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Would George Romney Vote for Mitt?

Would George Romney Vote for Mitt?
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On the surface, there are a lot of similarities between Mitt Romney and his father, George. Both Republicans, both governors, both CEOs — it would be easy to assume that Mitt is just an extension of his illustrious dad’s legacy.

But while both Mitt Romney and George Romney sought the presidency, their similarities end when you start looking at what they did while the national spotlight shone upon them. Because when you look at George Romney and his son, it quickly becomes apparent that for all the similarities in their résumés, the two could hardly be more different.

George Had a Hardscrabble Upbringing, Mitt was Privileged

George Romney did not have it easy growing up. The grandson of Mormons who fled to Mexico in order to practice polygamy, George and his parents fled back to the United States when civil war broke out in Mexico. George’s father worked as a carpenter and farmer, and George himself worked in construction. George didn’t graduate from college, but worked his way up through Alcoa as a salesperson, and later a lobbyist, before getting a job with American Motors.

You can’t fault George for trying to give his children the advantages he himself lacked. Mitt Romney was educated at a fine private boarding school, earned his bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University, and then gained both law and business degrees from Harvard. He was able to finance college in no small part thanks to stock that he’d been given by his father.

By the time Mitt graduated college, George had already served as a governor and cabinet secretary; it’s impossible to know if Mitt got his shot in business because of his father’s connections and reputation, but it certainly didn’t hurt his chances.

The different backgrounds of the two men show in their approaches. George Romney was blunt, driven and willing to work for the downtrodden. Mitt, on the other hand, cheerfully writes off the downtrodden if they’re not going to vote for him.

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10:46AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Here is MItt's Mommy pretty much poking holes in everything Mitty stands for.

http://www.upworthy.com/watch-mitt-romneys-own-mother-undermines-his-entire-campaign?c=upw1

2:38AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

And I agree with Rob, I doubt Romney senior would be a member of the GOP if he were alive today. He was too good a person.

2:37AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I've read several articles on the senior Romney and sometimes find it hard to believe the 2 are related. I can only imagine what he's thinking right now.

11:50PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

I don't think George, Sr. would vote for him. George, Sr. actually worked for a living, and (horror of horrors) actually thought for himself), however, if he could see Jr. now, he might warm to the idea of retroactive abortion.

9:41PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

You know you can breath better and more oxygen gets to your brain if you quit bending over like that.

8:59PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

A N M.: McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which was U.S. territory. That would make him a U.S. citizen.

2:30PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

The truth by Michael G ...

"most of us here"

... any further doubt now about how deep the tilt?

8:04PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

I am really curious now, what were the names of Nixon's 'two sons? How did he keep them secret for all those years? Perhaps Mittstake took them with him when he went to Bermuda to hide some of his money, and left them there.

7:08PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

If he were alive would GEORGE Romney even belong to TODAY'S GOP ?

3:48PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Rose L....I don't know which "history" book you've read but....I'm sure Nixon's DAUGHTERS would be interested to hear of their two non-existent BROTHERS!

You're obviously enamored of Romney...tell us, what attracted you to him? The time he found the cure for cancer? Or the time he discovered electricity?

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