That's My Issue: Mitt Romney's Time Abroad (Video)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mitt Romney at a December 2011 town hall in New Hampshire describing his experience as a missionary in France (Youtube)

That’s My Issue is WNYC’s election-year project to gather stories of how your life experience has shaped your politics. Share your story and create your custom badge, read all the stories in the archive, record an audio story directly from your computer, and see much more about the project at the That’s My Issue homepage.

It may have been a softball from a local supporter, but at a town hall in New Hampshire last Fall, Mitt Romney was asked - almost word for word - the question at the heart of our That's My Issue project. "Can you talk about an experience that changed your perspective or worldview, that fundamentally changed the way you view your situation." In response he spoke about his time as a missionary in France. Some have disputed the details of the story he tells, but either way, below is his answer so you can watch for yourself. And be sure to tune in to the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday for a call-in segment on how time abroad has affected your politics.


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Comments [3]

he lived in France?!?! And still; just a jerk!?!?!

Aug. 22 2012 08:31 PM
Linda Edwards from New York City

Between 1966 and 1975 I spent over 5 years in various parts of France. I taught at a university; I picked grapes in Alsace and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I knew and socialized with people from all classes and walks of life. Believe me when I say that very few French people lived in the circumstances described by Mr. Romney - including those in low and moderate income housing. The Mormon missionaries I knew there sought out rundown places to live to appear humble. Romney is now ridiculing the people he tried to proselytize. They follow our news; they will know what he thought of them. His social I.Q. is zero.

Aug. 22 2012 12:45 AM
Jim Pilewski from Eastlake, OH

No doubt, his "tough" experience living among the "ordinary folks" of France profoundly affected him. Mitt probably doesn't sense the patronizing tone of his anecdote.
Yes, I think this clip reveals much about the real Romney.

Aug. 21 2012 06:18 PM

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