Time Magazine has collected "Mitt Romney's Top Ten Gaffes." You will find there, of course, what may possibly be the greatest gaffe not only of Romney's career but in the history of American politics since "Rum, Romanism and Rebellion:" Romney's enthusiastic rendition of Fidel Castro's meme "¡Patria o Muerte. Venceremos!" before an audience of Cuban-American Republicans at the annual Lincoln-Martí dinner last year.
But there are others almost as bad. When asked on Fox News what was his favorite book, Romney replied L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth, the "Book of Mormon" of the Scientologists. Romney no doubt meant to say the Book of Mormon but checked himself. His alternate choice, however, was hardly an improvement and rather betrayed than concealed his real choice. He later claimed that "Huck Finn" was really his favorite book. Perhaps he was thinking of Mark Twain's classic debunking of the Book of Mormon.
Then there was the time that Romney denounced the French for supposedly instituting a contractual 7-year marriage, at the expiration of which the "contract" could be terminated by either party. The problem is that the French never adopted such a marriage policy; infidelity works just fine for them. It turns out that 7-year marriage contracts were the brainchild of Mormon science fiction writer Orson Scott Card, author of the Memories of the Earth series. Romney's fascination with science fiction can be traced to the Book of Mormon itself, which some claim is the first work of science fiction, where God lives on his own planet and all good Mormons can aspire to become Gods themselves and inhabit their own planets too.
On another occasion Romney praised Adolph Hitler's scientific achievements, specifically, his use of liquified coal as an alternative energy resource, and recommended its reintroduction ("the technology is still there") as the solution for rising oil prices. As the New York Sun noted at the time, "you wouldn't think that anyone running for president would have to be told, 'Don't mention Hitler in a positive light." Of course, they just didn't get it. What are you going to use to power all the millions of spaceships that the deified Mormons will need to reach their individual planets? Surely it must be something canonical like the "holy coal" that Mormon founder Joseph Smith once peddled in his New England youth.
There is more: The time that Romney claimed to be a "big game hunter" for "pretty much all his life." Later he was forced to admit that he had only hunted "small varmints, like rats and rabbits" and that "all his life" actually meant on two occasions. Or the time that he dismissed his wife's $100 donation to Planned Parenthood by asserting that "Her positions are not terribly relevant to my campaign." (Would that Hillary could say the same about her spouse).
There are a lot more at: