February 1st, 2012
03:22 PM ET
8 years ago

For Romney, all that glitters is not confetti

Eagan, Minnesota (CNN) - Mitt Romney sparkled as he took the stage in Eagan, Minnesota, the day after a blowout victory in Florida's primary.

But the glint in Romney's hair and on his blazer wasn't a post-victory glow. Instead, the GOP candidate was dusted in glitter thrown by a young male protester before Romney took the stage.

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Eagan police escorted the young man out of the building after the incident.

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Calling the glitter "confetti" to celebrate his Florida victory, Romney brushed off the glitter-bombing – literally and rhetorically.

"Ah, I've got glitter in my hair," he said, and joked about his famously coiffed hair. "That's not all that's in my hair, I tell you that. I glue it on everyday whether I need to or not."

But as the candidate was shaking hands with supporters after his speech, a second person again attempted to blanket Romney with glitter, which he brought to the event in a Pringles can. Escorts quickly moved the glitter-bomber away from Romney.

An individual from the glitter-growing group, Nick Espinosa, said he was affiliated with two operations: Glitterati and Occupy Minneapolis. The intent in throwing the glitter was to underscore Romney's donations to the Mormon church, which Espinosa said was campaigning against gay marriage.

"Minnesota is a state that prides itself on tolerance," Espinosa said.

Romney was not the first GOP candidate to face such an attack. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was glitter-bombed earlier in the campaign as were former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

During his Eagan rally, Romney was pushed by an audience of several hundred to sing "God Bless America." The candidate frequently quotes from the song on the stump, but received positive reviews for breaking into song at an earlier appearance in Florida.

"If you keep that up I'm going to have to get singing lessons because I'm not so good," he told the audience, which joined him in song.

On Tuesday, a federal law enforcement source said Romney would begin receiving Secret Service protection within days. It's unclear though whether additional security would have stopped such a protest.

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Filed under: 2012 • Minnesota • Mitt Romney
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. CHAV3Z

    What a bunch of whiners around here. "I wish I was part of the 1%." Let me break out my little violin for you. People need to stop coveting what the don't have and work. Stop vilifying people for being successful. Believe it or not, you can work (rather than "occupy") and make something of yourself.

    February 1, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    OMG – In all of that hair – he'll need a vacuum to get it out!!! Glitter is very difficult to get rid of.

    Obama 2012!

    February 1, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. John

    It's the only way that clown will ever glow.

    February 1, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Chuck

    I don't care what you think about the guy, this is still disrespectful. I swear, grown people act like children when it comes to politics. If this happened to Preident Obama, liberals would be calling out republicans, saying they have no respect for the President. Likewise, conservatives would be saying "yeah, he deserved it!" In this case, expect the same reaction, just change the ideologies of those reacting.

    Grow up – glitterbombing anyone is a disgrace.

    February 1, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Maryabb

    Oh, lighten up everybody.

    February 1, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. ron

    Is this "Wall Street Fraud" who doesn't care about the poor, the best the republicans can do? Really?!

    Obama 2012!

    February 1, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Someone disturbed Romney's hair! That is headline news.

    February 1, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. mdamone

    How desperate do you have to be to literally throw something onto a Presidential candidate? I'm sure the bomber just loved being drug off by the secret service for an interrogation as to why he had just assaulted a politician. Worth it? Maybe for the bomber.

    And there is more than a slight difference is the singing thing. One man was singing the National Anthem. The other a song he liked after betting someone offstage that he would ( looking stage right: "...you didn't think I would do it, did you?") while in a state of being criticized for being one of the most lax Presidents in recent history while sitting on 9% unemployment. One had a reason to sing. The other chose to further his cavalier image of being someone out of touch. Is he out of touch? Can't be sure. But if he appears that way it is his own fault. Acting clownish at speeches, racking up more rounds of golf than any other President with his wife wearing $2000 sun dresses and $500 sneakers isn't exactly helping.

    February 1, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Kimberly04

    I don't understand why the left finds it acceptable to throw anything on anybody. Jan Brewer shakes her finger at Obama and the left calls it racist yet they consider it ok to throw unknown substances on people. They guy should be arrested.

