Mitt Romney looks like a consummate businessman—even when he’s getting a bucket of ice water poured on his head.
The former Massachusetts governor and failed presidential candidate participated in the viral fundraiser challenge on Thursday night to raise awareness of ALS. His former vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, did the honors of dousing Romney — who was dressed in a suit – on a rooftop in Chicago.
The two were in the Windy City to promote Ryan’s new book.
“Tonight I have a little help from one of my friends. Hey, buddy,” Romney said, as Ryan came into the shot. “That is cold,” Romney said after being drenched. After fixing his hair, Romney nominated his wife, Ann, and actor Jason Sudeikis – who played Romney on “Saturday Night Live” – to take the challenge up next.
“Jason, get wet and make a contribution,” Romney said.
Romney was nominated to take the challenge by Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Creighton Rider, a Utah man who suffers from ALS.
The fundraiser, which has spread on social media, was started by a man in Massachusetts who has been diagnosed with ALS. Since it began a month ago, many have taken part in the charity challenge, in which participants pour ice water over their heads and challenge a friend to do the same within 24 hours. If the challenge is not met (people are supposed to post the video as proof on social media), participants are asked to make a $100 donation to an ALS charity.
Romney said he also would donate money toward ALS research.
The ALS Foundation has reported raising $42 million since July 29 because of the viral fundraiser.
President Obama was challenged to participate by Ethel Kennedy, the 86-year-old widow of Robert Kennedy, but he declined. “The president appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge – though his contribution to this effort will be monetary. The president will be making a donation to an ALS charity,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said last week.