Mitt Romney

A former businessman and governor, Mitt Romney's 2012 White House bid is his second attempt to win the Oval Office.  Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Detroit. During his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, he reduced a $3 billion deficit and instituted universal health care for residents. He and his wife Ann have five sons. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. 

Mitt Romney

Romney on the Issues

During a Republican debate in January, Mitt Romney said, “I don’t think people who have committed violent crimes should be allowed to vote.” But as Massachusetts governor he allowed violent felons to vote after they exhausted their sentences.  

Mitt Romney’s jobs plan includes 95 separate proposals which would reduce the overall unemployment rate to 5.9 percent and create 11.5 million jobs over the course of his first term. 

Mitt Romney supports the goals of No Child Left Behind. He has downplayed the link between student performance and class size, dismissing it as a tactic used to strengthen teachers unions. He is a proponent of school choice as an alternative to failing schools.

Civil rights matters have not been a platform issue for Mitt Romney. He has spoken in defense of equal employment rights for homosexuals but is against affirmative action quotas that have provided support for African-Americans.

Mitt Romney supports the goals of No Child Left Behind. He has downplayed the link between student performance and class size, dismissing it as a tactic used to strengthen teachers unions. He is a proponent of school choice as an alternative to failing schools.

Although he backed a plan similar to the Obama-backed health care reform bill when he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney has promised to repeal it if elected to office. He says he’d allow states to opt out of the federal plan, which he believes is more far-reaching than the health care plan he spearheaded as governor. 

Mitt Romney has often touted his “get-tough” crime policy, but his track-record as governor of Massachusetts was moderate. 

Mitt Romney would overhaul Medicare, make significant changes to Social Security and eliminate what he calls “nonessential government programs.” 

Mitt Romney supports a strategy that focuses on American strength. He pledges to keep troops in Afghanistan to ensure the goals of the mission are met. He wants to boost defense spending , strengthen relations with Israel and take a tougher stance on China.