Romney and Ryan thank volunteers, eat Wendy's in Ohio
November 6th, 2012
04:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney and Ryan thank volunteers, eat Wendy's in Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) – Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan united in Ohio on Election Day to thank volunteers and pick up lunch at Wendy's.

Tuesday afternoon the presidential running mates arrived on separate campaign planes in Cuyahoga County, which is considered a Democratic stronghold but there are as many Republicans in the most populous county than other conservative parts of the Buckeye State.

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Democratic Vice President Joe Biden made his own retail campaign stop in the area at the same time his Republican opponents were there.

Romney and Ryan visited a campaign Victory Center in the Cleveland suburb of Richmond Heights. Before the candidates spoke the presidential nominee let out a loud whistle to get everyone's attention.

Romney began, "Thank you so very much for being here today and for helping people get out to vote. It is critical because this is a big day for big change and we're about to change America to help people in ways they didn't imagine they could be helped – with good jobs and better take home pay."

"The country's been going in the wrong direction the last few years. We're going to steer it back onto a course that's gonna help the American people have a brighter future and I want to thank you," he continued. "We're going to get America back on track. I'm so optimistic, not just about the results of the election, but optimistic about what's ahead for America."

After posing for photos and thanking dozens of volunteers, the two stopped at a nearby Wendy's for lunch.

Romney ordered a quarter-pounder with no cheese, chili and a baked potato, at the fast food chain that was founded in the crucial battleground state.

He said, "We are in your store here and we figured because Wendy's was invented in Ohio, what better place to get lunch than Wendy's, right?"

Romney offered to pay for his running mate, who ordered a side salad with his cheeseburger and French fry combo.

A reporter asked Ryan how he was doing and he replied, "I'm running on fumes."
The GOP standard bearer was asked why he made the visit to Ohio on the last day of the presidential election when people are going to the polls.

"It's an important state. A great state," he said as he walked out.

CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Borderless

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    It's the right thing to do.

    November 6, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Maria

    VOTE SMART AMERICA!! VOTE Romney Ryan!

    Romney Ryan Romney Ryan Romney Ryan Romney Ryan Romney Ryan Romney Ryan

    it's time for a change !

    November 6, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Observer

    To the Romney/Ryan crowd. Na na na
    Na na na Hey hey goodbye.

    November 6, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    Way to go Romney/Ryan!! Get this country back on track.

    November 6, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. DENNA

    OMG. That's the first black person I have seen anywhere near Robme/Lie to Me. Did you just discover them? I sure didn't see any during the convention or any of the subsequent campaign stops. Or are you thanking her for voting for President Obama? :-)

    November 6, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Expat American

    Surprised they didn't swing by a Chick-Fil-A.

    November 6, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Patrick in Wisconsin

    I can't wait to see Romney's concession speech.

    November 6, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Observer

    Marla-

    Romney/Ryan

    Na na na Na na na Hey hey Goodbye

    November 6, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. anonoymous

    Who cares.....i voted for Obama..

    November 6, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Dollar menu...just like me. Who says Romney doesn't identify with the poor and middle class.

    November 6, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. CBR

    Isn't that special? How many volunteers joined them at Wendy's? Was it just a photo-op to let people see that they are two regular guys? Sorry that is not too believable. Anyways, not the Governor we knew in MA. He rarely thanked anyone for anything.

    November 6, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. al in memphis

    On track for what and to where. Why is that still an unanswered question on the day of the election.

    Funny how the economy and the debt just became issues over the past 4 years. It is even funnier how we have not heard one word from Bush, especially since I keep hearing the term tax break for job creators. I do agree with Romney on one point he made - Take the country back (wards)

    November 6, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Critical Thinking

    Gov Romney, thank you for being the right man at the right time. America needs you more than ever.

    November 6, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. I Voted Early In NC

    Obama/Biden 2012 It's the intelligent thing to do. It's not time for a change when we have a Great President. Why change just because some of you are spoiled brats and are used to instant gratification.

    November 6, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Paul Ryan

    Vote for Obama. It's the right thing to do!

    November 6, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    ""with good jobs and better take home pay"" ??? LOL – WoW !! Well, as long as I've been following politics, It's always been the republicans that wants to LOWER the Minimum Wage – Or they NEVER want to Raise the Minimum Wage – EVER – (and I mean ever I remember when Kennedy & some of others in Congress that wanted to Raise the minimum wage only a few cents, the republicans were dead set against it. They always have been against raising ANYBODY's Wages. ( unless it's a CEO) LOL -

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    November 6, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. I Voted Early In NC

    Too little too late for Romney/Ryan. Oh my gosh Romney touched a black person and a woman at that what a photo op.

    November 6, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Brett Codispot

    Go Mitt. Republicans rule. Democrats are dumb!

    November 6, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. iampraying

    Romney's voters really are about being racist and hating the President–most of them do not like Romney 65% polled said they hate the President and therefore suppported Ronmey not because they liked his ideas–Most know the are BAD for the least of these (Bible ref)–. CNN allowed Romney to lie and not make a big deal about it–CNN there is nothing worst then selling out–some of you were the 47% he talked about–yet, you went on and on about him–Made 15.3 million on the bail-out did you ever report that?

    November 6, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. MrBeenThere

    Please Romney at a Wendy's that's so beneath him, he was slumming, I'm betting he doesn't even know what hamburger tastes like. Anything to try and make you believe he's one of us...................
    Obama 2012 he's not faking it.

    November 6, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. notac0n

    I bet that's the first time Mittens has ever set foot in a Wendy's in his life. By the way, Mittens, Wendy's is a restaurant, not a store. Sheesh.

    November 6, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Anne-Margaret Welton

    Vote for Romney not Obama – unless you love being a co-dependent and never learn how to feel great about yourself through the satisfaction of living strong!!! Yeah Romney!!! Giving a hand-up not a HAND-OUT!!! EmPower to the people – woot!

    November 6, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston

    If they mean "better take home pay " – meaning, they will still keep the minimum wage the same – but the minimum wage people will pay Less , in Taxes – then how in the world are they going to get the money to decrease the 16 trillion ?? LOL – funny math , if u ask me.
    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    November 6, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. WHY?

    Cute intereaction
    A child wanted to know who I voted for–Then with a shutter they said-I hope not Romney–I inquired why/ The child answered, " He wants to take Big Bird off television."

    November 6, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Rick

    Ok, I have to say this...two guys in white shirts trying to strike up conversations with everyone they see? Were they spotted earlier riding their bicycles? I think Mitt's been doing this his whole life!

    November 6, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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