They’re running for president today and they’ve got impressive titles like former CEO, senator, governor and Congressman. But before they were powerful politicians, Republican candidates had jobs just like everybody else.
As part of our marathon ABC News / Yahoo! Slate of Newsmaker interviews, we learned that among the people who would lead the nation are at least two toilet bowl cleaners, a hay bailer, a jack hammerer and a pin setter at a bowling alley.
Here’s a run-down of what they did before entering the political arena – the worst jobs they ever had:
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: Dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant because I had to clean the toilets.
- Rep. Michele Bachmann: Well, one day I cleaned 280 fish, (LAUGH) so maybe that was it. But actually, it- it was kinda fun, too.
- Rep. Ron Paul: Worst job – I’ve always enjoyed my jobs, I don’t have any worst jobs
- Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Oh, gee- I think- that was building fence in- with a jack hammer. It was back in the- mid 1970s.
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Bailing hay at the ranch I worked on. I’m allergic to hay.
- Former Sen. Rick Santorum: I cleaned toilets and shined shoes
- Herman Cain: A jackhammer in the basement of an apartment building tearin’ up a concrete floor.
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: The worst job I ever had probably was being a pinsetter, quite exciting, ’cause they would decide to see if they could bowl while you were setting the pins. In Germany. I was — I was a kid, my dad was in the Army. We were stationed in Stuttgart. It was exciting.