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Mitt Romney's Newest Challenger: George Costanza? (Video)

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The presidential candidate opens a debate with a reference to the "Seinfeld" character, prompting actor Jason Alexander, and his Twitter followers, to launch "Costanza 4 Prez" campaign.

Actor Jason Alexander may not be a supporter of Mitt Romney, but he seems to be enjoying that the presidential hopeful invoked his George Costanza character during Wednesday’s debate.

Romney referenced the character from TV’s Seinfeld during his opening remarks on an Arizona stage, then Alexander tweeted a slightly disparaging remark in response. Since then, Alexander and his Twitter followers have been promoting Costanza for president with clever references to the show.

VIDEO: Jerry Seinfeld in Acura's Super Bowl Commercial

Examples include:

“Costanza 4 Prez: finally a politician who doesn’t yada yada yada.”

“Costanza 4 Prez – Terrorists will now be called ‘Moops.’”

“Costanza 4 Prez, Newman for Postmaster General.”

“Costanza 4 Prez: He’s the opposite of every other presidential candidate you know.”

In the debate, Romney seemed to refer to an episode called “The Burning” from Seinfeld’s final season, where Costanza decides he needs to leave every conversation on a high note.

There was a time in this country,” Romney began, “where you knew that if you worked hard and went to school and you learned the values of America in your home that you could count on having a secure future and a prosperous life.”

“That was an American promise and it has been broken by this president,” Romney continued. “I want to restore America’s promise, and I’m going to do that….”

Romney wasn’t done, but the audience applauded, so he wrapped it up by saying: “That’s good enough. As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop.”

Alexander – who favors Democrats, judging from his political contributions -- tweeted a few hours later: “Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate.”

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Naturally, some purists (or perhaps just folks eager to chastise Romney?) have griped on the Internet that the presidential hopeful misquoted Costanza.

Some say the paraphrase shouldn’t have even been attributed to Costanza but to Jerry Seinfeld. Going out on a high note, though, is a running theme throughout the episode and can be attributed to multiple characters, as evidenced by a two-minute YouTube montage of the episode (below).

The episode also happens to be one prominently featuring Daniel von Bargen as Mr. Kruger. Von Bargen was in the news this week after being hospitalized due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He remains in critical condition.