Mitt Romney may be a millionaire, but he wants voters to know that he is not above wearing a garbage bag for protection from the rain.
On Sunday, Romney visited Florida's Daytona International Speedway and made several comments that had the unintended effect of reinforcing his image as a wealthy individual out of touch with the struggles of ordinary Americans.
He approached a group of fans wearing plastic ponchos and said, "I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks."
On Wednesday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly asked Romney why he keeps saying "those things" if Democrats are just going to use them to attack him:
ROMNEY: Well you know, it's hard to imagine all the things they're [Democrats] going to try and turn into attacks. I mean, that's the first time I've heard the one you've mentioned. Look I have worn a garbage bag for rain gear myself. And we're out there in the rain. And the rain was getting us soaked. I didn't have a rain coat myself. I would have liked one of those. So you know it's just the nature of the process.
O'REILLY: I know you were kidding around and anybody who knows you, knows you were kidding around with the folks. I mean, I do it all the time. But you know anything you say can and will be used against you. I have to Mirandize you tonight, governor, in front of the nation, okay? You have the right to remain silent.
ROMNEY: Yes, yes exactly.
WATCH (starting around 5:30):
On Tuesday, Romney admitted comments that reinforce his wealth have hurt his campaign.