Mitt Romney’s 3 AM Call
Scene: Master bedroom in Romney household. Mitt Romney and Ann Romney asleep. A digital clock displays 3:02 AM
[phone rings, Mitt Romney , not fully awake, answers]
Caller: How could you?!
Romney: I’m sorry, who is this?
Caller: I stood on stage in Tampa telling people what a good man you were and why you should be the next president, and you do this to me!
Romney: Who is this?! What are you talking about?
Caller: Colin just told me all about you. How could you keep that from me?
Romney[pauses]: Condi? Is this Condi Rice?
Caller[sarcastically]: Nooo, it’s Hillary. Not only can’t you keep your colors straight but you can’t keep your Secretaries of State straight either! You’re unbelievable!
Romney[more alert now]: What are you… [pauses with realization] Is this about the Sununu thing? I never said I was black, gee golly, we’ve met many times , how could you not know? You’re joking right? [forces chuckle]
Caller[voice rising]: Joking!! Why else would I endorse you?! Don’t you see I’m black, a black woman!?
Romney[shaken]: Umm, I don’t know … I mean , yes, umm, you are black and a woman but it doesn’t matter to me. I mean, you matter because of your public service and foreign policy , but I never thought it was about you thinking me black. I don’t see how you would think me as black [hurriedly scribbles note” Be black? Discuss with team”] I mean, you don’t think I’m a woman ,too, I mean that would just be strange [chuckles and hurriedly scribbles “Be woman?” on note]
Caller[sarcastically]: Well then, let’s see what Marco Rubio has to say when I tell him you’re not Cuban or even Hispanic. We’ll see Mitt, we’ll see. [laughs uncontrollably]
Romney: Hello?, hello?
[cell phone rings, caller ID displays “Cain, Herman”. ROmney runs and exits]
“Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama,” Sununu said.
Asked what those might be, Sununu pointed to race.
“Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him,” Sununu said.