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Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

David Letterman incorrectly says Mitt Romney was born in Mexico, also makes illegal immigrant joke

david lettermanmitt romneyComedian David Letterman on Tuesday night, in introducing a segment on the "top ten other things Mitt Romney says he likes about Michigan trees," incorrectly said the Republican presidential hopeful was born in Mexico. In fact, Romney's father was born in Mexico. Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947, in Detroit.
Letterman's top-ten list was inspired by Romney's saying that trees in his home state were just the right height. Romney won the Michigan primary Tuesday.
No. 7 on the list: "It's fun hiring illegal immigrants to rake up their leaves." (Mention of Romney deportation plan)
No. 4: "They look great next to my wife's Cadillacs."
No. 1: "Like me, they lean whichever way the wind blows."

jay lenoiMeanwhile, Jay Leno joked the same night: "In a meeting with reporters in Mexico, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said that the war on drugs in Mexico is NOT a failure, it is not a failure. Yeah, not from the drug cartels' point of view <big laugh line>. For them it's a huge success, oh, doing a helluva job."

Update: On Feb. 29, Letterman skinned back somewhat on where Romney was born, saying: "His father was governor, was it George Romney, was governor of Michigan, two-term governor of Michigan, I believe, and Mitt spent a lot of time in Michigan, although they're all from Mexico. But they spent a lot of time in Michigan and there was great pressure on him to win the (Michigan primary)." Letterman then went into a routine about how much pressure Romney was under, showing a video clip of Romney responding to a Fox News question by saying, "Well, I'm proud of the fact that I was born and raised in Michigan." The video portion, but not the audio, was altered to show Romney appearing to be very tense by crushing a cup full of liquid and getting it on his jacket.

Jay Leno on Romney and illegal immigrants
More Jay Leno humor on Mexico

April 22: Romney deficit in Latino vote puts him in bad position against Obama, NBC analyst says.
Feb. 2: Notimex publishes article on L.A. Times editorial on GOP candidates' immigration proposals

Jan. 6: MSNBC, "Rock Center" report on Romney's family ties to Mexico