September 14th, 2012
12:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Romneys let it Ripa

Newark, New Jersey (CNN) – Mitt Romney got his version of the "boxers or briefs" question Friday – and his answer may surprise those who mock his uptight demeanor.

During a taping of ABC's "Live! With Kelly and Michael," hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Romney was asked what he wears to bed at night.

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"I hear the best answer is 'little as possible,'" he joked, according to pool reports but then did not elaborate.

The GOP presidential candidate, who took a quick break from the last several days' focus on foreign policy to tape the light-hearted interview, also sounded off on a favorite reality TV star.

"I'm kind of a Snooki fan. Look how tiny she's gotten. She's lost weight. She's energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun," said Romney – who is in the past has been more likely to quote the 1990s-era comedy show "Seinfeld" than "Jersey Shore."

(Romney may not be following Snooki's exploits too closely – the reality star did famously trim down, but more recently she gave birth to her first child.)

Romney was joined on the show taping by his wife, Ann, who has said she wants more voters to know about her husband's sense of humor and reputation as a prankster. The two spoke playfully about Romney's pet peeve about his wife: the way she squeezes her toothpaste out of the tube.

"She doesn't go from the bottom and work up and she leaves the top off," Romney said, adding: "My life is trying to impress Ann so I make very little out of the fact that she squeezes the toothpaste from the middle."

Mrs. Romney shared with the hosts her most embarrassing moment, when during a visit to the White House she walked in on President George W. Bush having a massage.

"He was covered up but I was so embarrassed that the next time I did see him I didn't know what I was going to say to him," she recounted. "I walked up to the elevator and am just like blushing, blushing, blushing and he looks at me and he winks as he does and says, 'I look pretty good, don't I.'"

The show is set to air next week.

Romney has long trailed President Obama in "likeability" polls and has made fewer appearances on daytime talk shows than his opponent. But his campaign has worked to reveal a more personal side of the candidate as the general election season heats up, with both Romneys stepping up their outreach to female voters.


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  1. Max Escoria

    I have a great idea!!!! Why don't Romney and Ryan go to Libya to explain their foreign agenda and see if they can get a sympathetic ear, hey if you think you can make a difference do it, I have seen McCain in Afghanistan, Here's your chance Mittens to show us your not the Wimp we all know you are. Got a feeling its going to be a Obama Biden Laugh a thon in 2012. Good thing Ryan thinks he can run faster than mittens.

    September 14, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. John,PA

    Romney has long trailed President Obama in "likeability" polls?

    CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN (the old media) and Obama will try to make the election about character and being likeable rather than being a referendum on the Obama record of FAILURE. The voters; the working people and seniors in this country won’t be fooled again.

    September 14, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    LOL.................really? Not sure anyone in the World gives a rats behind.

    September 14, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. NickAnast

    " 'I hear the best answer is 'little as possible,' ' he joked, according to pool reports but then did not elaborate."

    In other words, HE DIDN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION.

    "Romney was joined on the show taping by his wife, Ann, who has said she wants more voters to know about her husband's sense of humor and reputation as a prankster."

    Oh, we know about that reputation. Like the time when Mitthead and his prep-school buddies held an underclassman down and cut off his hair. Very funny. Or the time when Mitthead walked a blind teacher into a wall. Hilarious!

    September 14, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts

    >kimberly – He didnt serve in Vietnam because his daddy had him shipped to FRANCE to do mission work,

    Bill Clinton didn't serve because he went to England. Is he a snake too???
    --------------------
    Attending Oxford had nothing to do with him evading the draft. I recall how this was in issue in 1992. I think he had found a legal loophole by joining ROTC and there was something else.

    September 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "In other words, HE DIDN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION."

    I know right? He should've been honest and told her that he doesn't sleep in a bed, but rather has a special docking station that inserts himself onto each night to recharge his robot batteries.

    September 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    John,PA

    Romney has long trailed President Obama in "likeability" polls?

    CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN (the old media) and Obama will try to make the election about character and being likeable rather than being a referendum on the Obama record of FAILURE. The voters; the working people and seniors in this country won’t be fooled again.
    -------------------–
    You don't like the truth do you? Face it. Mitt Romney isn't very likeable. Conservatives didn't like him during the primaries. During the GOP primary race, they kept choosing more likeable candidates over Romney. For most of the race the leading candidate was "undecided." Face it. Romney's a weak candidate.

    September 14, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Four romney

    I am sure he wears a pair of each. It saves taking a position. He is against letting Iran have nukes, I have never met a person that disagrees. He wants more good payin jobs ? Who does not. His promlem is like mine. No idea how to get these things done.

    September 14, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. cali girl

    John,PA
    Romney has long trailed President Obama in "likeability" polls?
    CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN (the old media) and Obama will try to make the election about character and being likeable rather than being a referendum on the Obama record of FAILURE. The voters; the working people and seniors in this country won’t be fooled again.

    FOX news, the Rupert Murdoch right wing machine, is reporting President Obama up 6 points OVER Robmey in their latest Poll.

    September 14, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. BillSD33

    WHEN WILL ALL YOU IDIOTS AND LOWER PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT I AM A GREAT, GREAT, GUY!! JUST TRUST ME!!

    September 14, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Pam from Iowa

    Snooki?? Wow! He watches that garbage???
    He does seem to fit right in with the less-intelligent part of the American public!!!

    September 14, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. CanadaONE

    just like his money in the Cayman islands – he says very little about anything because if the truth were known- WOW no TRUE AMERICAN wourl vote for him

    September 14, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    Obama's last foreign policy accomplishment: Entire Middle East rioting and Americans Dying. So how did throwing our allies under the bus and handing over the governments to groups like the Muslim Brotherhood work out for Obama? As with everything else, Obama promises us Arab Spring but we get Arab Nightmare.

    Just like his economic promises....

    September 14, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Milton K. Wiah

    He wouldn't go on the talk shows because there they will ask him how many accounts and tax shelters he.
    and the ttax returns.

    September 14, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Lenny Pincus

    Romney has a record of failure too, in fact much worse than Obama's. Plus, he's pretty old and out of touch. Snooki?

    September 14, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Admit Pubs... Mitt's "likability" factor was below all your other candidates, too. His a spineless jellyfish and I'm sure you all would like a do over!

    September 14, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Do all five of his sons that avoided voluntary military service wear them also ?

    September 14, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. wally

    Snooki got tiny...just like Mitt the Twits intellect.

    September 14, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Dan

    The more the GOP open their mouths the odds of Obama getting another four years expands. Please keep the good work up Romney, this goes for your buddy Rep Ryan. The word is Ryan still wants to shove grandma over a cliff with his medicare plans.

    September 14, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. LiberaLIowan

    Is there anyone that mittwit won't pander to? Now he's a snookie fan? If I wasn't already going to vote against him, I would be now. What an ID10T!

    September 14, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Roger

    RIP....GOP

    September 14, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. ug

    You know he didn't say that.

    September 14, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. ug

    @ thomas...obama never served...and there is no draft...so what is your point? also did you serve and if so then so what. You know he didn't say that.

    September 14, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. TheTraveler

    Good Bye Mitt. This guys sense of timing is just bizarre, or it's directly from Karl Rove. Earlier, he's already of accusing the President of lying in the upcoming debates, tells us he's getting a briefing from the "intelligence community" (whatever that means) later on, then he wants us to know about his "playful, prankster" side. Meanwhile, we've got a bit of a situation on our hands with Muslims, 4 Americans dead and riots in several countries.

    Vote Democrat (because it appears to be the most sane thing to do.)

    September 14, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. garypaul54

    He said snooki because he is so out of touch he thinks everybody likes her, what a joke this man is. And snooki to by the way.

    September 14, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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