Mitt Romney’s appearances at the 1964 and 2012 Republican conventions are bookends of a sort, set on either side of a winding ideological path, framing questions that go to the heart of the Romney canon. The question is not whether Romney has changed his outlook over the years, but why. It is an evolution that combines many elements of the Romney saga: the bonds and breaks between father and son; the question about whether he has core convictions; and, his politically bloody fight with the party that finally is poised to anoint him as its leader.
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