Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 1:05 PM
In which Mitt Romney discusses his teenage relationship with the city of Toledo with Toledo Blade reporter Tom Troy.
TT: Did you ever come to Toledo when you were living in the area?
MR: Oh yeah, oh yeah. And I actually had a girl who was a friend, not my girlfriend but a girl who was a really good friend, that lived in Elyria which of course is over by Cleveland, so I came down there a good deal. We spent time in Ohio. I did not take advantage of your more relaxed alcohol laws, however, although a number of my classmates at school did.
TT: I didn’t grow up in this area, so I wasn’t aware of what the laws were at that time.
MR: They had something in Ohio, I forget what they called it, four-fifths? There was some kind of a lower level alcohol ...
MR: Yeah, three-two, whatever it was, that was allowed to be purchased by younger people, so kids from my school made frequent pilgrimages to Toledo.
TT: Right, that was Cranbrook, of course.
MR: Yeah, yeah, that’s my memory. I had other weaknesses. That wasn’t one of them.
It's got to kill Romney die-hards that the president's youthful drug use is a non-issue, while Romney's teetotaling comes off as goofball and Mayberry-esque. (Not counting Otis in the Mayberry reference.)