Romney dismisses Democrat's remark about polygamy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shrugging off a Democratic governor's remark that a history of polygamy in the Romney family could hurt his chances of being elected.
Romney tells Fox News that his grandfather did not have multiple wives as Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said in an interview. The Republican did not mention that his great-grandfather had more than one wife.
Romney is a Mormon, and plural marriage was a teaching of the church in the 19th century.
The online news site The Daily Beast reported Schweitzer's comments. He said in an interview Thursday that Romney could have trouble nationally because his father was "born on a polygamy commune in Mexico."
But it was Mitt Romney's great-grandfather, Miles P. Romney, who had multiple wives, not his grandfather.