Reporter: “Did you actually see it with your own eyes — your father march with Martin Luther King?”
Romney: “Uh, uh— my own eyes? … No… But I saw it in the figurative sense… My brother remembers seeing it… So, in that sense, I ‘saw’ him march with Martin Luther King. …” (watch)
Romney: “If you look at the literature, if you look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes being aware of in the sense I’ve described. It’s a figure of speech and very familiar and it’s very common and I saw my dad march with Martin Luther King. I did not see it with my own eyes but I saw him in the sense of being aware of his participation in that great effort.”
— Michael Luo
“Checkpoint: Romney Questioned About King and Other Statements”
New York Times, December 20, 2007
“[Mitt Romney] has repeated the claim several times recently, most prominently to Tim Russert on Meet the Press. But, while the late George W. Romney, a four-term governor of Michigan, can lay claim to a strong record on civil rights, the Phoenix can find no evidence that the senior Romney actually marched with King, nor anything in the public record suggesting that he ever claimed to do so.
“Nor did Mitt Romney ever previously claim that this took place, until long after his father passed away in 1995 — not even when defending accusations of the Mormon church’s discriminatory past during his 1994 Senate campaign.
“Asked about the specifics of George Romney’s march with MLK, Mitt Romney’s campaign told the Phoenix that it took place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. …
“But that account is incorrect. King never marched in Grosse Pointe, according to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, and had not appeared in the town at all at the time…
“Of the many contemporaneous and historical records of the Grosse Pointe speech, none make any mention of George Romney’s attendance. It is unlikely, if not implausible, that his presence would have gone unnoticed: not only was he governor of the state, he had just, weeks before, dropped out of the race for President.”
— David S. Bernstein
“Was it all a dream? Mitt Romney claims that his father marched with MLK, but the record says otherwise”
Boston Phoenix, December 21, 2007
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