Romney helps out at Colorado food bank
July 10th, 2012
07:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney helps out at Colorado food bank

Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney took a break from campaigning Tuesday to visit an area devastated by recent wildfires in Colorado.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee flew into Colorado Springs to meet with individuals impacted by the fire. He also stopped in at a food bank just miles away from where the fire first ignited in Waldo Canyon and destroyed more than 340 homes.

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Eleven days ago, President Barack Obama visited one of the subdivisions wiped out by the fires.

Romney toured the Care and Share food bank and helped volunteers with their work – including crossing out barcodes and checking expiration dates on packages of food like cereal and crackers.

Shortly before he used his teeth to rip open a package of macaroni and cheese boxes, Romney said, "The expiration dates are not always easy to find so it's kind of like Where's Waldo."

The food bank typically receives about 400,000 pounds of donated food annually, but in the last few weeks, they received 1.5 million pounds of food in response to relief efforts.

"There's been a huge outpouring of support in the community to provide food to folks who've been affected by the fires here, and it's just an inspiring thing to see how many people have stepped up to make a difference," Romney said.

He also recommended that people vacation in Colorado Springs, which, according to a Romney aide, was a recommendation from one of the eight people he met with privately.

"The beauty of this area remains as exactly as it was before and what's happening is people are staying away because they think the whole area has been burned out. It's beautiful as it's always been, and tourists need to come back," Romney said. "Or else the suffering from this fire will be more severe than it needs to be."

In Grand Junction, Colorado earlier Tuesday, Romney acknowledged the devastation caused by fires at the beginning of his town hall. "Lives have been changed, and our hearts go out to the people of Colorado who have been affected by the tragedy of these wildfires," he said.

Romney introduced 15-year-old J.D. TenNapel of Cedaredge, whom he called a hero for risking his life and alerting neighbors of incoming flames and suffering first and second degree burns in the process.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    How precious, Mittens, the elitist empty suit, has a photo op at a food bank doing something he has never done before.

    July 10, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Fire0bama

    Go Gov. Romney!

    Vote empty suit 0bama out in Nov. 2012!

    July 10, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. NotFooledByDistractions

    Romney helps out at Colorado food bank then hops in his limo and slathers himself, head to toe with sanitizer. Ew...hanging with "common people"!!

    July 10, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. 1twinsfan

    Does Romney realize that many families have to get their food from food banks on a regular basis, not just because of disasters? I'll be vacationing in 3 weeks in my state's recently hit disaster area. It was planned 4 mos ago and I see no reason to not go and their tourism office is asking people to visit.

    July 10, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Great Photo Opportunity !

    Did he bring his garage elevator ?

    July 10, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Russ

    Oh how big of you to cross out bar codes and check experation dates. Why not donate a couple million of those hard earned off shore account dollars? You donate millions to a cult that doesn't really need it, but hardly anything to people that do. I'm sure your Presidency would be the same. Help you millionaire buddies but screw those in need.

    July 10, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Liz the First

    Probably on an expidition to discover some things he's never seen before, like peanut butter and powdered milk. nice try, Mittens. when you turn Democrat we'll believe you give a rodent's derriere about poor people.

    July 10, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Did your try out your stump speech in Colorado, Mitt?

    I can just hear it now: Romney bringing his good old stump speech to the devastated people in Colorado. "Obama thinks we need more policemen and fireman...........

    Did those little boxes of macaroni give you a hard time? How's that plastic taste to you? Dear, precious little Mitt, I know your're trying desperately to prove you're just like everyone else, but you're supposed to eat what's inside the little boxes, not the tasty-looking shell covering the outside. Did you have fun trying to cross off the UPCs and check all the little numbers on the expiration codes? I think you of all people would know about hiding the numbers. Speaking of Where's Waldo, I'd like to know Where's Willard? He has some tax returns we all need to see. Where's Willard? We need to check those numbers against the IRS codes.

    July 10, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Hank

    Did alexithymic Mitt fire any fire-fighters while he was in CO? Did he cut their pay?

    July 10, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Pander Bear

    We'll all be going to food banks if this tool is ever elected.

    July 10, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. pkbkr

    This guy will do anything to look "authentic." Give it up, Mitt! It just doesn't fit you! Bet you never EVER set foot in a food bank until now for a photo op!

    July 10, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. n

    Wait one cotton pick-n minute, Romney didn't blame the wild fires on the president, so called, failed policies. LOL!

    July 10, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney helps out at Colorado food bank◄ with real ease
    But can't help the public understand his BANKING overseas
    Nor his taxes that he hides but yet says there's nothing there
    In order to be our President he should show all of those years


    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 10, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is this the only time he has given help to a social welfare group like this food bank? Did he seem uncomfortable about this?

    July 10, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Hal

    No surprise that alexithymic Mitt went to talk to the people at a food bank instead of talking to any firemen; he knows firemen would have booed and heckled him BIG TIME!

    July 10, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. 1twinsfan

    I wonder how Mitt's face looked when they pulled up and the bank wasn't what he thought it was going to be.

    July 10, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I wished Romney had shown up to see firefighters in action because he doesn't believe we need them, but it's nice he did help out at the food bank. MY CONGRATS TO THE FIREFIGHTERS FOR A JOB WELL DONE WHILE PUTTING YOUR LIVES ON THE FRONT LINE.

    July 10, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Thomas

    It's tempting to simplify things and blame it all on global warming. But weather can be complicated. What's plain is that odds for extreme weather are increasing, experts say.

    Romney will never talk about climate change and the environment. Or the efect that is acuring regarding crops and food.

    The only science Romney understands is supply and demand and how to make the most money for shareholders.

    July 11, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    The pandering from Romney makes people sick. Speaking of sick, does Romney think it's sanitary to use his filthy mouth to open food packaging? Elitist clown.

    July 11, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Shortly before he used his teeth to rip open a package of macaroni and cheese boxes, Romney said, "The expiration dates are not always easy to find so it's kind of like Where's Waldo."

    Two things: Expiration dates are typically on the bottom of boxes of food; Mittens would know this if he didn't have his food cooked for him all the time.

    And totally gross that he used his teeth to open the package! Talk about unsanitary!

    July 11, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  21. L. R. Long

    Obama visits. Romney visits but also helps at a food bank. I just figured it out! Romney has no campaign, just a bunch of clueless Andrea Sauls watching to see what Obama's campaign does, then tries to top it. A trend that has been evident for months and, now, verified by what's his face who runs the RNC – "Bracketting"? Pathetic. Sounds more like COPY-CATTING...

    July 11, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  22. frag

    Trying to start his new career as a community organizer?

    July 11, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  23. Marry

    Romney saying: "Lives have been changed, and our hearts go out…” sounds just like I would try to tell you: “Live has become so difficult for my auntie even though she has many millions in income because since the Bush tax cuts for her are no more, she has to do with a little less..”

    July 11, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |