. They refused to go with prompts and cheered their candidate as they would have at any rally.