"This meant that states had rights enshrined in the Constitution, but they also, like citizens, had grave responsibilities. The Michigan governor would not endorse conservative Senator Barry Goldwater in 1964, because of his appeals to Democratic segregationists. And when Romney was in Richard Nixon's cabinet, he drove the president to distraction with his highly public efforts to integrate housing in all-white suburbs.
"As president of the American Motors Company, briefly among Detroit's most innovative car makers, Romney believed corporations had multiple stakeholders, as described by Rick Perlstein. If they are people, corporations also constitute a community of individuals who depend on each other. 'Each owes a debt to the other,' a biographer quoted Romney as saying. Hoover's rugged individualism, Romney thought, was 'nothing but a political banner to cover up greed.'"
John Stoehr in The American Conservative pines for George Romney's "liberal Republicanism, an all but extinct school of political thought that could once again help the GOP find its way."