Mitt Romney and People of Color: A Brief History in 15 Moments

15. Affirmative, Action

Short Version: Mitt Romney doesn't believe in affirmative action.

Less-Short Version: After he became governor of Massachusetts in 2003, Mitt Romney closed the Massachusetts Office of Affirmative Action. In response to criticism, the governor appointed a panel to study the need for the office and it was eventually restored. Romney defended the move in an interview with the Washington Post, saying he believes America is “at its best when people are evaluated as individuals.”

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