Mitt admits there are few Mitts at The Mitt in Mich.
Campaigning in Michigan, the Republican presidential candidate took a liking to a restaurant called The Mitt on Friday.
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich
Are there any more Mitts out there?¬†Mitt¬†Romney¬†is looking for them.
Campaigning in¬†Michigan, the Republican presidential candidate took a liking to a restaurant called The¬†Mitt¬†on Friday. The pizza eatery was not actually named after Romney, a native son of¬†Michigan¬†but it inspired Romney to give a history of his name and how he has searched in vain for other Mitts.
"You know, I've almost never met anyone with my name," he told a crowd patiently waiting for pizzas. "Maybe two people in the entire country have told me their name is¬†Mitt¬†and that's over a lifetime of listening for someone to say they named their kid¬†Mitt. Somehow that name just did not catch."
His full name is Willard¬†Mitt¬†Romney. He said his parents chose the¬†Mitt¬†partly due to a cousin whose athletic prowess Romney himself did not seem to inherit.
"My dad had a cousin whose name was¬†Mitt¬†Romney¬†and this was in the 1920s and he was the quarterback for the¬†Chicago Bears," Romney said. "So they thought by naming me¬†Mitt¬†Romney¬†I'd get extraordinary athletic ability."
After the crowd reacted, Romney said, "Yeah, your laugh is exactly right - that did not happen."
Michigan¬†is sometimes called the Mitten State because the hand-like shape of its Lower Peninsula.¬†Michigan¬†has been riled by¬†Wisconsin's claim to the same nickname.