Romney: Licensed to hunt
January 17th, 2012
03:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney: Licensed to hunt

(CNN) – Mitt Romney poked fun at himself during Monday's Republican presidential debate, saying he wasn't the best outdoorsman on stage and confused the game he hunted during a recent trip.

"I'm not going to describe all of my great exploits," the Republican presidential frontrunner said. "But I went moose hunting, actually – not moose hunting, I'm sorry, elk hunting with friends in Montana."

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Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency confirmed that Romney obtained a non-resident hunting license from the state in October 2010 for elk, deer, game birds and fish.

The sport is a popular topic among many in the pro-gun rights section of the Republican base.

When running for president in 2007, Romney made headlines when he said he had always been a "small varmint" hunter, adding he had hunted the animals "more than two times" since he was a kid.

Asked in Monday night's Fox News debate if he had taken part in the sport since making those comments, Romney said he had hunted elk, as well as pheasants.

The former Massachusetts governor then pivoted to one of his Republican rivals.

"Rick Perry, my guess is you are a serious hunter," Romney said. "I'm not a serious hunter, but I must admit, I guess I enjoy the sport and when I get invited I'm delighted to be able to go hunting."

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Romney is as much an outdoorsman as Paris Hilton is a member of Mensa...

    January 17, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    Is he trying to appeal to those Palin degenerates? This guy has absolutely no core and is a fraud.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 17, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Romney's HUMAN moments will destroy him.

    Obama 2012

    January 17, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I think Mitt Romney may have a major tax reporting problem, especially during his days when he was officially at Bain Capital. I will give Romney benefit of the doubt until he releases detailed tax records, but it appears he may have grossly misrepresented his ifrom of ncome. He may reported salary and commisssions as capital gains.

    Here's why. Romney was founder and co-owner of Bain Capital. Romney was not the sole investor in the capital that Bain used to make investments. If you own a company and pay yourself a portion of the revenues, don't you have to declare that as earned income and not as capital gains? Furthermore, in order to declare income as capital gains, don't you have to invest exclusively *your* own money? Romney's income may have technically been salaries and commisions, not capital gains on investments.

    January 17, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Gurgi

    I would rather see Santorum than Romney. A Santorum/Rice ticket would be great, and it would make heads on both sides of the isle explode, but would be good for the country.

    January 17, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Jeez, he's even flip flopping on the fake hunting trip/photo op to pander to the neanderthal right wing.

    January 17, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    He needs to go hunting with Dick Cheney.

    January 17, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. unsub

    interesting that he turned to perry and assumed he liked to hunt.

    January 17, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. carrotroot

    Go back to playing golf Mr. Romney you are clearly not an outdoors man.

    January 17, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gurgi – Its over, Mittens is your candidate. I feel your pain.

    January 17, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Did he do it from the Mittenscopter? What? As if he doesn't in some way own a helicopter...pffff....

    January 17, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Hey Mitt, in your elite world ya' ain't a real hunter til ya shoot one of your friends!

    January 17, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Gurgi

    @Wire Palladin, S. F. Gurgi – Its over, Mittens is your candidate. I feel your pain.------NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is time for field marshall Mittens Rommel to go to Iran, and start a new war.

    January 17, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Romney made headlines when he said he had always been a "small varmint" hunter,"

    Yeah, because he thought he was being asked about what he did at Bain and all the "small varmints" that lost their jobs as a result.

    January 17, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why should we care if Romney or anyone else goes hunting?

    January 17, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Who cares, moose, elk, doesn't matter. What matters is that he bags Obama in November and sends the socialist to the golf course full time....

    January 17, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Why should we care if Romney or anyone else goes hunting?"

    Well, duh, because the MSM is telling us to care. Don't you calibrate your relevance-meter according to what the MSM is telling you is important in order to distract you from what really is? may not, but 90%+ of the people out there sure as heck do. Of course, Mittens is a pandering moron, as is proven by him making this non-issue into a relevant issue by turning it into another flip-flop example, so I suppose it's forgiveable this time. The initial story wasn't all that relevant tho.

    January 17, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Is he going to shoot himself in the foot again with one of his blue-blood comments?

    January 17, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. donna

    Wait for him pull the Kerry gaff: "Can I get me a hunting license?"

    January 17, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Phil in KC

    A bid for the Palin voters?

    January 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Woman In California


    Although what you said is logical and within the law – Romney is too slick to make a mistake like that. This man is a psychotic liar and would only hire the best tax consultants in the practice of deception.

    January 17, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Gurgi

    woman in california = angry black woman

    January 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |