Gingrich Tweaks Romney in Chocolate Factory Visit
ALGONA, Iowa – After Mitt Romney mockingly compared Newt Gingrich’s campaign to “Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory,” Gingrich decided on Wednesday to try to one-up his rival –- by visiting an actual chocolate factory.
Romney made the remark in response to Gingrich’s failure to qualify for the Virginia primary election ballot, invoking the classic I Love Lucy scene in which Ball is overwhelmed by an active conveyor belt of candies. Algona's Chocolate Season dessert café was the scheduled second stop on Gingrich's daily bus tour -– a fortunate coincidence for the former House speaker.
“Gov. Romney had a cute line yesterday about my team resembling Lucy and the chocolate factory, and I just want to say here I am in the chocolate factory,” Gingrich said, as TV cameras rolled.
“And now that I have the courage to come to the chocolate factory, I hope Gov. Romney has the courage to debate me one-on-one and defend his negative ads … I don't expect him to do it, but I hope if he comes by, he at least buys some chocolates."