Mitt Romney wants you to know that he likes grits. Grits, a porridge prepared and eaten mostly in the South, became a talking point for the candidate when he credited his aide, Garrett Jackson, with turning him into an "unofficial Southerner." The Yankee presidential candidate went on to say that he was learning to say "y'all" and that "strange things are happening" to him.
The comments were made at a rally in Pascagoula, Mississippi on Wednesday afternoon, presumably in an attempt to help humanize the frontrunner after a string of gaffes have led to criticisms that he is out of touch. The gaffes include, but are not limited to, saying that corporations are people, placing a $10,000 bet during a debate, saying he wasn't concerned about the very poor and he may have had illegal immigrants working for him.
Even as the 2012 primary season rolls on, questions about Romney's ability to win over southern voters loom large days before the Mississippi and Alabama primaries on Tuesday. However, he has more delegates than Rick Santorum and it is doubtful that anyone can unseat him as the presumptive nominee in the general election despite his lack of connection with voters.