Paul Ryan gleefully dumps ice water on Mitt Romney
August 22nd, 2014
10:05 AM ET
3 months ago

Paul Ryan gleefully dumps ice water on Mitt Romney

(CNN) – "It is cold."

That's what Mitt Romney said, letting out a slight chuckle after his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, dumped a bucket of ice water on his head.

Dressed in a full suit, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was the latest politician to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media campaign that aims to raise money and awareness to fight amyotropic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Romney, in a video posted Friday morning, said he was challenged by Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Creighton Rider of Salt Lake City, who Romney said has been diagnosed with ALS.

In turn, Romney challenged his "sweetheart" wife, Ann, and actor Jason Sudeikis, who played Romney on "Saturday Night Live" during the 2012 campaign.

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Romney expressed thanks to Pete Frates, a former baseball player at Boston College who's been living with ALS since 2012 and who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor said he’s also making a donation to an ALS charity.

Ryan and Romney were in Chicago Thursday to help promote Ryan's new book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.”

CNN’s Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. steve

    I'm sorry but this ice bucket thing became so lame weeks ago. If you want to donate to ALS donate money. What's the point of dumping ice water on your head, publicity?

    August 22, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. O'drama ya Mama

    So lets see George Bush said it wasnt Presidential to do the ice bucket challenge yet did it anyway, Republicans fawn over it.

    Mitt Romney does it, Republicans fawn over it.

    Obama and Biden actually donate the money instead of doing it (remember Bush said it wasnt Presidential) and Republicans hate and spin it into a negative.

    August 22, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Marty

    Interesting how comments are allowed on only conservative pieces.

    August 22, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Tom

    They could raise billions for ALS if everyone who wanted to dump ice water on Mittens could do so for a donation.

    August 22, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Hal

    @Marty, but of course CNN is a pro-democrat propaganda machine.

    August 22, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. george cook

    AND-----–he may well be the GOP Presidential Nominee...via a DRAFT...and could wipe the floor with Hillary in a "Not Even Close Race!"

    August 22, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. ohWrotcoD

    Steve, O'drama, Marty, Tom.... Don't rag on a great humanitarian act. Since the #icebucketchallenge started, millions are now more aware and more able to help with the fight against ALS. Take your shameful hyperpartisanship elsewhere.

    August 22, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. drake mallard

    the ice bucket thing that so three weeks ago

    August 22, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Sniffit

    ""The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.”"

    Yeah, ummmmm, delusional ideological [self-manipulation] over daydream randian policies that further our descent into oligarchy and plutocracy, all written at a 3rd grade level and replete with Luntzian agitprop phraseology, isn't exactly what I consider a thrilling or informative read.

    August 22, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. steve

    ohWrotcoD I would rather people put their money where their mouth is, rather then dumping buckets of water on their heads for publicity.

    August 22, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Drew

    Steve, the act gets people to get involved. They want people to see them on Facebook. This in turn gets more people involved, and whether for shallow reasons or not they are donating. It is a great thing that will soon run its course. Haters like you just need to step aside and keep it to yourself, unless you want the giving to end?

    August 22, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. bobo

    Republicans care more about people then Democrats..... stats show they donate more to charities.......

    August 22, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. rick

    Its still for a great cause.. So let everyone have their fun.. Even Kermit the Frog got wet! But notice Miss Piggy didnt. Nobody likes cold ham.. But it would shut her up and Kermit get a head start on running..! All pun aside. Its still a great cause. Expect other oddball ?challenges? In future for other things like cancer research.. Diabetic research.. MD.. The list is long..

    August 22, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. JV

    Man.. hope he runs for pres again. You boneheads really screwed that one up...Please dont make the same mistake twice.

    August 22, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Drew

    Steve, do you think people that get dumped on are not giving? You are a sad angry person. Lighten up and enjoy life. You only get one shot at this thing.

    August 22, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. bakudannar

    I think it's fine for people to do the challenge. The point is awareness. People want to watch and people want to emulate. In the end, the charity raised millions for a cause that would otherwise have gotten little attention at all.

    Participation in the ice bucket challenge reaches across race, borders, economics, political views, industries, etc. Not many causes can lay claim to that.

    August 22, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    bobo

    Republicans care more about people then Democrats..... stats show they donate more to charities.......
    --------------------------------------–
    Are you talking about money, or time and effort?

    August 22, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Scout

    How about Mittens stop taking every sleazy tax break that comes down the pike?

    August 22, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Scout

    Bobo–They donate to charities so that they can get more tax breaks–as if their other sleazy methods aren't enough.

    August 22, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Walter

    Can we stop this ice bucket nonsense and focus on stopping the march of radical islam across the globe?

    August 22, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Tom l

    Rudy NYC says:
    August 22, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am
    bobo

    Republicans care more about people then Democrats….. stats show they donate more to charities…….
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    Are you talking about money, or time and effort?
    ---
    That would be both in terms of time and money. How would one measure effort?

    August 22, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Lizzie

    drake mallard
    the ice bucket thing that so three weeks ago
    -poor baby no one challenged you

    August 22, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Brad Bryan

    You guys are hilarious to say a charity donation awareness for a debilitating disease was soo three weeks ago. How ridiculous. The whole point of the ice bucket challenge is to raise awareness to get people to donate in the first place. To show your derision for Mitt to participate in this cause just shows your stubborn partisanship over something that is not even a little bit political.

    August 22, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Ian's Rushtache

    ohWrotcoD says:
    August 22, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am
    Steve, O’drama, Marty, Tom…. Don’t rag on a great humanitarian act. Since the #icebucketchallenge started, millions are now more aware and more able to help with the fight against ALS. Take your shameful hyperpartisanship elsewhere.

    __________________

    What's hilarious is that you and other conservatives took this stance when Michelle Obama took part in the Bring Back Our Girls twitter campaign.

    Just like Fox is blasting the President for not wearing a tie, while not saying a word about W's golf apparel.

    Or Fox kicking and screaming about Obama's vacation time, but never said a word about W. Include Camp David and the ranch and Bush spent nearly 1,000 days away from the White House.

    But hey, that's not what Fox told you so it couldn't be true.

    August 22, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Lizzie

    Scout
    How about Mittens stop taking every sleazy tax break that comes down the pike?
    -so does the President, democrats and republicans alike.

    August 22, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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