Now he’s auditioning for the top job.
May 14, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 33 • By MICHAEL WARREN
But Romney is careful not to let the mirth get out of hand. He pauses for a moment when introducing his wife. “My sweetheart of, let’s see, how many years?” The question elicits a few knowing groans and nervous laughter from the audience. “I know how many years we’ve been married!” Romney says, raising his voice just slightly. “We’ve been married 43 years, but we dated 4 years before that.”
For most of the brief, 30-minute rally, the crowd sits or stands dutifully as Romney goes through the stump speech. On taxes, Obama’s for raising them, Romney’s for lowering them. On regulations, Obama’s instituted more, Romney wants to roll them back. On education, Obama’s for less choice, Romney’s for more. But on energy, Romney employs another relatively well-delivered, droll joke:
The applause is raucous, but Romney wants to make sure he’s not misunderstood. “I actually like the stuff from above the ground and the stuff from below the ground, and we’ll put Americans back to work as we take advantage of those resources,” he says, as the laughter subsides.
Michael Warren is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.