Initially a front runner for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 1968 election, George Romney proved an ineffective campaigner and fell behind Richard Nixon in the polls.
On August 31, 1967, he made an offhand remark that caused even more trouble for his campaign. The comment came as Romney told a TV reporter from Detroit about why he stopped supporting the war in Vietnam. “When I came back from Vietnam, I just had the greatest brain-washing that anybody can get,” Romney said at one point. The idea that a presidential candidate could be brainwashed frightened many voters.
He would eventually withdraw from the race, allowing Richard Nixon to win the Republican nomination and go on and become President.
Source: Michigan Every Day