In the tradition of White House Press Secretary Tony Snow (C&L has Video), Massachsettes governor, Mitt Romney has expressed his desire not to hug the tar baby.
Guardian UKThink its not a racial slur. Check out this classic SNL clip:
Mass. Gov. Romney Apologizes for Remark
Monday July 31, 2006 1:31 PM
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Mitt Romney has apologized for referring to the troubled Big Dig construction project as a ``tar baby'' during a fundraiser with Iowa Republicans, saying he didn't know anyone would be offended by the term some consider a racial epithet.
In a speech Saturday, Romney, a Republican considering a run for president in 2008, acknowledged he took a big political risk in taking control of the project after a fatal tunnel ceiling collapse, but said inaction would have been even worse.
``The best thing politically would be to stay as far away from that tar baby as I can,'' he told a crowd of about 100 supporters in Ames, Iowa.