Mitt Romney, who has frequently highlighted his executive acumen in his campaign for the White House, mixed business with politics on Friday when he mistakenly called the United States a "company" that he thinks he and his running mate can rescue.
"Paul Ryan and I understand how the economy works, we understand how Washington works, we will reach across the aisle and find good people who, like us, want to make sure this company deals with its challenges," Romney said during a Republican National Convention send-off rally in Lakeland, Fla.
Friday's comments were not the first time that the former Massachusetts governor fused boardroom lexicon with political rhetoric.
"Corporations are people, my friend," Romney told an unruly protester last summer at the Iowa State Fair.
Democrats pounced on the off-the-cuff reply as evidence that the GOP standard-bearer is too cozy with Wall Street and sympathetic to corporate greed.
In his RNC address Thursday night, Romney defended his business credentials against ongoing attacks from President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, which has tried to paint Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat.
"Is it any wonder that some who attacks success has led the worst economy recovery since the Great Depression?" Romney asked. "In America, we celebrate success, we don't apologize for it."
His prime-time speech was briefly interrupted by several protesters from the women's rights group CODEPINK. They reportedly shouted "people over profits" and "Democracy is not a business" before convention security removed them from the Tampa Bay Times Forum amid "U-S-A" chants from the RNC crowd.
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Jan. 10, 2012 -- "That Smell"
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Jan. 24, 2012 -- "Still Unbroken"
Romney <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/mitt-romney-tax-returns-released_n_1225247.html" target="_hplink">released his tax records</a>, showing that he and his wife, Ann, paid a 2010 rate of 13.9 percent. Thanks to a large portion of his earnings stemming from capital gains and investments, that amount was below what most Americans paid. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Feb. 1, 2012 -- "The Ballad Of Curtis Loew"
In an interview with CNN, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/mitt-romney-very-poor_n_1246557.html" target="_hplink">Romney told viewers</a> that he's "not concerned about the very poor," explaining that there is a social safety net in place for that part of the population.
March 7, 2012 -- "Tuesday's Gone"
Romney fell short of breaking away from the GOP field on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/07/mitt-romney-results-super-tuesday-2012_n_1318741.html" target="_hplink">Super Tuesday</a>. Even with a narrow win in Ohio and a host of losses in other states, optimism was abound. "There will be good days and bad days, always long hours and never enough time," he said during his speech. "But, on November 6th, we will stand united -- not only having won an election, but having saved a future." (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
March 12, 2012 -- "What's Your Name?"
In an attempt to reach out to Southern voters, Romney mixed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/mitt-romney-hugs-southern-girls-mobile-alabama_n_1339692.html" target="_hplink">age, women and hugs all in one</a>. At a campaign rally in Mobile, Alabama, he emphasized his desire to have female voters embrace his White House run. "Please give us a big hug, that's the girls," Romney said. "I've been getting hugs from the Southern girls ... from 12, to well, a lot more than 12." (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
March 12, 2012 -- "Sweet Home Alabama"
Rain or shine, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/mitt-romney-alabama-sardines_n_1339265.html" target="_hplink">Romney has his way with words</a>. At a stormy campaign event in Alabama, Mitt and his ralliers huddled under a restaurant overhang to escape the inclement weather. "Look at us in here," Romney remarked. "We are all nice together, all nice and wet, you know, like a can of sardines." (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
April 13, 2012 -- "God & Guns"
Speaking at an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/mitt-romney-nra-beware_n_1424081.html" target="_hplink">NRA convention</a> in St. Louis, Romney warned that reelecting President Barack Obama would lead to an "unrestrained" assault on freedom. He enforced his pro-gun stance at the event, telling listeners that "the right to bear arms is so plainly stated, so unambiguous, that liberals have a hard time challenging it directly. Instead, they've been employing every imaginable ploy to restrict it." (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
April 15, 2012 -- "Simple Man"
MSNBC's "Up w/ Chris Hayes" unearthed a controversial January 2012 comment from Romney on moms and work. The GOP hopeful told a Manchester, N.H., audience that poor <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/15/mitt-romney-mothers-welfare-moms_n_1426113.html" target="_hplink">stay-at-home mothers</a> should be given federal assistance so they can get jobs and "have the dignity of work." This news arrived days after his anger at Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's criticism of Ann Romney not working "a day in her life." (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
May 29, 2012 -- "Free Bird"
Romney <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/mitt-romney-republican-nomination_n_1554534.html" target="_hplink">clinched the GOP nomination</a>, soaring past the required 1,144 delegates with a Texas primary win. "We did it!" he said in a message to supporters, adding that "it's only the beginning." (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
June 13, 2012 -- "Gimme Three Steps"
Reporters were kicked out of a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/reporters-mitt-romney-reporters_n_1596650.html" target="_hplink">Romney event at the Newseum</a> in Washington D.C. One of the press members on hand said that Mitt stayed to take questions, but the media was escorted out before being able to hear any answers. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)