Thursday, August 09, 2012
Full-blown Romney-mania finally presented itself on the campaign trail when members of an Orthodox Jewish wedding party clamored to get close to the candidate as he rolled into a fund-raiser in New Jersey.
Members of the wedding party in Lakewood were posing for pictures when Romney passed. A group of at least 10 guests immediately gave chase, running up to Romney's car.
One man even tried to scale a wooden fence near the back entrance to the building where Romney's motorcade went.
"Oh, you're Secret Service," one woman said as an agent got her to stop. "We just want to see Romney."
A Romney aide said the candidate later met the bride and groom and took pictures with them before his fund-raiser, which raised $1.5 million.
But several hundred donors at the event didn't have time to linger — they were told to leave promptly, because the wedding was set to start at 6 p.m.
The wedding-party excitement came as Romney, who is quietly preparing to name a running mate, took more shots at President Obama in a bid for working-class votes.
Campaigning in Iowa early yesterday morning, Romney took a tour of a drought-stricken cornfield and slammed Obama for creating a "culture of dependency."
"I want to restore the spirit of independence," he said. "I do not want to install a spirit of dependence on government, and that's the direction we're going."
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