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Romney on Baked Goods…

Touring Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney met with four couples at the Bethel Park Community Center to talk about the deficit, health care and education. He started, however, with an attempt at humor:

“I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them,” he said turning to one of the women at the table. “Did you make those cookies? You didn’t, did you? No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever.”

The cookies, in fact, had been donated by the popular, Republican owned Bethel Bakery near the community center.

Mr. Romney’s comment was broadcast on local radio and that offended residents who took to Facebook and Twitter to complain, calling the episode “CookieGate.” The Bethel Bakery is offering a CookieGate special Wednesday and Thursday: free half dozen cookies with every dozen purchased.

Bakery owner John Walsh said:

“Initially, we were incensed that he would think that Bethel Bakery is comparable to the 7-Eleven… Let him eat cake next time.”

Some pundits thought that Romney was just trying to tie his views to the common man by making it clear he knew what 7-Eleven was (not that he’s been in one.)