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Mitt Romney

Personal details
Born Willard Mitt Romney
March 12, 1947 (1947-03-12) (age 70)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Romney (m. 1969)
Children Tagg (b. 1970)
Matt (b. 1971)
Josh (b. 1975)
Ben (b. 1978)
Craig (b. 1981)
Residence Belmont, Massachusetts
San Diego, California
Alma mater Stanford University
Brigham Young University (Bachelor of Arts)
Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor)
Profession Businessperson, politician, author
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)


Willard Mitt Romney, popularly called Mitt Romney is an American politician and a businessman. Romney served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Mitt Romney contested for the office at the United States Presidential Election, 2012. He lost to incumbent Democrat Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney Timeline

November 2012

Mitt Romney loses the United States Presidential Election, 2012 to incumbent President Barack Obama. Check Mitt Romney's Concession Speech

January 2012

January 16: Mitt Romney celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Boston and makes the following statement. "Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an occasion to reflect on the legacy of an outstanding American. Dr. King not only believed in the fundamental truth that we are all made in God’s image, he fought for that truth in a campaign that brought our country closer to fulfilling its historic promise of liberty and justice for all. The United States has made enormous strides toward racial equality in the decades since Dr. King’s death, but we must never rest until all people are judged, in his immortal words, not ‘by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’"

October 2011

October 7: Mitt Romney campaign's spokeswoman Andrea Saul reacts to Rick Perry's new video saying: "Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president. Instead of distorting Mitt Romney's record, Mr. Perry should explain why he lined up behind Al Gore's radical environmental agenda,"

Mitt Romney delivers remarks on U.S. foreign policy at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

October 6:

September 2011

September 7: Romney for President Communications Director Gail Gitcho issued the following statement following tonight’s debate.

“Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate because he demonstrated that he is the only candidate in the race who can return the country to economic prosperity. Career politicians got us into the mess and it will take someone with experience in the real economy to get us out. Mitt Romney has laid out the boldest, most sweeping jobs plan ever offered by a presidential candidate, which includes 59 proposals to spur economic growth and 10 specific actions that he will take on his first day in office. Mitt Romney also once again affirmed his commitment to fixing and protecting Social Security for current and future generations.”

August 2011

August 24:

August 22: Mitt Romney announces Georgia elected officials endorsements

Mitt Romney issues statement on the situation in Libya

“The world is about to be rid of Muammar el-Qaddafi, the brutal tyrant who terrorized the Libyan people. It is my hope that Libya will now move toward a representative form of government that supports freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, so justice can finally be done.”

August 17: Mitt Romney announces Nevada legislative endorsements

August 14: Mitt Romney issues a statement on Tim Pawlenty leaving the race for the Republican nomination:

“Tim Pawlenty and his entire team ran an honorable campaign. I admire his accomplishments as a two term Governor with a record of results for his state. I consider him a friend and I know he has a bright future ahead of him as a leader in the Republican Party.”

August 13: Romney for President today releases “Mitt on the Road: Iowa State Fair,” a video with behind the scenes footage of Mitt Romney at the Iowa State Fair. Click here to watch the video.

August 12: Mitt Romney files his financial disclosure form. His office said that his financial disclosure report showed assets are valued at between $85 million to $264 million, but more accurately between $190 million to $250 million.

August 11: Romney for President Communications Director Gail Gitcho made the following statement on tonight’s debate. “Mitt Romney was honored to share the stage with his fellow Republicans to debate the issues that are important to the people of Iowa and all Americans. Tonight, Mitt Romney clearly won the debate by remaining focused on his message of creating jobs and getting the economy back on track by reversing President Obama’s failed economic policies. Mitt Romney’s strong record of creating jobs in the private sector, and when he was Governor, makes him the best candidate to defeat President Obama and lead the country toward an economic recovery.”

August 9: Romney for President campaign manager Matt Rhoades releases a statement on President Obama’s re-election strategy.

Statement on President Obama’s Re-Election Strategy

“It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks. President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change.”

August 6: Mitt Romney releases a statement on the helicopter crash and loss of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Helicopter crash in Afghanistan

“Our hearts are filled with sorrow for the families of the American soldiers who perished in the downing of a helicopter in Afghanistan. The memory of their loss will always invoke in us a deep appreciation for the sacrifices that have been given in this war to protect the liberty and freedom of us all.”

August 5: Mitt Romney releases a statement on Standard & Poor’s rating downgrade.

About Standard & Poor's rating downgrade

“America’s creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama’s failed record of leadership on the economy. Standard & Poor’s rating downgrade is a deeply troubling indicator of our country’s decline under President Obama. His failed policies have led to high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, and now, the unprecedented loss of our nation’s prized AAA credit rating. Today, President Obama promised that ‘things will get better.’ But it has become increasingly clear that the only way things will get better is with new leadership in the White House.”

August 2:

August 1:

July 2011

July 27: Mitt Romney speaks at a manufacturing plant and criticizes Obama for his economic policies again. “The president when he was a candidate said that he was going to take China to the mat. Well, I’m afraid most of us thought he meant the wrestling mat. But instead he and we have been taken to the door mat.”

Romney says that he is also aware that he has to win the Primaries first before he can take on Obama in the general election. “I’ve got to win the primaries first. That’s job one. Then comes job two, which is winning the general.”

July 22: Mitt Romney wins the 2011 Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll receiving 25% of the votes.

July 20: Mitt Romney says that he has no doubt about Michele Bachmann's ability to serve as president with her migraines. He was asked about Michele Bachmann's health in Los Angeles.

"There's no question in my mind that Michele Bachmann's health is in no way an impediment to her being able to serve as president. She and I have differing views, I'm sure, on some issues ... Her health should not be an issue in a campaign."
Romney proud of his economic record as Governor of Massachusetts

Romney says that he was proud of his economic record while he was the Governor of Massachusetts. "When I left, unemployment in Massachusetts was 4.7%. It's now substantially higher than that. I'm afraid that under the current governor we haven't seen job growth in Massachusetts.". He also points out that California has lost 500,000 jobs since President Obama took over. "I'm not running against the governor Massachusetts; I'm running against the president of the United States. And he has not created jobs. He's lost jobs."

July 15: In a statement on Friday, Mitt Romney compared President Obama with former President Jimmy Carter. Referring to Obama's comments thursday that America is stressed out, Romney said “Americans are stressed, Not since President Jimmy Carter have seen such failed economic policies. Who would have guess that we’d look back upon the Carter Administration as the good old days?”

July 14: Calling the debt-ceiling issue an 'emergency', 2012 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said that he would raise the debt ceiling if a balanced budget amendment is passed and the spending is cut and capped. He spoke about the debt-ceiling issue at a meeting in Portsmouth Rotary.

“The answer for the country is for the president to agree to cut fed spending, to cap fed spending and to put in place a balanced budget amendment. For me, that’s the line in the sand. Come on, Mr. President.”

Romney said, “I’d divide that between those things we have to do and those things we don’t have to do. And those thiings we don’t have to do, I’d cut pretty dramatically,”. He also said that it is now the President's turn to cut federal spending.

July 12: Mitt Romney spoke about the debt ceiling negotiations in a statement to CNN. He said, "We cannot lose sight of the need to move the President toward meaningful fiscal responsibility, A vote on raising the debt ceiling has to be accompanied by a major effort to restructure and reduce the size of government." "I've never seen an enterprise in more desperate need of a turnaround than the U.S. government,"

Won't sign controversial marriage vow
Mitt Romney's presidential camp has confirmed that he will not sign the controversial marriage vow from the Iowa social conservative group, The Family Leader. Andrea Saul, his campaign's spokesperson said: "Mitt Romney strongly supports traditional marriage but he felt this pledge contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign,"

July 11: US senator from Oregon Gordon Smith endorses Mitt Romney for Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential Election. In a statement, Gordon Smith says "Mitt Romney has a proven job creation record as governor and in the private sector."

