Candidate Profile #10: Mitt Romney


Ladies and Gentlemen, it looks like yesterday’s Florida Primary may have delivered a fatal blow to the campaign of the lone Mormon, but he does have tons of money and may well have a fighting chance against Sen. McCain. So it’s the perfect time to learn more than you ever wanted to know about Mr. Willard Mitt Romney! Did you know that his given first name is Willard? Oh, why the change, Will? Perhaps he wanted to be alphabetically superior.


Sink your teeth into the delicious fudgey goodness of Mitt Romney, under the cut!

Semi-boring facts:

Willard Mitt “Mittens” Romney was the youngest of four siblings, born to a political family in Detroit. His father, George W. Romney, was a Michigan Governor and ran for President in 1968. Mitt served in France as a missionary for the LDS Church after high school. He married Ann, his high-school sweetheart, in 1969 and they lived together while attending Brigham Young University. After graduating as valedictorian from BYU, Mitt earned degrees from a joint program with Harvard Law and Business Schools.

Romney’s business career started with an internship in Boston, but soon moved him to a Vice-Presidential position with Bain & Company, Inc, a management consultant firm. Then he transitioned to heading a spin-off private equity firm called Bain Capital. In 1998, Romney left the Bain groups to serve as president and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. In all three of the above ventures, he proved to be adept at revamping organizations and making a crap-ton of money.

In 1994, Mitt ran for the Massachusetts Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, but he lost by a narrow margin to Ted Kennedy. In 2003, he was sworn in as the Governor of Massachusetts after winning a close race. Romney inherited a looming deficit problem, but over the next three years he used his Super Money Powers to turn the state’s financial difficulties around. His successful governorship ended in January 2007 and he announced his candidacy for the presidency in February 2007.

What he stands for:

Romney is traditionally conservative, and supported the invasion of Iraq and the troop surge. He’s in favor of securing the border with Mexico, and increasing legal immigration. He’s against gay marriage, but has conceded that civil unions would be an acceptable alternative. Although at one point he appeared to be pro-choice, he is currently pro-life; he’s in favor of overturning Roe vs. Wade and leaving the abortion debate at a state level. Romney supports gun-control legislation and banning some assault weapons. He’s in favor of the death penalty, charter schools, and eliminating the capital gains tax to help out middle-income Americans.

Personal Tragedy:

While he was in France in the 60’s, Mitt was at the wheel during a head-on car accident in which one person died – the fault was attributed to the other driver.

His wife Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. She is in remission and has been active in his campaign.

Romney is accused of strapping the family dog to the roof of their station wagon for a twelve hour drive to Canada, terrifying the dog in a very messy and possibly hilarious way.

Potentially Offensive Remarks:

Romney apologized in 2006 for calling the Big Dig a “tar baby”, an outdated term that many find racially offensive.

A list of Romney’s Top Ten Gaffes has been published by Time.

Random Factoids:

The most distinctive and oft-discussed thing about Romney is the fact that he is Mormon. This, of course, leads to endless questions as to whether he believes in polygamy, wears magical underwear, and is secretly plotting to Mormonize the whole country.

My favorite thing about Romney is that he has a gaggle of hot sons who all have MySpace pages! Pick your favorite!

Romney seriously hates eggplant in any shape or form and has “always been able to avoid it.”

Romney Resources:
Official website
Project VoteSmart bio
Washington Post profile
CNN profile

Delightful Romney Photos:

Xtreme close-up:
close up

At the Salt Lake City Olympics:

Time cover:

Aww! Ain’t they cute!

Is Romney a Ken Doll?

Political Cartoon:


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