(TAMPA, Fla.) — It will be a family reunion of sorts when Mitt Romney accepts the Republican Party’s nomination for president on Thursday.
His second, third and even fourth cousins have descended on Tampa, Fla., to be part of a special moment for the Romney family. It is a moment even Romney’s sons never thought they would see.
“None of us expected we’d be here,” Josh Romney, 37, told ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer when she interviewed all five of Romney’s sons on Monday. “It’ll be a big moment for us to watch our dad go up there and accept the nomination. It’s pretty exciting for us.”
The brothers arrived in Tampa before their parents, who have been in Boston preparing their speeches. Ann Romney will address the convention on Tuesday, her husband on Thursday.
“I talked to my dad and it’s driving him crazy that we’re all here right now and all together and he’s up in Boston today working on the speech,” Josh Romney said. “He and my mom are going crazy. They want to come down and hang out with us … but they’ve got a lot of work to be doing.”
Romney’s sons — all married, with children — say their 65-year-old father is no different in their eyes, even with all the pageantry and grandeur surrounding him.
“He’s still just dad to us,” Tagg Romney, 42 and the oldest, said. “So we’ll enjoy the moment. … It’s a fun thing to go through as a family.”
The jokes started almost immediately after Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan, 42, as his vice presidential running mate that the Wisconsin congressman is Romney’s sixth son.
“He’s got my dad’s hair. … He’s got the good hair,” Josh Romney of Salt Lake City, said, laughing.
Tagg Romney, who lives in Belmont, Mass., said, “My dad ended up picking the person he thought would be the best to step in should something happen to him and someone who he thought would be able to pick up the mantra of the Republican Party eight years from now.”
The “sixth son” also has the “classic” look that has come to define Romney and his family.
Romney’s sons describe their father’s style as “vintage” and “conservative.”
The brothers’ own fashion choices have been the target of a few late-night jokes because of their propensity to wear khakis. They say the jokes have been “hilarious” and it has all been in good fun.
“No one’s wearing khakis anymore, you can see that they’re gone,” Matt Romney, 40, of San Diego, said with a smile.
None of the Romney sons was wearing khakis for Monday’s interview.
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