Mitt Romney, car nut
Perhaps it’s no surprise to know that Mitt Romney is a car nut.
After all, Romney grew up in Michigan, where his father, George, once ran American Motors Corporation before becoming the state’s governor and launching his own failed bid for the White House.
Romney talked about his cars at campaign stops in Lancaster and Randolph, New Hampshire – and even offered to buy a classic car.
At Lowe’s, a gas station/convenience store in Randolph, Romney gassed up his tour bus with $69.90 in diesel fuel. In the store, surrounded by photos of famous visitors to the remote North Country location, he joked with one of the owners about how he would like to buy her classic “Nash Metropolitan” car, a photo of which was pinned to the wall.
She shot back in a flash: “$10,000″ – a reminder of Romney’s recent debate flub in Iowa, where he famously offered to wager that amount with Texas governor Rick Perry. The offer, declined by Perry, prompted accusations that Romney is an out-of-touch rich guy with money to burn.
“That’s way too expensive for my taste,” Romney responded in the gas station.
Romney said his oldest son, Tagg, who is the founder of a private equity firm, gave him a ’62 Rambler convertible for his birthday several years ago. The Rambler is part of the stable of George Romney’s AMC.
Another gift to Romney in recent years was a 2005 Mustang convertible, “orangey-red with a black top,” from his wife, Ann. “That’s my daily drive in Boston,” Romney said.
The candidate said he would love to own a vintage Mustang or an old Corvette, “some day, when I have time to fuss with it.”