Romney tells supporters how dad got free McDonald's for life
August 7th, 2012
05:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney tells supporters how dad got free McDonald's for life

(CNN) – It's one version of the American dream: free McDonald's for life.

For Mitt Romney's father, the dream was reality - the one-time Michigan governor was granted free meals at the fast food chair by its founder.

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Speaking at a fund-raising event in Chicago, the presumptive GOP nominee relayed a story about finding a special coupon in his dad's drawer.

"I found a little paper card, a little pink card, and it said, 'This entitles George W. Romney to a lifetime of a hamburger, a shake and French fries at McDonald's.' It was signed by the hand of Ray Kroc. My dad had done a little training lesson or whatever for McDonald's when there was just a handful of restaurants and I saw this thing and was like, this is a gold mine, dad! What are you doing?"

Romney said he laminated the card for his father, who he said went "almost every day" to McDonald's for either a hamburger or a fish sandwich.

"He would present this little card and of course the person behind the counter would look and say, 'Well, what is that?' They'd never seen something like that, but he said it was never turned down. They always honored it," Romney said.

George Romney, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination ahead of the 1968 election, served as governor of Michigan from 1963-1969. He was also the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Richard Nixon.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. USA

    Romney is a "LIAR"..I've never hated anyone as much as I hate this guy....One more thing NO ONE AT STAPLES MAKES ENOUGH TO BE A PART OF THE MIDDLE CLASS..what in the heck is this liar Romney talking about....

    August 7, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. cali girl

    and this has what to do with running for Pres?

    August 7, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. 92 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    Why is it no surprise that Willard used his father's card to freeload ???

    August 7, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    I love McDonalds' fries. Nice story but I am sure some Democrat will find a way of twisting it and trashing it.

    August 7, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Green Collar Worker

    So there is such a thing as a free lunch... if your name is Romney.

    August 7, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Mark

    Well that is kinda cool.....

    Now...back to your usual left/right bickering....

    August 7, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    This guy is WEIRD !

    August 7, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Rupert Murdoch = Josef Goebbels

    Romney's dad went every other day for his free McDonald's.

    Taking from the poor, and giving to the rich, because his little card said he deserved it.

    The Romneyhoods.

    I don't feel like Romney can relate to me, at all.

    Show us your taxes returns.

    August 7, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Jake

    Know what else your Dad did, Mitt? He released 12 yrs of tax returns.

    August 7, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. g

    romney,s would never turn down a free meal or a free any thing

    August 7, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Did anyone pay gift taxes on his free MacDonald's?

    TAX RETURNS, MITTENS. You're not even 1/4 the man your father was. He's probably looking down on you with pity.

    August 7, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Where's those "McReturns"? I'd like some fries with that please...

    August 7, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Mitt got free meals for life as well... from his daddy's money.

    August 7, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. kayla

    oh my God, so why is this relevant? to make people believe you can relate to them? what an idiot. the more you speak the more i can't stand you.

    August 7, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Myviewis


    Know what else your Dad did, Mitt? He released 12 yrs of tax returns.

    Yeah, that was when Obama wasn't around or Axelrod. Most people back then were not as good at a fishing expedition to destroy your opponent as is Obama, gotta give it to him, he can twist, manipulate and distract voters really well.

    August 7, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Tish NC

    Oh Please CNN!! This is news??? Where,s his plan for American people?? Do your job media

    Obama leading in NC!

    August 7, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    @Larry L: "Where's those "McReturns"? I'd like some fries with that please..."

    I'd also like a side of campaign donor names ...

    August 7, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Common sense grandma

    Isn't that special? Now I can vote for him since he knows about McDonalds. He made fun of the inexpensive rain ponchos the NASCAR fans wore, can you imagine what he really thinks of McDonalds patrons?

    August 7, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. obynoreg

    If he can find his dad's free meal to McDonald which I know the company gave out to their extinguished customers then why can't he find and display his tax returns?

    August 7, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    Isn't it funny (well, not really) how this liar speaks about his father constantly yet, he won't RELEASE HIS TAXES like daddy did?

    Where are the FULL tax returns Willard because most of us could care less about another member of your family who ate for FREE instead of serving the American people.

    August 7, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Sounds Like Monopoly Money To Me

    I've heard from a very reliable source that Mitt carries an orange laminated get out of jail free card that he got from his Rich Uncle Pennybags, now known as Mr. Monopoly. This little card sure comes in handy for times when you get caught in your Michigan state trooper uniform pulling people over and impersonating police officer Edgar Mallory.

    August 7, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. pkbkr

    This guy will say ANYTHING to make himself look "normal" and/or middle class! We all see right through his phoniness! Bet HE's never been to McDonald's! Obama/Biden 2012

    August 7, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. kyle

    I see Obama's re-election team still jumps on all of these posts first.
    I LOVE Romney, hope he wins and restores our country to its former greatness.
    GO MITT!!

    August 7, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. California Gary

    The fact that a wealthy and powerful man ate at McDonalds almost every day because he had "get a hamburger free" card is just too funny. And that Mitt saw this as a "goldmine" tells us a lot about Mitt as well. McDonalds is where you find young people eating because it's fun, and old people eating because it's cheap. It isn't generally a place where the rich and powerful go to hang out.

    August 7, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Correct123

    Grey poupon on that Big Mac, please.

    August 7, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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