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UPDATE: Mitt Romney Stops in Birmingham Friday Ahead of CBS Broadcast

GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney was in Birmingham Friday afternoon, giving an interview for CBS Evening News that will air at 6:30 p.m.

Birmingham's Mitt Romney's fans got a sneak peak of the Republican presumptive presidential nominee Friday afternoon, during a surprise downtown visit.

Romney and his wife Ann stopped by downtown Birmingham Friday for an interview with CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and 60 Minutes.

In addition, CBS Evening News will be airing live from Birmingham from 6:30-7 p.m. Friday, featuring a portion of the Romney interview. According to Downtown Birmingham/Bloomfield, the show will be filmed from the top floor of the condo building at 250 Martin St., overlooking .

According to CBS Detroit, the interview with Romney will be his first with a national news anchor since as his running mate earlier this month.

During the show, airing locally on CBS 62, CBS will air an excerpt of Friday afternoon's interview with Romney. The rest will broadcast during CBS News' coverage of the Republican National Convention during the week of Aug. 27.

Selecting a Metro Detroit backdrop for the news broadcast is no coincidence: . The trip is Romney's first to Michigan since selecting Ryan as his running mate.

According to Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan, Romney visit was last-minute.

"We got the call last night," he said after Romney and his motorcade had pulled away, accompanied by a helicopter flying overhead. "I was dealing with the Secret Service at 9 a.m. this morning."

Romney first spent the afternoon inside the , where he interviewed with 60 Minutes. The downtown Birmingham theater was also the site of Romney's first date with his wife, Ann.

Romney then walked down South Old Woodward, all the while clusters of on-lookers watched from behind police barricades on the sidewalks. Police shut down South Old Woodward between Maple and the Birmingham 8 for a short time around 3 p.m.

Romney and his wife made time to visit with fans, a crowd of whom gathered across from the theater to cheer him on. Crowd members shouted "You're our hope!" and "We need you to be elected!"

The visit even took City Manager Bob Bruner by surprise. Bruner said he came downtown to wait for Romney but stopped by Einstein Bros. Bagels for a cup of coffee. While he sat at a table outside, he said Romney pulled up and police gave him the option of moving or staying put.

"He walked by me and he even bent down to shake the old woman's hand who was sitting with me," he said.

Alan Stamm August 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
". . . shake the old woman's hand." Really, Bob -- "the old woman"? Ah, but you're just 36. Wait'll you pass 50 -- bet your perspective and vocabulary change.
Larry Weisenthal August 27, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I worked at the old Birmingham Theater as an usher between 1963 and 1965. I'm the same age as Romney (65) and graduated from high school (in my case, Berkley HS) the same year (1965). There's an excellent chance that I took his ticket on one or more occasions and perhaps even "flashlighted" him (which is something I was required to do when I patrolled the aisles and found two teenagers, shall we say, sitting a little too close together. Back then, the theater was still coal-heated, and one of my jobs was to shovel coal from the coal pile into the stoker, but I mainly took tickets, helped people find a seat in the dark, swept up cigarette butts in the lobby, and similar duties. I'm so pleased that they've preserved the historic old marquee. I hope that I can visit some day (I've lived for the last 33 years in Southern California. - Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach CA http://medpedia.com/users/110
Laura Houser (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
That's a really cool story Larry — thanks for sharing! The Birmingham 8 still looks lovely and I hope you can come back for a visit someday!
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Why there are elected officials that are called "Democrats" and the reason they "all" run for these offices in this party. The "Useless Idiots" vote for them with blind eyes and very little knowledge. The article below is a democrat and tells his own to get educated before making statements they don't know what they are talking about. Sound familiar? Do you have a next door neighbor like this? http://itmakessenseblog.com/2011/09/17/democrat-james-carville-says-80-of-democrats-dont-have-a-clue-as-to-political-reality/
TaterSalad September 04, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Liberals from the Party of Food Stamps. To continue to receive your allotted portions of your requested entitlements you should vote for Barack Obama. This is the "ONLY" thing he knows what he is talking about! http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/04/number-of-americans-on-food-stamps-hits-record-high-46-7-million-people/

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