Romney and Ryan thank volunteers, eat Wendy's in Ohio
November 6th, 2012
04:18 PM ET
6 years 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. California Gary

    I sure hope they enjoyed the lunch there.......otherwise, Wendy's might be the next company bought out and shipped to China by the good folks at Bain.

    November 6, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Willard Romney

    Vote for Obama, i quit!

    November 6, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Now how did America get "off track" ? GEORGE W. Now how do we get back "on track" ? Romney/Ryan ? That doesn't make any sense to me.

    November 6, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Paul Ryan

    What I lost two elections?

    November 6, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. heather

    obama and biden 4 more years......

    November 6, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Brett Codispot

    Mitt Mitt Mitt Mitt Mitt Mitt

    November 6, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. reginaldb6

    When you are voting for ROMNEY/RYAN you are voting against your own self interest. Which is STUPID.

    November 6, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Commensense

    It sure is time for a change, but it is no electing Romney, the change that we need is for the repubs to start doing the job they were elected to do! Every person has the right to choose their own faith and beliefs, a President has no business forcing his beliefs on anyone and turn his beliefs into laws. We need a POTUS, not a Dictator! OBAMA=POTUS, ROMNEY=DICTATOR!
    Obama/Biden 2012!!!!

    November 6, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Wondering Wanda

    President Obama you are a great person and shows grace under fire. Regardless, of how they treated you, your smile did not stop. Be blessed in your next term. Hug your wife and children–shake hands with Bill and Hilary–you are really wonderful!! You have surrounded yourself with positive people who believes in you and care so much about you-Thank you for givng eight years of your life as President to this country- Yourterm will quiet hearts all over the world. Peace

    November 6, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. seekingjustice2

    Just got the word from the Obama campaign lawyers. The voting machines down in Ohio in the Democratic districts are guess what........Yep, owned by the Romneys.............Now we know why the aren't eating chicken.

    November 6, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. iampraying

    If a SANDy happened in your area–would you want the presient's ideas or Romney's ideas be in place–Private sector for profits in charge of your clean-up and rebuilding efforts? Make the right choice vote Obama/Biden

    November 6, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    I hope this is the LAST day I have to look or listen to anything about them.

    @ Borderless

    I hope they send you FIRST to fight their wars. Idiot.

    November 6, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney didn't even buy his volunteers lunch ,the twet needs to sink tonight on romneytanic after striking the obamaburg ,they tried calling fema for rescuing but Ryan the gop bafoon had put an abortion bill ridderon it so the funds were in limbo and unavailable, so the romneytanic sank with all gop hands except for Ryan who bailed out on romney to save his own skin and swam to shore in 3.64 minutes ,a world record but still lost his house seat , to bad !!!!

    November 6, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Patrick in Wisconsin

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

    I agree. I've kept this creep on MUTE for a week but I will GLADLY listen to his conFESSION speech.

    November 6, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Mitt

    Romney didn't get cheese because he hates Wisconsin!

    November 6, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Borderless

    CNN reports a two voting machines in PA that briefly switches votes from Obama to Romney until they are taken out of commission and fixed. Wolf Blitzer is shocked that "these things are going on in this country". No report from CNN about multiple machines in two different states switching votes from Romney to Obama. One sided as always.

    November 6, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Mike

    What's with the "regular guy" stuff? I don't want a regular guy in the White House. I want someone extraordinary with extraordinary accomplishments.

    November 6, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. DENNA

    I just heard that Robme is still campaigning. Insecure much? Our president is home here in Chicago chilling and meeting with volunteers. He's also been playing basketball to relax. Whatever happens today, thank you Mr. President for taking care of America. I hope you get four more years. We need to move FORWARD.

    November 6, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Robert Bynum

    If you want to make money, vote Romney
    If you want to keep living with yo momma, vote Obama

    You choice.

    November 6, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Borderless

    You may have to wait at least four more years to see a candidate with those qualities.

    November 6, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. OnlyOne

    "If you want to make money, vote Romney"

    I see. So they've now resorted to trying to buying votes.
    Oh, wait. They've been doing that all along!

    November 6, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. DENNA

    @Robert Bynum
    Wow. Are you bitter. I am guessing that even if Robme wins, your life will still be pathetic. My choice is to move FORWARD with President Obama instead of suffering through more warmed over GOP ideas.

    November 6, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Golden Girl

    Oh look y'all, he's one of us! He eats at Wendy's!!!

    November 6, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Robert Bynum

    @ Denna
    You refer to RobMe and you call me bitter?

    For a president who has spent the last 4 years blaming the prior administration he has moved forward very little

    @ OnlyOne

    What do you call all the redistribution of wealth rhetoric Obamma has been spouting if not buying votes?

    November 6, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Travis Bridges

    All I know is that it will look like Obama is winning until all the Romney supporters get off work and have a chance to vote.

    November 6, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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