Romney’s Special Gift

By Lindsey Ellerson

Feb 1, 2008 1:16pm

ABC News’ John Berman, Ursula Fahy and Matt Stuart Report: Prior to lifting-off from San Diego, Mitt Romney came to the back of his campaign plane to give a special gift to reporter Glen Johnson.  You will remember that Johnson, a true journalist, confronted Romney in South Carolina over Romney’s claim that he did not have lobbyists on his campaign staff.  Johnson pointed out that Ron Kaufman, a registered lobbyist, is a frequent travel companion of Romney during the campaign.  Johnson asked Romney at the time if Kaufman was just a "potted plant."

Well, today, Romney approached Johnson, saying that he had "tough, tough decisions" to make this morning.  Then holding up a potted plant in one hand and with his other arm around Ron Kaufman, he asked, "is it this, or this?"

Check out an AP image of the potted plant HERE.

After a moment of consideration, Romney said, "you get him," meaning Kaufman.

Romney also remarked how nice the plane was this morning.  One reporter muttered under his breath, "you always get more leg-room when a campaign is going under."

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