Mitt Romney made headlines after Wednesday’s GOP debate in Mesa, Ariz. when he borrowed a line from beloved ‘Seinfeld’ character George Costanza. However, that wasn’t enough to win over Jason Alexander, the actor famous for his former Costanza role.
After a symphony of applause that followed Romney’s declaration that he wanted to “restore America’s promise,” the Republican frontrunner stopped, nodded and added, “As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding stop.”
The line was met with laughter from CNN’s debate moderator John King. But when Alexander joined the discussion over Twitter, he wasn’t as welcoming.
“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,” Alexander tweeted early Thursday.
“Costanza 4 Prez: festivus pole on White House lawn,” he tweeted.
To make his bid more enticing, he added: “Marisa Tomei potential First Lady.”
‘Seinfeld’ fans later pointed out that Romney didn’t get the line right. The remark is believed to have been from an episode called ‘The Burning’ when Costanza says: ‘I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting but by the end it’s buried under a pile of gaffs and bad puns.’
Seinfeld responds, ‘Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.’
This wasn’t the first time he botched the ‘Seinfeld’ quote. In December, he delivered nearly the same phrase at the Republican Jewish Coalition forum. Jon Stewart was quick to call him out: “See, first of all that’s not a George Costanza line, it’s JERRY’s line. And, you got the line wrong.”