During his opening statement at Tuesday’s Republican Presidential Debate on CNN, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney dropped in a non sequitur Seinfeld reference. “I want to restore America’s promise, and I’m going to do that…” began Romney, but before he finished his statement, the audience began applauding, to which Romney remarked, “As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop.” Watch below.
It’s a marked difference from the last time Romney used the same Seinfeld reference in December — except that time he said, “Remember the George Costanza line? When they’re laughing and applauding, you sit down.”
Jason Alexander, the actor who famously played Costanza in the iconic sitcom, tweeted back to Romney later that night, “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.”
Even more intriguing is the fact that neither botched reference was correct — and Alexander’s character didn’t even say the supposed line in question. (The line comes from an episode entitled “The Burning,” in which Jerry, not George, says: “Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”)