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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R)

2012 Candidate for President of the United States

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Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and Republican politician, and was Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Romney was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and served as a Mormon missionary in France. He attended Stanford University and Brigham Young University as an undergraduate, then earned a joint JD/MBA from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. He entered the management consulting business and became CEO of Bain & Company and co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm.

Romney ran as the Republican candidate in the 1994 US Senate election in Massachusetts but lost to incumbent Ted Kennedy. He later organized and steered the 2002 Winter Olympics as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Romney then won the election for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. In his one term, he presided over a series of spending cuts and increases in fees while the state's finances improved. He signed into law the landmark Massachusetts health care reform legislation, which provided near-universal health insurance access via subsidies and mandates. Romney was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election, winning several caucuses and primaries but ultimately losing to John McCain. Since then he has published a book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, and has given speeches and raised campaign funds on behalf of fellow Republicans.

Romney was widely seen as a front-runner for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election from the beginning, and there was speculation that the Mormon Church attempted to boost Romney's Presidential prospects with a 2010 TV ad campaign aired in key battleground states.

Romney officially declared his 2012 election candidacy for President of the United States at the beginning of June, 2011.


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