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The Clean Cut: Mitt Romney accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donates money

Recommended by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Fri, Aug. 22 11:41 a.m. MDT

 Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posted the video to his Facebook account Friday morning.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posted the video to his Facebook account Friday morning.

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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posted the video to his Facebook account Friday morning.

Romney was challenged by Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Creighton Rider, who Romney explained is from Salt Lake City and has ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Romney's former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, assisted him in the challenge by dumping the water on Romney.

In the video, Romney explained that he would be participating in the challenge as well as donating money to the fund. He then challenged his wife, Ann Romney, and actor Jason Sudeikis, who imitated Romney on "Saturday Night Live."

Other politicians have joined the challenge, including former President George W. Bush, who then challenged former President Bill Clinton. President Barack Obama was also challenged by Ethel Kennedy. The White House explained the president would not do the challenge, but rather donate money to the ALS Association.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was instigated by Pete Frates, a 29-year-old former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS at 27.

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1. Vanceone
Provo, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

Obama can't do the challenge. It might mess up his golf shirt and get it dirty. And how can you get that birdie if you are shivering from cold water?

2. riverofsun
St.George, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

Should President Obama chose to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Conservative Republicans posting here, would post a number of reasons that it was the wrong decision of him to do this.

3. Y-Ask-Y?
Provo, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

Who knows whether or not there is really ice water in the bucket? And what's the real challenge if having a bucket of warm water poured over your head?

Such a hoax.

4. Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

@ riverofsun

Obama couldn't do it. It's against the law. Not that a law has ever stopped him before.

Run Romney Run!

I would love to see legislation that takes those who voted for Obama, and let them pay their fair share for all the wonderful ideas and policies they have seen fit to punish us with.

5. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 22, 2014

Too bad barack wouldn't help raise a lot more awareness.

CAn you imagine how much more awareness he would have brought? TONS!

President Bush did it AND donated money.
Romney did it AND donated money.

Both of these men could have just donated money, but they realized by doing the ice water challenge more awareness would be brought.

Well barack?