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OTRC: Jason Alexander responds to Mitt Romney's 'Seinfeld' reference

Jason Alexander appears in a photo posted on his Twitter page. / Mitt Romney appears at the GOP debate in Arizona on Feb. 22, 2012. (twitter.com/IJasonAlexander/ CNN)

When Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney referenced Jason Alexander's "Seinfeld" character, George Costanza, at the GOP debate in Mesa, Arizona on Wednesday, the actor took to Twitter to crack some jokes of his own.

As Romney began his opening remarks, crowd members began clapping. He then said: "As George Costanza would say, when they're applauding, stop."

Alexander then Tweeted: "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."

The actor, who has in the past donated funds to Democratic causes, such as the Senatorial campaign of "Saturday Night Live" alum Al Franken, then posted a slew of jokes, such as "Costanza 4 Prez: finally a President who is master of his domain," "Costanza 4 Prez: Marisa Tomei potential First Lady" and "Costanza 4 Prez: festivus pole on White House lawn."

Romney had made a similar comment at the Republican Jewish Coalition forum in December 2011, saying: "Remember the George Costanza line? When they're laughing and applauding, you sit down."

Both those, the presential hopeful actually botched the line, which was made by Jerry Seinfeld, not Costanza.

In the "Seinfeld" episode "The Burning," which aired on NBC in 1998, Costanza constantly fails at getting his boss, Mr. Kruger, and his co-workers to laugh at his jokes. Seinfeld was a full-time stand-up comedian before he was cast as a version of himself on the hit 1990s comedy series. Comics aspire to end their sets with a joke that earns big laughs.

In the episode, Costanza tells Seinfeld: "I lost them. I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting but by the end it's buried under a pile of gaffs and bad puns."

"Showmanship, George," Seinfeld replies. "When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off."

In an eerie coincidence, the actor who played Mr. Kruger, Daniel von Bargen, recently made headlines after he survived a suicide attempt.

"My best wishes to Daniel Von Bargen," Alexander Tweeted on Wednesday. "I hope he is surrounded by people who love him tonight."

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