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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The fact that Mittens is such a liar makes the right wingnuts love him.

    August 7, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens could get the job as Ronald McDonald, as he is an out of date clown.

    August 7, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. 9hydra

    It's a cute story, but the sad fact is everyone in the middle class and working class will need cards for free McDonalds if Romney becomes president. Rob the poor to pay the rich will be the name of the game if the GOP can get control of our country again. George W Bush was just the warm-up act for this money-grabbing bunch.

    August 7, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Tony

    So, the Romney plan is to give people free meals at McDonald's for life?

    August 7, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Paul in Tampa

    No gift taxes were due. However, the value of free hamburgers for life was taxable income, and I bet no taxes on that income was paid.

    August 7, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. drake mallard

    the romney family love getting handout and wellfare form people.

    August 7, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. jack johnson

    Now Romney is saying his dad took bribes

    August 7, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Bob

    1/4 of a BILLION dollars in off shore accounts, and he brags about free McD's??????

    August 7, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Indie in VA

    So if you're rich, getting stuff for free is cool. If you're poor, getting stuff for free gets you sneered at. I get it, Republicans....

    August 7, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Zechariah14 third mishkan

    Yes I like to order the number 2 romney Hood want win lie macless with large hotair frieless with a thick fakeshakeLESS with a GST KANSAS CITY STEEL 401K BAIN TAKEOUT EMPLOYEES APPLE PIELESS

    August 7, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    So did his father report that on his tax returns? Willing to bet Romney still has the card and has scratched out his Dad's name and added his own.

    August 7, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. clarke

    With his money, I can't believe he went for a free lunch everyday. Why didn't he give it to the homeless. This story is really hard to believe.

    August 7, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. tony

    That's a taxable "in kind" gift

    August 7, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. fletc3her

    Quick someone see if he's ever used a check out scanner.

    August 7, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. ron

    Soooooooo, romney's dad would have voted for Obama? Didn't willard say "if you like free stuff vote for the other guy"? Or something to that effect?? just sayin..

    August 7, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So... I supposed that means you think you should get the same Mitt? After all, isn't it your turn? Typical rich kid comment. See what I got for free and see how well connected I am. You should be jealous of me, see?!? People don't really give a rip...

    August 7, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Squigman

    Big deal. Try bragging about something you've done on your own.

    August 7, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. ksmary

    So everyone else should work for what they get, but it is a good thing when a millionaire gets free lunches. Go figure.

    August 7, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Thomas

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

    You are what you eat !

    August 7, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Willard

    Nobody working at Staples can make regular living, except managers! Is that the company that Mit, the "Twit" can be proud?

    August 7, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Rupert Murdoch = Josef Goebbels

    I used to get free McDonald's, too...

    when I worked there!

    Can you relate to working at McDonald's while trying to pay your rent and afford your healthcare, while you pay your way through college, Mr. Romney?

    Stop hiding from your shameful tax returns.

    August 7, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Dave, Central Illinois

    Obama has got by free all his life. At least Romney actually worked for a paycheck, no mattter how large. And since when is success a crime. Oh yeah, only to a jealous Lib loser....

    August 7, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Dollars to donuts Willard can't name more than three ingredients in a Big Mac. Pandering,lying, despicable elitist, thinking he's entitled to ANYTHING he wants.

    August 7, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Nice story, but I really want to know how this is going to help Romney lead the country if he wins the election? I don't see the relevance.

    August 7, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. Chris

    Great to see we have a match for Palin this time as well...

    August 7, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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