NFL Ref Deal News to Romney?

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Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

There are a lot of things that require situational awareness when one is running for president.

Sometimes it’s the latest economic statistics.

Sometimes it’s the latest foreign policy crisis.

Sometimes it’s sports or pop culture.

Sports –something President Barack Obama is mildly obsessed with — isn’t a strength for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He often says so himself on the campaign trail. While he has a resting heart rate in the 40s from his disciplined life and regular exercise, he regularly admits he’s not a great athlete.

When a local reporter today asked him about the NFL referees’ strike being settled, Romney appeared not to know the news.

“I sure hope they do,” he said after noon today, as he shook hands with supporters outside a campaign event at an American Legion post in Springfield, Virginia.

Earlier today, the White House’s Jay Carney, aboard Air Force One, called the deal struck late last night between the referees and the NFL “a great day for America.”


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