Editor’s note: Apparently, Romney supporters have been getting all copies of this video removed, but America Bridge was able to post one. We’ve updated and now you can again watch.
Mitt Romney teamed up with Meat Loaf Thursday night on stage in Ohio, and the reportedly drunken singer and non-alcoholic Republican candidate for president belted out a version of “America The Beautiful” that, in keeping with Romney’s vision and vocals was anything but.
Apparently, Meat Loaf is endorsing Romney because of Romney’s comments that Russia is, “without question, our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
The L.A. Times called the duo’s performance “wild and meandering”:
“This is the most important election in the history of the United States, because there has storm clouds come over the United States. There is thunderstorms over Europe,” Meat Loaf said, misspeaking at several points. “There are hailstorms, and I mean major hailstorms, in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere, and there’s only one man that” — he broke off abruptly. “The other night when President Barack Obama, God bless him, said to Mitt Romney, ‘The Cold War is over.’ I have never heard such a thing in my life.”
“There is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be — Gov. Mitt Romney!” he said.
After another few songs, Meat Loaf praised Romney’s “backbone.” In an apparent effort to urge others to volunteer, he said he had called three friends in California — where Obama has a double-digit margin — and convinced them to vote for the former Massachusetts governor.
“I have been arguing for Mitt Romney for a year,” said the singer, who wore a black shirt with red, white and blue sequin flowers on the sleeves (and, earlier, a red cape that he tied around his microphone).
“You get out there and you argue with your relatives, you argue with your neighbors, you get in fights over politics and religion, ’cause we need Ohio! God bless ya. We love ya. Thank you. Keep rockin’, and Mitt Romney!”
Whatever Romney’s thoughts about his unusual endorsement, he kept them to himself, telling the crowd he was thrilled with his musical guests.
“I have to tell you, I don’t recall having so much fun in such a long time as to be able to listen to these guys this evening,” he said after taking the stage.
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