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Mitt Romney is 'glitter-bombed' in Minnesota, calls it confetti

February 01, 2012|By Maeve Reston
  • An activist, not pictured, throws a cup of glitter on Mitt Romney as he walks to the stage at the start of a campaign rally in Eagan, Minn., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.
An activist, not pictured, throws a cup of glitter on Mitt Romney as he walks… (Gerald Herbert / Associated…)

Reporting from Eagan, Minn. —

Mitt Romney — famous for his perfect coif — was glitter-bombed Wednesday, but he soldiered on as though it was an acknowledgment of his victory Tuesday in Florida, where he dealt former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a double-digit loss and he swept 50 delegates. 

"I'm happy for the celebration, this is confetti. We just won Florida!" he said, after calling out the protester from the group Occupy Minneapolis who had showered him with glitter shortly before he took the stage at a golf cart and shipping warehouse in the Minneapolis suburbs. "I've got glitter in my hair; that's not all that's in my hair, I'll tell you that. I glue it on every morning whether I need to or not." 

Jetting across the country to Nevada, which will hold its caucuses on Saturday, Romney did not mention his GOP rivals and kept his remarks focused on Barack Obama.

"President Obama, he's not going to be seeing a lot of confetti. He's going to be seeing a job. He's going to be going on to the golf courses down in Florida. Time for him to get out of the White House. He can play golf all day every day."

He mocked Obama's recent comments during a Google chat to a woman who said her husband, an engineer, could not find a job. (The president invited the woman to send him her husband's résumé and said he found it difficult to understand why her husband was having a hard time since engineers are in high demand.)

"Is he so detached from reality? Does he not understand what's going on in America?" said Romney, who was pounded by Democrats on Wednesday morning for his own comments about the plight of the poor in America. "The median income in America has dropped by 10% in four years. Ten percent, even as the cost of food and clothing and gasoline and health care — all those things — are going up."

"He does not know how to lead America. He is detached from the American people," Romney said. "I will stay in touch with the American people, and I will lead us back to prosperity."

maeve.reston@latimes.com

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