A Football Draw for Romney's Staff and the Press - NYTimes.com
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Mitt Romney will be participating in his own political version of Monday Night Football when he faces off against President Obama in their final debate of the campaign cycle. But on Sunday morning, Mr. Romney took a break from debate preparation to make a stop at a gridiron of a different sort — a flag football beach face-off between members of the news media and members of Mr. Romney’s staff.
Mr. Romney, wearing black shorts, a black Adidas T-shirt and gray sneakers, walked down to the beach after spending the morning at church, and kicked off the game with a coin toss. (The press won that part, with a call of “tails,” prompting Mr. Romney to quip, “That’s the last call you guys are getting.”)
“Let’s see, look at the captain, Gail’s a captain, is that right?” Mr. Romney said, referring to Gail Gitcho, the campaign’s communications director. “Got a bracelet for you.”
Mr. Romney then handed Ms. Gitcho a white rubber bracelet that read, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, America Can’t Lose,” an apparent twist on the “Friday Night Lights” motto, which Mr. Romney has recently begun quoting on the campaign trial.
“Who’s the ringer over here? Who is it, who is it?” Romney asked the assembled reporters. Then, turning to his campaign staff, clad in red T-shirts, he asked, “Where’s Chris Christie when we need him? He’s our line.”
Pointing to Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who has been playing Mr. Obama in debate practice sessions, Mr. Romney added, “Senator, ready to go?”
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