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{{tnr}}'''Willard Mitt Romney''' (born March 12, 1947) was a 2012 [[Republican]] candidate for President of the United States. He served as [[Governor of Massachusetts]] from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007.
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{{tnr}}'''Willard Mitt Romney''' (born March 12, 1947) was the 2012 [[Republican]] nominee for President of the United States. He served as [[Governor of Massachusetts]] from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007.
  
 
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==Issues==
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[[File:S020_070.gif|right|290px|thumb|Mitt Romney's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2014.asp?quiz=Pres2016 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Romney is a '''Populist-Leaning Conservative'''. Romney received a score of 24 percent on social issues and 66 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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===Government shutdown===
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On September 27, 2013, Romney spoke out against [[Republicans]]’ strategy in [[Congress]] to defund Obamacare, saying that it is not “effective.”<ref name="shutdown">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/mitt-romney-criticizes-shutdown-effort-97476.html#ixzz2gCmAMeOh ''Politico'', "Mitt Romney criticizes shutdown effort," accessed September 28, 2013]</ref>
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“We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the … anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said. “I don’t think that will be as effective.”<ref name="shutdown"/>
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===Endorsements===
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Romney endorsed [[Michael K. Simpson|Mike Simpson]] (R-ID) in a fundraising email on November 18, 2013. In the message he said, “Congressman [[Michael K. Simpson|Mike Simpson]] is a proven conservative and ‘Idaho tough. But some groups from outside Idaho have decided to attack Mike and distort his conservative record. He needs our help to fight back and set the record straight.”<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/mitt-romney-endorses-in-house-gop-primary-in-idaho/ ''Roll Call'', "Mitt Romney Endorses in House GOP Primary in Idaho," accessed November 19, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/mitt-romney-mike-simpson-idaho-election-99993.html ''Politico'', "Mitt Romney backs Mike Simpson in Idaho race," accessed November 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
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:: ''See also: [[Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election]]''
 
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Romney ran for President of the United States in 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/mitt-romney-announces-presidential-run-13745135 ''ABC News,'' "Mitt Romney Announces Presidential Run," June 2, 2011]</ref> On August 11, 2012,  Romney selected [[Wisconsin]] Congressman [[Paul Ryan]] as his vice-presidential running mate.<ref>[http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/08/11/mitt-romney-chooses-paul-ryan-running-mate/SYa5KjwAikhF92jR2MMmeI/story.html ''Boston.com,'' "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-07-14/romney-vice-president-pick/56213872/1 ''USA Today,'' "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012]</ref>
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Romney ran for [[President of the United States]] in 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/mitt-romney-announces-presidential-run-13745135 ''ABC News,'' "Mitt Romney Announces Presidential Run," June 2, 2011]</ref> On August 11, 2012,  Romney selected [[Wisconsin]] Congressman [[Paul Ryan]] as his vice-presidential running mate.<ref>[http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/08/11/mitt-romney-chooses-paul-ryan-running-mate/SYa5KjwAikhF92jR2MMmeI/story.html ''Boston.com,'' "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-07-14/romney-vice-president-pick/56213872/1 ''USA Today,'' "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012]</ref>
  
[[Barack Obama]] ran and won re-election on the Democratic ticket. [[Gary Johnson]] ran as a [[Libertarian]] and [[Jill Stein]] ran for the [[Green Party]].<ref name="reelect">[http://www.thecincinnatiherald.com/news/2012-11-10/Front_Page/Obama_reelected_to_historic_second_term.html ''The Cincinnati Herald,'' "Obama re-elected to historic second term," November 10, 2012]</ref>
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[[Barack Obama]] ran and won re-election on the Democratic ticket. [[Gary Johnson (New Mexico)|Gary Johnson]] ran as a [[Libertarian]] and [[Jill Stein]] ran for the [[Green Party]].<ref name="reelect">[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.thecincinnatiherald.com/news/2012-11-10/Front_Page/Obama_reelected_to_historic_second_term.html ''The Cincinnati Herald,'' "Obama re-elected to historic second term," November 10, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Romney formally announced his 2008 run for U.S. President on February 13, 2007 at the Henry Ford Museum outside of Detroit, Michigan.<ref>[http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/02/romney_formally_2.html ''Boston.com,'' "Romney formally announces run for president," February 13, 2007]</ref> Ultimately losing the Republican nomination to [[John McCain]], Romney spent $110 million during his campaign, $45 million of which was his own money.<ref name="biography.com"/>
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Romney formally announced his 2008 run for U.S. President on February 13, 2007 at the Henry Ford Museum outside of Detroit, Michigan.<ref>[http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/02/romney_formally_2.html ''Boston.com,'' "Romney formally announces run for president," February 13, 2007] ''([[dead link]])''</ref> Ultimately losing the Republican nomination to [[John McCain]], Romney spent $110 million during his campaign, $45 million of which was his own money.<ref name="biography.com"/>
  
 
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Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney.png
Former candidate for
President of the United States
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
Governor of Massachusetts
January 2, 2003 – January 4, 2007
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University (1971)
Master'sHarvard Business School (1975)
J.D.Harvard Law School (1975)
Personal
Date of birthMarch 12, 1947
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ReligionMormon
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016
Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States. He served as Governor of Massachusetts from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007.

Biography

Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 12, 1947. His father, George Romney, was the 43rd Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969 and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 to 1973. He ran for the Republican nomination for president in 1968.[1]

Mitt Romney began his career working for management consulting firm Bain & Company, going on to found investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. In 1999 he served as President of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, overseeing the 2002 Winter Olympics.[2]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, Brigham Young University, 1971
  • Master's in Business Administration, Harvard Business School, 1975
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1975

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Mitt Romney's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Romney is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Romney received a score of 24 percent on social issues and 66 percent on economic issues.[3]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[4]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[3] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

On September 27, 2013, Romney spoke out against Republicans’ strategy in Congress to defund Obamacare, saying that it is not “effective.”[5]

“We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the … anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said. “I don’t think that will be as effective.”[5]

Endorsements

See also: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Romney endorsed Mike Simpson (R-ID) in a fundraising email on November 18, 2013. In the message he said, “Congressman Mike Simpson is a proven conservative and ‘Idaho tough. But some groups from outside Idaho have decided to attack Mike and distort his conservative record. He needs our help to fight back and set the record straight.”[6][7]

Elections

2016 Presidency

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016
Mitt Romney declined to run for the presidency in 2016. Read more about the events leading up to this decision.

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Possible presidential candidate
Mitt Romney

Political offices:
Republican presidential nominee
(2012)
Governor of Massachusetts
(2003-2007)

Date he announced he would not run:
January 30, 2015

Romney on the issues:
TaxesGovernment regulationsInternational tradeBudgetsAgricultural subsidiesFederal assistance programsForeign affairsFederalismNatural resourcesHealthcareImmigrationEducationAbortionGay rightsCharacterCommunicationsPolitical and leadership attributes

Republican Party Possible Republicans:
Jeb BushBen CarsonChris ChristieTed CruzCarly FiorinaNikki HaleyMike HuckabeeBobby JindalJohn KasichPeter KingRand PaulMike PenceRick PerryMarco RubioBrian SandovalRick SantorumScott Walker
See also: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney was considered a potential candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016.[8] Romney was the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States. He served as Governor of Massachusetts from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007.[9] Currently, Romney is the executive partner group chairman of the investment firm Solamere Capital, which was co-founded by Romney's son, Tagg Romney. Prior to his tenure as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney was the CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympics.[10] From 1984 to 1998, Romney was CEO of the Boston-based Bain Capital, an investment firm which Romney co-founded.[11] From 1978 to 1984, Romney was vice-president of Bain & Co., Inc, a management consulting firm located in Boston.

During a conference call with donors and journalists on January 30, 2015, Romney explained his reasons for not running for president in 2016. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said.[12]

Prior to his final decision, Romney stated on September 8, 2014, when asked about the potential of running in 2016, "Let me tell you, it was a great experience running for president. I loved that. But my time has come and gone. I had that opportunity. I ran, I didn't win."[13] Romney's name garnered attention with regard to the race after his name was placed on a straw poll in Iowa on September 1, 2014.[14] A September 22, 2014, opinion piece in The Hill called the potential duo of Romney and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval a "perfect Republican dream team."[15]

On the trail

Decision not to run

On January 30, 2015, Mitt Romney held a conference call to end speculation about his possible candidacy for president. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said.[12] Romney noted that he would have held an early lead had he joined the race. He said, "I know that early poll numbers move up and down a great deal during a campaign, but we would have no doubt started in a strong position. One poll out just today shows me gaining support and leading the next closest contender by nearly two to one. I also am leading in all of the four early states. So I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard fight."[16]

Preparations

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Campaign preparation

Advisors and staff

  • According to a November 2014 article in the Washington Examiner, "Nearly all of Romney's 2012 circle of advisers, finance people, and close aides remains intact. Many developed an extraordinary loyalty to Romney, who, in turn, has kept in close touch with them. Romney talks to some of them quite frequently in conversations that cover daily news, foreign and domestic policy, Hillary Clinton, the Republican field — everything that might touch on a 2016 campaign."[17]
  • Romney's top campaign strategist, Stuart Stevens, came under fire during the 2012 campaign for being impulsive, and he was considered a major reason that the campaign failed, according to Politico.[18]
  • Before Romney decided not to run in 2016, he brought Colin Reed on to his preliminary candidacy team to act as a liaison to the press, according to CNN.[19]

On the issues

Economic and fiscal

Taxes

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Taxes
  • Mitt Romney's administration closed many tax loopholes. According to The New York Times, the administration "proposed bills that would collect $120 million in new corporate taxes for 2003, $90 million in 2004 and $170 million in 2005, records show. By the end of Mr. Romney’s term, the loophole measures required companies to pay about $370 million a year in additional taxes, a nearly 20 percent increase from the period before he took office, according to an analysis of government data by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit research group that receives financing from corporations."[20]
  • During his tenure as governor, Romney "created tax credits for new manufacturing jobs, a faster-paced permitting system for businesses and a marketing program intended to lure companies to Massachusetts. He personally courted big companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb, putting together a package of tax incentives that persuaded the giant pharmaceutical company to open a manufacturing plant in Massachusetts rather than a rival state," according to The New York Times.[20]

Government regulations

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Government regulations
  • During the 2012 campaign, Romney criticized President Barack Obama for creating more government regulations for the private sector, according to The Hill.[22]

International trade

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/International trade

"Mitt Romney: China is a currency manipulator; impose tariffs & start a trade war," October 21, 2012.
  • In October 2012, Mitt Romney said, "I will champion free trade and restore it as a critical element of our strategy, both in the Middle East and across the world. The President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. I will reverse that failure. I will work with nations around the world that are committed to the principles of free enterprise, expanding existing relationships and establishing new ones."[23]

Budgets

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Budgets
  • In 2011, Mitt Romney said he supported the "cut, cap and balance" plan, which proposed cutting spending, putting a cap on future spending and passing a balanced budget amendment.[24][25]
  • Romney was credited with turning around the fiscal crisis in Massachusetts. When he came into office, the state was facing a $3 billion deficit. When he left office, the state had a surplus and $2 billion in the rainy day fund.[26]
  • While Romney was governor, state spending rose by 22 percent, according to The Los Angeles Times.[27]
  • According to The Boston Globe, "Romney largely balanced the budget by cutting state aid to cities and towns, many of which responded by raising property taxes. In his first two years in office, Romney presided over a 15 percent cut in spending on unrestricted aid to cities and towns; he also cut more than 4 percent of funding for local schools."[28]

Agricultural subsidies

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Agricultural subsidies
  • In October 2012, during his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney described his agricultural plan. According to The New York Times, Romney was "supportive of the renewable fuel standard, which mandates the use of ethanol in gasoline" and "the passage of a federal farm bill."[29]
  • According to Al Jazeera, Romney "called farm subsidies a matter of 'national security,'" in 2012.[30]

Federal assistance programs

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federal assistance programs
  • In 2012, Mitt Romney said said he wanted "to raise Medicare eligibility age by one month per year and eventually tie the age to life expectancy," according to The Guardian.[31]
  • In 2012, Romney expressed his support for requiring welfare recipients to be drug tested, in order to receive benefits.[32]
  • During a 2008 presidential primary debate, Romney proposed protecting Social Security benefits by extending the retirement age.[33]

Labor and employment

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Labor and employment
  • In 2009, Mitt Romney opposed a congressional bill, the Employee Free Choice Act, which proposed eliminating the vote requirement to organize a union. He said, "The impact long term is people start less businesses here. It's not great for the people who start businesses today, but it's even worse for the employees of tomorrow."[34]
  • In 2004, Romney proposed having state employees pay 25 percent of their healthcare premiums, rather than the 15 percent they were paying. State legislators rejected this proposal.[35]

Foreign affairs

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Foreign affairs

Military preparedness and budget

  • In a 2014 op-ed, Mitt Romney criticized Congress and President Barack Obama for cutting defense spending at a time of increasing threats from Russia, China, Iran and the Islamic State.[36]
  • During his 2012 campaign, Romney proposed spending "at least 4 percent of gross domestic product on military personnel, procurement, operations and maintenance, and research and development," according to The New York Times.[37]

National security

  • In November 2014, Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's handling of ISIS. He said, "I think the president's wrong in saying that under no circumstances will he consider ground troops. No one wants to see our own ground troops there, but if you're going to defeat something you don't tell the enemy exactly what you plan on doing or what you won't do, you say, 'We're going to defeat you regardless of the consequence.'"[38]

International relations

  • During a 2014 interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer asked Mitt Romney if he believed "what happened in Ukraine had anything to do with what President Obama has or hasn't done?" Romney replied, "[T]he President's naivety with regards to-- to Russia and his faulty judgment about Russia's intentions and objectives has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face. And unfortunately not having anticipated Russia's intentions, the President wasn't able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you're seeing in the Ukraine as well as the things that you're seeing in Syria. We-- we really need to understand that Russia has very different interests than ours, this is not fantasy land, this is reality, where they are a geopolitical adversary. They're not our enemy. But they are certainly an adversary on the world stage."[39]
  • According to a July 2014 Politico article written by Alex Wong, Romney's 2012 presidential campaign foreign policy director, "The animating theory that underlay Romney’s view of the world was that the United States and its allies are in strategic competition with rival systems of governance, and always have been. 'Other global strategies, each pursued by at least one state or major actor, are aggressively being pursued to surpass us and, in some cases, to suppress us,' Romney wrote in his 2010 book, No Apology. That book—although viewed by many who never read it as a run-of-the-mill campaign biography—was in actuality a book about geopolitics. It identified the governance models of China, Russia and radical Islamic jihadism as the chief competitors at this point in history to American-style political and economic liberalism. To beat those actors and ensure our security, Romney wrote, U.S. leaders must first recognize that we are in fact in a competition and that our adversaries are implementing sophisticated strategies to beat us."[40]

