GEORGE ROMNEY: I've been poor. I worked from the time I was 12. My parents were driven out of old Mexico when I was only 5. My people were revolutionary refugees. They had to be fed by the United States government and housed by the United States government. I know what poverty is. I've been up through it.
From the archives: Mitt Romney’s father defends his success A sidewalk encounter with George Romney from 1967. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.
George Romney was a Mexican immigrant whose family used welfare relief from the US Government to help them get on their feet. Later, as a businessman, he re-built The American Motors Co. by building fuel-efficient cars. As a politician he not only set the standard for transparency by releasing twelve years of his tax returns but he actually got re-elected twice in the state he governed. Plus he opposed Barry Goldwater's extremism and the war in Vietnam while supporting civil rights. They don't make Republicans like that any more, do they? The more I know about Mitt, the more I admire George.