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.

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If Tom Cruise were here, he would ask, "Who Ordered the Code Red?"

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Let's not forget about that penny candy he stole in 1954.

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Obama was a bully, too! Remember the episode from his book about his life?? He bullied a young woman pushing her down on the ground with a small crowd of you surrounding him...yeah, and Barack Baby and the Dems are fighting on the side of WOMEN in this prefabricated "War on Women" that was obviously constructed as a smoke screen for having no record to run on. Uh,huh---the Prez was a real friend of womankind in his youth! If we're gonna hold Romney's feet to the fire--the same must be done with The Anointed One!

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A prank? Assulting someone in a group, holding them down, and humilitating them in public is a prank? Be you 6, 16, or 56....that IS the act of a bully and a frightening mind-set.
If that is Romney's idea of what a prank is than we should all be very worried about what his idea of war is.

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He doesn't remember it? I call BS. I remember every time I did something not nice (maybe because it was rare for me). You'd remember holding someone down and cuttin their hair off--unless you're so mean that it pales in comparison to other events. Yeah, it was a long time ago and people do change but to say you can't recall? He can remember other 'pranks' but not this? Nice try.

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This is dumb. It was alomst 50yrs ago! I dnt think it should matter one way or another becuase hes right everyone does dumb stuff in high school. Most ppl out grow it and he apologized so non story to me. There are other better reason to nt vote for him.

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