Domestic

Federalism

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federalism
Judiciary
  • During a speech at the National Rifle Association's convention in 2012, Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's view of the Supreme Court and the Constitution. He said, "Judicial review requires that the Supreme Court strike down any law that violates the Constitution - the founding document that is the bulwark of our freedoms. But President Obama seems to believe that Court decisions are only legitimate when they rule in his favor, and illegitimate if they don't. He thinks our nation's highest court is to be revered and respected - as long as it remains faithful to the original intent of Barack Obama. That's the problem with those who view the Constitution as living and evolving, not timeless and defining. They never explain just who will decide what the Constitution means and in which way it will 'evolve.' In his first term, we've seen the president try to browbeat the Supreme Court. In a second term, he would remake it. Our freedoms would be in the hands of an Obama Court, not just for four years, but for the next 40. That must not happen."[41]
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • During Romney's 2012 campaign, he expressed his opposition to super PACs, according to The Daily Beast. During a debate, he said, "We all would like to have super PACs disappear, to tell you the truth … I think this has to change."[43]
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • In 2004, Mitt Romney signed a bill that imposed a permanent ban on "assault weapons" in Massachusetts. After signing the bill, he said, "Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts. These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people."[44]

Natural resources

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Natural resources
Energy
  • During his 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney released an energy plan that advocated for offshore drilling and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by easing federal regulations, according to Reuters.[45]
Keystone XL pipeline
  • In 2012, Mitt Romney pledged that if elected president, he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office.[47]
Climate change
  • In 2004, Mitt Romney unveiled the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan (MCPP). The plan proposed, among other things, reducing greenhouse gas emissions "to 1990 levels by the year 2010" to address climate change.[48]
  • In the MCCP, Romney wrote, "Rather than focusing our energy on the debate over the causes of global warming and the impact of human activity on climate, we have chosen to put our emphasis on actions, not discourse. If climate change is happening, the actions we take will help. If climate change is largely caused by human actions, this will really help. If we learn decades from now that climate change isn’t happening, these actions will still help our economy, our quality of life and the quality of our environment."[48]

Education

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Education
  • In September 2012, Romney discussed his position on Common Core standards. He said, "You know, I think it's fine for people to lay out what they think core subjects might be and to suggest a pedagogy and being able to provide that learning to our kids. I don't subscribe to the idea of the federal government trying to push a common core on various states. It's one thing to put it out as a model and let people adopt it as they will, but to financially reward states based upon accepting the federal government's idea of a curriculum, I think, is a mistake. And the reason I say that is that there may be a time when the government has an agenda that it wants to promote. And I'm not wild about the federal government having some kind of agenda that it then compensates states to teach their kids. I'd rather let education and what is taught state by state be determined state by state, not by the federal government."[50]

Healthcare

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Healthcare
  • During the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney proposed repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replacing it with a free enterprise solution. He said, "Free enterprise is the way America works. We need to apply that to health care." According to Bloomberg, Romney proposed removing the individual mandate and diverting Medicaid funding to the states to care for the uninsured.[51]
  • In 2010, Romney opposed the way Obamacare became law. He released the following statement: "America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation – rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better."[52]
  • In 2006, Romney implemented "Romneycare," a healthcare program for citizens of Massachusetts. Romneycare set minimum healthcare coverage requirements, required insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions, insured low-income citizens and required that businesses with at least 10 employees provide health insurance.[53]

Immigration

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Immigration
  • In 2013, Mitt Romney said, "People who have come here illegally should not be given a special pathway to permanent residency or citizenship in this country merely because they've come here illegally."[54]
  • In 2005, Romney "vetoed a bill that would have granted in-state tuition to illegal immigrants," according to The New York Times.[55]

Abortion

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Abortion
  • During a 2002 gubernatorial debate, Mitt Romney said, "[I] will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose ... I will not change any provisions in Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws."[56]
  • In 2005, Romney vetoed a bill that would have allowed the morning-after pill to be dispensed without a prescription. In an op-ed explaining his decision, he wrote, "The bill does not involve only the prevention of conception: The drug it authorizes would also terminate life after conception. Signing such a measure into law would violate the promise I made to the citizens of Massachusetts when I ran for governor. I pledged that I would not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it. What's more, this particular bill does not require parental consent even for young teenagers. It disregards not only the seriousness of abortion but the importance of parental involvement and so would weaken a protection I am committed to uphold. I have spoken with medical professionals to determine whether the drug contemplated under the bill would simply prevent conception or whether it would also terminate a living embryo after conception. Once it became clear that the latter was the case, my decision was straightforward. I will honor the commitment I made during my campaign: While I do not favor abortion, I will not change the state's abortion laws."[57]
  • In the same op-ed, Romney wrote, "I am prolife. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate. Because Massachusetts is decidedly prochoice, I have respected the state's democratically held view. I have not attempted to impose my own views on the prochoice majority."[57]

Gay rights

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Gay rights
  • During a 2012 interview with Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto, Mitt Romney discussed the definition of marriage and same-sex couples' rights. He said, "Let me make it very clear, which is that my preference would be to have a national standard that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. That would then allow states to determine what rights would be provided for people of the same gender that wanted to have a relationship. I believe that marriage has been defined the same way for literally thousands of years by virtually every civilization in history and that marriage is by its definition a relationship between a man and woman and if two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, even want to adopt a child in my state, individuals of the same sex are able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something which people have the right to do, but to call that marriage is, in my view, a departure from the real meaning of the word."[58]
  • In 1994, Romney sent a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans of Massachusetts stating that "he would be a stronger advocate for gay rights than Senator Edward M. Kennedy, his opponent in a Senate race, in a position that stands in contrast to his current role as a champion of a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage," according to The New York Times. When the letter emerged in 2006, Romney maintained that his position had not changed. According to Romney's aides, "Romney had always been an opponent of same-sex marriage, had always opposed discrimination against gay men and lesbians and had been consistent in his views about allowing them to serve in the military."[59]

On The Issues Vote Match

Mitt Romney's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Romney is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Romney received a score of 24 percent on social issues and 66 percent on economic issues.[3]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[60]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[3] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Political savvy

Character

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Character

Ethics

  • During the 2012 campaign season, Newt Gingrich levied accusations at Mitt Romney regarding the practices and methods employed by Romney's investment firm, Bain Capital. Gingrich said, "There are some cases that look very suspicious where he and Bain Capital made a lot of money while other people went broke."[61]
  • There were also questions from the media about Romney's role at Bain Capital between 1999 and his 2002 departure. During that time, he was still the CEO of the company and signed documents in that role. However, he was not running the company at the time or involved in day-to-day affairs.[62]

Communications

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Communications

Overall presence

  • Mitt Romney's speaking abilities were described as "polite, formal and at times anachronistic" by New York Times reporters Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker. They also noted his use of "throwback language," including words like: "smitten," "disembark," "guffaw," "the big house" and "brickbats."[63]

Past speeches and interviews


"Mitt Romney Sets a Burger Summit with Jimmy (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)," January 25, 2014.

"Mitt Romney, the Republican Presidential Nominee," August 30, 2012.

"Mitt Romney at Values Voter Summit," October 8, 2011.

Past debates


"Election 2012, Obama vs. Romney: Complete 3rd Presidential Debate, The New York Times," October 22, 2012.

"Obama vs. Romney: Second Presidential Debate," October 17, 2012.

"Full 2012 First U.S. Presidential Debate," October 4, 2012.

Political and leadership attributes

See also: Mitt Romney possible presidential campaign, 2016/Political and leadership attributes

Leadership positions

  • Mitt Romney served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2006.[64]
  • In addition to his executive positions at Bain & Company, Bain Capital and on the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Committee, Romney was a prelate within the Mormon church.[65]
  • "Over the course of two decades, Romney served as spiritual and administrative leader for a Boston-area church and then as the head of a dozen Mormon churches," according to The Los Angeles Times.[66]

Accomplishments

  • When Mitt Romney left the private sector to become president and CEO of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee, the games were facing an estimated $380 million shortfall. He is credited with eliminating the debt and generating a $100 million profit.[67]
  • As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney was credited with turning around the fiscal crisis in his state. When he came into office, the state was facing a $3 billion deficit. When he left office, the state had a surplus and $2 billion in the rainy day fund.[26]

Coalition building

  • According to a March 2012 article in The New York Times, "Mr. Romney displayed little interest in getting to know lawmakers and never developed real relationships with most members of the Democratic-dominated body, according to interviews with two dozen current and former lawmakers of both parties and members of the governor’s staff."[68]
  • In 2006, Romney worked closely with Democratic legislators to pass a healthcare reform bill. Only two legislators voted against the bill.[69]
Conservative support
  • Mitt Romney won the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) straw poll in February 2012.[70]
  • According to Politico, "A Republican source confirms to me that Romney's camp bought registrations at CPAC to ensure their victory at the straw poll. There was also a more visible presence. Two young men, one who identified himself as a staffer but declined to talk and another who said he was a volunteer, held up Romney signs Saturday morning near the entrance to the ballroom and urged attendees to vote for the former Massachusetts governor."[71]
  • Romney was endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, the National Right to Life Committee and the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the 2012 general election.[72][73]

Elections and campaign finance

  • In June 2011, Romney announced his candidacy for the 2012 presidential nomination.[74]
  • President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 general election for president, 51 percent to 47 percent.[76]
  • Romney raised more than $446 million during the 2012 campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org.[77]
  • Romney first ran for president in 2008. He announced his candidacy in February 2007.[78]
  • During the 2008 presidential race, Romney took second place in the Iowa caucus with 25 percent.[79]
  • Romney ran unopposed in the 2002 gubernatorial primary.[81]
  • Kennedy defeated Romney 58 percent to 41 percent.[84]

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References

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 On The Issues, "Mitt Romney Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  4. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  11. The Atlantic, "What's Really Going on With Mitt Romney's $102 Million IRA," September 10, 2012
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  15. The Hill, "Romney/Sandoval 2016," September 22, 2014
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  17. Washington Examiner, "Romney 2016 Is For Real," September 24, 2014
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  19. CNN, "Mitt Romney staffing up for 2016 bid," January 15, 2015
  20. 20.0 20.1 New York Times, "Romney's Strategies As Governor Bucked His CEO Image," October 2, 2011
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  22. The Hill, "Polls," May 18, 2012
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  24. The Washington Post, “Romney supports cut to cap balance pledge,” June 29, 2011
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  28. Boston Globe, "As governor, Romney faced similar economic situation as Obama -- with similar results," September 5, 2012
  29. New York Times, "Iowa Farmers Could Give Romney a Lift, Despite President’s Stance on Agriculture," November 12, 2012
  30. Al Jazeera, "Corn lobby outgrows US farm subsidies," August 31, 2012
  31. The Guardian, "Romney would raise Medicare eligibility age," February 24 2012
  32. Huffington Post, "Conservatives' Plans To Drug Test Welfare Recipients Get Momentum, Earn Support Of GOP Candidates," February 25, 2012
  33. New York Times, "Transcript: The Republican Debate," January 24, 2008
  34. CBS News, "Romney Calls Union-Backed Bill "Catastrophic," May 29, 2009
  35. Washington Times, "Romney's initiatives: miracles or gimmickry?," June 10, 2012
  36. The Washington Post, “Mitt Romney: 'The World Needs A Mighty US Military',” September 4, 2014
  37. New York Times, "How Mr. Romney Would Force-Feed the Pentagon," August 25, 2012
  38. CBS News, "Mitt Romney: Obama "wrong" to say no ground troops in ISIS fight," November 16, 2014
  39. CBS Face the Nation, "Face The Nation Transcripts March 23, 2014: Romney, Durbin, Ayotte," March 23, 2014
  40. Politico, "What Mitt Romney got right about the world," July 2014
  41. Fox News, "Transcript: Read Mitt Romney's Speech on Freedom Given at NRA Convention in St. Louis," accessed May 1, 2015
  42. International Business Times, “Romney Backs Citizens United, But 'Not Wild' About Corporate Campaign Spending (VIDEO)," November 4, 2011
  43. The Daily Beast, "Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich lament Super PACs but backed ruling that made them," January 17, 2012
  44. Berkshires.com, "Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban," July 8, 2004
  45. Reuters, "In Romney plan, oil drilling unfettered by politics," August 24, 2012
  46. Washington Post, "How states are regulating fracking (in maps)," July 16, 2012
  47. The Globe and Mail, "Romney vows immediate Keystone approval on first day in White House," May 18, 2012
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  54. Washington Post, "Mitt Romney: No path to citizenship for illegal immigrants," March 3, 2013
  55. New York Times, "Immigrants to Pay Tuition at Rate Set for Residents," November 19, 2012
  56. MIT.edu, "Candidates for Gov. Spar for Last Time," November 1, 2002
  57. 57.0 57.1 Boston Globe, "Why I vetoed the contraception bill," July 26, 2005
  58. National Review, "Romney Calls for National Standard Upholding Traditional Marriage," May 10, 2012
  59. New York Times, "Romney’s Gay Rights Stance Draws Ire," December 9, 2006
  60. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  68. New York Times, "Legislators Recall Governor Who Didn’t Mingle," March 10, 2012
  69. NPR, "Romney's Mission: Massachusetts Health Care," April 8, 2006
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  71. Politico, "Romney worked the CPAC straw poll," February 11, 2012
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  73. The Hill, "NRA endorses Romney as ‘only hope’ for firearms freedom," October 12, 2012
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  76. L.A. Times, "Obama-Biden officially win second term," January 4, 2013
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2012 Presidency

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Romney ran for President of the United States in 2012.[1] On August 11, 2012, Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.[2][3]

Barack Obama ran and won re-election on the Democratic ticket. Gary Johnson ran as a Libertarian and Jill Stein ran for the Green Party.[4]

U.S. presidential election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarack Obama/Joe Biden Incumbent 51.3% 65,899,660 332
     Republican Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan 47.4% 60,932,152 206
     Libertarian Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 1% 1,275,804 0
     Green Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala 0.4% 469,501 0
Total Votes 128,577,117 538
Election Results Via: FEC official election results

Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Roseanne Barr, Rocky Anderson, Thomas Hoefling, Jerry Litzel, Jeff Boss, Merlin Miller, Randall Terry, Jill Reed, Richard Duncan, Andre Barnett, Chuck Baldwin, Barbara Washer, Tom Stevens, Virgil Goode, Will Christensen, Stewart Alexander, James Harris, Jim Carlson, Sheila Tittle, Peta Lindsay, Gloria La Riva, Jerry White, Dean Morstad and Jack Fellure.[5]

2008 Presidency

Romney formally announced his 2008 run for U.S. President on February 13, 2007 at the Henry Ford Museum outside of Detroit, Michigan.[6] Ultimately losing the Republican nomination to John McCain, Romney spent $110 million during his campaign, $45 million of which was his own money.[7]

2002

Romney was elected as Governor of Massachusetts on November 5, 2002.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitt Romney and Kerry Healey 49.8% 1,091,988
     Democratic Shannon O'Brien and Chris Gabrieli 45% 985,981
     Massachusetts Green Jill Stein and Tony Lorenzen 3.5% 76,530
     Libertarian Carla Howell and Rich Aucoin 1.1% 23,044
     Unenrolled Barbara Johnson and Joe Schebel 0.7% 15,335
Total Votes 2,192,878
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth

1994

Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994. He was defeated by Edward Kennedy (D).[7]

Campaign donors

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Mitt Romney's donors each year.[8] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Romney and his wife, Ann, have five sons. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[7]

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