From Fourth of July parades to late-night show interviews, Mitt Romney’s five sons have been dedicated campaigners for their dad’s presidential bid.
But for four of them, it apparently took some convincing to get them back out on the campaign trail again this year.
“I didn’t want him to run again, I really didn’t,” Matt Romney, the second-oldest Romney son, said in an NBC interview that aired Tuesday on the “Today Show.”
“I thought, you know, you gave it your best shot in 2008, you felt like you had to do it, you had to go and give back to your country. You tried and they didn’t take you, so let’s move on.”
Only Tagg, the eldest son, was on board from the beginning, as Romney’s wife, Ann, often tells audiences on the campaign trail.
The five brothers, all of whom are married, told Conan O’Brien last month that they are nervous about becoming the first sons if their dad wins the White House in November.
“Our lives are pretty good as they are,” Josh Romney, 36, said. “It’s one of those things where we recognize it’s good for the country, for our dad to run but not necessarily good for us, so we are going to try and keep our lives as normal, as consistent as they can possibly be over the next few years.”
But with the campaign raging, and Romney sitting pretty evenly with President Obama in the latest polls, all five sons have stowed their reluctance and polished their stump speeches.
When asked about Romney’s often-odd sense of humor, the boys jumped in to defend their “the trees are just the right height” dad.
“It’s the same corny jokes we grew up with,” Craig Romney, 30, told NBC. “We’re used to it. It’s just part of his personality. But he’s always trying to entertain and sometimes it’s successful and sometimes it’s not. ”