The other big political story concerned Mitt Romney, Salt Lake City Olympics organizer and former Governor of Massachusetts. Romney was in Michigan, where his father was once governor, to announce his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination. Only ABC sent a correspondent to attend his announcement speech, made in Dearborn "to emphasize his traditional midwestern values," as Kate Snow (subscription required) put it. She heard a "subtle dig" at each of his main rivals--John McCain, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama--as "someone who has never run a corner store."
NBC's Campbell Brown filed an In Depth report from New York, noting the self-styled true social conservative's "chiseled good looks." She played clips from his losing 1994 Senate campaign in Massachusetts supporting abortion rights and opposing anti-homosexual discrimination. Brown then played this soundbite from Romney's campaign Website: "I was wrong on some issues back then. I am not embarrassed to admit that."
CBS' Gloria Borger summarized Romney's "impressive" political resume from Washington DC before speculating that "there is a personal matter that could dog his campaign--his membership in the Mormon Church." She called the its image "shrouded in secrecy and stereotype" citing the legacy of polygamy, a sentiment that perhaps reported on that stereotype, or perhaps perpetuated it.
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