Mitt Romney’s Father Never Marched with Martin Luther King Jr.

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In Mitt Romney’s major speech on religion in America, he said, “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” When discussing the Mormon faith’s uncomfortable record on race, Romney absolved his family by saying, “My dad marched with Martin Luther King. My mom was a tireless crusader for civil rights.”

But an investigation by the Phoenix, a Boston-area alternative paper, shows that Romney’s father, George Romney, the former governor of Michigan, never marched with King, nor would Mitt have been able to see it if had, because Mitt was in France on a mission the only time King was marching in Michigan.

The Romney campaign is claiming that George Romney marched in one town on one day, and King marched in a different town on a different day, but that the towns and the days were close enough together that Mitt’s statements aren’t technically false.

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