By Justin Sink
“I want to thank the folks at the Ford Field for making this space available for us,” Romney said. “I guess we had a hard time finding a large enough place to meet and this certainly is.”
Commentators on both sides of the aisle mocked the event's optics, with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham questioning the choice.
The pictures of an empty Ford Field are not helping Romney. Poor staging and tepid response from hometown crowd.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) Feb. 24, 2012
Query: Why move the event to a larger venue when it looks like Romney would not have been able to fill a smaller one?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) Feb. 24, 2012
The daughters of former presidential candidate — and Romney endorser — Jon Hunstman likewise mocked Romney over the setting, comparing the turnout to that of the NBA's Washington Wizards, one of the sport's worst-performing teams.
Journalists attending the speech also noted the optics, with the Washington Examiner's Byron York tweeting a picture of the event and calling the stadium "deserted."
Romney squeezes Detroit event into deserted stadium. img.ly/em2N— Byron York (@ByronYork) Feb. 24, 2012