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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mitt Romney Disgracing The Name of MLK

It would be great to hold those who want to be President accountable for their lies? There is one big liar running for president Mitt "Liar" Romney. You know the guy, who as the NY Times reports, "Mitt Romney claimed while campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire that he had been a hunter “pretty much all my life,” only to have to admit later that he had seriously hunted only on two occasions." Read More Here

"Then there was the endorsement Mr. Romney claimed on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” last Sunday that he received from the National Rifle Association while running for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, when it turned out the group had never endorsed him.

Mr. Romney’s latest concession is that he only “figuratively” saw his father, George, march with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., something he claimed in his highly publicized speech about his Mormon faith this month. Some publications have raised doubts that Mr. Romney’s father ever marched with Dr. King." More HERE

AAPP: We are finding out a lot about people like Mitt Romney, who in a 1978 interview with Boston Herald said:

"My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit."

AAPP: Well we are learning that he was a lying then, and he is a lying now.

The folks at the Washington Post have been doing a little political fact checking themselves:

Mitt Romney never marched through Detroit with Martin Luther King, as the Romney campaign now acknowledges. Nor is it true that the GOP candidate "saw" his father, a former governor of Michigan, join King on a civil rights march, as he has been claiming on the presidential campaign trail. (He now says that "saw" was a "figure of speech.") It is conceivable that George Romney marched with King at some point, but this is disputed.

Romney's correction of the record on the King story follows a number of other campaign missteps. Over the last few days, he has had to withdraw a claim that he received an official endorsement from the National Rifle Association while running for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. He has previously claimed, incorrectly, that "every action" he took as governor of Massachusetts was "pro-life."

The Facts

Mitt Romney was 16 years old in 1963 at the time that Martin Luther King organized a series of "Freedom Marches" through American cities, including Detroit. At the time, the Mormon Church, of which the Romneys were prominent members, still maintained an official ban on the full participation of African-Americans in religious rites, a ban that was not lifted until 1978. Nevertheless, the senior Romney sympathized with the Civil Rights movement and issued a proclamation in support of a civil rights march through Detroit in June attended by King.

According to researchers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, George Romney declined to attend the first march on June 23, a Sunday, on the grounds that he would not take part in political activity on the Sabbath. Susan Englander, who is associate editor of the King papers, said that Romney participated in a different march six days later through the suburb of Grosse Pointe. She believes that it is unlikely that King was present on that occasion, as contemporaneous newspaper reports fail to mention him. More HERE

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