Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Campaign Trail: The Gaffes, Quotes, Stars and Stunts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Campaign Trail: The Gaffes, Quotes, Stars and Stunts

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Byline: Additional reporting by Francesca Fanshawe

Nick Curtis picks out the incidental details that have made the White House race so riveting.

Best Mitt Romney line: "I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love."

Best Barack Obama line: "You mentioned that we have fewer ships than we had in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets."

Best Joe Biden gaffe: Thinking he was in Ohio when he was actually in Florida.

Best Paul Ryan gaffe: Shaving more than an hour off his fastest marathon-running time. Best partisan Twitter spat: Regarding Obama, Republican commentator Ann Coulter tweeted: "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard." Danny Zuker, co-creator of hit sitcom Modern Family riposted: "Local news is reporting on a fatal ballooning accident and tragically neither victim was Ann Coulter."

Best pundit: Abigael Evans, four, from Colorado, who became a YouTube star after telling her mother she was crying inconsolably because she was "tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney". Best tactical act of contrition: National Public Radio, who apologised to Abigael for broadcasting the discussion that prompted her outburst, adding: "The campaign's gone on long enough for us, too."

Best act of opportunistic marketing: When it was claimed that, as devout Mormons, Mitt and Ann Romney could be expected to wear special Latter Day Saints underclothing, a website called photoshopped their heads on to models wearing "magic Mormon underwear". Best example of a tactical stunt backfiring: Billionaire and "birther" Donald Trump, convinced that Obama was born in Africa and is thus ineligible for the presidency, offered to donate $5m to a charity of Obama's choice if he released his birth and college records. …

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