Although Mitt Romney entered the political world a bit late, following a successful business career, he is the product of a political family. His father, George Romney, was governor of Michigan and ran for president, and his mother, the former Lenore LeFaunt, ran for congress, but lost. His brother, G. Scott Romney, ran for Michigan Attorney General, losing in convention in a battle that helped to split the Republican Party there.
He married Ann Davies in 1969. Together, they have five sons, all highly visible during the campaign. They are Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig. One, Josh, was offered a chance to run for office himself in Utah, but he eventually decided it was too soon to put his family through yet another political campaign.
Mitt Romney attended Stanford University and then he served a mission to France for his church. Mitt is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes called the Mormon Church. When he returned from France, he married his wife, Ann, a woman he had dated since high school. He transferred to and graduated from Brigham Young University, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 1971. Then he went on to Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and in 1975 received his MBA and law degree.
He then worked for Bain and Company in management consulting. Using this experience, he later formed his own Company, Bain Capital. Ten years later, he decided to enter politics, running against Edward Kennedy. He lost to the popular and highly experienced member of the Kennedy clan, but gave Kennedy the tightest lead of his entire career, quite an accomplishment for a newcomer.
When the 2002 Olympics in Utah became the subject of scandal, Romney was asked to come to Utah and rescue them. He took on the overwhelming task of fixing the problems and creating a memorable Olympics. His work there even led to a 100 million dollar profit. His overwhelming success caused him to re-enter politics. He became governor of Massachusetts in 2003, and at the end of his only term, ran for president of the United States in a hotly contested race. In 2006, he gave an important speech on the religion in politics, similar to the one John Kennedy had to give as a Catholic. In this speech he spoke of the pressure he received to deny his faith:
“There are some for whom these commitments are not enough. They would prefer it if I would simply distance myself from my religion, say that it is more a tradition than my personal conviction, or disavow one or another of its precepts. That I will not do. I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers – I will be true to them and to my beliefs.
“Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it. But I think they underestimate the American people. Americans do not respect believers of convenience.
Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world.”
Romney eventually withdrew from the race, encouraging his followers to support John McCain. He was frequently named a front runner for the position of John McCain’s vice president.
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