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Preppy protester: The moment a 19-year-old Mitt Romney demonstrated in favour of Vietnam War draft

by Graham Smith | The Daily Mail

They say every picture tells a story.

A newly-unearthed photograph showing Mitt Romney demonstrating in favour of the Vietnam War draft might leave the presidential candidate feeling somewhat embarrassed.

The veteran Republican, then 19, can be seen picketing an anti-war sit-in at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1966.

Mr Romney will no doubt be proud of his younger self taking what was at the time a very unpopular stance.
However, he might grimace at his clean-cut appearance and preppy wardrobe.

Taking a stand: A young Mitt Romney holds up a placard at a pro-draft demonstration at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in May 1966

Taken at the height of the swinging Sixties, Mr Romney holds a sign declaring 'Speak Out, Don't Sit In' as, alongside like-minded individuals, he proclaims his support for Lyndon Johnson's ever-expanding draft.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083002/Mitt-Romney-...

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You guys are missing it. It's

You guys are missing it. It's not about Willard "Mitt" Romney being pro draft, it's about him being a another chicken-hawk like Newt Gingrich.

Mitt Romney a pro-war zealot came out in support of the Vietnam war, yet never found himself in army uniform in Vietnam. I wonder why this courageous chicken-hawk never went?

Must have been nice to be a politically and draft protected son of a Michigan governor during the Vietnam war era....


Romney? That is Doug Neidermeyer!

(I recognize Babs Jansen, too.)

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and Mandy and Greg

And Mandy Pepperidge and Greg Marmalard as well. "Doug Neidermeyer, Omega membership chairman." "You're all worthless and weak! Now drop and give me twenty!" "Thank you sir. May I have another?" neeiigghhh, brbrbrbrbr.

If you are not OUTRAGED, you're not paying attention!


That means that baby boomers first protested against Mitt in 1968.

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How old are you Mr. Smith?

Mr Romney will no doubt be proud of his younger self taking what was at the time a very unpopular stance.

The year was 1966 and American involvement in Nam was really just ramping up. Protest was not yet wide spread and if anything, was the minority view at the time. A quick wikipedia search yields this:

A Gallup poll shows that 59% believe that sending troops to Vietnam was not a mistake. Among the age group of 21–29, 71% believe it was not a mistake compared to 48% of those over 50.

So to say that in 1966 Mittens was somehow out of step with the rest of the country and even his peers is a mistake.

There are plenty of other things to fault Romney for - this is a waste of time, erroneous and just the type of hit piece we complain that Ron Paul gets tarred with.

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Mutt sold out at an early age.

Easy to go prowar when he knew he wasn't going. Youngest chickenhawk ever? Such a tool, Mutt. I'll bet he was brainwashed by his governor daddy. Scum family.

so let me get this straight...

Willard supports the war and the draft...then goes to France...of all places looking to indoctrinate Frenchies into becoming mormons. I have been to France and they are the least religious group of folks you will ever meet. What a joke.

We can't forget this aspect

He got a deferment for being a 'Mormon missonary' and multiple deferments for 'academic study'. How convenient: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/art...

This reminds me of the CCR

This reminds me of the CCR song Fortunate son. Maybe someone should make a video about Mitt using that song. I'd do it but I'm not very computer savvy.

Not That There's Anything Wrong With This

It recently emerged that Mr Romney has plans to quadruple the size of his $12 million California home.
The 64-year-old filed an application in San Diego, California, to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot oceanfront mansion in La Jolla and replace it with an 11,062-square-foot property.
A campaign official said that the GOP hopeful was planning the expansion as the home he bought three years ago 'is inadequate for their needs'.
The Romneys' official primary residence is a town house outside Boston. They also own a $10million vacation home on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Get that man a riding vacuum cleaner!

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he knows those Federal

he knows those Federal Reserve notes aren't worth anything. He is just getting rid of them in physical assets lol.

Mischaracterizing opponents will not aid our cause.

I think trying to spin this as Romney being for the Vietnam draft is a mischaracterization unworthy of the Liberty movement. The article only shows that he was against the sit-in because it was interfering with the purpose of the school: "We were there to get an education and these people holding the administration hostage was antithetical to that." There is no evidence here he opposed people speaking against the draft, only the sit-in that was causing their school problems. The sign he is holding in the picture even says "Speak out! Don't sit in!"

Note that while the title of the dailymail article says "Mitt Romney demonstrated in favour of Vietnam War draft", and the article makes the claim it was a "pro-draft" rally, it provides zero evidence of that claim. Not only is the sign Romney holding not a pro-draft sign, neither are any of the signs being held up by the other picketers. If there is evidence Romney was really pro-draft and not just anti-messing-with-his-education, then someone should point it out.

Yes, very good

I thought it leaned towards being incomplete. And, how much can a person trust U.K. journalism? But, mostly, not enough info.

Upon further review

You have a good point there!


This is the best they can do? Seriously? The GOP must be looking forward to 4 more years of Obama if they run this clown, because that is exactly what they will get.


The Willardites are saying

he was protesting the 'sit in' not the draft.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Well then he's just

Well then he's just demonstrating his ignorance of the Constitution which protects our right to peacefully assemble and demonstrate.

No, he can protest against

No, he can protest against the sit-in without necessarily being against the Constitutional right to do so.


He looks like he's having a great time, looking forward to sending other kids his age off to die.

He still looks like he's having fun, talking about the American Century. Cheerful Grim Reaper he is.


Started flip-floping at the age of 19. The pictures in the article just yell out arrogance.

Looks like we have some imagery to use for the "service" ad

Dr. Paul will be coming out with...



The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government ... are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it-Andrew Jackson



And we thank him for his

And we thank him for his years of military service... oh, wait...

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Typical Silver Spoon

attitude. Why don't people see through this crap - oh I know...because it's NEVER reported.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa


Just got to this story, huge!

So much for the moderate from mass. More like the serial flip flopper and neocon extraordinaire.

This is Mitt Romney you're talking about

He was in favor of the Viet Nam war draft before he was against it!!!

Good ole' flip-flop Mitt, flop-flopping for 46 years and counting!!!


is his age

even flip flopped?

I thought he was 64 :)

We must be about the same age. I joined the Air Force.

I find it hypocritical that Romney supported a war effort when he was unwilling to take part in it. At least Clinton protested the war effort. They are both chickenhawks in my book.

There are only two candidates that served and both are from Texas.