Romney Tosses Coin for Football Game in Break from Debate Prep

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Mitt Romney looks in the sand for a coin after performing a coin toss before the start of a touch football game with members of his campaign staff versus some members of the traveling press corps on October 21, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida.

Mitt Romney took a break from his weekend Florida debate preparations to go out to Delray Beach to officiate a coin toss before a flag football game between his staff and members of the media traveling with his campaign.

“Where’s Chris Christie when we need him?” Romney asked his team, as he expressed a desire for a more robust offensive and defensive line. The reference appeared to be one directed toward the New Jersey governor’s weight.

In a pre-game huddle, Romney instructed his team, which outnumbered members of the media willing or able to participate, to play tough.

“Don’t worry about injuries, guys,” said Romney, who was wearing running clothers. “Win.”

The former Massachusetts governor declined to answer questions from the pool of reporters that shadows his public movements.

“I’m ready for football,” he said, when asked whether he was prepared for tomorrow’s debate.

He also declined to answer a question on whether he would support one-on-one nuclear talks with Iran. Last night the White House denied reports that the United States had agreed to such talks with Iran’s government, although National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the U.S. remains open to such negotiations.


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