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Mitt Romney Reportedly Mixed Up Donna Brazile And Gwen Ifill

FILE - In this March 15, 2013 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney
FILE - In this March 15, 2013 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Romney says President Barack Obama could have done more to dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea. Romney said Obama didn't have the foresight to anticipate Russia's intentions. He told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, March 23, 2014, that Obama's "naivete" and "faulty judgment" about Russia has led to a number of foreign policy challenges. He said the U.S. should now welcome nations that seek entry into NATO, should forgo cuts to the nation’s military budget and reconsider putting a missile defense system into the Czech Republic and Poland, as once planned.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney apparently mixed up two prominent African-American women during the 2012 campaign, according to The New York Times.

In a Friday article detailing Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) continuing courtship with black voters, the Times quotes Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile recollecting her first meeting with the former governor of Massachusetts.

“Go back to 2012, and Mitt Romney showed up at the N.A.A.C.P. after he secured the nomination because he had to,” said Donna Brazile, the Democratic strategist. She went on to describe her first encounter with Mr. Romney in 2012, an awkward one that, to her, summed up the party’s problems. “He came up to me and said, ‘Hi, Gwen,’” she recalled, meaning Gwen Ifill, the PBS journalist, who is also black. “Poor thing. He didn’t know.”

The Times reached out to a Romney spokesperson for comment, but did not receive a reply.

Romney went on to carry just 6 percent of the black vote in 2012, prompting the Republican National Committee to call for additional outreach to minorities in its post-election "autopsy."

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