As gaffes go, a guy could do worse. While campaigning in Florida on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accidentally told the host of a Cuban-American radio show that he’s a “big fan of…” vagina. That’s the slang translation of papaya, among the fruits that Romney professed admiration for. Maybe his campaign should start selling those big foam fingers.
It could happen to anyone, really. The host, whose name is Carlos Santana, brought up the subject of fruit, in anticipation of Romney’s later visit to El Palacio de los Jugos, a juice shop owned by Reinaldo Bermudez, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1999, and served three years in federal prison. “They’re waiting for you with a mamey and a guayaba — Cuban fruits — here in Miami, do you like those?” Mr. Santana asked.
“I am a big fan of mango, papaya, and guava,” Romney replied, to laughs from the host and the translator.
“There are mangos there too.” Santana added.
Incidentally, if you find yourself at a Cuban restaurant with a craving for some literal papaya, the trick is to order fruta bomba. Otherwise, who knows what you’ll get?
Here’s the audio, from Univision: