September 12, 2011 by Bob Livingston
Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University, MBA, J.D. from Harvard University. He also attended Stanford University for one year, leaving for 30 months in France on a Mormon missionary journey.
Professional: Management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, executive at Bain & Company, co-founder Bain Capital, President and CEO 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee.
Family: Married with five children.
Political: Ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 1994. Ran unsuccessfully for Republican Presidential nomination in 2000. Governor of Massachusetts 2003-2007.
State of residence: Has homes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and California.
Campaign website: http://www.mittromney.com/landing/focus-on-jobs
By a whopping margin, GOP insiders prefer Romney over Perry and believe he has a better chance of defeating Obama. The problem is, most conservative rank-and-file members of the party don’t seem to agree. And Republican insiders don’t have a great track record of picking a winner (See Gerald Ford, Bob Dole and John McCain).
His signature accomplishment as Governor of Massachusetts is the State’s healthcare plan (called Romneycare by former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty), which mandates that everyone participate. By most accounts, it’s a failed plan. It’s also the plan on which Obamacare was modeled. With polls showing that more than 51 percent of Americans still oppose Obamacare, that accomplishment may be the one that dooms his campaign.
The thought of Romney as the GOP’s nominee have many on the right—Tea Party members in particular—wondering what they may do in the general election. It’s possible that he is so unpalatable to Tea Party activists that the movement could consider backing a third-party candidate instead of supporting him in the general election, according to an article in POLITICO.
“If the Republican Party nominates an establishment Republican who’s wrong on health care, who’s wrong on cap-and-trade and our core issues, tea partiers could stay home or they could go third party,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks.
FreedomWorks is so opposed to Romney that the organization plans to mobilize Tea Party voters against Romney in States holding Presidential primaries after New Hampshire’s. Another Tea Party group, Western Representation PAC, hopes to mount a $500,000 Stop Romney Campaign that will focus on New Hampshire and include radio and television ads and get-out-the-vote efforts, according to POLITICO.
Beyond Romneycare, Romney’s past statements that he believes man’s activity causes the Earth’s temperature to rise is also troubling. He supported a form of cap and trade legislation as governor, but now says he does not support cap and trade legislation and is crawfishing as he’s attempted to explain it away.
“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is. I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans. What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to,” Romney said.
Backtracking seems to come naturally to Romney, who has flopped like a fish on issues like abortion, gun rights and mandates, depending on where he’s running for office.
Romney is trying to cast himself as a political outsider, but he probably would be an insider had he been successful when he challenged Senator Ted Kennedy in 1994. That race may come back to haunt him — perhaps in the primary but certainly in the general election should he become the GOP’s nominee.
It seems the Kennedy campaign created a powerful ad that pointed out Romney’s firm, Bain Capital, and its responsibility in mass layoffs at companies it bought. It also points out a $10 million Federal bailout the company received. Actually, according to POLITICO, the story is a little more complicated. Nevertheless, Bain saw several million dollars in loans forgiven by the FDIC, which had taken over Bain’s failed creditor, the Bank of New England.
Romney opposes cuts to the military budget. He wants to modernize forces, weapons systems and equipment and grow the number of troops. He also wants to establish a robust missile defense, upgrade America’s nuclear arsenal and enhance America’s “soft power,” which is code for pushing around small nations around the globe.