Romney sees bright side of rain-soaked campaign event
June 17th, 2012
01:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney sees bright side of rain-soaked campaign event

Brunswick, Ohio (CNN) – Everyone was drenched by the time Mitt Romney arrived at his Father's Day pancake breakfast in Ohio, but the GOP candidate turned the lousy weather into a metaphor for the 2012 presidential race.

"It looks like the sun is coming out, and I think that's a metaphor for the country, the sun is coming out guys. Three and a half years of dark clouds are about to part and it's about to get a little warmer around this country, a little brighter," Romney said Sunday in Brunswick.

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One woman said residents had been praying for rain for weeks. The downpour was welcome to the nearby farms and acres of apple orchards behind them. It was less than ideal for a campaign trying to pull off a flawless stop on Romney's six-state bus tour.

Romney thanked the hundreds of people for the "warm welcome on this cold and rainy morning." Many sat around rain-soaked picnic tables, turning black trash bags into raincoats and campaign signs into umbrellas.

"This is courage, you guys out here wearing garbage bags, and those that didn't have garbage bags wishing you had them," Romney said, adding "this is really something. I guess you didn't know the rain was going to come."

The rain finally stopped and clouds cleared as his bus rolled into the Mapleside Farms parking lot. The GOP candidate and father of five was joined on Father's Day with two of his sons, Craig and Matt, six of his 18 grandchildren, a daughter-in-law and his wife Ann.

After Romney spoke the family lined up to serve pancakes. As Matt stood in front of a griddle flipping wheat pancakes he was asked if he got his dad anything for Father's Day.

"Not yet. I still have time," he answered.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee's sons gave their dad a present by way of the campaign, which released a father's day video that included interviews from each son as well as family videos that show a younger, more playful side to the former governor of Massachusetts.

They share stories about their dad waking them up on Saturdays to do yard work, talk about him being a "goofball" and how he "loved to horse around."

In the video one son recalls, "Matt likes to call [Romney] the great entertainer…whenever people are around he's always; he wants to make sure everyone's having a good time."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. winky

    So the Romney's don't use tongs just hands to serve food disgusting!

    June 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    “One woman said residents had been praying for rain for weeks”

    This is another proof Romney is out of touch

    June 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. margo

    American students from lower middle class on down want free college, just like 180,000 illegal students get. Americans first.

    June 17, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. margo

    Americans want first consideration for all jobs in this country....illegals last.

    June 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. mjw

    Per Grover Norquist, Romney has signed the "no tax increase" pledge. That should disqualify him for being president. Presidents cannot sign a pledge that would tie his hands in making decision for the country. We need a President who can make decisions depending on what the country needs at the time not be tied down to any pledge to one person.

    Americans wake up, we have just lived thru the GWB debacle of trying to do something for his father and not a real personal conviction as a leader. He was then overrun by the extremist lead by Cheney and Rumsfeld excluding the more moderate intelligent Collin Powell and others. That policy lead to the greatest financial tragedy since the Great Depression. Mitt Romney is the same, he has no core conviction for the presidency just another number on his bucket list, and the country will be run by the extremists again. He has sold his soul to the crazy Teaparty/rightwing nuts. For your own safety, financial security as well as the US standing in hte world vote Obama/Binden 2012.


    June 17, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I didn't know Mormons don't believe that the Heavens and Earth are ruled by God or do they believe Mormons are God who rule the sun shine and take away dark clouds or is it their "Money" that gives them all God's powers.

    June 17, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. ST

    "This is courage, you guys out here wearing garbage bags, and those that did not have garbage bags wishing you had them. Romney said.
    Gosh! what horrible words to tell people who have put themselves forward and the rain pouring on them! Is this only me or what! Romney has no filter in his mouth to understand what to tell pepole and what to not.

    June 17, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Did I Say That ?

    Three and a half years of dark clouds.
    You know what he really means.

    June 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. g

    if romney ever had to live in the real world he,d last two weeks

    June 17, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. King

    Romney locks up about 60 to 70 percent of the white votes, these folks want to go back to the bush policies on steroids. feels that competing with China's slave worker, when mitten come out with the Chinese American free trade agreement, that will kill the middle clases in America, because how will American compete with 2 billion slaveworking spenders .

    June 17, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Larry L

    The spoiled preppy shows up at yet another gathering of overweight, white, fearful, bigoted and brainwashed Republicans. Those are "his folks".

    June 17, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    They seem to always have dozens of people at their rallies. ha ha ha h haha

    He thinks those are huge turnouts when they barely top 200.

    June 17, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. stephen

    I wonder if he check the eight years of darkness before!!! we are now seeing a ray of hope !!!

    June 17, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. seanomatic

    Where is any face of color when Mitt's around?

    June 17, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The dark clouds are from the last three years of the Bush error. Mittens is a fool, and if people buy into his lying they are even worse.

    June 17, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Marry

    Three and a half years of dark clouds are about to part and it's about to get a little warmer around this country, a little brighter when the OBSTRUCTUNISTS from the GOP and party of “NO” are voted out in November the President is reelected and finally the country can say: YES WE CAN MOVE FORWARD!

    June 17, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |