Mitt Romney

Age: 65
Party: Republican
Vice-Presidential Pick: Paul Ryan
Career Highlights: Governor of Massachusetts (2003-2007); CEO of Bain Capital; President and CEO of the organizing committee for the Salt Lake Olympic Games
Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University; J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University
Twitter: @MittRomney
Did You Know? His father, George, also ran for president (in 1968).
Hair: Thick, dark hair with feathered silver temples
Criticism: Romeny’s spent much of the primary season convincing conservatives that he was the right man for the job. Now that he’s trying to appeal to the general population, though, voters might worry about the team he’ll bring to the White House, if elected.
Polling: Obama 48.3, Romney 44.6 (Real Clear Politics average, 9/11to 9/22)
Fundraising Total:
$196,958,553 (FEC, as of 7/31/12)
Cash on Hand:

The Issues
Abortion: Pro-life, would nominate judges to Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. In previous campaigns in Massachusetts, said he believed abortion should be safe and legal and supported Roe v. Wade.
Climate Change: Romney has stated that he believes the world is getting warmer, but is not convinced that it’s caused by humans, nor how severe the risk is.
Defense Spending: Would reverse Obama’s cuts and increase the defense budget by $2.1 trillion over next 10 years, to 4% of GDP
Deficit: Has pledged to cut $500 billion of government spending each year until 2016, but has not offered a specific plan.
Gay Marriage: Opposes gay marriage.
Guns: Romney currently opposes any additional gun control legislation, but as Massachusetts governor, he signed an statewide assault-weapons ban.
Health Care: Has pledged to repeal Obamacare and called it a states’ rights issue. As governor of Massachusetts, he signed a similar bill into law—including an individual mandate—that’s helped raise the state’s coverage rate to more than 95 percent.
Immigration: Argued in January that his administration would encourage illegal immigrants to “self-deport;” has pledged to increase the number of high-skill visas.
Medicare: Romney has endorsed the Ryan plan to give seniors vouchers to pay for Medicare or a private health insurance.
Taxes: Would cut income tax rates by 20 percent and eliminate the alternative minimum tax and estate taxes. To keep his plan revenue neutral, he would reduce deductions for high-income earners, but has not released specifics. There is an on-going debate on whether his plan is mathematically possible.

Three Great Stories about Romney:
1. “Mitt Romney’s Dark Knight” by Jason Zengerle (GQ, May 2012)

2. “Mitt Romney’s Struggle to Convince Conservatives” by Peter J. Boyer (Newsweek, January 30, 2012)

3. “Mitt Romney: The Huckster” by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, November 1, 2007)

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