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Video: Did MSNBC Distort Mitt Romney's Speech?

| by Michael Allen

Republicans are claiming that MSNBC edited a recent Mitt Romney speech at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania to make the presumptive GOP presidential nominee appear to be out of touch with modern technology.

In his speech, Romney told the audience about an optometrist who tried to change an address and received 33 pages of paperwork from the federal government. Romney then slammed the U.S. government with "that's how government works."

Then Romney shared a story about his visit to a WaWa store: "I was at WaWas, I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone keypad, you touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier, there’s your sandwich. It’s amazing. People in the private sector have learned how to compete. It's time to bring some competition to the federal government."

However, when MSNBC aired the Romney clip, yesterday, they only included: "I was at WaWas, I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone keypad, you touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier, there’s your sandwich. It’s amazing."

The 'amazing" part brought hoots and howls from critics who say Romney is out of touch with average Americans.

Republicans claim that what Romney found so "amazing" was the difference between the private sector and public sector. Romney's unedited speech is below.

Today, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell responded to criticism: "We ran clips of Mitt Romney in Cornwall, Pa., talking about his trip to a Wawa. Well, the RNC and the campaign both reached out to us saying that Romney had more to say about that visit, about federal bureaucracy and innovation in the private sector. We didn't get a chance to play that, so here it is now (video below)."

An MSNBC spokesperson emailed Politico.com with the following statement: “MSNBC did not edit anything out of order or out of sequence and at no time did we intend to deceive our viewers.”