Beginning shortly after the close of his 2012 presidential bid, Mitt Romney has kept a pretty low profile. However, the recent Sundance Film Festival has forced some renewed public attention on him with the screening of the documentary, Mitt, by filmmaker Greg Whiteley, along with the film’s availability on the popular media streaming service Netflix. The film eschews politics for an intimate look at Mitt and the Romney family during both the 2008 and 2012 presidential runs.
In this episode, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon is joined by political watchers McKay Coppins and John Hatch to discuss the film and the wider legacy for Mormonism created by Romney’s bids for the presidency. They talk about the film, especially the parts that clearly portray (or hint at) the family’s Mormonism. They also discuss the lasting, and they judge quite positive, legacy for Mormons in national politics and wider culture that is tied in some ways to Romney’s campaigns.
We look forward to your listening and sharing your own comments below!
McKay Coppins, “I Watched the New Mitt Romney Documentary With My Wife And It Was A Huge Mistake,” BuzzFeed, 27 January 2014
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Double Down: Game Change 2012 (Penguin, 2013).