Mitt Romney, once liberal Massachusetts governor and now conservative presidential candidate, grew up in a family of privilege. But it was a family always conscious that mainstream acceptance of the Mormon faith was fragile. The leave-it-to-beaver Romney was confused by sixties strife he saw at Stanford, the Boston Globe reports, before he transferred to Brigham Young.
Romney developed a thick skin as a Mormon missionary in France, where he redoubled his efforts after a fatal car crash, in a car he was driving, killed a colleague. And as the son of Michigan’s governor he witnessed the struggles his moderate Republican father faced as a civil rights supporter in the age of Goldwater. The elder Romney couldn’t stick to one position on Vietnam, to the detriment of his own presidential hopes.