March 30th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney quips on lotto

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (CNN) - Mitt Romney won't join the millions betting on a lucky Mega Millions ticket, but that didn't stop him from speculating about another possible participant.

At a quick stop at a Fond du Lac diner, the GOP candidate was asked if he would vie for the sky-high payout in the lotto contest.

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Romney demurred but he did unleash a zinger directed at his rival Newt Gingrich's billionaire benefactor, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

"I understand that Sheldon Adelson has bought some tickets," Romney quipped to reporters in Schreiner's Restaurant.

Adelson and his family have contributed over 16 million to the super PAC supportive of Gingrich's campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor, who purchased four slices of cherry pie from restaurant owner Paul Cunningham for himself and some staffers, was accompanied by his new supporter, Rep. Paul Ryan.

Ryan said he had frequented the restaurant as a child and gave Romney some local tips.

In the kitchen, Romney asked a chef with a saute pan: "Is that perch or whitefish?"

Ryan explained the so-called "poor man's lobster" dish was actually haddock.

Romney also batted down a diner's question about his vice presidential potentials - though he planned to spend the weekend campaigning alongside one man whose name strategists have mentioned.

"I'm not presumptuous enough because I'm not - I'm not the nominee yet. So until then, I'm not going to think about it," Romney said, then gestured to Ryan nearby. "You got Paul Ryan over there. He wants to say hi I'm sure."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Wisconsin
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. The-Least-Unelectable

    Betting $10,000?

    March 30, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    "I'm not presumptuous enough because I'm not – I'm not the nominee yet. So until then, I'm not going to think about it," Romney said, then gestured to Ryan nearby. "You got Paul Ryan over there. He wants to say hi I'm sure."
    A Romney-Ryan administration would be brilliant. Very powerful in terms of leadership and capability. There is an incredible amount of work to be done and this would be the team to make it happen.

    Romney-Ryan 2012! And as many Republican Senators we can get in.

    March 30, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Whatever

    What would be cruel is that SOB would be "lucky" enough to win... UGH the thought!! LOL

    March 30, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Thomas


    Dad , If Ryan is VP , will that mean I can be Treasury Secretary ?

    March 30, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Tom

    I like Haddock!

    March 30, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Larry L

    After taxes the lotto winner of the 500 million would have about the same amount of money as Romney.

    March 30, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. David in FL

    zinger.. really cnn.. pathetic

    March 30, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Mike

    Big deal, who cares.

    March 30, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. RA

    "I was considering buying all 170,000,000 number combinations, but I thought it better to give the proles a shot at it. To look good, you know?"

    March 30, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    With a net worth of over $250 million dollars, Romney is already a member of the exclusive top one percent of wealthiest Americans.

    March 30, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. angel611

    The lottery is against Romney's religion, but buying companies on paper without the money, laying Americans off, and moving the factories to China for slave labor, then selling them for profits, is not against his religion.
    I call bull manure on Romney and his cult religion.

    March 30, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. ngc1300

    Why should he buy one? He's been holding the winning ticket for years.

    March 30, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Romney already has more money than his great grandchildren can spend. If elected he will be the 2nd richest president of all time, and the number 1 most out of touch with the real world.

    March 30, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. sara

    He is so "slow".. Newt is no threat.....Adelson could then fund you, Willard. "Wanna bet....10,000"

    March 30, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Mike-WA

    Whomever wins the Megamillion lottery will be as qualified as Romney is to become President. They will be wealthy without real work and will be out of touch.

    March 30, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. 1twinsfan

    Poor man's lobster? No wonder Mitt had to ask what it was.

    March 30, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Marc

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo out of touch and so fake lol.

    March 30, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Scef

    Adelson can buy and sell Romney. What, is he jealous that he backed Newt instead of him. He's so petty. Can you imagine as pres dealing with a hostile congress or foreign leader with that childish mentality.

    March 30, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. DAT

    '"I understand that Sheldon Adelson has bought some tickets," Romney quipped ' "Quipped"? Really? Yeah, that's a real knee-slapper, Mitt.

    March 30, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. MS

    Why would Romney need lotto tickets? He makes his money the old fashion way; by buying companies, firing workers, and selling their assets.

    March 30, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  21. DEcember 2012

    Almost as funny as the one about his dad laying off people.

    March 30, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. Carlos

    Well, DUH! It's against his religion. Mormons aren't supposed to gamble, hence why no lottery in Utah.

    March 30, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. enuff

    Who freaking cares about how many slices of pie he bought! Are you just trying to pad because you have a minimum word count? And I really don't care about if it were white fish or crawfish... none of this tells me what his policies are for the betterment of this country.

    March 31, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  24. nolimits3333

    Romney making billionaire jokes.

    He is so going to lose...

    March 31, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  25. judith

    Mitt and Paul Ryan together–what a couple of losers. The latest poll shows Obama beating Mittens by 17 points in Wisconsin.

    March 31, 2012 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
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