jason alexander mitt romney getty Jason Alexander mocks Mitt Romney after George Costanza debate referenceIf you’re a politician running for office, perhaps the last person you want to equate yourself to is the famed “Seinfeld” lovable loser character George Costanza. But that’s just what Mitt Romney did during Wednesday’s (Feb. 22) debate, although he probably wishes he hadn’t.

In his opening remarks at the Arizona debate Romney says, “I want to restore America’s promise, and I’m going to do that.” Before he could continue, the crowd began applauding, so he quipped, “As George Costanza would say, ‘when they’re applauding, stop.'”

Jason Alexander, who played Costanza on the long-running TV series, used this as an opportunity to poke at Romney for his penchant for changing positions on issues. Alexander tweets, “Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate.”

This is not the first time Romney has quoted, albeit not quite accurately, Costanza. He did it during the Dec. 7, 2011 debate as well as in a town hall meeting in South Carolina.

As a point of reference, the actual quote is actually from Jerry who is speaking to George about how to end a conversation. Seinfeld says, “When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”

Close enough for government work.

Posted by:David Eckstein