Mitt Romney has sunk to a new low. Hard to believe, I know. But he’s been touting the “fact” that his daddy marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., a claim which people have so far been unable to verify. Here’s the claim:
In a major speech on faith and politics earlier this month in Texas, Mitt Romney said: “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”
He made a similar statement Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said, “You can see what I believed and what my family believed by looking at our lives. My dad marched with Martin Luther King. My mom was a tireless crusader for civil rights.”
Now that this claim is being questioned, watch the campaign backpedal.
“He was speaking figuratively, not literally,” Eric Fehrnstrom, spokesman for the Romney campaign, said of the candidate.
I literally facepalmed when I read that. Mittens is the definitive “Say Anything” to get elected candidate. Enjoy your figurative Presidency, you liar. Do the right thing: just say no to this unprincipled lying charlatan. Yuck.
Update: Over at Race 4 2008, Axel G. makes a great point:
This is a problem for a few reasons. First, Romney is caught either lying or spinning and that reinforces the impression that he will say anything. He is sounding more and more like not just flip-flopper John Kerry, but serial fabricator Al Gore. Second, obviously civil rights is a sacred topic for some and to use a slain civil rights leader to boost your campaign will be seen as offensive. Third, Romney was using this false anecdote to refute any idea that he and LDS are bigoted. His father was indeed a proponent of civil rights, but this tarnishes that image.
Update 2: Is imitation flattery? I dunno, but John Cole wrote on this subject a day after B4C and titled it Say Anything, Starring Multiple Choice Mitt. I guess he really does read Blogs 4 Conservatives.
When I was a kid, I saw my dad quarterback the Steelers as they became World Series Champions.