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Mitt Romney Talks About Being Mormon Missionary And French Toilets

December 12, 2011

Mitt’s idea of humanizing his personal story on the campaign trail is to talk about toilets.

“Most of the apartments I lived in had no refrigerators,” Romney told a crowd of 300 at a VFW hall here Sunday afternoon, launching into a long anecdote about life as a Mormon missionary in France that touched on the difficulties of shopping before every meal and living in buildings without a shower.

“If we were lucky, we actually bought a hose and we stuck it on the sink, and we’d hold there with the hose and the big bucket underneath us in the kitchen and wash ourselves that way,” Romney said. “And so, I lived in a way that people of lower-middle income in France lived and said to myself, ‘Wow, I sure am lucky to have been born in the United States of America.’”

“A number of the apartments I lived in when I lived there didn’t have toilets,” Romney said. “We had instead the little pads on the ground, OK? You know how that works, all right. There was a chain behind you with a bucket — it was a bucket affair. I had not experienced one of those in the United States.”

Romney first brought up his work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the debate — the first time during this year’s primary campaign he’d spoken so openly of his Mormonism in such a public setting.

  1. December 14, 2011 10:40 AM

    The media is not making this into a negative. The media merely reported on what the candidate actually said. It that comes across as negetive to you…that might then just be your candidate’s problem.

    I do however agree with you about living abroad and having a world view that is larger than just what most see in America.

  2. Joe M permalink
    December 14, 2011 12:56 AM

    I think that living abroad, and speaking with hundreds of people in their own Country, can do nothing but help a person be more human. It was nice to learn this about Mitt, and I am not surprised that the media is trying to turn it into something negative.

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