Romney falls for elaborate April Fool's prank

MILWAUKEE Sun Apr 1, 2012 3:55pm EDT

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets members of the crowd after addressing supporters at the InPro Corporation in Muskego, Wisconsin, March 31, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets members of the crowd after addressing supporters at the InPro Corporation in Muskego, Wisconsin, March 31, 2012.

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MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney likes to play the occasional prank on his staff. On Sunday, his aides got him back.

They made him victim of an elaborate April Fool's prank when he was introduced into an empty room, telling him beforehand, "We didn't get much of a turnout this morning."

In on the joke were Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Ron Johnson, both of whom have endorsed Romney.

The prank was elaborate.

At a Milwaukee restaurant before a regularly scheduled campaign event, Romney was taken into a basement ballroom and his staff warned him in a holding room that the crowd was small.

"It's really small. But it'll be OK,'" Romney said they told him.

Ryan first went on stage and gave an entire introduction of Romney to the sound of applause piped in over the sound system.

Romney and Johnson then walked out and took their assigned places. The room was completely empty.

Romney said his first thought was, "This is going to look really bad on the evening news."

The prank was a sign that Romney and his staff are feeling good about their prospects in the Wisconsin primary contest on Tuesday, and the overall state of the race. Romney leads Rick Santorum in Wisconsin polls and has a big lead in the state-by-state competition for the nomination.

Romney suggested payback might be in order.

"Not only did they do that but they caught it on camera," said Romney. "This is known as forgive, but remember. We're going to remember this."

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (21)
Tuigim wrote:
Stop the Presses!

Hot on the heels of the success of the Broadway production of the sweet musical ‘Once,’ Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney have announced that they will go on tour with their Country & Western version of the musical.

Originally the idea of The Book of Romney had been proposed but the two decided that Once had all the right conservative elements for their message.
Sarah is delighted with her new platform in which to show her talents and to her announce her new political partnership.

Highlights of the show will be the Falling Economy, When Your Mind’s Messed Up, Say it to me Right, Capitol Hill and Gold.

The production team is now working on how to eliminate any positive references to immigrants from the show. They are confident they can rework it Right.

Apr 01, 2012 4:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eugene31 wrote:
It will be even funnier in November when his aides show him the vote results, and apologize that the numbers might be a little small.

Apr 01, 2012 4:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
shir7760 wrote:
Actually, this may be very good practice for Romney for the Fall campaign…

Apr 01, 2012 5:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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