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. Nick

    Mitt-etch is corny ad nauseum.

    March 31, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Paul Ryan wants the VP slot on the Romney ticket.
    It is probabaly the strongest losing Ticket(s) for the GOP but never mind.

    March 31, 2012 06:09 am at 6:09 am |

    Mitt McCain with the writer of more GOBP out of control big government spending. November can't get here fast enough. Obama/Biden 2012!

    March 31, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  4. Mikeybklyn

    Seriously, how could you vote for a guy whose only hardship is sitting in his ferrari racking his brain where he'll get his tires armor-alled.

    March 31, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  5. diridi

    This guy is an idiot....o.k, watch this idiot on youtube, type, when mitt romeny came to town. heart-broken piece. How he shipped jobs to China, Bain-Capital...o.k, Drive these idiots out in Nov. Obama2012.
    PS: He wants to ban your social security, and medicare...

    March 31, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. mactsr

    Mormons don't gamble. Mitt would never part with a dollar of his own money. He would prefer to buy up companies and drive them into bankruptcy. Remember Mormons are not Christians thus they don't have christian values.

    March 31, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. TheMagusNYC

    Mitt Romney knows better than to waste money on the fantasy of winning the Lotto; which feeds the false hopes of the poor, and the treasuries of the government. With Paul Ryan as the VP, he would run a close second to President Obama.

    March 31, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Poor flip flopper when you are richer than a mere $640M buying a ticket would just make you look out of touch with the little people. Then again, you are out of touch with the little people.
    Elevators for cars anyone? People with pre existing conditions shouldn't be allowed to buy insurance?
    Yeah, what a guy you are moron!

    March 31, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. WiredweirdinSF

    Just think you could go from nothing to being a enemy of the Obama regime overnite. Like people who have saved money for retirement, or accepted personal responsibility for their lives, work and don't do drugs.

    March 31, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. gg

    so romney hangs around with terrorist

    March 31, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Just Git-R-Done

    A VP nominee from key positions in the House or Senate?
    Why? We need the best in the Congress and Senate. To pull them from there would be a mistake.

    March 31, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. gino

    Like Romney needs a Lotto win. His latest expenditure, elevators for his cars, should attest to that. Didn't this clown quip last year that I'm out of work, too." But, he understands the problems of the working class...

    March 31, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. GI Joe

    He'll change his mind tomorrow.

    March 31, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Bonita Rogers

    I don't get it. You have so many people out there that won't vote for Rommey because he is a Mormom. I'm not a Mormom but have been very close with several. They are extremely nice, polite, faithful people that do NOT gamble or taken ANY sort of stimulants. Knowing that it was insulting to even ask him the question. But, that's ok in your book. You can just oppose something that you know nothing about. Please, don't confuse Mormoms with cults. That is not the way it is. Get an education!

    March 31, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. sam101

    why need lottery..He already has stashed multi millions in SWISS and cayman accounts of all money lotted from working middle class by stripping there jobs and shipping to china and india for his fat wallet...This mega millions will be just a peanut for him with his multiple porshe, callilac and garage lift home for his special cars..A $ 450 Millionaire to be part of Billionaire club in a year of he becomes our president..Oh Sorry Millionaire we americans are NOT dump to elect u...

    March 31, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. rickirs

    He "demurred?" What is that ? The idea of playing the lottery when he has millions I am sure is beyond his understanding. Again he is so much UNLIKE the rest of us folks in the middle/working class that can only dream of an easier life.

    March 31, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. john

    too late says willard, been there, done that!! won the birth......

    March 31, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. diridi

    just an idiot. that's it. Bain-Capital, ships jobs to CHINA. Loot this nation. watch him on youtube, type when mitt romney came to town....enjoy.

    March 31, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Thinkergal

    Go ahead, Romney; drag Round that idiot Paul Ryan with you. What a pair!

    March 31, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. joe smith

    he has already hit the lottery, by being a former Gov, he gets a handsome retirement,plus healthcare, all at taxpayers expense..that's hitting the lotto big time..

    March 31, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. iadadman

    This is all so, uhm, uhh, charming? I don't really understand the 'zinger' directed at Adelson. It's funny that a billionaire would buy lottery tickets? Was that meant as a plain insult from one mega rich dude to another? Like; You're just a commoner jerk who would go out and buy lottery tickets. Not sure I get Romneybot humor.

    March 31, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Romney is still reaping the benefits he's enjoyed his whole life: The Bain Capital Middle-Class Job Killing Mega Lottery.

    March 31, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    The closest Willard will ever get to the White House is the day after Obama wins his re-election, he takes his dog out on the White House lawn for a walk and to greet the Press and stops to scoop the poop his dog makes with a newspaper with Mitty Boy's name on the front declaring, "Obama Wins Re-election while Romney Loses bid for White House."

    March 31, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    The GOP is wasting their time. Romney doesn't care either because the day after Obama undoubtedly wins re-election, Romney will just return to one of his mansions and fall asleep on his pillow stuffed with thousands of dollars and life for him will return to normal. Let's be clear about why Romney is really running for President: because he is a bored millionaire and this is just a hobby to him – another quest for adventure and power. Willard doesn't care at all about America – he just wants to see if he can win at this little game called running for President because it's just something to do to kill time in his idyllic utopian world of care free living.

    March 31, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. ED FL

    Of course Romney won't play the lottery. You have to declare and pay taxes on winnings.He can keep all his ill gotten loot overseas in secret accounts and win Twice. Once on the winnings and doesn't have to tell uncle Sam how much he gets in interest.

    March 31, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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