Mitt Romney has been trying to relate to voters by letting them know he's more than a rich businessman who makes $10,000 bets. Over the past week, Romney has been discussing his time as a missionary for the Church of Latter-day Saints in France in the late 1960s. He describes living an austere life on a limited budget, rooming in a series of apartments without proper toilets or luxury items like refrigerators. "I lived in a way that people of lower middle income in France lived," Romney said. But Romney may have stretched the truth a bit.
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Britain's Daily Telegraph decided to check into Romney's account of his time and France. They found that, for about 8 months out of his 30-month stay in France, Romney lived in a mansion in Paris, living a comfortable, upper-class lifestyle. The building, someone familiar with it said, could be described as a "palace":