Romney gets emotional talking about parents, tells audience 'I won't cry'

Mitt Romney stopped short of his GOP rival Newt Gingrich on Friday evening when he spoke emotionally about his parents but did not tear up.

Romney described the patriotism of his parents, both deceased, at a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Friday. He was interrupted by an audience member who shouted, "Don't cry."


"I won't cry," Romney said, quickly adding: "But I do, I do. Nothing to be ashamed of in that regard."

The emotional moment drew quick comparisons to Gingrich, who earlier in the day in Iowa choked up while discussing his mother and her battle with mental illness.

“My mom and dad, who were extraordinary people, they both left this life and moved on,” Romney said, speaking to veterans in New Hampshire.

Romney returned to Iowa for more campaign events on Saturday.