Why Romney’s parents are buried in Brighton, Michigan

February 25, 2012

Kalamazoo, Michigan – Sometimes one story leads to another for Mitt Romney.

At Western Michigan University, the Republican presidential candidate told a packed house his parents, George and Lenore Romney, had campaigned in the same conference room when George ran for Michigan governor and Lenore ran for a U.S. Senate seat decades ago.

This reminded him that his campaign bus had taken him past Brighton, Michigan, where his parents are buried, on the way to Kalamazoo.

Which reminded him why his parents were actually buried in Brighton.

“My dad was a very frugal man,” said Romney as the crowd laughed. “He checked all over for the best deal on a gravesite. I asked him, ‘How’d you pick Brighton, Dad?’ and he said, ‘Well, best place I could find in the whole state.'”

Romney gets a little punchy as the days grow longer ahead of Michigan’s Tuesday primary contest.

When a German man stood up and asked why presidential debates don’t focus on serious issues, Romney told him, “I think it’d be wonderful if you’d be willing to moderate the next debate.”

The most challenging question came from a woman who stood up and complained she had received nine robocalls from Romney supporters that “challenged the integrity of one of the candidates you face, Rick Santorum.”

She asked Romney why he had switched positions on abortion from being in favor of a woman’s right to choose to being against abortion.

“Why should we regard you as a man of high standards and integrity when you have flip-flopped regarding your position on the sanctity of life?” she asked.

Romney said while he was pro-choice earlier in his career, he has been against abortion for years.

“By the way Ronald Reagan was pro-choice before he became pro-life,” he said.

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