"I want to restore America's promise, and I'm going to do that," Romney said during his remarks. But before he could continue, the audience began clapping, so Romney joked: "As George Costanza would say, when they're applauding, stop."
Very early Thursday morning, the actor Jason Alexander -- who played the famous TV character -- responded to Romney on Twitter, writing, "Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he'd embrace that again, he'd b a great candidate."
Romney has referenced the "Seinfeld" character before. At the Dec. 7 debate, also hosted by CNN, Romney said, "Remember the George Costanza line? When they're laughing and applauding, you sit down."
At a South Carolina town hall in December, Romney also said, "As George Costanza said, 'when they applaud, just stop.'"
Romney is referring to a March 19, 1998 episode of "Seinfeld" in which Costanza devises a plan to end every conversation on a "high note" and "leave them wanting more."
The tactic originated in a conversation between George and Jerry Seinfeld. From the episode:
GEORGE: I had 'em, Jerry. They loved me.
JERRY: And then?
GEORGE: I lost them. I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting but by the end it's buried under a pile of gaffs and bad puns.
JERRY: Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.
GEORGE: I can't just leave.
JERRY: That's the way they do it in Vegas.
GEORGE: You never played Vegas.
JERRY: I hear things.
Watch the episode here.
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