Romney doing debate prep at $3.9 million mansion
A photo exclusive to CNN shows the house in West Windsor, Vermont, where Mitt Romney is preparing for upcoming presidential debates.
September 5th, 2012
12:47 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney doing debate prep at $3.9 million mansion

West Windsor, Vermont (CNN) - Debate prep doesn't get more preppy than this.

Nestled high atop a tree-covered hillside overlooking Vermont's Green Mountains, Mitt Romney is preparing for his upcoming debates with President Obama in a sprawling mansion, assessed at $3.9 million, according to local officials.

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The driveway to the home, which is owned by Romney's former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, is guarded by Vermont state troopers in the midst of a steady traffic flow of news crews and neighbors on horseback.

"I'd like there to be a little more excitement but there doesn't seem to be," Healey's next door neighbor, Bob French said.

Still French said it's the most action he's seen at the home in months. The Healey family uses the residence as a second home, French added.

"Only there twice a year. Sits empty otherwise," French said.

Described as a "mansion," Healey's home is 6500 square feet and "boasts six bedrooms, five full baths, two half baths, three fireplaces, five porches, and an unmarred view of the surrounding Green Mountains," according to an article in the local "Valley News" newspaper.

Kathy Atchibald, the township clerk in West Windsor, confirmed the home's assessed value to CNN. She cautioned that price tag is not unusual for the neighborhood.

"We have quite a few up there that assess high or higher," Atchibald said.

It's a zip code that also offers privacy. Shrouded by a lush grove of large trees, Healey's home is not visible from where the end of her driveway meets the public road.

Reporters in search of another view of the residence may not have much luck with another Healey neighbor who did not offer his name.

"If you were with Fox News I'd let you up there to get a picture," the neighbor said. "You found the one Republican on the street."

Despite Vermont's reputation as perhaps the most liberal state in the U.S., Romney may be on the verge of winning over at least one of Healey's neighbors.

A self-described undecided voter, Bob French said he may make up his mind as the election draws closer.

"Check back in a month," French said.

Romney's debate prep is the talk of the nearby town of Woodstock. Residents have periodically stopped reporters to ask about the GOP nominee's movements.

The Republican candidate's selection of this woodsy New England backdrop did make the front page of the "Valley News,' but not "top of the fold." That honor went to a story with the headline: "Wild Boar Strolls Into Downtown Lebanon, Snacks on Apples."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates • Vermont
soundoff (66 Responses)

    Why not the Bronx? Scared of regular those people? SHOW US YOUR TAXES!

    September 5, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Thomas

    @Michael B.
    At least he didn't spend taxpayer dollars for this place to use.

    Your right , its just a tax deduction , he will all ten of his homes as a right off.

    September 5, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is a salesman, not a statesman. He proved that in London, Israel, and Poland. He insulted the Brits, pandered to the Israelis, and sold Walesa something that he apparently liked quite a bit.

    September 5, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Lyin Ryan will be telling so many lies while romney the tax cheat is away ,romney won't have a clue on what position he stands for !!!

    September 5, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Jason

    Michael B, do you even know exactly what your tax dollars is being spent on. Give me specifics, don't worry I know you don't know. You just heard a bunch of loud mouth conservatives repeat that over and over again and thought it would be cool to say. Clueless!!

    September 5, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. wgf

    @ Really - "neither one of these guys are middle class"

    True, but only one them WAS middle class.

    September 5, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Deborah Alfano

    While Obama uses our taxpayers money to travel around the country campaigning you talk about where Mitt is preparing for the debates? Obama loves the limelight so a place like this would not work for him because it is too private he would rather have cameras all around him.

    September 5, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Do you suppose they are using a door as a table?

    September 5, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Independent

    @MarieMD.....I have a hard time believing you are a MD!! You might want to proof read your post before posting, my 5 year old daughter can write better then that!!! No one can take you seriously when you don’t use basic grammar and spelling in your post!!! LOL

    September 5, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Beverly - NYC

    Who cares where he preps, a Mcmansion or the bathroom of a Motel 6, Obama will own him from the handshake.

    September 5, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair


    @MarieMD.....I have a hard time believing you are a MD!!
    I can't speak for Marie... but perhaps, just perhaps, she's resides in MD (you know, Maryland?)

    September 5, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC


    @MarieMD.....I have a hard time believing you are a MD!! You might want to proof read your post before posting, my 5 year old daughter can write better then that.....
    I bet your 5 year old would tell you that MD stands for Maryland, not medical doctor.

    September 5, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. jaimie

    Romneyhood ........... Give to the Rich take from the poor

    September 5, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Mittens TAXES please 10 years....Bain capital.

    September 5, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    @salvoce, I think we have every right to know the price of the mansion since the twit thinks that every American wants a mansion a pool and a golf course for a backyard. Does it have car elevators?
    BTW, I am sure limberger and faux news are talking negatively about Mrs. Obama's dress but if reality could penetrate your teapuglikkklan bubble you would know that Mrs. Obama's dress cost around $250+.
    The flip flopper's non working wife's red matronly dress cost $1,900 and those gawd awful tees of hers go for over a $1,000 which, I say again, proves that money doesn't buy class or taste!
    Go back to the drawing board and try again.

    September 5, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Good Lord, no wonder Romney is bored and looking for the ultimate house, The White House.

    September 5, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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