January 3rd, 2008
06:28 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney: 'Don't touch the hair'


Romney is making his final pitch in Iowa Thursday (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney joked Thursday that his opponents are welcome to throw all they've got at him, but when it comes to his perfectly coiffed hair, they'd better back off.

The former Massachusetts governor's comments came at an Iowa event in which he reacted to reports rival Mike Huckabee's hard-nosed campaign manager Ed Rollins said he'd like to "knock" his "teeth out."

"Comments are being made that are really quite questionable," Romney said, "I saw just yesterday the chairman of Gov Huckabee's campaign said he'd like to knock my teeth out. My only comment on that is: Don't touch the hair."

Most polls show Romney and Huckabee neck-and-neck in Iowa, and both men are making their final pitches to voters before the caucus doors close at 7 p.m. CT.

- CNN's Peter Hamby

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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Believer, Durham, NC

    Kaye, Ia – Mitt Romney has no connection to the "Warren Jeff's of Utah" in any shape, matter, or form. You bearing false witness against your neighbor?

    January 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. AndyV

    It is so obvious that CNN, Fox and the Associated Press deliberately neglect talking about the Ron Paul campaign. Interesting though how many of their reporters who actually interview Paul come across as liking what he has to say.
    The other candidates have already lost their focus on the issues. Things in the Deomocratic camp are much more focused. I doubt you will ever see any mud slinging or silly jokes getting the Paul campaign any attention. The man is focused and wants to save our country. The Rebuplicans need to stand behind Paul if they want any chance of winning this November.
    Lets see how much mention he gets tonight when the caucuses close.
    If you want to know what the media is not telling you about Ron Paul...visit his website and research his postion on the issues!

    January 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Allen

    Hey Kaye! What are you talking about? Mitt was never govenor of Utah. How could he have dealt with Warren Jeffs? He was govenor of Mass.

    January 3, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Florida

    I think it's awesome that everyone attacks the characters of these men by the five minutes of headlines they've seen on the news, and of course the five minutes of coverage the media chose to allow us to see. Read what they represent, and then vote. Anyone who thinks they can judge the character of a man based on the media needs to also stop believing in Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

    January 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Canadian Angle

    Feeling sorry for you American people! I seriously cannot fathom how tough it is for you to go through months and months and months of this political schmoozing!

    Can't imagine.

    You folks totally need to simplify this process.

    Here's hoping you pick the best candidate this time!

    Hugs from Canada

    January 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. will parker

    With the NSA mindreading computers and harassment being used on innocent americans, what presidential canidate will stop them?

    January 3, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Jacque Bauer

    I'm hoping that Mr. Huckabee is a very decent, generous and sincere man (despite stories to the contrary in Arkansas). That gives him excellent credentials to be a counselor at a Baptist summer camp or as a social services representative. However, his performance as Govenor demonstrates that he is: 1) not fiscally conservative; 2) socially frightening (releasing any hardened criminal that cries 'Jesus' after being thrown in the slammer; and 3) weak on security (providing shelter and supporting amnesty for illegals for whom he believes that simply being "good Christians" is enough to open the border floodgate).

    The last thing we need is another Jimmah Cahtah.

    January 3, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Tejano Tater

    In RESPONSE TO: "Walt, Belton, TX January 3, 2008 5:04 pm ET" who stated...

    "...Talks mighty tough for a guy who didn't have the balls to serve in the military. Guess some mormons are more worried about their hair than their country...."

    Okay you sanctimonious uneducated spineless BIGOT. I served in the UNITED FREAKIN' STATES MARINE CORPS with a whole he** of a lot of your much hated MORMONS you filthy bigot. My father served alongside many of your much hated MORMONS in WWII as did my Grandfather in WWI. SEMPER FI TO ALL MY FELLOW MARINES MORMON, MUSLIM, CATHOLIC, BAPTIST, PROTESTANT, JEWISH, HINDU, ATHEIST, AND OTHERWISE!!!! SEMPER FI!!!

    Walt in "Belton, TX"??? I'm in San , TX you freak. Pray tell Walt...Look me and my Jarhead friends up. We'll be happy to "enlighten" you about our MORMON brothers and their service to OUR country (/present/andfuture)...

    Try to be an AMERICAN Walt, and not a bigot/Holy Roller/White Baptist Supremacist okay there buddy??? Cheers.