July 10: Mitt Romney comes in second place new poll that was administered among 500 Iowa caucus goers. Romney received 21% of the support, while Michele Bachmann leads with 25% of the support.

July 8: Mitt Romney criticizes the Obama's administration on the recent unemployment numbers released today by the Department of Labor. The unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June and only 18,000 jobs were added.

"Today's abysmal jobs report confirms what we all know - that President Obama has failed to get this economy moving again. Just this week, President Obama's closest White House adviser said that 'unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers' do not matter to the average American.
"If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment. His comments are an insult to the more than 20 million people who are out of work, underemployed or who have simply stopped looking for jobs. With their cavalier attitude about the economy, the White House has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of indifference."

July 7: Mitt Romney meets British Prime Minister David Cameron. He writes on his Twitter page: “Pleasure to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron today. Great few days in London”

July 6: Mitt Romney reveals that his presidential campaign raised $18.25 million in the second quarter of fund raising. This amount exceeds to the donations received by all the other Republican contenders combined. All the amount raised is only primary contributions only and no general election funds. They have spent 31% of the funds received and the cash in hand totals to $12.6 million. The contributions received by Romney's campaign is from all the fifty states of the US.

Romney leaves to London, becoming the first presidential candidate to campaign abroad. He will hold an event at the Dartmouth House Wednesday evening before a meeting with a British official. His campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, in a statement said:

"There is a lot of interest in this election among Americans living abroad who like everyone else are worried about what the weak economy and lack of jobs means for our status in the world. They want to know if we are going to lead the world economically or become something less. To a large degree Mitt Romney because he is well known as someone who has the skills to turn the economy around."

Mitt Romney raises a fundraiser and meets with British officials including British Secretary of State for Defense Liam Fox. He also meets British former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

July 4: Mitt Romney sticks to his earlier statement and says that Barack Obama has made the US economy worse. "The recession is deeper because of our president, it's seen an anemic recovery because of our president,", he said in Amherst.

June 2011

June 30: Mitt Romney visited the defunct Allentown Metal Works in Philadelphia. He attended a news conference at the factory and has also participated in fundraisers. Speaking at the news conference, Romney said that he will not be able to match Obama while raising funds for the 2012 Presidential campaign.

"We're not gonna raise anywhere near that kind of money. The president's a nice guy and I know he's trying, but he doesn't understand how the economy works. This president came here, called this a symbol of hope. It's a symbol of failure."

"The president's energy is focused on playing golf and campaigning . . . and blaming. He has done everything wrong: Raising taxes, increasing regulation, failure to execute appropriate trade policies with other nations, the lack of an effective energy policy."

"This president came here and called this a symbol of hope. It is a symbol of failure, failure of his economic policy. He's out of his depth. When it comes to getting the economy going, it's just not something he understands."

June 29: Romney's campaign confirms that Mitt Romney will meet with seven senators on Capitol Hill on July 6, 2011. He will meet Senators Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mike Lee of Utah, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Jim Risch of Idaho and Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Scott Brown and Orrin Hatch already announced their support to Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney signs the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge to slash spending and balance the budget. He joins fellow Republican Presidential Candidates Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum to sign the pledge.

June 27: Mitt Romney accuses President Barack Obama, saying that the lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing could lead to job cuts in Alcoa in Iowa. In an interview, Romney said "This Boeing decision in South Carolina sent shockwaves across the nation and, if allowed to stand, will result in American job losses and I think you can be sure there will be some losses in Iowa as well as other states,".

Romney downplayed his money expectations for his campaign in New Hampshire and said that he only needs enough money to get his message out. "The president will raise an astronomical amount of money, and what we have to do is raise enough money to get our message out... We are going to have sufficient funds to take our message to the people and the primaries. I don't know if we will outpace others. These are leaner times,".

When asked about Rep. Michele Bachmann, Romney said "I think she is a very strong contender. She is an excellent candidate. She is getting her message across and receiving good support. I have nothing but respect for her." "Every candidate should have positions that some people agree with and others don't agree with... I can only say congratulations to her for the traction that she is getting."

