Romney kicks off primary high season with pancakes
September 5th, 2011
11:47 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney kicks off primary high season with pancakes

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney kicked off the primary high season looking well-placed at a GOP breakfast in his must-win state of New Hampshire.

The former Massachusetts governor and his wife served 1,500 pancakes to a large crowd of 450 attendees at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, according to campaign estimates.

The line to receive pancakes wrapped in a circle around the room, and the Romneys - wearing campaign aprons - served guests for almost an hour.

"I sure hope they put some big beams underneath this balcony," Romney joked to guests as he addressed them later as the sun rose on the scenic golf course behind him.

Romney pointed out several state lawmakers in the crowd and singled out Manchester's mayor Ted Gatsas, who has not yet endorsed a candidate for 2012.

After his speech, Romney was asked about beliefs he shares with the tea party.

"The tea party is a powerful movement saying government's too big, and I couldn't agree more," he said.

Romney said Republicans would unite around their party's candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012.

Eight Republican GOP hopefuls, including Romney, will come together at a CNN/Tea Party Republican debate on Sept. 12 cosponsored by CNN, the Tea Party Express and tea party organizations representing every state in the nation.

The governor now heads to South Carolina to speak at tea party kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint's forum for GOP candidates.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens the flip flopper is serving flap jacks.

    September 5, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I just realized that the food service will be creating all republican middle class jobs below minimum wage. Mittens new job program includes phrases like, "Do you want fries with that?"

    September 5, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. logic in LA

    "pancakes on every plate and a chicken in the pot" Romney's got the old political ways down pat because he's unemployed like the rest of us! Welcome to 1929

    September 5, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. SecedingfromTexas

    Sooo – If Demint is a kingmaker, and Nikki Haley is a kingmaker, and Sarah Pain is a kingmaker, what happens if they all
    want different kings?

    September 5, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Romney kicks off primary high season with pancakes
    Eat the fried cheesecakes, clambakes and cornflakes
    But what MITTens does NOT know that he is no longer on TOP
    Hey – Do you think it’s because he does best when he Flip-Flops

    I don’t remember in the past if the LEFT got so obsessed
    Do we go around “flipping” and eating “fried foods” to determine who’s BEST?
    I don’t know – Romney is trying very hard to remain the front-runner
    Dang – Perry, Palin and Bachmann will overpower him – what a BUMMER!!! LMAO

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    September 5, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Sandy

    Flip flopping flap jacks! LOL

    September 5, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. w l jones

    Strange not one A...t serving pan cake that tell you about the Tea Party. Enough said.

    September 5, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Mittens, if you can come up with a real jobs plan, I, a staunch Liberal, will vote for you myself. Unless you do, you are just like the other Tea Party talking heads – all bull and not substance or ideas.

    September 5, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    I trust those were "free market" pancakes, you know, made with ingredients that were NOT inspected by federally-funded food inspectors, because, after all, we can trust the free market to regulate and correct itself and always do the right thing by its customers, regardless of the financial impact it may have on their stockholders' portfolios ... *sarcasm*

    September 5, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Did he worship Joseph Smith before he started feeding folks that good ole southern fattening stuff? That's all the south needs, more obesity causing bad health and heart attacks. The folks in RED states take more than any others in welfare and E.R. healthcare (paid by us).

    September 5, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. U. S. A.

    Pancakes at a country club, something we can all relate to. I go to IHOP for pancakes. Did they eliminate the minimum wage jobs.

    September 5, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Hey T'sah – don't give up your day job.

    September 5, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. thomas

    Five sons , None did any military service !

    Mitt loves his freedom as long as others sons and daughters fight for it !


    September 5, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Indy

    Flip to the Flop Batman, Romney finally created a job for himself !

    September 5, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that even not working in the private sector doesn't mean that he doesn't know how to create jobs. I haven't heard Romney talk about the jobs that he "created in the private sector." Could he elaborate about that so I can really find out what kind of jobs those were.

    The tea party is a strange thing. People who claim to love the constitution and don't know a thing about it. Ron Paul says that we should do a way with so many things that we have now. The problem is that Paul and many of his supporters don't seem to remember the part of the constitution about Congress which makes the laws. If they don't like a law, get it repealed in Congress. I think they'd repeal unemployment insurance and The Great Society legislation if they could and go back to legalized segregation because it isn't in the constitution.

    September 5, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |