Lessons From a Prior Romney - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Before Mitt Romney began his first debate with President Barack Obama, he settled himself at the lectern, then wrote “Dad” on a piece of paper. The Republican presidential nominee has followed this routine for each of his 20 GOP primary debates, Romney campaign officials confirm, an act that conjures up the image of his late father, George Romney, whose political career serves as both inspiration and a cautionary tale to his son.
That impulse has been a guiding force in Mitt Romney’s campaign, where the late George Romney—a businessman, three-term governor and failed presidential candidate—is the ghost in Mitt Romney’s machine. Interviews with campaign advisers and Romney family members, and statements by the candidate himself, illustrate the extent to which George Romney, dead 17 years, hovers over the campaign. From his father’s experience, Mitt Romney has derived a series of lessons. The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson explains to Gordon Deal the impact of Mr. Romney’s father on his campaign. The Wall Street Journal This Morning is a nationally syndicated radio show bringing you “America’s First News” on over 200 radio stations every morning. To get the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. Don’t have an affiliate station in your town? Subscribe to the podcast!