Profile of Mitt Romney
He lost to Kennedy, but gained national attention for his attempt to
Hello. I’m Tom Ankner, a professional researcher. I am here for About.com to profile Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president.Mitt Romney is the first Mormon to be nominated by a major party for president. He was born in Detroit in March 1947, the son of George Romney, then an auto executive and later the governor of Michigan. George Romney himself launched an unsuccessful run for the 1968 Republican nomination for president, and later served in President Richard Nixon’s cabinet. Mitt’s mother, Lenore, who was an actress before she married, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate from Michigan in 1970. Romney and his wife, Ann, have known each other since childhood. They began dating as teenagers, and married in 1969, when Mitt was 22 and Ann 19. They have five sons. Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, but has been an active partner in her husband’s political campaigns.Mitt attended Stanford University for a year in the mid-1960s, before spending more than two years as a Mormon missionary in France. After returning to the United States, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, then went on to get both an MBA and a law degree from Harvard.An issue in the presidential campaign has been Mitt Romney’s time as the first head of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm, in the 1980s and 1990s. Romney’s opponents in the Republican primaries and President Obama claim that Bain bought companies and then shut them down to make a profit, putting people out of work. Romney claims he has helped create jobs by aiding start-ups and struggling companies.Romney took a leave of absence from Bain to run the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, in the wake of an influence-peddling scandal that sent corporate sponsors fleeing. He has been credited with turning the situation around, leading to a $100 million profit for the games.In the wake of his success with the Olympics, Romney was elected governor of Massachusetts. As governor, he signed a bill requiring all Massachusetts residents to purchase health insurance. The Obama administration has said that the Massachusetts bill was a model for the Affordable Care Act, the national law that opponents have labeled Obamacare. Romney has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act if he is elected. He has said that the Massachusetts law he signed was different, because it applied to only one state and not the entire country. The governorship of Massachusetts was not the first political office Romney sought. In 1994, he took on Ted Kennedy when he ran for the Senate from Massachusetts. He lost to Kennedy, but gained national attention for his attempt to unseat the liberal icon.After leaving the Massachusetts governor’s job after only one term in 2007, Romney launched his first attempt at the presidency. He failed to gain the Republican nomination, losing to Arizona Senator John McCain. Almost from the moment Obama won the presidency in 2008, Romney has been preparing for the 2012 race. He faced a contentious nominating contest, with nine other Republicans vying for the GOP nod. Romney, as an early frontrunner, was frequently the target of attacks by his opponents in political ads and a slew of televised debates. Some of these attacks have been given new life by the Obama campaign now that Romney is the nominee. With economic concerns taking center stage, Romney feels his business background is an advantage. The Democrats are trying to turn it against him by saying that Romney has been more concerned with maximizing profit for investors than providing jobs for middle class people. And that's some information about Mitt Romney, to learn more please visit About.com.