My job was to try and make the enterprise successful, and in my view the best security a family can have is that the business they work for is strong. [348], In mid-September, a video surfaced of Romney speaking before a group of supporters in which he stated that 47 percent of the nation pays no income tax, are dependent on the federal government, see themselves as victims, and will support President Obama unconditionally. [137] He oversaw a $1.32 billion total budget, 700 employees, and 26,000 volunteers. Senator from Utah on November 6, 2018, winning 62.6% to 30.9% over Democrat Jenny Wilson. [63][74][75] Exactly how many jobs Bain Capital added compared to those lost because of these investments and buyouts is unknown, owing to a lack of records and Bain Capital's penchant for privacy on behalf of itself and its investors. [12][13], Romney has three older siblings, Margo, Jane, and Scott. 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Romney donated to charity the $1.4 million in salary and severance payments he received for his three years as president and CEO, and also contributed $1 million to the Olympics. Notable Romney family members include George W. Romney (1907-1995), the 43rd Governor of Michigan (1963–1969) and his son, Mitt Romney (born 1947). President George W. Bush praised Romney's efforts and 87 percent of Utahns approved of his performance as Olympics head. It seems that while Mrs Romney's back story is considered an electoral boon by the Romney camp, Mormonism continues to pose challenges for the Republican candidate both in and outside the US. [356][357] Media accounts described Romney as "shellshocked" by the result. [199][202] In June 2005, Romney abandoned his support for the compromise amendment, stating that it confused voters who opposed both same-sex marriage and civil unions. and has made it clear that Harris will almost certainly replace him — and she’s clearly not the moderate they make Biden out to be. [352][353] That initial debate overshadowed Obama's improved presentation in the last two debates later in October, and Romney maintained a small advantage in the debates when seen as a whole. [493][494], Romney has received a number of honorary doctorates, including in business from the University of Utah in 1999,[499] in law from Bentley College in 2002,[500] in public administration from Suffolk University Law School in 2004,[501] in public service from Hillsdale College in 2007,[502] and in humanities from Liberty University in 2012. [207], During 2004, Romney spent considerable effort trying to bolster the state Republican Party, but the party failed to gain any seats in the state legislative elections that year. ", "Sky Blu of LMFAO claims Mitt Romney got physical first on flight from Vancouver", "In book, Romney styles himself wonk, not warrior", "Romney tops bestseller list, but with an asterisk", "Romney worth between $190m and $250m, campaign says", "Romneycare may come back to haunt Mitt on health issue", "Health Mandate Cases to Loom Over 2012 Romney Run", "Mitt Romney's plan: Go big, go everywhere", "5 challenges for front-runner Mitt Romney", "Romney forms presidential exploratory committee", "Romney takes next big step toward run for president", "Palin or Romney: Republicans Weigh Passion vs. It's liberal in the sense that we're getting our citizens health insurance. [151] 12.7.2020 1:35 PM, © 2020 Reason Foundation | [57] The firm's first significant success was a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc., after founder Thomas G. Stemberg convinced Romney of the market size for office supplies and Romney convinced others; Bain Capital eventually reaped a nearly sevenfold return on its investment, and Romney sat on the Staples board of directors for over a decade. Romney campaigned heavily for Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm elections,[290] raising more money than the other prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidates. [16][121], In the general election, Kennedy faced the first serious re-election challenge of his career. [253][254] Romney campaigned intensively on economic issues and the burgeoning subprime mortgage crisis, while McCain attacked Romney regarding Iraq policy and benefited from endorsements from Florida officeholders. Almost every Mormon I met there was 100% pro war. Romney, after all, is the most recognized Mormon on the planet, who also happens to hold a seat in the U.S. Senate where an impeachment trial would be held, a position of power foretold. The account was registered in July 2011, followed about 700 people and had eight followers at the time it was discovered. 12.6.2020 5:33 PM. By Christopher Hitchens. [313] He was a proponent of increased domestic oil drilling, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), building more nuclear power plants, and reducing the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency. Everyone in Utah is related. [213][214] Romney's approval rating stood at 34 percent in November 2006, ranking 48th of the 50 U.S. [358] But Romney's get out the vote operation had been inferior to Obama's, both in person-to-person organization and in voter modeling and outreach technology[359] (the latter exemplified by the failure of the Project Orca application). "[429] By November 9, 2019, Romney was just one of three Republican Senators, along with Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who declined to co-sponsor a resolution opposing the impeachment inquiry process into President Trump. [229] Media stories referred to the 6-foot-2-inch (1.88 m) Romney as handsome. [48] In addition to his leave from Bain Capital, Romney also stepped down from his church leadership role in 1994. [86] In the early 1970s Romney served in a ward bishopric. In 1984, he co-founded and led the spin-off company Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm that became one of the largest of its kind in the nation. "[13] Romney added that he should neither be elected nor rejected based upon his religion,[244] and echoed Senator John F. Kennedy's famous speech during his 1960 presidential campaign in saying, "I will put no doctrine of any church above the plain duties of the office and the sovereign authority of the law. [9][10][11] A fifth-generation member of the LDS Church, he is a great-grandson of Miles Park Romney and a great-great-grandson of Miles Romney, who converted to the faith in its first decade. [212], The Governor had a 61 percent job approval rating in public polls after his initial fiscal actions in 2003, although his approval rating subsequently declined,[213] driven in part by his frequent out-of-state travel. [385][386], By early 2015, Romney was considering the idea and contacting his network of supporters. [265][266] A network of former staff and supporters around the nation were eager for him to run again. AKA Willard Mitt Romney. Though he won several primaries and caucuses, Romney ultimately lost the nomination to Senator John McCain. He married Ann Davies in 1969; they have five sons. [285], Immediately following the March 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Romney attacked the landmark legislation as "an unconscionable abuse of power" and said the act should be repealed. Both supported it but would listen to criticism of the war and not insult the person. [218] Again casting himself as a political outsider,[219] his speech frequently invoked his father and his family, and stressed experiences in the private, public, and voluntary sectors that had brought him to this point. "[243] Instead of discussing the specific tenets of his faith, he said he would be informed by it, stating: "Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. [336] Romney clinched a majority of the delegates with a win in the Texas primary on 29 May. Romney is a senator, he can vote to convict the president, but not impeach him. [42] With Romney rallying the others, the mission met its goal of 200 baptisms for the year, the most in a decade. [99][101] Romney faced demands from Democrats to release additional years of his tax returns, an action a number of Republicans also felt would be wise; after being adamant that he would not do that, he released summaries of them in late September. [267][295][296] The early stages of the race found him as the apparent front-runner in a weak field, especially in terms of fundraising prowess and organization. One was waiting to be redeployed. [165][186][187] He did so in the face of conservative and corporate critics who viewed these actions as tax increases. [388][389] Despite support in some quarters for a third bid for the presidency, there was a backlash from conservatives who wanted a fresher face without a history of presidential losses,[390] and many of Romney's past donors were not willing to commit to him again. [29][51] When those ran out, the result of the December 1969 draft lottery where he drew number 300 ensured he would not be drafted. 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Gender: Male Religion: Mormon Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Politician, Business Party Affiliation: Republican. [341], In July 2012, Romney visited the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland, meeting leaders in an effort to raise his credibility as a world statesman. [68] Romney later said that the years spent as an LDS minister gave him direct exposure to people struggling financially and empathy for those with family problems. Harry Reid: Mitt Romney 'Sullied' Mormonism, Isn't The Face Of The Religion By Nick Wing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the highest-ranking Mormon in Congress, told reporters this week that he agreed with a blogger who accused GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of having "sullied" Mormonism and misrepresenting the faith with comments made in a recently released hidden … [171] O'Brien said that Romney's budget plans were unrealistic; the two also differed on capital punishment and bilingual education, with Romney supporting the former and opposing the latter. [267] He continued to give speeches and raise funds for Republicans,[268] but fearing overexposure, turned down many potential media appearances. [421][422][423], At the state Republican nominating convention held on April 21, 2018, Romney received 1,585 delegate votes (49.12%), finishing narrowly second to state Rep. Mike Kennedy, who secured 1,642 delegate votes (50.88%). 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