Sumter, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney gave a handful of cash Saturday to a woman who had told him she was struggling financially after an event in Sumter, South Carolina.
An aide said the GOP candidate gave the supporter "what he had on him" - about $50 or $60.
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The woman, Ruth Williams, met Romney earlier in the week and told him she was having trouble making ends meet. On Saturday, Romney recognized Williams while he was shaking hands with supporters after a rally, an aide said.
Romney spoke to the woman and handed her several bills.
"He was kind to me," Williams said. "He held onto me and he made Gov. [Nikki] Haley and them come see about me."
Williams told reporters that on Wednesday she had seen Romney's campaign bus on the highway and followed it to an airport. Aides then invited her to come meet the former governor at an event in Columbia.
"I was on the highway praying and said, 'God, tell me how to get [my] lights on, and I pulled up to a stop sign and his bus was there,'" Williams said.
Williams has been out of work since October and is caring for an ill son. She said that after meeting Romney she had also met South Carolina state treasurer and Romney supporter Curtis Loftis, and said he had given her money. She said she used the money to pay her light bill.
A Romney campaign aide confirmed Loftis had given Williams money.
Williams has been volunteering at Romney's state headquarters in Columbia since the original meeting, she said.
"God didn't tell me to go to nobody else," she said when asked whether she had approached other presidential candidates. "He told me to pray for Romney."
The cash gift is notable from a candidate who has said he would not give away "free stuff" as president but rather would focus on cutting back on federal spending and stimulating private sector growth.
"I know there are some people who run for president that will say, 'Hey, I'm going to give you more. I'll find a way to give you some more. I'll change the rules and give you more money," Romney said at a December event in Conway, New Hampshire. "I'm not that guy. If there's a competition for who will give you the most free stuff, go vote for that guy."
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Can I have some of that?
Republican Mitt is IT in 2012.
a nice gesture. and that's about all it is in terms of swaying my opinion of romney as a person. pretty sure $50 isn't going to clear this woman's debts. but hey, I'm sure it does help.
he just did exactly what he is advocating the government NOT do. help people who are struggling. does he really think that most of the folks of welfare (in any form) are just looking for a hand out? don't get me wrong, there are those that are, however, MOST and I argue a large, very large majority, are just looking to get by. ... sheesh.
You're all very sad people. Apparently nobody is allowed to do something nice without having an ulterior motive.
The obamabots are really up in arms over this one!
He ought to give Obama some money...he's gonna need it soon when he's out of a job
Now if we had only had fewer people making their money by being middle men who didn't care if others got hurt so long as they made a profit without ever having to make a product or sell a service we might not have so many people in her situation or worse.
He ONLY had $50 or $60 on him. This jerk is too much. I guess he thought after his ENVIOUS remark he had to do some back peddling. What a con artist.
This guy sticks, so bad I won't repeat his vile name.
Mitt has always been a charitable person. He's not a broadcaster of alms. He would much prefer that never be known. I'm sure Mitt would beat ANY of the professed Christians/concerned for the poor candidates in charitable contributions % over their life time. Mitt is not a believer in gov't handouts, but he does believe in helping others!
boy, anything to boost the stupid Obama, how bout the $T he gave to 'supporter' companies, where was CNN then
Now if only he would that for every person whose job he destroyed.
I think this makes Romney a Democrat now.
How is the guy buying votes? You people are so hung up on doing the wrong thing, you cant handle it when someone does the right thing.
NOT IMPRESSED! She probably was a plant.....political gimmick! Obama 2012!
He actually hired her for a job. Then, as he was leaving, he whispered: "You're fired."
He is worth millions and gives a struggling lady 50 bucks. Come on. If he really wanted to help, get her contact and help her. Like $10000. Sounds like photo op to me.
Instead of giving her 0.00000025% of his net worth, he should advocate for policies that will help her.
I bet you $10,000 she was a plant.
Unfortunately, if Romney somehow became president, she would get a lot poorer, and would have much more company in her poverty, as Mittens gave even more money to the rich. Kinda ironic.
That is a nice gesture...but he should of hired her at $1000's a week...so she has a high paying political field job. With millions donated a job that pays at least $25,000 for campaign work would have been more impressive if he wanted to help someone already on his side as a campaign worker.
We dont want freebies and we dont want to beg for work either. We want employment to be a Fair Trade.
It's got to be illegal.
Who ever heard of a power bill being 60 dollars these days