Republicans' Southern Strategy

  • Aired:  03/12/12
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Strange things start happening to Mitt Romney, and Jeff Foxworthy joins his Southern primary campaign. (3:30)

TALK INTO THIS CAMERA.

(LAUGHTER)

FOLKS, TOMORROW ARE THE BIG

GOP PRIMARIES IN ALABAMA AND

MISSISSIPPI.

THAT IS NOT JUST THE DEEP

SOUTH, THAT IS DIPPED IN

BATTER AND DEEP FAD FRIED

SOUTH.

AND EVERYBODY KNOWS I'M A

LOYAL SON OF THE SOUTH.

YOU CAN TELL BY MY THICK

SOUTHERN ACCENT.

AND OF COURSE THE PARASOL I

CARRY TO PROTECT ME FROM THE

NOON DAY SUN, OR ELSE I DO

DECLARE I WILL GET A BRAIN

FEVER.

NOW DIX-YEAR LAND HAS BEEN A

REPUBLICAN BULWARK EVER

SINCE RICHARD NIXON'S

SOUTHERN STRATEGY IN 1968

WHEN NIXON WON BY APPEAL

TOLLING SOUTHERN

CONSERVATIVES BY STRESSING

STATE'S RIGHTS, LAW AND

ORDER AND A SOLID PLEDGE TO

HUNT DOWN THOSE DUKE BOYS.

SO ANY REPUBLICAN WITHOUT

WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT HAS TO

WOO US AND I'M DELIGHTED TO

SAY THAT WE'VE GOT THREE

VERY HANDSOME GENTLEMEN

CALLERS, ALONG WITH THAT

NICE OLD MAN WHO KEEPS

PROMISING US GOLD.

(LAUGHTER)

NOW I LIKE THAT RICK

SANTORUM EVEN THOUGH HE'S

FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

BUT HOW CAN I RESIST A

GEORGIA PEACH LIKE NEWT

GINGRICH?

HE'S A SOUTHERNER BORN AND

RAISED, EXCEPT WHERE HE WAS

BORN AND RAISED.

AND MITT ROMNEY ALSO EXISTS.

(LAUGHTER)

AND MITT HAS JUST SAVED THE

GLOWING ENDORSEMENT OF THE

PREEMINENT CHRONICLER OF

SOUTHERN CULTURE, THE HEIR

TO WILLIAM FAULKNER,

MR. JEFF FOXWORTHY.

JAMES?

>> MITT ROMNEY WILL BE

CAMPAIGNING IN ALABAMA AND

MISSISSIPPI, WITH COMEDIAN

JEFF FOXWORTHY BY HIS SIDE.

>> M ITT IS THE RIGHT GUY

FOR THE JOB.

>> NOW IF YOU ARE'S A

MULTIMILLIONAIRE ENTERTAINER,

SUPPORTING THE CANDIDACY OF

A WEALTHY FINANCIER FROM

MASSACHUSETTS, YOU MIGHT NO

LONGER BE A REDNECK.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

AND FOLKS, I GOT TO TELL YOU,

MITT'S NOT JUST WALKING THE

WALK HE'S DRAWALLING THE

TALK.

>> MORNING, Y'ALL.

GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.

I STARTED RIGHT WITH A

BISCUIT AND SOME CHEESY GRIT,

I'LL TELL YOU.

THIS IS A GUY FROM

MISSISSIPPI AND HIS NAME IS

GARRETT JACKSON.

THIS GUY IS WITH ME EVERY

SINGLE DAY, TAKES ME

EVERYWHERE I GO.

>> FOUR YEARS AT OLE MISS,

AND SO HE IS NOW TURNING ME

INTO AN, I DON'T KNOW, AN

UNOFFICIAL SOUTHERNER AND

I'M LEARNING TO SAY Y'ALL,

AND I LIKE GRITS.

AND THING -- STRANGE THINGS

ARE HAPPENING TO ME.

>> YES, STRANGE THINGS ARE

HAPPENING TO HIM.

BECAUSE BECOMING A

SOUTHERNER IS A LOT LIKE

PUBERTY.

YOUR VOICE CHANGES BEYOND

YOUR TESS TICKLES SECEDE

FROM THE NORTH-- TESTICLES

SECEDE FROM THE NORTH.

BUT NEWT-- BUT NEWT GINGRICH

WAS NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT

GRITS COMMENT LYING DOWN.

ALTHOUGH FROM THE LOOKS OF

HIM, HE HAS EATEN GRITS

LYING DOWN.

>> THE FIRST TIME HE HAD

EVER TASTED GRITS.

I JUST WANTED TO REASSURE

ALL OF YOU, THAT I HAVE HAD

SOME ACQUAINTANCE IN A

VARIETY OF FORMS, WHETHER

IT'S WITH SHRIMP, WITH

CHEESE, WITH GRAVY, I GET

IT.

>> OH, NEWT HAS THROWN THE

CHITLIN DOWN.

BUT I'M SURE MITT WILL PICK

IT UP BECAUSE HE'S NOT AWARE

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