Romney's Advice to College Grads: Get Married, Have Babies

During a commencement speech April 27 at Southern Virginia University, where most of the students are Mormon, failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered this piece of advice to college graduates: Get married, have lots and lots of babies, and do both of those things right this instant.

“If you meet someone you love, get married. Have a quiver-full of kids if you can,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

What you shouldn’t worry about, however, is getting a job and making money to support said “quiver-full of kids.” (But don’t expect the government to help you out on that front either, you moocher, so yeah, you probably should worry about getting a job.)


As Romney reminds the class of Southern Virginia University, wealth is not guaranteed. Not everybody knows how to cut corners, exploit workers, and watch the profits rise. Even fewer are born into the power necessary to accumulate wealth in America. Anybody biologically capable, however, can make a quiver full of babies.

…BUT. If you find a mate and procreate, you’re all good! “Every one of you here today as a graduate can live an abundant life,” he told the students. “ Every single one of you. You will not all be rich and famous and powerful, but each of you can live an eminently successful, rewarding, abundant life.”

Romney, on the other hand, will remain rich and famous and powerful. But not everybody can do that. So just shut up and get pregnant, already.

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And just a reminder: Here’s what Romney previously had to say about the 26-and-under crowd:

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift,” Romney told fundraisers after losing the election in November. “Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people.”

Incidentally, Obamacare might also make a difference to the very same young women he’s telling to procreate. Because, after all, being pregnant and having a baby aren’t cheap.

— Posted by Tracy Bloom.

Tracy Bloom
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Tracy Bloom left broadcast news to study at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. There she eventually became deputy editor of Neon Tommy, the most-trafficked online-only college website in…
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