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Romney: Prep-school pranks?

The Washington Post on Romney’s prep school days and one incident in particular: “Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“ ‘He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!’ an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled. A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors. The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another.”

The Romney campaign responded this way to the Post: “Anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body,” Andrea Saul said in a statement. “The stories of fifty years ago seem exaggerated and off base and Governor Romney has no memory of participating in these incidents.”

“Mitt Romney reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage on Wednesday but declined to condemn President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage, noting the sensitivity of the issue. Following a campaign speech in Oklahoma that focused primarily on energy, jobs and the economy, the presumptive Republican nominee reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage in light of Obama's announcement today. "I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor," he said. "I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.,”" msnbc.com’s Michael O’Brien reports.

Los Angeles Times: "Standing in front of an oil well, Mitt Romney blasted President Obama’s energy policy Wednesday, saying that he was taking credit for job creation that he is not responsible for while suppressing domestic energy production. "I recognize that what you're seeing in terms of growth of the energy sector is happening in places like this, where men and women working in oil, coal, gas, are able to create jobs, help keep the cost of energy down to the extent that we can -- that’s good not only for American families, it’s good for American enterprise and manufacturing. Now the president tries to take credit for the fact that oil production is up. I'd like to take credit for the fact that when I was governor the Red Sox won the World Series,” Romney told scores of supporters gathered in a pastoral field in this suburb of Denver. “But, neither one of those would be the case. It was not the president's policies that led to oil production being up. This is private land and private leases.” Obama’s campaign countered that Romney was being “dishonest” about the president’s energy record, and that under his watch production of domestic oil, natural gas and renewable energy have all grown, and argued that Romney’s policies favor oil companies at the expense of working Americans."

Ann Romney wrote an op-ed in USA Today titled "Ann Romney: Three Seasons of Motherhood."