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'Etch a Sketch' Gaffe Already Haunting Romney

Even the company itself gets in on the fun
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2012 5:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Team Romney probably hoped the Etch a Sketch gaffe—a top adviser said his positions could be "reset" as with the classic toy—would die a quick death today. Doesn't look like it:

  • Stage prop: Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich each went on stage brandishing a you-know-what. Gingrich handed one to a kid in the front row, saying, "Now you can be a presidential candidate," notes NPR. One of Santorum's lines, as per Politico: "Imagine had Mitt Romney been around at the time we were drafting our constitution. He would just shake it ... after it was approved to rewrite it."
  • Etch a Sketch responds: In an email to Vanity Fair, the company cheekily said it's thrilled that the iconic toy is "DRAWING attention with political candidates" and "SHAKING up the national debate."
  • Ed Morrissey, Hot Air: "I think the “Etch-a-Sketch” line will make it easier for Santorum to stay in, too."
  • Huffington Post: The top image on its site is, of course, an image of Romney in an Etch a Sketch. See more related photos at BuzzFeed.
(Read more Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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