By Geneva Sands - 12/29/11 03:43 PM EST
A day earlier, the former governor of Massachusetts had said Gingrich’s failure to get on Virginia’s primary ballot was comparable to “Lucille Ball and the chocolate factory.”
In the famous “I Love Lucy” sitcom scene, Lucille Ball fumbles with the chocolates and is unable to successfully manage the assembly line.
“Gov. Romney had a cute line yesterday about my team resembling Lucy in the chocolate factory, and I just want to say, here I am in the chocolate factory and now that I have the courage to come to the chocolate factory I hope Gov. Romney will have the courage to debate me one-on-one,” Gingrich said Wednesday to reporters.
Gingrich didn’t stop there — he actually took a stab at making chocolate himself in an homage to the comedy star, and a rebuke to his GOP opponent.
“We’ve taken [Romney’s] thoughts so seriously that in the tradition of Lucille Ball we’re here in the chocolate factory,” Gingrich added.
He received a vote of confidence from his host on his candy-making skills.
“Pretty good, pretty good,” she said as Gingrich used a fork to dip the chocolate.