Monday, April 2, 2012

Best Boyhood Stories: Romney, Santorum and Gingrich as youths

by Tamara McRill | April 2, 2012 

 We've all seen the current top three GOP presidential candidates at their most adult, dressed in suits and confidently addressing large audiences. Before presiding over townhalls, fielding serious policy questions and even having a mature chuckle now and then--what were they like in their younger years? These childhood stories give us a clue.

Romney Arrests Classmate



Mitt Romney was quite the prankster while attending Cranbrook, a private high school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Classmate Phillip Maxwell tells The Daily Beast how, as teenagers, he and Romney successfully 'arrested' two classmates.

Romney nabbed his father's State Police badge and Maxwell donned his uncle's Air Force uniform. Armed with the badge, uniform and a borrowed Chevy coupe, the pair pulled over two friends and hauled them away form their double date.

Santorum the Rooster



A wayward lock of hair and a never-back-down attitude earned Rick Santorum the nickname "Rooster" in high school. The second-string basketball player didn't shy away from a debate, especially about sports, according to classmate Larry Goettler.

Gingrich Lobbies for Zoo



Animal and book lover Newt Gingrich began getting press coverage at the tender age of ten. Young Gingrich hopped a bus to Harrisburg, Penn., to convince the mayor to open a zoo in the city.

Can you picture these politicians as children?


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1 comments:

I'm impressed that you're doing the A-Z challenge with a political blog! Not being American, I don't know much about American politics, but I'll probably learn more by the end of the alphabet. ;)

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