February 3rd, 2008
05:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney forgoes Super Bowl for campaign trail

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won’t be glued to a TV like most Americans when his undefeated New England Patriots take on the New York Giants in Sunday night’s Super Bowl.

Such is life on the campaign trail with just two days to go until Super Tuesday, and a strict travel schedule trumps watching your hometown team on their quest for a perfect season.

“We’re going to be seeing it in St. Louis, and then seeing it again when we land [in Nashville tonight],” Romney told disappointed traveling reporters on the plane before taking off from Chicago to St. Louis. “We’ll miss the middle.”

Romney revealed that he traded emails with Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady on Saturday to wish him luck. Holding up his BlackBerry, he joked, “I actually sent him a couple of plays, I’ll show you what I got,” before adding, “I wish he’d send me a couple plays.”

Keeping the football theme going while talking about the race, Romney said “I don’t think anybody has a perfect season so far, I wish it were that kind of a race but I’m afraid it’s much closer.”

He compared the media’s political coverage to a game’s halftime analysis: “They’re going back and forth and they act like they’ve got it all clear, and then you go on to the second half and it’s not at all like they said.”

As it turns out, rival John McCain will be watching the game on Romney’s turf in Boston. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton will be watching her Giants in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Asked if he would call Clinton if New York prevails, Romney told CNN, “I don’t think so. I thought Rudy [Giuliani] and I would have a bet on this, but we never got around to it.”

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

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soundoff (9 Responses)

    I hope and pray Romney wins, McCain is bad, Hichupbee is just as bad.

    Romney 08!

    February 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Elizabeth

    oh what a sacrifice! whatever.

    February 3, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. dude

    down with Romney

    February 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Mary

    I thought his hometown was Detroit? Or does it change depending on circumstances?

    February 4, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. Rob

    Vote Mitt Romney and we'll have a better America!

    February 4, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. lilarose

    It was a great game and my team won!

    February 4, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  7. The Observer

    His team lost and so will he.

    February 4, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  8. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    Romney's been a football fan all of his life. His father took him to a game, well watched one on tv once.

    February 4, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  9. Andrew

    Dude who ever you are you should say up with Romney as he is the more balanced candidate of the whole lot.


    Andrew from South Africa

    February 4, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |