Mitt Romney Apologizes For High School Pranks, Denies Bullying Gay Students

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney apologized for alleged pranks he pulled in high school, but denied they constituted bullying of gay students.

A Washington Post piece insinuated that pranks the likely GOP nominee pulled during his years at a Michigan all-boys high school targeted his gay peers.

Romney admitted during a radio interview that he did some “dumb things” but that “homosexuality was the furthest thing from his mind” in school.

He laughed off most the 45 year-old anecdotes during the radio interview.

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“I’m not going to be too concerned," he said. "I played a lot of pranks in high school and they describe some that, well, you just say to yourself ... in high school I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that, or offended, obviously I apologize."

"But, overall, high school years were a long time ago,” said Romney.

Asked if he remembered cutting the hair of one of his classmates at the Cranbook School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who was “presumed” to be gay because the candidate did not like his long hairstyle, Romney responded, “You know, I don’t.”

“I don’t remember that incident,” Romney said, noting, “homosexuality was the furthest thing from my mind back in the 1960s, so that was not the case.”

“As for pranks, I don’t remember them all, but again, you know, [in my] high school days I did of stupid things. I’m afraid I gotta say sorry for it."

Romney asserted several times that the Post article noted that the students who reported having pranks played on them “didn’t come out of the closet until years later,” suggesting that the pranks couldn't be motivated by homophobia.

Despite his opposition to gay marriage, a more moderate Romney made overtures to the gay community as a candidate for office in the past.


Put. A hood on Romney and he will be right at home. There is only one way with Romney and it is the Romney way. What ever religion he espouses to he is a wasp deep down. There is no magic bullet to get us out of forty years of fiscal and financial or wall street abuse and they all know it. It will take American will power and sacrifice and I don't think today's American people has it within them to do it.


@Melissa If you want to be taken seriously...learn how to spell the word..."hatred" for starters!


My experience has been that we don't change much deep down from childhood and my belief mitt has always
Been homophobic and always will be and hides behind the man written bible of all things as his excuse and
Who wrote the definition of marriage, man did and that it has been around for ages doesn't make it right.
But logically we can use the institution of marriage of gay people as a great source of although not perfect, source of couples that can adopt otherwise unwanted children and give them a safe loving and nurturing environment to grow up in that does not cost the taxpayers billions in foster and orphanage dollars. Look at the
Statistics most of these children grow up heterosexual. Look at the statistics showing how foster care and orphanage children turn out and you end up paying for their criminal defense and prison terms.


I don't believe this because Romney is older than me and I don't even remember anyone using the word gay or anyone who was gay, I don't ever recall knowing what that was.....


Karma. That's it.


We all do stupid things in life. I'm not going to lose any sleep, over some gay being picked on. What the gays don't want you to hear about, are all the straight, nice looking, kids, who were mildly to severely, molested, when they were between, 11-13 Years old, to young to realize, that the camp counseler, or boy scout leader, who were in their late teens, early 20's were doing something, they shouldn't be doing. Romney might have screwed up a little, as a teen, Obama, is screwing up a lot, as president.


@cassandra: go back to you hole of hatered!!!! it is my right to like or hate a poletician based on there past and also on tthere presnet position. he was a bully n still a bully. by saying gay cant mary he is disecriminating against me and my gal becoz we are DIFFERENT!!!!!! just like he descriminated against hte boy who was DIFFERENT!!!!!!!


Just remember: Obama only stated this view only for political gain. It was contrived. Meaning--it's totally insincere. It's not going to move mountains for gays with regard to future laws. No way! So, you really didn't gain a thing. Instead, the President hopes to gain your money for his campaign. You've been duped I'm afraid!


@Melissa What a ridiculous statement! He never said he bullied a gay kid...more like a kid who's hair was too long. And to say that his sons would bully a gay boy is why the liberal left can never be trusted. You people just fabricate imaginary scenarios in hopes the average American is dumb enough to buy it. Believe me. They aren't. People are bullied all the time for a variety of reasons. If you're had problems you should have gone to the school authorities and gotten assistance, but don't make up crap about a political figure that you can't back up! It's merely your assumption! It's irresponsible and actually erodes whatever credibility you may possess!


his disgusting. how old dyu have to be to feel pity for someone pain. how old dyu have to be tto love yur neibour. am 18 and i could never do that to a person. in school i was nto bullied because am lesbian but if iwas a gay boy and his sons bulled me mitt romney would say well done son! so i rather vote for a black man than a builly.

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