EAGAN, Minn. – Mitt Romney took the stage at a boisterous rally Wednesday and got glitter bombed, veered into a stand-up riff about his hair and belted out an entire verse of “America the Beautiful.”
And he hadn’t even made it to Las Vegas yet.
Romney landed in Minnesota ready to take on the trappings of the Republican presidential front-runner. As he walked to the stage inside a warehouse here, a gay rights activist who said he was from the group “Glitterati” threw a cup of glitter on the former Massachusetts governor. The glitter poured over his hair, stuck to his face and shimmered from his navy blazer.
With his intro music, Kid Rock’s “Born Free,” still playing, Romney cried out for the activist from the stage. “Wave your hand over here, who threw the glitter?” Romney said. “There he goes. Hi there. How are you?… Hey listen, guys, I am delighted to be here with you. This is an exciting time.”
Romney was only the latest candidate glitter bombed by gay rights activists during this campaign. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has been a target multiple times, including at his South Carolina primary night party.
Putting a positive spin on his glitter-bombing, Romney said: “I’m happy for the celebration. This is confetti! We just won Florida!”
And as the protester was escorted out by security, Romney quickly pivoted to President Obama. “He’s not going to be seeing a lot of confetti,” Romney said, adding: “It’s time for him to get out of the White House. He can play golf all day every day.”
At that, Romney began his stump speech, but a few minutes later – after taking off his jacket, wiping glitter from his face and welcoming a kiss from his wife, Ann – Romney joked at his own expense.
“Oh, I’ve got glitter in my hair,” he said, laughing. “That’s not all that’s in my hair, I’ll tell you that. I glue it on every morning, whether I need to or not.”
Indeed, the candidate’s well-coiffed hair glistened under the stage lights. One reporter, Reuter’s Sam Youngman, tweeted that his head “looks like a disco ball.”
Romney was punchy throughout the rally. At the point in his speech where he began reciting the words of “America the Beautiful,” his supporters yelled out, “Sing it!” hoping he would belt out a verse as he did Monday night in his final Florida rally.
“Alright,” Romney said, but he urged the crowd of several hundred supporters to sing along with him. “Not just me now, okay?”
When he finished the verse, Romney acknowledged, “If we keep that up, I’m gonna have to get singing lessons because I’m not so good.”
See Romney lead the singing in this video.