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by Kathryn Jean Lopez

From Poli-TICK-o period com (huh?):

Mitt Romney, ‘human-like’

He has been speaking, somewhat graphically, about his youth mission work: 


“Most of the apartments I lived in had no refrigerators,” Romney told a crowd of 300 at a VFW hall here Sunday afternoon, launching into a long anecdote about life as a Mormon missionary in France that touched on the difficulties of shopping before every meal and living in buildings without a shower.

“If we were lucky, we actually bought a hose and we stuck it on the sink, and we’d hold there with the hose and the big bucket underneath us in the kitchen and wash ourselves that way,” Romney said. “And so, I lived in a way that people of lower-middle income in France lived and said to myself, ‘Wow, I sure am lucky to have been born in the United States of America.’”

The humanization effort began last week with an uptick of family man television ads and increased appearances on the campaign trail by his wife, Ann. Now Romney’s picked up the charge himself — talking about his father’s emphasis on hard work at the ABC News/Yahoo! debate in Des Moines Saturday night, and on Sunday, about trying to make ends meet on $110 each month in France.

“A number of the apartments I lived in when I lived there didn’t have toilets,” Romney said. “We had instead the little pads on the ground, OK? You know how that works, all right. There was a chain behind you with a bucket — it was a bucket affair. I had not experienced one of those in the United States.”

This from a candidate who in August, was described by an admirer at a New Hampshire town hall as “human-like.”

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