June 23: Mitt Romney releases a statement on the capture of Massachusetts mobster Whitey Bulger.

"I hope the capture of Whitey Bulger brings some measure of relief to the families of his numerous victims. It brings to a close a sad and sordid chapter in recent Massachusetts history."

June 22: Mitt Romney releases a statement reacting to President Obama's announcement of troop reduction in Afghanistan.

“We all want our troops to come home as soon as possible, but we shouldn’t adhere to an arbitrary timetable on the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan. This decision should not be based on politics or economics. America’s brave men and women in uniform have fought to achieve significant progress in Afghanistan, some having paid the ultimate price. I look forward to hearing the testimony of our military commanders in the days ahead.”

June 21: Mitt Romney confirms that he will participate in two more CNN-sponsored debates in the fall this year. The first debate is co-sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express in Tampa, Florida on September 12. The second debate will be held on October 18 at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.

Mitt Romney who opposes abortion rights, refused to sing the Susan B. Anthony List's anti-abortion pledge saying that it is so broad that it could have unintended implications.

June 2: Mitt Romney officially announces in Stratham, New Hampshire that he is seeking Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential Election.

April 2011

April 11: Mitt Romney forms an exploratory committee and files with the Federal Elections Commission.

February 2011

Mitt Romney speaks at the CPAC 2011.

