The Madeleine Brand Show for February 21, 2012

'The Real Romney' examines GOP candidate's past

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a caucus in Portland, Maine.

There's one week to go before the Michigan and Arizona primaries, and Mitt Romney is not guaranteed to win either contest. Not even in his home state of Michigan, where his father George Romney was a popular governor.

Like his son, George Romney was a presidential hopeful, but dropped out of the GOP primary in 1968 after being hammered by conservatives for an anti-Vietnam War comment. Unlike his father, Romney is more cautious and now, more conservative.

Mitt Romney's journey is profiled in a new book called “The Real Romney,” coauthored by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman. Based on more than five years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, the book examines Romney's personal and public life. It follows his upbringing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, his years as a Mormon missionary in France, his tenure at Bain Capital, and his support of universal health care in Massachusetts.

Scott Helman joins the show today to talk about Romney's past and why he may be having trouble connecting with voters.

Guest:

Scott Helman, staff writer for the Boston Globe.


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