#Homestretch: Romney warms up for Wolf with Wendy's
October 9th, 2012
09:55 PM ET
10 years ago

#Homestretch: Romney warms up for Wolf with Wendy's

Editor's note: Part of an occasional series in the #homestretch covering GOP nominee Mitt Romney

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (CNN) - How to describe Mitt Romney's feelings about fast food? He's lovin' it.

After sinking his teeth into McDonalds following his foreign policy speech in Virginia on Monday, Romney made a pit stop at an Ohio Wendy's minutes before his interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

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Before ordering a spicy chicken sandwich, the GOP nominee snagged a French fry from a mother and daughter inside the restaurant.

"I won't double dip," a press pool reporter quoted Romney as saying after a bite of the borrowed fry, then dipping it in ketchup. "That's the other end."

Good thing he refrained from the "double dip." His press aide, Rick Gorka, who is a devoted Seinfeld fan, would have caught the candidate red-handed, and no doubt recalled the episode on that condiment crime.

Romney declined to answer repeated questions about the new polls in Ohio, including one from CNN, showing President Barack Obama's lead in the crucial swing state has evaporated.

"This is Wendy's, guys. This is Wendy's," Romney told reporters.

On Monday, Romney personally hand delivered McDonalds quarter pounders to reporters in his traveling press corps gathered in the back of his campaign plane.

Last week, before his debate with President Obama, Romney dined on Cheesecake Factory and Chipotle.

What's next? Burger King? Taco Bell? A cardiologist?

A Romney aide said don't be surprised if the campaign makes its next fast food run at Chick-fil-A. Big Bird, call your office.

Filed under: 2012 • Homestretch • Mitt Romney
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    One thing about Romney , he knows good food , we all should eat like him .

    October 9, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. Nick

    Can you guys quit making every political story about Romney? I don't care what he is doing or saying every second. Get off his nuts, its very annoying. Have you turned into Fox News?

    October 9, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Uthor

    Great that Mr. Romney is experiencing things like fast food while he campaigns. Everyone knows that he doesn't typically eat anything like this in his daily life.

    October 9, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. nc_mike

    I am surprised he didn't buy out Wendy's while he was there and lay off half the employees – that's his way.

    October 9, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. Josh

    "I have a bunch of friends who own multiple corporations. Is Wendy here, I owe her $10,000 from a bet we made"

    October 9, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Craig RB

    Please don't call it a foreign policy speech. It was pretty foreign but there was no policy.

    October 9, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. k3citizen

    This is straight out of Saturday Night Live.

    October 9, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Clearly a manufactured opportunity ... too sad for words! Mr. Romney, smart people see you for what you are!

    October 9, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. roy

    Bet Romney has never been to a Wendy's restaurant before.

    October 9, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. nina

    wow, really..do we need to know everywhere romney has eaten...this is a news story? C'mon CNN...and oh by the way...why is romney all over your site.....i do expect to see articles about romney but not every single story needs to be about his every move.....where's news about obama....you seem to have streamed completely to the right rather than staying in the centre...too bad...i actually expected more from your station. Please don't become like Fox!

    October 9, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. appmonger

    So this is news huh? Just how exactly is this man connected with the average folks? Sad truth but hes not but sure like to prance around like he cares. I wonder how many more morons (millions) still think hes for them? People wake up man, this candidate isn't for America.

    October 9, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. Kimmy

    The Obama's will use this against you for not setting the example and eating healthy food.. R&R 2012

    October 9, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. jk

    Someday, he can eat his wife's horse there.

    October 9, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. Collins

    Eating your owm voters 47%

    October 10, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  15. enuff

    Enough of the fast food stories. It doesn't make him more likeable.

    October 10, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. Beverly Nyc

    Wow such a regular guy, he steals fries and everything. He's almost like the 47 pct, NOT!!

    October 10, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  17. bj

    At least he feel comfortable with you, I dare say he wouldn't dare touch Rachel, Ed or Laurence and forget about Chris. No Way Jose!

    October 10, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  18. Nutcase

    OMG ROMNEY is just like on of us 99%. Its just that he has 100 million dollars in his IRA account when everybody else is limited to 5K per year. I think that is called TRICKLE DOWN economics. Job CREATORS like Romney needs more loop holes and less taxes. The other 49% victims can pay for it. Perhaps he went to Wendy and pulled out his fathers "FREE BURGER FOR LIFE" card. Not sure where is mine. Need to ask my billionaire dad. Hey i didn't make any of this up.

    October 10, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  19. nightsong

    Romney is a very hard working man. Listen, who's tight, stressful, and time consuming schedule does not afford them a quick fast food minute from time to time? No one.

    October 10, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Yes, of course, because a Wendy's hamburger sure beats caviar!
    Still buying your shirts at Costco and going shopping for "who knows what" at Home Depot?
    Sure, psst, we don't believe you, you twit!

    October 10, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |