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George Romney
George and Mitt Romney: Like father, unlike son
George and Mitt Romney: Like father, unlike son

In an effort to drum up interest in his presidential bid for the 1968 elections, Michigan's governor, George Romney — Mitt Romney's father — went into the belly of the beast. During the summer of 1967, the elder Romney gave a stump speech in San Francisco's Golden Gate panhandle, a couple of blocks from Haight and Ashbury, the epicenter of hippiedom. I was there the day that several buses pulled up at the panhandle and disgorged George Romney, his entourage and reporters. No vote-getting reason could possibly justify Romney's being there, in front of this group of people, most of whom had probably never voted. (The voting age was then 21.) What must the...