City: Boston, MA
Occupation: Venture capitalist; former Massachussetts governor
After a protracted primary battle, Romney won enough delegates to secure the nomination with a May 29 primary victory in Texas. Romney is the son of George Romney, an auto executive who became Michigan’s governor and made an unsuccessful White House run in 1968. The younger Romney says he is committed to seeing someone in the 2012 race “who understands the economy.” Romney has worked in the private sector for much of his career.
He served a single term as governor of Massachusetts, during which he worked with a Democratic legislature. He passed a statewide health insurance overhaul that President Barack Obama has called a model for his own national health care plan.
He has proven to be a fundraising powerhouse who survived a strong initial challenge from Rick Perry, then a surging Newt Gingrich, then a persistent Rick Santorum, only to watch his rivals flame out while he steadily won state contests.
Romney has already made one run for the White House, losing the 2008 GOP nomination to Sen. John McCain.
He has changed his views on issues vital to many conservatives, including abortion rights, gay rights and embryonic stem-cell research. Conservatives following the presidential race have still not settled on Romney, expressing preferences for candidates they see as being farther to the right.
He has been married for more than 40 years and has has five sons and 16 grandchildren.
Washington vote totals in the national election
|Barack Obama (D)||1,620,432||55.85 %|
|Mitt Romney (R)||1,210,369||41.72 %|
|Gary Johnson (L)||37,732||1.30 %|
|Jill Stein (G)||18,316||0.63 %|
|Virgil Goode (C)||8,071||0.28 %|
|Rocky Anderson (J)||4,332||0.15 %|
|Peta Lindsay (S)||1,148||0.04 %|
|James Harris (S)||1,099||0.04 %|
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010, having earned more than seven times that from his investments. Those earnings, $21.7 million, put him among the wealthiest of American taxpayers. Romney’s campaign said Tuesday he followed all tax laws. At the same time, Romney gave nearly $3 million to charity — about half of that amount to the Mormon Church — which helped lower his effective tax rate to a modest 14 percent, according to records his campaign released early Tuesday.
With Mitt Romney the overwhelming favorite, his five Republican opponents hoped to chip away at his dominance in today’s New Hampshire primary and finish well enough to challenge him again in South Carolina and Florida.
Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama’s economic policies today as they jockeyed for support in New Hampshire and reached out to voters in conservative bellwether South Carolina.
Washington Republicans held a “straw poll” over the last week of December to test the strength of the presidential candidate field. It pretty well mirrored Iowa and the nation…at that time. Here’s the breakdown, released yesterday by the Washington State Republican Party: Candidate Percentage Mitt…
A squeaker of an Iowa victory in hand, Mitt Romney headed into the New Hampshire primary insisting that staying power sets him apart from runners-up Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and the rest of the GOP presidential field.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney carried himself today like a man with the party nomination in hand, even before the first votes have been cast, while a newly unearthed memo showed chief rival Newt Gingrich once offered glowing praise for what Romney did for health care in Massachusetts as governor.
In making the case for his re-election, President Barack Obama is arguing that it doesn’t matter who the Republicans nominate to run against him because the core philosophy of the GOP candidates is the same and will stand in sharp relief with his own.
The campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, Romney’s campaign announced today. McMorris Rodgers will serve as Romney’s chairwoman in Washington, his campaign said in a news release.