Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Willard Mitt Romney) (rŏm´nē), 1947–, American politician and business executive, b. Detroit, Mich., grad. Brigham Young Univ. (B.A., 1971), Harvard (M.B.A., 1975, J.D., 1975). Son of George W. Romney, he worked for Bain and Co., a Boston investment firm, serving as vice president (1978–84) and CEO and chairman (1991–93). From 1984 to 1998 he was at Bain Capital, a related investment firm he cofounded and headed. In 1994 he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Following a scandal involving bribery in the awarding of the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City, Romney was brought in to head the organizing committee (1999–2002); he reduced severe cost overruns and secured numerous corporate sponsors. He capitalized on his success in managing the Olympics to run for governor of Massachusetts, serving for one term (2003–7). In 2007–8 Romney ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination; his Mormon faith was an issue in some primaries. In 2012, however, he secured the Republican presidential nomination. Romney, the first Mormon to win a major party nomination for president, and his running-mate Paul Ryan lost to the incumbents, Obama and Biden, in the general election.

See biographies by R. B. Scott (2011) and M. Kranish and S. Helman (2012).

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Mitt Romney: Selected full-text books and articles

Obama and Romney: The Path to the Presidency
Decker, Jon.
Policy Review, Vol. 174, August-September 2012
Don't Be Deceived by the Myth of Mitt Romney's Moderation
Hasan, Mehdi.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 140, No. 5075, October 17, 2011
Can Mitt Make the Sale?
Romano, Andrew.
Newsweek, Vol. 158, No. 14, October 3, 2011
Republican Frontrunner Mitt Romney Touts Neoconservative Foreign Policy
Lobe, Jim.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Vol. 30, No. 9, December 2011
Before Politics, Romney Was a Mormon Bishop
Stack, Peggy Fletcher.
The Christian Century, Vol. 129, No. 9, May 2, 2012
Mitt Romney, Hero of Finance
Starr, Paul.
The American Prospect, Vol. 23, No. 2, March 2012
Latter-Day Acceptance: Mitt Romney May Inspire Anti-Mormon Paranoia, but It's Nothing Compared to the Fears His Forefathers Faced
Walker, Jesse.
Reason, Vol. 44, No. 4, August-September 2012
Consultant in Chief: Instead of Planning to Cut Government, Mitt Romney Is Repackaging the Same Old Republicanism
Suderman, Peter.
Reason, Vol. 43, No. 10, March 2012
Obama vs. Romney Their Core Beliefs: Information Overload on the Presidential Candidates Is Actually Causing Voter Ignorance, So We Tell You Where They Stand on Fiscal and Social Issues, Foreign Policy, and Civil Liberties
Eddlem, Thomas R.
The New American, Vol. 28, No. 16, August 20, 2012
Against Long Odds: Citizens Who Challenge Congressional Incumbents
James L. Merriner; Thomas P. Senter.
Praeger, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Massachusetts: Mitt Romney (R) v. Senator Ted Kennedy (D)"
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