Mitt Romney went on Facebook today to announce he was forming an exploratory committee to run for president in 2012. Until Chelsea Clinton decides to run, Mitt Romney is the only major candidate in America who can claim the distinction that both of his parents have run for statewide or national office: George Romney ran successfully for governor of Michigan in 1962, 1964 and 1966 (and unsuccessfully for president in 1968) and Lenore Romney ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat from Michigan in 1970. (I’m excluding the Carnahans of Missouri and other cases where a mother succeeded a father who died in office.)
Peterson first met Mitt Romney in 1962, when she was traveling with Lenore Romney during her husband’s first statewide campaign. In her privately published memoir, Peterson recalled that during the campaign, women volunteers “sold everything that was saleable” to raise money for the campaign, and when Mitt “went with us, he was in 7th heaven doing the selling.”
He’s got a big sales job ahead of him now.