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. CryBabies

    @MaxEscoria...Heres a better idea...How about Obama getting his foreign policy act together starting with cutting off the cash flow to the Muslim Brotherhood? "You People" are pitiful.

    September 14, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Asking Romney what he wears to bed at nite was a good question because he hasn't given Americans his plan, therefore he sets himself up for these kind of questions. When will Romney prove he's presidential material instead of someone looking for a new profession.

    September 14, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. wanda

    Mittens get more ignorant by the minute!!

    September 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. 1twinsfan

    Of course Snooki has lost weight! She was pregnant, you twit. Ugh, failed attempt to seem regular.

    September 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    What is the left's bizarre and sudden fascination with military service anyways??? Especially when it comes to serving in Vietnam, which the left undermined and protested and then spit on the vets as they came home? Now they want to use Vietnam in some gotcha game? All while never voting for real Vietnam war heroes like John McCain.

    Honestly, the leftists have absolutely no morals. They will use anything to attack people.

    September 14, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    Look at Pinocchio pretending to be a real boy.... Right along with his witch of a wife.

    Where the hell are those taxes Willard and how does one retroactively retire, praytell??

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 14, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Thomas

    The point is I see wounded Vets every day .

    If I had five sons who supported both wars and did not volunteer , not one of them . As a Father , I would be ashamed .

    I sugest you go visit the VA , go walk around , see what the few , the brave sacrificed !

    September 14, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Allen Hussein

    Of course, Willard wears his magic underwear to bed.

    September 14, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. The Left Wing

    Is Mitt flip flopping on being straight laced? Is it Mitt the party machine now?

    September 14, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. susan

    I can't believe what i read--Snookie, really??? What pedistrian tastes.

    September 14, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Ipop

    Is this the end of a party. GOP, have run out of decent people to run for President. All that's left is old Republicans. They are going back 50 years by putting in place the voter ID laws. Be as it may, Obama will Stella be the next President of this great nation. They chose Romney, but it's like its not working out. Romney is not a true conservative. You cannot learn how to use left hand in an old age. You learn it during your baby years. Obama 2012!!!!

    September 14, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. person

    Ah, news.

    September 14, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. z2cents

    The problem with "Mitt the Twit" is his mouth. I think he will look smarter if he keeps it shut. I would trust the guy to run a business, but a public office where you are required to speak..not his cuppa tea.

    September 14, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Not So Proud

    Wow! He can't even answer a soft pitch "What do you wear to bed at night" question

    We can't get this guy to give an answer on anything !

    September 14, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Larry "O"

    Well here is another reason for me not to vote for Romney!!!!!. Snookie...Really...wow. 3rd Party is looking good!!

    September 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Ben

    The irony is that romney, who has no idea who Snookie is, mentioned her and the President, who knows exactly who she is, pretended not to when asked.

    September 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Thomas

    @truth hurts
    What is the left's bizarre and sudden fascination with military service anyways??? Especially when it comes to serving in Vietnam, which the left undermined and protested and then spit on the vets as they came home? Now they want to use Vietnam in some gotcha game? All while never voting for real Vietnam war heroes like John McCain.

    Honestly, the leftists have absolutely no morals. They will use anything to attack people.

    After 67 , Vietnam was a meat grinder and a lost war. I understand not supporting a war and not going.
    That was the draft!

    However when you support a war and are unwilling to serve voluntary in that war you support . You have an elitist society.

    Look at history , Vietnam now supports us in the South China sea because of Chins'a growing navy. But that's another story of history.

    September 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Felix El Gato

    I'll kind of say anything to get elected.

    September 14, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. dcd

    That kind of says it all. Open mouth, insert foot!

    September 14, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. CURIOUS

    The producers at ABC "Live ! know that as a Morman, Romney wears special underwear. Research special Morman underwear.

    September 14, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. VernMc

    Romney/Ryan – More flip flops than a Jimmy Buffett concert. The "if you don't give any details no one can prove you wrong" strategy is wearing a little thin with most people.

    September 14, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. theworldisskrewed

    We all feel so much better having heard these revealing comments. These uptight Republicans need to oil their bung holes to stop the squeaking.

    September 14, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    This guy is more incompetent than Bush and Palin put together. You put his brain in a bird and watch it fly backwars. What a looser.

    September 14, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. poetryjojo

    If he answers the simple question of what you wear to bed at night with "I kinda like Snookie" then how can we trust him to talk to forgien leaders??!!?? He is is like GWB all over again! He will embarrass us to no end. FAIL.

    September 14, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. lolo

    @ Truth Hurts. You are really on some kind of drugs. You don't get to be president because you are a war hero. The GOP picked a loser and they might as well get over it. From this article Mr. & Mrs. Romney are still spreading lies. Her husband is no where near fun to be around, he's lying about watching Snooki. Give me a break. If you don't have any money or clout the Romneys do not want to deal with you ar be around you period. Their body language proves that theory.

    September 14, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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