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Ann Romney Recalls Coal Miner Grandfather

Oct. 26, 2012
Ann Romney
Ann Romney

Ann Romney emerged from The Peanut Shop on Friday afternoon and seemed surprised that a crowd of several hundred greeted her on the leafy streets of Colonial Williamsburg for a campaign stop.

"I thought this was just a little stop to buy a few peanuts," said Romney, who purchased a bag of jumbo peanuts flavored with sea salt. Romney is the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is in a neck-and-neck race with President Barack Obama.

Romney touched on her ancestry, talking about how her grandfather worked in the coal mines in Wales before immigrating to the United States in 1929. She said her grandfather was an inspiration to her growing up, and that he always stressed education or it would be "the pick and shovel for you."

"To think a coal miner from Wales would come here and seek a better life. It was such an amazing thing for us to see," Romney said.

Romney spoke for several minutes before shaking hands with the crowd on her way to the campaign bus.

Source: (c)2012 the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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