Romney: My dad got free McDonald’s for life

Posted at 6:31 AM, Aug 08, 2012

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – It’s one version of the American dream: free McDonald’s for life.

For Mitt Romney’s father, the dream was reality — the one-time Michigan governor was granted free meals at the fast food chair by its founder.

Speaking at a fund-raising event in Chicago, the presumptive GOP nominee relayed a story about finding a special coupon in his dad’s drawer.

“I found a little paper card, a little pink card, and it said, ‘This entitles George W. Romney to a lifetime of a hamburger, a shake and French fries at McDonald’s.’ It was signed by the hand of Ray Kroc. My dad had done a little training lesson or whatever for McDonald’s when there was just a handful of restaurants and I saw this thing and was like, this is a gold mine, dad! What are you doing?”

Romney said he laminated the card for his father, who he said went “almost every day” to McDonald’s for either a hamburger or a fish sandwich.

“He would present this little card and of course the person behind the counter would look and say, ‘Well, what is that?’ They’d never seen something like that, but he said it was never turned down. They always honored it,” Romney said.

George Romney, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination ahead of the 1968 election, served as governor of Michigan from 1963-1969. He was also the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Richard Nixon.

CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.