Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney  mistakenly confused the words 'Sikh' and 'Sheik ' at a fundraiser in Iowa while offering condolences to the victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting.
Romney instead of talking about the Sikh temple and people talked about the 'sheik temple' and the 'sheik people'.
"We had a moment of silence in honor of the people who lost their lives at that sheik temple. I noted that it was a tragedy for many, many reasons. Among them are the fact that people, the sheik people, are among the most peaceable and loving individuals you can imagine, as is their faith," The Washington Post quoted Romney, as saying.
Romney spokesman Rick Gorka said the candidate "mispronounced similar sounding words," noting that he was clearly referring to the Wisconsin shooting and not trying to offend people of Sikh faith.
Romney had, however, correctly spoken of the Sikh religion earlier in the day when he observed a moment of silence at a campaign event in Illinois.