Mitt Romney went to Puerto Rico on Friday to make a pitch to voters there. Byron York reports on how the Republican presidential candidate played it:
Romney sat through hours of speeches, almost all of them in Spanish, before delivering brief remarks -- less then seven minutes long. And when he did deliver those remarks, Romney spent most of his time telling the audience not only how wonderful Puerto Rico is but how much he respects everyone there. ...
"I respect the people of this island," Romney added.
"I respect this people."
"I respect your culture."
"I respect your history."
"I respect your leaders."
Such specific and repeated expressions of respect are not part of Romney's standard stump speech. And when he did express general admiration for his hosts -- which is part of Romney's usual remarks -- he did so with a little extra flourish.
Whole thing here.