BETTENDORF, IOWA -- At the grand opening of his campaign office in Bettendorf, Mitt Romney was shown a picture of an attendee's 1968 University of Iowa yearbook, in which Romney's father George spoke at the school during his failed 1968 presidential campaign.
"This guy was not only better looking than I am and smarter than I am—although I married even better," Romney joked. "Uh oh, mom, I didn't mean that."
George Romney was considered by some to be the frontrunner for the 1968 GOP nomination, but his campaign was torpedoed after he made an ill-advised comment about being brainwashed during a visit to Vietnam.
"He really should have been President of the United States, I gotta tell you," Romney said. "Had he been president, we wouldn't have had Watergate and there'd been a lot of things different as well."
Romney sharpened his attacks on his GOP rivals as he spoke to a crowd of over 100 people. After touting his own record of granting no pardons during his four-year term as governor, Romney went after his "friend" Mike Huckabee, who now leads in the Iowa polls.
"My friend Governor Huckabee had a different approach, he gave out 1,033 pardons and commutations, including 12 to murderers," Romney said. "That's a very different perspective."