Mitt Romney. biography
Willard Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He attended Cranbrook School, a private college prep boarding school, before marrying Anne Davies in 1969 and earning his undergraduate degree from Utah's Brigham Young University in 1971. He went on to earn a Master's in Business Administration and law degree in 1975.
Although Mitt's father George Romney ran for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 1968 and beat Richard Nixon, Mitt started out his career as a businessman, working for the consulting firm Bain & Company and investing in the company Bain Capital during the early 1980s. In 1994, Mitt made his political debut when he ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, however, Ted Kennedy later defeated him. He continued his new political mission by overtaking the role of president for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee in 1999 and ultimately assisted in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games' success.
In 2003, Mitt profited off his Winter Games' accomplishment by running and being elected governor of Massachusetts. Mitt's most prominent effort during his term came in the form of a health-care reform that provides universal healthcare for all Massachusetts citizens, a reform extremely similar to Obama Care in which he would later heavily criticize.
Once his term ended in 2008, Mitt announced his bid for the U.S. presidency and was able to surpass his main competition, Senator John McCain, by winning primaries in Alaska, Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts and Utah. According to financial statements, Mitt was able to beat out his rivals by spending around $110 million on his campaign, but in the end, Mitt was unable sustain the voters' interest.
In 2011, Mitt announced his second-attempt for the U.S. presidency bid and started the campaign trial as the Republic Party favorite. In January 2012, Romney gained a substantial lead over his last-standing competitors, including Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry, winning over multiple states and inching towards enough delegates to win the Republican nomination. The playing field notably narrowed during the spring of 2012, when Santorum backed out of the race in April, followed by Ron Paul and Gingrich's withdrawal from the race in May.
There was little question that Mitt was the Republican Party's nomination following the other candidates' suspended campaigns and he soon refocused his talent for blaming from the Republican hopefuls to President Obama. The two began running negative ads against one another in July; with Obama ads pointing out Mitt's deception and the fact that Mitt was the president of Bain Capital until 2001 and not 1999, as previously stated by Mitt's campaign, as well as the company's economically-crippling practices that invested in businesses who relocated jobs overseas. The ads significantly damaged Mitt's campaign, but Mitt responded with his own "factual" negative ads hinting that Obama rather take care of his donors rather than the people.
Mitt continued his trip to his potential White House resident by gathering additional negative attention in result of his comments concerning the London Olympic Games in an NBC interview, in which he suggested the preparations were somewhat "disconcerting." David Cameron of The Guardian quickly responded to Mitt's comment, saying, "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities in the world. Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
Following his decision to choose conservative Representative Paul Ryan as his vice president running mate in early August 2012, Mitt was officially named the Republican Party's official presidential nominee on August 28, 2012. Mitt's campaign took a huge hit off the start when an uncensored video of Mitt putting down the less fortunate Americans in a political fundraiser for the wealthy voters hit the web. His most controversial comment included comments suggesting that Obama's supporters are merely freeloaders who are more worried about paying taxes and gaining government support rather than taking control of their own responsibilities, as if they were deliberately being lazy. In response to a contributor's question of how he will win in November, Mitt answered:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That, that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax." Mitt was able to make a temporary comeback in early October 2012, after being crowned the winner of the first presidential debate with President Obama by critics and news stations. However, Mitt's performances in the second and third debate did little to compete against Obama's natural appetite for inspiring dialogue compared to Mitt's extremely general and insensitive comments.
On November 6, the much-awaited presidential election started and was projected to continue into the early morning of November 7. Mitt had to win the main swing states -Virginia, Ohio, Florida - in order to compete with the President, but Obama's strong support from women, minorities and liberals turned the election into a landslide. Forty minutes after California polls closed, Obama was re-elected for a second term with around 303 electoral votes compared to Mitt's 206. Mitt took the defeat in stride and later conceded, saying, "At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing."
At the end, many explained Obama's overwhelming victory as a result of his ability to relate to the American people and not just the %1, as well as working to advance America's image and social issues.