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Mitt Romney

September 12, 2011 by  

Mitt Romney

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.

Age: 64

State of residence: Has homes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and California.

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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.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • NancyJ

    Seems to be a very nice person.

    Not my choice of candidate. No, thanks.

  • Paul B

    All we need now is for McCain to run and that would really round out the Republican clowns (except Ron Paul)running for president.

  • JerryC

    Romney is neither the most dedicated Constitutionalist nor the perfect Republican.
    He is however a very astute business man. He buys companies that were failing trims them, leans them and resells them. That is how he makes his money. Seems like that is someone we need at the moment.
    I remember the Salt Lake City Olympics. It was going down in flames until Romney took control. The city a very nice piece of the Olympic pie and a very good Olympic games production.
    Sounds like someone we need in the Whitehouse.
    Sure, he has his problems, the one most glaring is Romneycare which he claims is a States rights and his statement that Obamacare will be overturned.
    He believes in possibly man-made global warming but he ain’t sure.
    He has other quirks that need a touch or two of smoothing out but a good Conservative or at least Republican Congress will take the kinks out.

    • SamFox

      Romney has a LOT of problems!!

      Not the least of which is his double tongue, two faced approach to issues, depending on who he is talking to.


  • Dan az

    If he dosen’t belong to the CFR I’ll eat my hat!If I had one.Romney care Oboma care What next?Do we get hillary care instead?Come on nobody is that stupid, well then again.

  • GenoR

    Of course we will support Romney if he shows up in the General. Or mebbe not. We didn’t sit home last time when the rino ran because we wanted to support Sarah. Might just do it this time if he’s selected. Yes; I’m for Ron Paul.

  • Megan

    We need a moderate conservative who is strong on defense. Will any candidate be the perfect ideal for this country–no! Our issues have become far too complex to handle every issue with exceptional excellence. I do believe he is the best man to handle our current economic issues, and I don’t believe he will embarrass us throughout the world by his lack of intelligence, grace, diplomacy. He is a problem solver, and we need one of those more than anything else. I d

  • SamFox

    Romney is a war hawk US kingdom builder.


  • Not Impressed

    Romney seems too pro-war for me. I’ll stay home of vote for a third-party candidate if Romney is nominated.

  • Luther

    All the criticism Of Romney is valid and problematic for him. Another huge problem that he has is that he is a Mormon. I think the Dems know that this unspoken PC religion thing that will hurt him. Some Christians and people who have studied Mormonism know that like Islam their hierarchy has historically promoted a theocracy.

  • Practical

    I was enticed to read these candidate summaries, thinking an even handed analysis was in the offing. False advertising. Would have been more accurate to bill this piece as a Ron Paul promotion by contrasting him to the percieved weaknessess of the other candidates.

    Any Republican candidate would move us needfully to the right; and any Republican candidate (except Ron Paul); but especially Mitt Romney, has an excellent chance to defeat Pres. Obahma. That is the practical immediate goal at hand.

    Face a simple fact. There are not enough Republicans to defeat the Democrats without the indpendent swing votes.

    Let’s learn a lesson from the last cycle. The tea party arose; awakened as the extreme left asserted itself in an overreach of governance. Had the left not leaped to socialism (but inched further left), we would all have continued the good life; ignoring Washington as we have the last 30 years. We’d still be attending PTA meetings, watching our kids play ball, and enjoying the back yard barbeque.
    But Pres. Obahma overplayed his hand – and is suffering the consequences in a whiplash reaction. We CAN’T overreach to the right, or the independents will jump to the left in the next cycle.

    Mitt Romney, or any of the others (except Ron Paul) will move this nation to the right a click or two, and can show the citizenry the benefits of smaller government, and a robust free enterprise system.

    Once the folks are acclimated and the center has shifted to the right (since it has been moving left for decades); the next election cycle will support candidates with stricter constitutional adherence – without the reactionary results of over reaching.


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