03/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Romney Misquotes Reagan At CPAC

The spirit of Ronald Reagan lives on at the Conservative Political Action Committee, but the late Great Communicator might not like the mangling that Mitt Romney did to one of his well-known sayings.

During his address Friday, the former Massachusetts governor implored the audience to stick close to true conservative principles, which he contrasted with false liberal principles.

"Ronald Reagan used to say that the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant, but that what they know is wrong," Romney said.

The second he dropped the Reagan quote, several conservative journalists in the press room threw up their hands in despair. He had it wrong, violating what one said was the GOP's 12th commandment: "Though shalt not misquote Reagan."

The real quote owes its staying power to its smooth flow and a rhythm that Romney's formulation lacks. "Well," said Reagan, "the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so."

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