    January 3, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. JAY

    Ralph Guardino, i'm with you 'Bro. I have voted Republican in the past....NEVER AGAIN!!! These Republican wanna-be's like Guilianni, and Romney were A mayor and Governor of predominantly Democratic states, were moderate to liberal Republicans, now they are cow-towing to the Christian conservatives that have ruined the republican party and isolated millions of Americans! Romney is the biggest waffler i've seen in years, and the media hasn't called him out yet. People talk of experience to be President? If that were the ONLY qualifying feature on a wanna be presidents resume,, we would have never had a JFK, Carter, Reagan, And the current loser we have now DUBYA, and Al Gore would have been our 43rd President! Experience in Washington sometimes can be a hamstring! Republicans have swung soooo far right that i have nothing in common with them anymore, nor do they represent my interest as an American, and human being let'sget back to what really matters, The war in Iraq, Global warning, Healthcare,the economy etc......vote your conscience on who will best represent you and your country, someone who won't lead us into needless wars, who cares about global warming, who wants people insured with health insurance.....THAT'S WHAT REALLY MATTERS, not some vain bored millionaire has nothing to say other than "just don't touch my hair"....America, let's wake up! It's now or never, we can't afford another DUBYA in the White House!......The stakes are high.....let's do our part to make things right again!

    January 3, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Shelly

    As a woman business owner, I say Mitt is the Man! He knows how to create jobs, keep jobs, and foster successful business. We need to keep our economy strong (to fund all those socialistic projects from politicians).

    He has the candor and demeanor to be president. He has been attacked relentlessly and no matter what he says back, someone finds more fault with him. Dash in a prior post said it correctly....it is just a sophisticated way of saying they do not like his religion.

    Mitt has honor and is trustworthy. He has lived a life that reflects that. He's not perfect, but the core is good.

    His religion did not get in the way of him getting a law degree. It did not get in the way of his creating successful business ventures. It did not hinder his governorship. It did not get in the way of his never ending list of service projects to make the world a better place. It will not ruin is presidency if he is elected. He puts his pants on the same way you do, one leg at time.

    Remove the bias' and the labels and you will find a very qualified candidate for president.

    The hair joke was absolutely hilarious. He even has a sense of humor!

    Mitt '08

    January 3, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Mike

    Romney could not even beat Senator Kennedy in 1994. He has a lot of character issues other just the dishonesty with hunting, MLK marches, NRA endorsements, and being tough on illegal immagrants (except the ones working in his backyard – TWICE...kept the company after the first incident in his get tough stance.



    January 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. PaulFromBoston

    All the Romney bashing here is pathetic. It is called a come-back people, better than challenging Rollins to a fight in the street. No wonder this country is in a rapid decline, looking at what you people base your decisions on we are screwed. This next president will take the fall for the collapse of the US, ounce the bottom falls out on the dollar we are done. I personally fear for all of us, is this the best we can do as a country for candidates? All these people count on is our short term memories. They are all a joke. Hillary to even be close is an insult to all of you, especially New Yorkers. I figured after 911 she was done, I spent three weeks there, all I heard was how hated she was. She only went to firefighters funerals that had TV coverage. She is a hagg, they all are. Spend it on guns and ammo people, we are going to need it........

    January 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. PaulFromBoston

    Marie Mitchell above at 3:11pm. One of the best comments I have ever seen, Thank you!

    January 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. JAY

    Paul from Boston, ROMNEY IS FLAKE! I fhe even makes it as the Republican nominee and to the general election, he will be exposed for what he is...someone who will say and do anything to get elected! Americans will see right through his slick hair and slick words, he does not have what it takes to be President, he should have stayed governor, he's in WAY over his head!

    January 3, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Jose F.

    'Kick teeth in', hey I've heard that before!

    However, was Ed Rollins's comment taken out of context?

    Well that lends credence to the Huckabee "Southern Baptist Minister" (as labeled by rival Mitt Romney) as a white-preferences-coddled, cultish-clanish hate-herd-bigot.

    That highly suspect "Southern Baptist Minister" characterization instead of "former Arkansas Governor", is admittedly, highly provocative!

    January 3, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Garry

    Love the anti Romney comments. People get so heated up they start to make up things they heard about someone as if they were there and know it first hand. Just like the Mormon hater comments. They hear it from their Ministers and so it must be true. You Iowan church goers must admit, you have heard it allot the past several weeks from the pulpit and around the church to get out to the caucuses and vote because if an EVIL MORMON got the nod from Iowa it would be terrible. I think Romney will stand the test just fine from those who really know him first hand. Huckabee is probably a good man too I really don't know him, but I also know he doesn't have to say much bad about Romney on TV because there are enough bad things said about him constantly at church meetings! You church goers think about that Isn’t that true?

    January 3, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Frank Pacino

    Mitt Romney does have nice hair, and as a fellow who also has nice hair, I agree...don't touch his hair or you'll have this young Republican to answer to!!

    January 6, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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