Pressing issue of our time: Romney and the great Wawa debate; Update: Media caught lying about ‘Wawa’ moment


Kidding! Or is he? It is time for a 5,000 word expose on Romney and Wawa stores, no? You see, candidate Mitt Romney visited a Wawa recently and found it totally amazeballs.

But, really, who wouldn’t? Wawa rules.

Shotz Fired @_TPR #teamwawa @parva_x@stefanjbecket: Wawa sucks #teamsheetz

— Bendito (@SoBendito) June 18, 2012

No, no. #TeamWawa!

What's a WAWA? And why do I care about Romney going to one?

— Heather (@hboulware) June 18, 2012


This earth-shattering event sparked a great Wawa vs. Sheetz debate.

Mitt Romney has reignited the war in PA between Wawa and Sheetz. #teamwawa

— Joe See? (@inturnaround) June 17, 2012

Someone really should have advised Romney not to wade into the great Wawa/Sheetz divide via @brendannyhan #wawapartisan

— Kate Sheppard (@kate_sheppard) June 18, 2012

On the other hand: Did Romney deliberately mispronounce "WaWa" in a play for the Sheetz vote in Central Pa? More his constituency, anyway.

— Alex Roarty (@Alex_Roarty) June 18, 2012

If Romney supports Wawa, does that automatically make Obama support Sheetz? #therealissues

— Kevin (@Caoimhin89) June 18, 2012

Source tells me @ScottBrownMA was spotted at a TJ Maxx over the weekend #notwawa

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 18, 2012

Oh, no. Don’t try to start a TJ Maxx vs. Loehmann’s debate, Charlie!

The press, of course, began to breathlessly report it as if it was a most pressing issue of our time.

Really excited that my terrible lunch choices in the '90s have afforded me insight into a national political gaffe. #wawagate

— Andy Greenwald (@andygreenwald) June 18, 2012

just turned on MSNBC and Mitt Romney's keeps sayin: y'all been to the Wawa's. I went to a Wawa's today. Get the F out of my hoagietown!

— Chris Ward (@bearbait) June 18, 2012

I am going Team Romney here to say I've never been to or really even heard of WaWa. Let's focus on what's important: Seamus/poncho/sport

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) June 18, 2012


Other Twitter users were amused by the Wawa diversion and actually found Romney’s amazement kind of endearing.

This Romney small talk is phenomenal. My second favorite all time incident after the cricket one.

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) June 18, 2012

@red_red_head Andrea Mitchell & OFA think we should care that Romney finds Wawa to be amazing.

— Daniel Wanke (@danielwanke) June 18, 2012

Does he support Hoagiefest 2012?? | Romney campaign pulls a Wawa switcheroo – First Read

— Patrick Wentling (@PatWentling) June 18, 2012

Y'all. WaWa is amazing. Your first visit is a life-altering pilgrimage. Romney was rightfully spellbound.

— EPCOT Fitzgerald (@mttbry) June 18, 2012

Most of my childhood revolved around Wawa. Accordingly, Romney now has my vote.

— Elias Isquith (@eliasisquith) June 18, 2012

Score! The Wawa voting bloc is strong. Perhaps that is why #Wawa is currently trending.

This issue hits home for me. Also who gets meatballs at Wawa? Romney Orders a ‘Sub’ in the Heart of Hoagie Country

— Sierra Tishgart (@SierraTishgart) June 18, 2012

I am not ashamed to admit that I was just as excited as Mitt Romney after my first WaWa experience

— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) June 18, 2012

See? He’s you.

Also, if your line of attack is down to "OMG ROMNEY IS CONFUSED BY WAWA TOUCH SCREENS!" you may be losing the fight. Just sayin'.

— SunnyRight (@sunnyright) June 18, 2012

Exactly. Their side is not “doing fine.”

Update: BOOM

HEY @mitchellreports I CAUGHT YA LYING: #lapdogmedia #tcot #p2

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) June 18, 2012

More from SooperMexican:

Today it’s being widely reported that Romney had a moment were he was amazed at the existence of WAWAs, a convenience/gas store, and the electronic touchtone ordering of sandwiches. They have spun this to make it seem like he’s out of touch – BUT THE VIDEO IS EDITED DECEPTIVELY …

… In actuality, Mitt was contrasting the ridiculous over-regulation of the public sector, with the efficiency of the private sector, and used the electronic ordering system at WAWAs as an example – here’s the FULL video from a Ron Paulestinian in the crowd.

Head over to SooperMexican to see the full, unedited video.

Nice job! You know, for “just a blogger.

I don't always buy into the hard media bias conspiracy stuff, but the Romney Wawa story shows the guns are out for him.

— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) June 18, 2012

Yep. Exposing themselves yet again.

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