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Romney on Osama Sign: "Lighten Up"

7/23/2007 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Confronted at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Sunday about the now infamous picture of him with a sign that read, "No to Obama, Osama and Chelsea's Moma," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had a simple response: "Lighten up." Open mouth, insert foot!

The photo, which first appeared on TMZ, sparked a reader of BuckeyeStateBlog.com to ask, "How can you compare any American to Osama bin Laden?" Romney danced around the question with answers like, "I don't spend all the time looking at the signs and the t-shirts and the buttons." LDS should stand for "Look at the Damn Sign!"

When pressed further, Romney said, "Just lighten up." A true statesman.

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