George Romney 1964 RNC Tale Refuted

An oft-repeated tale about how George Romney charged out of the 1964 Republican National Convention in a principled stand for civil rights ain’t necessarily so, according to a BuzzFeed report. The story has been repeated in numerous profiles, articles, columns, and Mitt biography The Real Romney. “I don’t remember him walking out, no,” former George Romney aide Walt DeVries said. In fact, the onetime Michigan governor stayed until the end of the 1964 party gathering, seconding Barry Goldwater’s nomination. “Every time I see that quote from Mitt, I just don’t remember,” DeVries said. “I’ve searched my mind, and I think I would have.”