The Washington Post may have found a bunch of former high school classmates of Mitt Romney’s who remember him bullying, pranking and giving forced haircuts to fellow students, but the Romney campaign dug up some others who have a different recollection of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The campaign distributed a pair of statements from a pair of prep school chums who have positive memories of Mr. Romney this afternoon.
“Mitt never had a malicious bone in his body–trying to imply or characterize him as a bully is absurd,” said former Cranbrook Schools student John French in his statement distributed by the campaign.
Richard Moon, another former classmate of Mitt Romney’s praised the candidate as funny, caring and balanced.
“Mitt was a thoughtful guy with a great sense of humor who cared about his classmates. He had a good perspective on how to balance all the pressures high school students face. He would never go out and do anything mean spirited. Clownish, yes. Never mean,” Mr. Moon said.
Mr. Romney, who earlier today apologized for doing “some dumb things” during his time in high school, also addressed the bullying allegations in an interview on Fox News this evening in which he said he didn’t recall the incident where he allegedly subjected a boy to a forced haircut. Though he claimed to have no memory of the incident, Mr. Romney said he wasn’t disputing the story.
“I’ve seen the reports, I’m not going to argue with that,” Mr. Romney said. “I certainly did some stupid things when I was in high school.”
Though he has now discussed the allegations he engaged in bullying during high school multiple times today, Mr. Romney has yet to address forcibly shaving the heads of students at a rival school while during his time as an undergraduate at Stanford.