Romney invokes grits and Ole Miss, picks up array of Jackson County endorsements

When Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney campaigned in Pascagoula last week, he declared himself an “unofficial Southerner” because of his personal aide, Garrett Jackson, who is originally from Mississippi.

“I spend more time with him than I do my wife,” Romney said. “(Jackson) is now turning me into, I don’t know, an unofficial Southerner, and I’m learning to say ‘Hey y’all’ and I like grits. Things, strange things, are happening to me.”

From declaring that the trees of Michigan are “just the right height” to praising the corn of Iowa as an “amber wave of grain,” Romney has a penchant for drawing on local flavor for his stump speeches.

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