07/26/2014 12:03 pm ET Updated Jul 27, 2014

Mitt Romney Reportedly Mixed Up Donna Brazile And Gwen Ifill


Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney apparently mixed up two prominent African-American women during the 2012 campaign, according to The New York Times.

In a Friday article detailing Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) continuing courtship with black voters, the Times quotes Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile recollecting her first meeting with the former governor of Massachusetts.

“Go back to 2012, and Mitt Romney showed up at the N.A.A.C.P. after he secured the nomination because he had to,” said Donna Brazile, the Democratic strategist. She went on to describe her first encounter with Mr. Romney in 2012, an awkward one that, to her, summed up the party’s problems. “He came up to me and said, ‘Hi, Gwen,’” she recalled, meaning Gwen Ifill, the PBS journalist, who is also black. “Poor thing. He didn’t know.”

The Times reached out to a Romney spokesperson for comment, but did not receive a reply.

Romney went on to carry just 6 percent of the black vote in 2012, prompting the Republican National Committee to call for additional outreach to minorities in its post-election "autopsy."



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