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Time: Romney's mom shaped his politics

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SALT LAKE CITY — A younger Mitt Romney and his mother grace the cover of the latest issue of Time magazine.

When people talk about politics in Romney's blood line, they usually refer to his father, George Romney, who served as governor of Michigan and ran for president in 1968.

But Mitt's mother, Lenore, also was involved in politics. She was the GOP candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1970, and that's the focus of the Time magazine article titled, "The Mother of the Mitt Campaign."

The article features rare pictures of a 23-year-old Romney and his mom as they hit the campaign trail while he was a college senior. The story tells how the young Romney traveled to every county in Michigan in a blue truck with a Lenore logo on it.

In a previously circulated video of Romney from about 1970, he talked fondly of his mom.

"You could come out with a new bill. And you could decide right down the line how everyone's going to vote, mostly on their political background, which party they're for, but not my mom. She isn't so aligned to a political ideology," he said.

One passage from the article reads, "The lessons he drew have shaped his ambitions, his calculations of risk and his strategy for achieving what his mother and father could not."

The story goes on to suggest Romney's political persona is molded more closely after his mother's than his father's.

The article is available online for Time magazine subscribers only. It's also for sale on newsstands today.

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