Washington: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was on Saturday caught in a public gaffe when he fumbled in his speech, introducing his running mate Paul Ryan as the next President of the United States.
"Join me in welcoming the next President of the United States, Paul Ryan," Romney said as he concluded his speech in Norfolk Virginia, during which he introduced the seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin as his pick for the vice presidential candidate.
As Ryan started speaking, Romney realised his mistake, and quickly came back to the podium, making light of his earlier remarks.
"Every now and then I'm known to make a mistake," said the Republican Presidential nominee.
"But I did not make a mistake with this guy (Ryan). But I can tell you this, he's going to be the next vice president of the United States," Romney said with his hand patting Ryan’s soldiers.
However, such gaffes do happen in the Presidential race.
In 2008, Barack Obama, then as a candidate, too had made similar mistake by introducing Joe Biden as the "next President."
First Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 21:02