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Romney Assaulted

February 16, 2010, 5:40 AM
The former Republican governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, was physically assaulted by a passenger on a flight from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles on Monday. “Romney, a 2008 presidential candidate, asked a passenger who was seated and reclining in front of his wife, Ann, to move his seat upright during take off. ‘The passenger became physically violent. Governor Romney did not retaliate, but instead let the airline crew respond to the incident,’ said Romney Spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. Romney was not injured, but those familiar with the incident tell Fox News, ‘there was physical contact with Governor Romney.’ Ann Romney was not touched in the incident. The plane returned to the gate and the passenger was arrested by the police. The Romneys have been in Vancouver since Friday for the Olympic Games. Mitt Romney was the former president and CEO of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Romneys were guests of honor at these games. There is speculation that Romney, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, is preparing for another bid in 2012.”
 

Romney Assaulted

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