Mitt Laments 'Sheik' Temple Tragedy

It was the end of a long day: spokesman
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2012 3:31 AM CDT
Mitt Laments 'Sheik' Temple Tragedy
Republican presidential candidate poses with a bust of famed baseball announcer Harry Caray, after a private fundraising event at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse restaurant in Chicago yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

You say "Sikh," Mitt Romney says ... "sheik." The campaigning candidate yesterday lamented the mass shooting inside a Wisconsin Sikh temple, but he mistakenly used the Arab Muslim honorific instead. “We obviously have challenges around the country. I was in Chicago earlier today. We had a moment of silence in honor of the people who lost their lives at that sheik temple,” said Romney, speaking to a group of donors at a West Des Moines country club. A Romney spokesman told ABC News that the candidate “misspoke,” adding that it was the "end of the day," and Mitt had been campaigning since 7am. (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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