Short answer: Because he’s clueless.
Exhibit Umpteen, via Tuesday’s Boston Globe:
Romney says Calif. home is doubling, not quadrupling
Mitt Romney has a clarification for those tweaking him for planning to quadruple the size of his oceanfront home in California. It’s only doubling in size if you count normal living space.
Oh, yes – normal living space. The hardworking staff forgot about that part.
“It’s not accurate, Romney said, simply,’’ according to [Manchester Union Leader publisher Joe] McQuaid. “The application he made, two years ago, was to double the living space by turning one story into two. The ‘quadrupling’ was a measurement of added nonliving space, including a basement and garage.’’
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Aug. 20 that Romney planned to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home in coastal La Jolla and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure.
In that story, a Romney aide declined to comment. Later, as the former Massachusetts governor began to face criticism over the project, Romney aides clarified that the project would not begin until after the 2012 election.
Oh, yes – after the 2012 election. The hardworking staff forgot about that part.
Then again, maybe Romney’s staff should be working harder to avoid stuff like this.