    February 1, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. One World

    I miss the days when Anita Bryant got hit in the face with a pie.
    Dont hurt anybody.
    Just make it clear we will not accept hate and biggotry to get votes.
    America is growing up.
    About time.

    February 1, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Rick

    I'm not even a fan of Romney but that glitter/shaving cream pie crap is getting old.It's done by morons that should make people embarrased to be associated in any way with them or their cause.If someone did that to you or me I doubt we'd handle it that nicely...Ron Paul 2012 baby !!

    February 1, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. anagram_kid

    Mr. Romney is a terrible candidate and does not have the necessary intelligence to be president, but this type of physical engagement from protesters is just uncalled for. There are better ways to make him look foolish – namely just printing and replaying his own words.
    Obama 2012

    February 1, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Informed Citizen

    Cody Fire. If you want to be part of the 1% then log off your computer and join the military.

    February 1, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. scott

    Espinosa. another lazy welfare person, that has low self esteen, and wants the country to give him a free ride all his life, as with most of the occupy movement. Some one should check his green card.

    February 1, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. scott

    Romney the one that can beat Welfare Obama and his merry men.

    Romney 2012

    February 1, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Julia

    I may just vote for Mitt based on the way he handled this repeated spectacle. Way to go, Mitt!

    February 1, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. A Southern Lady

    Mitt Romney is basically a decent man but, today, to be a leader/winner in the Republican party, all indications of good manners and decent behavior must go out the window since the party was taken over by the religious right and then The Tea Partiers who have shown clearly that there is nothing they won't do or say to get back in the White House. No character assination is too extreme, no lies too severe, no lives wrecked are too much for the "party of family values" to use at every opportunity to destroy their opponent. And, now, they have turned their wrath on Newt, one of their own. Until the once-proud Republican party returns to decent behavior and elects statesmen (such as Bob Dole of Kansas and John Warner of Virginia) instead of right-wing-nut cases, our county will not prosper. ARe there any adult-acting Republicans left or have they all been "run off" by the Tea Party? How very sad....

    February 1, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. logicnLA

    Don't like Mitt- hate stupid people

    February 1, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. guest

    "Minnesota is a state that prides itself on tolerance" unless you disagree with me then I feel entitled to be able to throw glitter at you with no consequences.

    February 1, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. madmaninthemiddle

    Let's just put all the candidates on American Idol. We could have this whole thing over in a few weeks.

    February 1, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. S1N

    This seems simple enough. Charge the protester with battery, throw him in jail for 90 days or so, and be on our way. Too bad the police (with the exception of Oakland) are content to let the "Occupy Anything but a Job" group break the law with minimal consequences. The fact that it was glitter was irrelevant. The contact was intentional, aggressive, and without consent of both parties. Let the guy occupy a jail cell for a while.

    February 1, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. J.V.Hodgson

    I thought the old phrase was " all that glitters is not gold"!?
    He is having some golden moments right now and may have his final golden moment when chosen to be the Republican candidate to challenge Obama against whom he will lose because his basics are first take everything back to Bush style (Repeal health care and Dodd Frank) state of affairs Or the UNION. Increase defense spending ( no mention how to pay for it.) No tax increases and he will balance the budget and create jobs. Great rhetoric but not A SINGLE MEANINGFUL WORD about how to balance the budget and how to create jobs!!
    Obama policies have put more than 3m people back to work it will be more come November and that despite concerted Republican opposition to anything he proposes.

    February 1, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. petena

    Are you really proud of Romney the billionaire who has his money abroad so he doesn't have to pay taxes? Oh what an American. I am a Republican totally disgusted with this filthy party. I am voting stratight Democrat in 2012.

    February 1, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. okcthunder

    Why is it a problem that Romney was successful? I think a successful person is who we want in the White House is it not?

    February 1, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. Tolerance

    "Minnesota is a state that prides itself on tolerance." which is why they glitter bomb people with differing viewpoints.

    February 1, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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