George W. Romney states on national television that the U.S. government leaders and senior military officers have "brainwashed" him and every other American about the Vietnam War. The first Mormon to seek the U.S. presidency since 1844, Romney announces: "I no longer believe it was necessary for us to get involved in South Vietnam to stop Communist aggression." U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara immediately responds: "I don't think Governor Romney can recognize the truth when he sees it or hears it." Three decades later McNamara admits that at this time he privately regards the Vietnam War as misguided and unwinnable, despite his public statements to the contrary as the U.S. ground troops in Vietnam increase to half a million. Romney's use of the word "brainwashed" is ridiculed nationally and he withdraws as a presidential conadidate in Feb. 1968.
[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]