July 11, 2012
Re "Romney low-key on civil rights," July 8 Besides reminding me that I have been following politics for way too long, your front-page story about George Romney reminded me of an admirable, moderate Republican candidate for president whom I would support today and would have supported then if I hadn't been too young to vote in 1968. The contrasts with his son Mitt - in conviction and action - are striking. Having been successful in business, governor of a very progressive state and having somehow secured the nomination of today's Republican Party, Mitt Romney should be perfectly positioned to use these foundations to lead with the convictions and daring ideas that might bridge our current partisan gaps (like his father)
July 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden railed Tuesday against the GOP's hard-line stance on immigration in a speech warning Latino voters of the consequences if they "sit on your hands" in the coming elections. And in a political twofer, Biden linked Mitt Romney's support for Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration measure to his reluctance to provide greater disclosure of his personal finances, quipping at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference: "He wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his. " Biden's zinger was the latest in an escalating campaign by Democrats to press the presumptive Republican nominee to release more detailed tax records.
July 8, 2012 |
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In 1963, an explosive year in the quest for civil rights, George Romney appeared unannounced in the mostly white suburb of Grosse Pointe and marched to the front of an anti-segregation demonstration to stand beside black leaders. Letters from startled constituents poured into the office of the first-term Michigan governor, whose son Mitt was then 16. Supporters who had helped the elder Romney win his narrow victory the previous November said his actions made him "a double-crosser" and a "Judas" to the people who voted for him. Their diatribes were sprinkled with warnings that they would work against him: "You are a 'dead duck' for 1964," one detractor typed above a newspaper photograph of a shirt-sleeved Romney walking shoulder to shoulder with civil rights activists.
June 19, 2012 |
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - For most governors, an 8.5% unemployment rate would be a source of embarrassment. Not in Michigan, a national symbol of Rust Belt decline where unemployment hit 14.2% in 2009. So when Gov. Rick Snyder joined Mitt Romney on Monday at a rally in this remote central Michigan town built to resemble a medieval village in the Bavarian Alps, he could not resist boasting. “We're the comeback state in the United States,” said Snyder, the latest in a string of Republican governors whose sunny descriptions of a swing state on the rebound clash with Romney's dark portrayal of economic wreckage under President Obama.
May 27, 2012 |
LA JOLLA -- David and Cristina Sear were walking their Doberman pinschers in this seaside neighborhood when a big U-Haul truck pulled up around the corner from the $12-million beachfront home Mitt and Ann Romney had just bought. The driver could not negotiate the steep turn onto Dunemere Drive, a narrow cul-de-sac with no sidewalks. "Wouldn't it be funny if Mitt Romney jumped out?" they joked, moments before Romney jumped out of the driver's side of the cab. "We probably talked for 15 or 20 minutes," David Sear, a financial advisor, recalled recently.
May 10, 2012 |
Mitt Romney apologized Thursday after a newspaper story described bullying behavior on his part when he was an 18-year-old senior at an elite, all-boys prep school in Michigan. The Washington Post detailed a 1965 incident at Cranbrook School in which a buttoned-down Romney apparently was incensed by the dyed blond locks of a junior known for his "nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. " He led a "posse" of students in a charge against the boy, the Post reported. "He can't look like that," Romney reportedly told a close friend at the time.
May 8, 2012 |
LANSING, MICH. -- Campaigning down the road from a GM plant, Mitt Romney made no mention Tuesday of the federal auto bailout that he opposed and that many credit with saving that company and Chrysler. Instead, his only remarks about cars were lamenting the demise of Oldsmobile, which had been headquartered in Lansing. “It was a fine car and a source of pride for the city. It was also a source of a lot of good-paying jobs,” he said. “These last few years have been hard on the people of Lansing, and they have been hard on the people of America.
April 19, 2012 |
President Obama got a rise out of Mitt Romney with the campaign-trail observation that "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. " Romney saw the remark (plausibly) as an attack on him and (not so plausibly, but ingeniously) as an attack on Romney's rags-to-Rambler father. "I'm certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life ," Romney harrumphed. "He was born poor. He worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn't have a college degree, and one of the things he wanted to do was to provide for me and my brother and sisters.