Is Mitt Romney really George Romney's son?

| Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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George Romney with a 1959 Rambler

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney just can't leave the federal auto bailout alone. But he should.

He was widely criticized for his 2008 New York Times op-ed piece, headlined, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

Today, he authored a Detroit News op-ed on the bailout that raises questions about whether he was even a part of the Romney family while growing up.

Romney writes that he "got my love of cars and chrome and fins and roaring motors" from his father, who became president of American Motors when the younger Romney was 7 years old.

But American Motors under George Romney was the antithesis of chrome, fins and roaring motors. The automaker, which was acquired by Chrysler in 1987, prided itself on building small, affordable, fuel-efficient cars.

The elder Romney railed against the excesses of his Big Three competitors, traveling 700,000 miles around the country to denounce the "gas-guzzling dinosaurs" sold by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

In 1958, Romney even called on Congress to break up the Big Three automakers.

Mitt Romney recalled American Motors' legacy in 2008 when he told the CBS "Early Show":

"But, you see, when I was growing up, the fact that we won the mileage championship year after year with the Rambler was a source of great pride for my dad. He used to campaign against the gas-guzzling dinosaurs.", a fact-checking service, was so suspicious of this claim (An American company built fuel-efficient cars in the 1950s?) that it checked it out and found it to be true.

But now Romney says he's developed a love of "chrome and fins and roaring motors" from his dad. Were he still alive, I think George Romney would be disappointed.


David Waymire said...

Hmmm...didn't George Romney introduce the income tax to Michigan. Wonder if anybody has the time and records to look at what happened to state spending under Gov. Romney.

John Hilton said...

AMC did roar, Rick, but only after George left--check out the final pages of this great story from Car and Driver:

Anonymous said...

Has anyone corrected your blatant error? Any amateur car buff will tell you that the car in the picture is a 1956 Nash (and Not the Rambler model, by the way), and definitely NOT a 1959. A little effort to research before you publish might give your two-bit rag a little respectability. Add some truth, and you've got it made!

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