Mitt Romney speaking at CPAC 2011

Mitt Romney Calendar

Date Time Event Location
October 10, 2011 11:30 am Hosting a town hall meeting at Milford VFW Milford, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 11:45 am EDT Mitt Romney holds A Town Hall Meeting Milford, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 3:45 pm EDT Mitt Romney meets With Voters Hooksett, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 5:15 pm EDT Ann Romney attends Grafton County GOP Columbus Day Dinner Plymouth, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 5:30 pm EDT Mitt Romney holds A Town Hall Meeting Hopkinton, New Hampshire
October 8, 2011 9:45 am EDT Remarks At Values Voter Summit Washington, DC
August 25, 2011 11:45 am EDT Mitt Romney holds a forum on Jobs and the Economy Exeter, New Hampshire
August 25, 2011 6:00 pm EDT Mitt Romney holds a Town Hall Meeting Dover, New Hampshire
August 24, 2011 9:15 am EDT Ann Romney attends Douglas County Republican Women Meet and Greet Minden, Nevada
August 24, 2011 11:45 am EDT Ann Romney attends Washoe County Republican Party Meet and Greet Reno, Nevada
August 24, 2011 12:00 pm EDT Mitt Romney holds A Town Hall Meeting Keene, New Hampshire
August 24, 2011 3:00 pm EDT Mitt Romney holds A Business Roundtable Claremont, New Hampshire
August 24, 2011 5:30 pm EDT Mitt Romney holds A Town Hall Meeting Lebanon, New Hampshire
August 17, 2011 8:05 am EDT Mitt Romney tours Isaacson Structural Steel and talks about the economy Berlin, New Hampshire
August 16, 2011 10:45 am EDT Mitt Romney Tours Stanley Elevator Merrimack, New Hampshire
August 16, 2011 3:10 pm EDT Mitt Romney Meets With Grassroots Supporters Littleton, New Hampshire
August 16, 2011 5:30 pm EDT Mitt Romney Holds A Town Hall Meeting Berlin, New Hampshire
August 15, 2011 9:20 am EDT Mitt Romney tours New England Small Tube Litchfield, New Hampshire
August 15, 2011 11:45 am EDT Mitt Romney holds a forum To Discuss The Economy Plymouth, New Hampshire
August 12, 2011 5:30 pm EDT Mitt Romney attends The Granite Oath PAC’s 2011 Presidential Candidate Reception Manchester, New Hampshire
August 11, 2011 10:15 am CDT Mitt Romney attends the Iowa State Fair Des Moines, Iowa
August 11, 2011 12:00 pm EDT Ann Romney meets with Cheshire County Republican Activists Keene, New Hampshire
August 11, 2011 4:00 pm EDT Ann Romney meets with Republican Activists in Hampstead Hampstead, New Hampshire
August 11, 2011 8:00 pm CDT Mitt Romney participates in FOX News/Iowa GOP Debate Ames, Iowa
August 10, 2011 12:00 pm CDT Mitt Romney holds Business Roundtable to talk about the economy Pella, Iowa
August 10, 2011 5:45 pm CDT Mitt Romney attends Polk County Republicans Fundraiser Des Moines, Iowa
August 8, 2011 9:45 am EDT Mitt Romney addresses the Concord Chamber of Commerce Concord, New Hampshire
August 8, 2011 12:00 pm EDT Mitt Romney addresses the Manchester Rotary Club Manchester, New Hampshire
August 8, 2011 6:00 pm EDT Mitt Romney holds A Town Hall Meeting With New Hampshire Voters Nashua, New Hampshire
July 28, 2011 5:20 pm EDT Ann Romney Attends A House Party With New Hampshire Voters Amherst, New Hampshire
July 27, 2011 10:20 am EDT Ann Romney Attends A House Party With New Hampshire Voters Laconia, New Hampshire
July 27, 2011 1:30 pm EDT Mitt Romney Tours American Manufacturer And Delivers Remarks Pataskala, OH
July 26, 2011 12:00 pm Attending a "Lawyers for Romney" luncheon fundraiser Washington, D.C.
July 26, 2011 5:30 pm Attending a fundraiser at the home of Les and Carol Ballard Newport, Rhode Island
July 15, 2011 12:00 pm Round table discussion with North Country community leaders Berlin, New Hampshire
July 14, 2011 Returns to New Hampshire New Hampshire
July 11, 2011 Fundraiser with top Oregon Republican party officials Portland, Oregon
July 7, 2011 Meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron London, England
July 6, 2011 Hosting international fundraiser at Dartmouth House London, England
July 4, 2011 Visiting Andover village green Proctor Academy, Village Green, Andover, New Hampshire
July 4, 2011 9:30 am Participating in Amherst's 4th of July parade 80 Boston Post Road, Amherst, New Hampshire
July 4, 2011 3:30 pm Participating in Laconia town parade Laconia, New Hampshire
June 30, 2011 Fundraising Dinner Pittsburgh, Pa.
June 30, 2011 Two Morning Fundraisers Philadelphia, Pa.
June 29, 2011 Luncheon fundraiser Washington, D.C.
June 28, 2011 Breakfast fundraiser New York City, New York
June 24, 2011 Luncheon fundraiser Provo, Utah
June 24, 2011 Evening Reception, Fundraiser Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2011 Evening reception and fundraiser Orange County, California

Personal Biography

Mitt Romney is the son of George W. Romney and Lenore Romney. His father is a former Governor of Michigan. Romney received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and thereafter earned joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

Milestones

  • 2011: Romney officially announces that he is running for President on June 2, 2011 in United States Presidential Election, 2012.
  • 2007: Romney officially announces that he is running for the United States Presidential Election, 2008 on February 13. Romney ends his campaign after trailing to John McCain. He endorses McCain for President a week later.
  • 2006: Romney signs the Massachusetts health reform law, which requires nearly all Massachusetts residents to buy health insurance coverage or face escalating tax penalties such as the loss of their personal income tax exemption.
  • 2003: Mitt Romney was sworn 70th Governor of Masschusetts on January 2, 2003.
  • 2002: Romney wins the Republican nomination for the 2002 Massachusetts gubernational election. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in November 2002 over his Democratic opponent and Massachusetts State Treasurer Shannon O'Brien.
  • 2002: Romney takes up the position of President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was widely praised for his efforts when the games ended up with a profit of over $100 million.
  • 1994: He wins the Republican nomination defeating businessman John Lakian in the September 1994 in the primaries. However, he lost the main election to incumbent Ted Kennedy.
  • 1993: Mitt Romney changes his affiliation from Independent to Republican in October 1993. He steps down from his position at Bain Capital to run for the Massachusetts senate.