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  •  Geo. Romney's eligibility (5+ / 0-)

    Mets, there were questions about whether or not George Romney could run.

    May 15, 1967
    Palm Beach Post

    (UPI) Chairman Emanuel Cellar of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday he has "serious doubts" about whether Mexican-born Michigan Gov. George Romney was eligible for the presidency.

    "Balderdash!" - Mitt Romney

    by Red Bean on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:21:38 AM PDT

    •  "An Answer is Needed Now" (3+ / 0-)
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      Here's another source. There are many.

      Lewiston Daily Sun
      October 18, 1967

      The contention of a New York expert on constitutional law that Gov. George Romney of Michigan is ineligible to be President because he was not born in the United States is an issue that should be settled definitely before the pre-election campaigning goes any further. It is unfair to the Governor and the Republican party for him to play a prominent role in the presidential picture if the constitutional bar is real.

      The claim is from a solid source...and does not appear to be politically inspired...

      So there were questions. What was missing then was the rabid insanity.

      "Balderdash!" - Mitt Romney

      by Red Bean on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:36:18 AM PDT

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    •  I find this interesting, (0+ / 0-)

      I don't mean pile on to make a point. But apparently there was plenty of controversy about George Romney. The columnist James Kirkpatrick in January 1968 wrote about speculation that George Romney's father might have given up his citizenship when he moved to Mexico, where George Romney was born. He suggested that the matter of eligibility needed to be settled before the question got bogged down in litigation.

      If Romney had won in 1968 would diehard Democrats have carried on a campaign to discredit him? Perhaps a few. But it's safe to say in that TV and newspapers would either have ignored them or marginalized them so effectively that they would have been inconsequential. The likelihood of serious politicians flirting with the fringe seems very small.

      "Balderdash!" - Mitt Romney

      by Red Bean on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:58:02 AM PDT

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      •  It's hard to say, but (0+ / 0-)

        There would have been some born-again crazies going after him forthat, and his Mormonism, too. And those crazies would still have been Democrats in 1968.

        What you probably wouldn't have heard a peep about was that he belonged to a church that doctrinally discriminated against black people.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:47:22 PM PDT

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