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Mitt Romney

2012 Republican Presidential Nominee

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Mitt Romney

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney

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Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee for president of the United States in the 2012 election. He is a former governor of Massachusetts who secured the party nomination in late May of that year following a hard-fought primary battle against 10 other Republicans, including religious conservative Rick Santorum.

Here is your guide to Romney's political and business careers, personal life and wealth, and positions on important issues such as abortion, taxes and gay marriage.

Biography

Learn about Romney's work in private equity and his signature achievement as governor of Massachusetts. See why opponents in the Republican tried to portray him as moderate and why Democrats attempted to prove he was out of touch with middle-class Americans. Read more ...

Wealth

A widely circulated study found that Romney, whose estimated net worth was as much as $250 million, was the wealthiest American to run for president in more than a decade. Find out who the other wealthiest presidential candidates were, and how much they were worth. Read more ...

Marriage

Romney first met his future wife, Ann Lois Davies, in elementary school. The future presidential hopeful tossed pebbles at her when she rode by on a horse. When they met again years later at a friend’s house, the young Romney fell in love. Read more ...

Tax Returns

Find out how much the Romneys reported in income from capital gains and dividends. See how much they couple paid in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. Compare their effective tax rate with those of ordinary American taxpayers. Read more ...

Buffett Rule Opposition

Romney has called Obama's plan to raise taxes on wealthy Americans, or those who earn at least $1 million, divisive. "This nation is one nation under God," Romney has said. "Dividing America is not going to work out." Find out how Romney would be impacted by the Buffett Rule and see why he opposes the idea. Read more ...

Gay Marriage

Obama's unprecedented support for gay marriage forced the issue of same-sex unions back into the political conversation at a time when the economy was supposed to at the forefront. Romney, who had once promised to be a strong advocate for gay rights, unequivocally expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying: "I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor. I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman." Read more ...

Economy

Like most Republicans, Romney promised to shrink the size of the federal government and cut taxes for individuals and cut investment and corporate levies on businesses. Find out how Romney would enhance free trade and conduct himself on his first day in office. Here's a hint: He says he would work to repeal the massive healthcare reform legislation signed into law by Obama. Read more ...

Faith

Romney is fifth-generation Mormon who told supporters: "I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers – I will be true to them and to my beliefs." Read about Romney's work as a missionary in France and his leadership in a Mormon congregation. Read more ...

Endorsements

Romney picked up the support of most key Republicans early in the party primaries. He won endorsements from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Find out why prominent Republicans came out early for Romney instead of, say, Newt Gingrich or Santorum. Read more ...

Super PAC Support

Romney enjoyed support from a number of conservative super PACs that either supported his candidacy director or spent considerable money attacking Obama. The largest pro-Romney super PAC is Restore Our Future, which raised tens of millions of dollars, most of which came from the financial industry, including private equity executives and hedge fund managers. Read more ...

Jokes

Did you read the one about Romney starting construction on a $12-million beach house in California? What about the one about him declaring himself a "lifelong hunter" after having actually hunted only twice in his life? Or the story about Romney's lawn being taken care of and landscaped by illegal immigrants? No? Read more ...

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