Nightly News   |  January 09, 2012

From the archives: Mitt Romney’s father defends his success

A sidewalk encounter with George Romney from 1967. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>>> way want to show you what we discovered in the nbc news film archives today. to our knowledge this hasn't aired since it was recorded in 1967 . what you're about to see is george romney , mitt romney 's father, a former auto executive, governor of michigan and presidential candidate himself, defending his own wealth and status and success in a sidewalk encounter that gets heated in chicago.

>> i've been poor. i worked from the time i was 12. my parents were driven out of old mexico when i was only 5. my people were revolutionary refugees. they had to be fed by the united states government and housed by the united states government . i know what poverty is. i've been up through it.

>> it's an amazing moment we discover we'd had in our archives. it mentioned a story we are did he bug later tonight on "rock center," the romneys of mexico, the members of the extended mitt romney family who are mexican citizens, and how they are watching all of this going on in the gop presidential race . again, that's tonight on "rock center" at 10:00 , 9:00 central.