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Mitt Romney wants you to get married in your twenties (also, you should have kids)

(Brad Zinn/AP)

People who wait until their 30s — or, gasp — their 40s to get hitched? They’re doing it wrong, the failed GOP presidential candidate said during a commencement speech Saturday at Southern Virginia University, where most of the student body is, like Romney, Mormon.

His address has somehow managed to fly relatively under the radar, which surprises us, since these are words of wisdom not to be missed.

“They’re going to miss so much of living, I’m afraid,” Romney said of the sad, single losers who opt to spend their 20s without a ring (he says, unsurprisingly, nothing of those who might want to get hitched but can’t.).

Of the Bible, he tells the young folks: “When it says ‘marry,’ listen!”

He then devoted much of his talk to the graduating class talking up the benefits of having kids (and scoffing at people who’d rather pass on the life-enriching experience of raising them).

He concludes with a bit of Biblically inspired advice. “Have a quiver full of kids if you can.”

Is that like a binder full of women? We can’t imagine why this guy had trouble connecting with the youth vote.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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