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Romney campaign frustrations bubble to surface in movie Mitt

Published on Jan 18, 2014 6:25 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be a very wealthy man but when a filmmaker decided to document his two failed White House bids over six years, he was surprised to find how thrifty the former private equity executive was.

"I was surprised that somebody that rich would be that cheap," director Greg Whiteley told Reuters, regaling a story of how Romney was shocked at the price of a glass of milk at a hotel. "He was constantly agonising over how much for a (campaign advertising) spot."

Mr Romney, who left the private equity firm Bain Capital he co-founded to enter politics in 2002, has an estimated net worth of between US$190 million (S$242.1 million) and $250 million.

"He would look at the hotel bill and just go crazy, and say,'I'll just go buy my own milk at the grocery store at a third of the cost'," the director said with a laugh.

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