Romney followed rapid evolution as he aimed toward presidency Like father, like son. Then, a shift to right ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page file/Associated Press Mitt (left) and Scott Romney watched their father exhort moderates at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Charles Dharapak/Associated Press Mitt Romney shifted to the right, said one adviser, in part because there was “no way” to win the nomination as a moderate. Associated Press/File 1962 On the day that George Romney declared his candidacy for governor, Mitt was there, absorbing his father’s views. Bettman/Corbis/Associated Press George Romney opposed what he called “extremism” in the GOP’. Mitt Romney is behind his father, in plaid. Globe Staff/File 1994 In the face of the GOP’s increasingly powerful conservative wing, Romney ran as a moderate against Senator Ted Kennedy in 1994.