February 1st, 2012
03:22 PM ET
3 years ago

For Romney, all that glitters is not confetti

Eagan, Minnesota (CNN) – Mitt Romney sparkled as he took the stage in Eagan, Minnesota, the day after a blowout victory in Florida's primary.

But the glint in Romney's hair and on his blazer wasn't a post-victory glow. Instead, the GOP candidate was dusted in glitter thrown by a young male protester before Romney took the stage.

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Eagan police escorted the young man out of the building after the incident.

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Calling the glitter "confetti" to celebrate his Florida victory, Romney brushed off the glitter-bombing – literally and rhetorically.

"Ah, I've got glitter in my hair," he said, and joked about his famously coiffed hair. "That's not all that's in my hair, I tell you that. I glue it on everyday whether I need to or not."

But as the candidate was shaking hands with supporters after his speech, a second person again attempted to blanket Romney with glitter, which he brought to the event in a Pringles can. Escorts quickly moved the glitter-bomber away from Romney.

An individual from the glitter-growing group, Nick Espinosa, said he was affiliated with two operations: Glitterati and Occupy Minneapolis. The intent in throwing the glitter was to underscore Romney's donations to the Mormon church, which Espinosa said was campaigning against gay marriage.

"Minnesota is a state that prides itself on tolerance," Espinosa said.

Romney was not the first GOP candidate to face such an attack. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was glitter-bombed earlier in the campaign as were former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

During his Eagan rally, Romney was pushed by an audience of several hundred to sing "God Bless America." The candidate frequently quotes from the song on the stump, but received positive reviews for breaking into song at an earlier appearance in Florida.

"If you keep that up I'm going to have to get singing lessons because I'm not so good," he told the audience, which joined him in song.

On Tuesday, a federal law enforcement source said Romney would begin receiving Secret Service protection within days. It's unclear though whether additional security would have stopped such a protest.

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Filed under: 2012 • Minnesota • Mitt Romney
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Keith

    Isn't Romney worried about all that taxpayer money he'll be wasting having Secret Service agents following him around? The costs seem to bother him when the Secret Service follows Obama around. Sure seems like he's being hypocritical.

    February 2, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. Republican Class Warfare

    This guy cheated on his taxes when his dad made a big deal about releasing them when he ran. He paid his kids a million dollars a year since birth and they never paid any taxes on it. $100m tax free income. I bet Republicans are going to take another look at the Newt since Romney's scandal filled tax returns expose him as a wall street job destroyer and a tax cheat free-rider.

    February 2, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  3. ObamaFlop

    Mitt, This is only the beginning of what these LOSERS are going to try......To all of the libs that support this think about this-There are very few who did not vote for Obama in 2008 that will vote for him this time. There are MILLIONS who did vote for him that will not this time. Obama will LOSE in a landslide! MITT 2012!

    February 2, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  4. yoquisha

    Anyone voting for Obama in 2012 is either too full of pride & hidden regret to not vote for him, or they just cannot see that Romney has turned every negative situation into positive. The only things he's flip flopped are crappy situations. I believe he could do the same to our current economy.

    February 2, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  5. Thomas

    Mitt needs a bubble machine , bring back the Lawrence Welk Show !

    This guy never answers anything , Chairmen of the FlipFlop.

    February 2, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. Alex in NJ

    I wonder if the glitter was green to symbolize the pure envy of all these socialist Obama supporters. You want to be part of the `1%? Earn it.

    February 2, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  7. donna

    I just love the new ideas. Glitter bombs. I'm so glad there are protesters who think stuff up like this.

    February 2, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. Edwin

    I like the glitter protests... they're non-toxic and generally non-harmful, but they make an obvious point. On the other hand, if a protester came up to the candidate with *something* in a Pringles can, I'm glad they didn't wait to see whether it was glitter or not.

    February 2, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  9. manhandler

    Received "Positive" reviews?......uh....hello? Was that reviews from Mars or Pluto or whatever planet you may be from?

    February 2, 2012 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  10. Scott

    Once again the the 1% crowd shows why they are in the 1%, most other people are to bright to pull a stunt like that, Romney can and will win Minnesota. The people of the state are tired of Obama messed up polices.

    February 2, 2012 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  11. JT

    I'm glad Romney has enlisted the assistance of the secret service. If someone can get close enought to "glitter bomb" you, you need protection.

    February 2, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  12. Marlee

    I don't agree with throwing glitter or pies or shoes or whatever at politicians. Mitt caught this flyball with color. Good for him. He is out of touch with the commonperson, but he shouldn't be condemned for being wealthy. Thumbs up to CNN for opportunity to post on mobile. I light here first bcuz Fox has no mobile commentary I can find. Don't forget us in Michigan Dr. Paul! We raise our signs for Paul in five rivers. Union and Jesus bumperstickers lol. Have a great day folks!

    February 2, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  13. Kurtis

    If getting water on someone is grounds for assault, they need to start arresting these people for doing all this nonsense

    February 2, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  14. Chedar

    Wow! This guy Romney is insensitive. How can he become the POTUS while he is not worry about the poor and proceed to say 95 % of the middle class is what he is worried about. Guess what Romney, it's 95% that your are talking are now below the poverty line. So you better start worrying. Perhaps you did not taste being poor so you don't have the clue that 95% of your future subject is poor.

    February 2, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  15. Terry

    The facts are very straight forward, easily verified, and quite scary. Any Republican who speaks of correcting the "safety net" is actually a Closet Democrat, or clearly speaking like a Liberal Conservative. So, we need Democratic Control of the House and Senate, and Mitt Romney in the White House. Go ask the folks in Massachusetts. As we move forward, the extreme right wing of the Republican Party is going to get very agitated.

    February 2, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  16. Anonymous

    When Rmoney the Elitist Robot wears glitter you betters believe he demands real gold, as befits a princess of his stature!

    February 2, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  17. Clyde

    Oh for God's sake. As a out and proud gay man I am absolutely embarassed by this limp wristed, idiotic method of protesting. Maybe these faries should just stay home and let some real men handle the protesting.

    February 2, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  18. sensible

    He is Trump with better hair.....not much better.

    February 2, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  19. Jack V

    The Swiss bank account speaks!

    February 2, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  20. Marto

    ...so basically he was poking fun at the young man that was handcuffed and being escorted out. Rather than ignore him he felt he needed to try and be funny. Stay classy.

    February 2, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  21. rpirrie

    I really wish the news organizations would just drop the pretence and start talking about these candidates with the descriptions they deserve. I would love to see the following headline in the newspaper–"Out of Touch Corporate Pirate Trumps Bitter Womanizer Again". Sub headline “Various Intellectually Challenged Former Candidates Weigh In with Inane and Divisive Comments on Victory”.

    February 2, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  22. jim

    " ... Calling the glitter "confetti" "

    yep ... he's just ANOTHER conservative who can't accept facts

    February 2, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. vatoloke

    Well he proved that ALL his money goes into Cayman Island and Swiss bank accounts because he obviously didn't spend a dime on singing lessons. Oh of course, buying and shipping French stallions for Mrs. Romney's therapy(?) doesn't leave much for other less-priorty things.

    February 2, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    Is this why he has requested Secret Service protection now?

    February 2, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. GROVER NORQUIST IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

    He should be lucky that no one has tried to "pie" him yet. He certainly deserves it for being out of touch and for being such a moron. Look on the bright side: At least he hasn't had a shoe thrown at him!

    February 2, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
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