Mt. Clemens, Michigan (CNN) – On a swing Friday through a Michigan restaurant called The Mitt, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney found himself musing about his uncommon moniker.
"You know, I've almost never met anyone with my name," he told a group of supporters at the restaurant, which has not opened for business yet. "Maybe two people in the entire country have told me their name is Mitt, and that's over a lifetime of listening for someone to say they named their kid Mitt. Somehow that name just did not catch."
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Romney said his parents had named him after a first cousin who played quarterback for the Chicago Bears in the 1920s.
"They thought by naming me Mitt Romney I'd get extraordinary athletic ability," he said to laughter. "Yeah, your laugh is exactly right. That did not happen."
Though The Mitt's owner, Ken Leonard, named his restaurant after the shape of the state of Michigan – like a catcher's mitt – Romney still seemed tickled by the coincidence.
"It's a great privilege to be in a place named The Mitt, and I hope that someday if I'm lucky enough to become president I can be back here and have a full sample of your food," he said.