MANHATTAN —Mitt Romney got a taste of Greenwich Village on a whirlwind visit to the city Tuesday.
Romney, who was accompanied by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, picked up a stack of pies at Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street near Sixth Avenue and brought them to Engine 24/Ladder 5 on Sixth Avenue at West Houston Street on the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, CBS New York reported.
Photos tweeted by Romney's press secretary show the presidential candidate and the former mayor balancing pizzas outside Joe's and noshing with fire fighters of the company, which lost 11 men on 9/11.
After eating, Romney spoke about the significance of bin Laden's death.
“It’s an honor to be here with the mayor to acknowledge these men and women who serve as our first responders, who rush to danger as opposed to rushing from it," he said, according to ABC News. "This, of course, is on the anniversary of the day when Osama bin Laden finally was taken out."
Romney — whose remarks were interrupted by a woman who repeatedly yelled "Mitt Romney is a racist!" — slammed President Barack Obama for politicizing bin Laden's death.
"I think politicizing it was … and trying to draw a distinction between himself and myself was, an inappropriate use of the very important event that brought America together, which was the elimination of Osama Bin Laden," he said, according to ABC.
Romney is not the first Republican to try to get to the hearts of New Yorkers through their stomachs. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sparked pandemonium in Times Square in June 2011 by eating at a Midtown location of pizza chain Famous Famiglia.