At a campaign stop in Michigan on Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney complimented the local “chicken and, you know, noodles.”
“Now, I saw a picture this morning that was kind of embarrassing,” the candidate explained to supporters in Frankenmuth. “It was kind of embarrassing. It was me at Zehnder’s restaurant when I was 17 years old. And someone was telling something very funny. My dad was laughing uproariously, but I was really — I’d lost it. I was completely guffawing in this picture.”
“I have no idea what was said but I sure remember being here in Frankenmuth,” Romney continued. “And the wonderful chicken. You have a lot of chicken here in Frankenmuth. Oh yeah, chicken and, you know, noodles. It’s good German food right here. What a wonderful place.”
He later added: “This is so much fun. It’s so much fun running for president. This is kind of historic, you know that? To all be together on a morning like this and to be in the bright sunshine and in a beautiful place and to be running for president with your help.”
“This is not about me. You’re not here because I’m some spectacular speaker, you all know that. You’re not here because the Republican Party is the answer to all things, you know better than that. You know, instead, that this is America. And America is the answer to all good things.”
During a visit to Michigan earlier this year, Romney also became sentimental about the trees, lakes and cars.
“It seems right here. Trees are the right height,” he said. “I love the lakes. Something very special here. … I love cars. I don’t know — I mean, I grew up totally in love with cars…. I love cars. I love American cars.”
At another event, he added that he also loved the streets in Michigan.
“This feels good, being back in Michigan,” the former Massachusetts governor explained. “You know, the trees are the right height, the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles.”
“I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. And I used to have a Dodge truck. So, I used to have all three covered.”
At a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Sunday, the GOP hopeful told a crowd that he had been astonished by a touch screen computer used to order food at the Wawa gas station chain.
“I was at Wawas,” Romney explained. “I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone keypad, alright? You just touch that and, you know, the sandwich comes up. You touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier. There’s your sandwich. It’s amazing!”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast June 19, 2012.