Taking a tip from Mitt Romney mocking Newt Gingrich, CNN's Hala Gorani asked panel members on Wednesday what sitcom would best describe the Republican presidential race. Gorani's question was "If you could compare the Republican race as a whole with a sitcom, what would it be?"
It was her spin on Mitt Romney mocking Newt Gingrich's failure to make the Virginia primary ballot. Romney had compared that mishap to a comic failure from an old episode of "I Love Lucy" – "Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory," as Romney put it.
Earlier, Gorani had also quoted the Boston Herald's dismissal of the GOP field as a "clown car field." She asked the panel which candidate would be the next to drop out of the race.
A transcript of the segment, which aired on December 28 at 10:32 a.m. EST, is as follows:
HALA GORANI: Mitt Romney picks up an endorsement from the Boston Herald, everyone. The paper says he's the standout in a Republican clown car field. Six days to Iowa. Make your best bet who is the next candidate to drop out of this crowded race?
CHRIS METZLER, professor, Georgetown University: First of all, I think it's interesting that Romney gets an endorsement from Boston, from the Boston Herald, when he's running in Iowa. Very interesting.
GORANI: Mitt Romney cracks a joke at Gingrich's expense. Here he is talking about Newt's failure to qualify for the Virginia ballot.
MITT ROMNEY, Republican presidential candidate: I think he compared that to – what was it, to Pearl Harbor? I mean it's more like Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory.
ROMNEY: So I mean, you've got to get it organized.
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GORANI: If you could compare the Republican race as a whole with a sitcom, what would it be?