Exactly How 'Moderate' Was George Romney, Really?
"Extremely right-wing" is exactly how Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) characterized Mitt Romney when he won Florida's Republican primary. For years, Mitt had been regarded as a "moderate Republican" in the mold of his late father George, who led American Motors in the 1950s and early 1960s and then went on to become Michigan's governor and later President Nixon's cabinet secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The Left has expressed concerns that the younger Romney has abandoned his father's supposed moderation for a more conservative approach to appease the Right. No sooner did Mitt Romney accept his party's nomination than Tom Brokaw, playing the role of emeritus anchorman with gravitas during NBC's convention coverage, opined:
I happened to have spent some time covering his father [Gov. George Romney] and he was a remarkable man of great integrity who fought within this party to make it more moderate and make it less extreme and to make it more inclusive. And the evolution of Mitt Romney, the son, has been to go from being a moderate to be much more conservative.