Romney Touts Business
Background in Presidential Bid
November 02, 2012
Former Massachusetts governor and Republican Party presidential nominee
Mitt Romney is running neck and neck with President Barack Obama in
advance of Tuesday's U.S. election. A profile shows more of the man who
would become the 45th president of the United States if he defeats Obama
on November 6.
The Republican ticket for 2012: Romney and Paul Ryan.
In his bid to become the USA's next president, Romney has highlighted
his business experience as ensuring his ability to fix the U.S. economy.
“I understand those things, and I want to bring that understanding to
make sure we can create good jobs for every American that wants a good
job,” said Romney.
If elected, Romney says he would lower taxes, cut government spending,
reduce the budget deficit and repeal the president's signature health
care law. He says he will create 12 million new jobs during his first
Romney made millions as a top executive with Bain Capital, one of the
world's largest private investment firms. He helped rescue the 2002
Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City from financial distress and served one
term as Governor of Massachusetts.
Romney fell short in his first try for the Republican nomination four
But he prevailed this year over more conservative rivals Rick Santorum
and Newt Gingrich and overcame doubts about his Mormon religion.
Romney now leads a party committed to defeating Obama in November, said
analyst John Fortier.
“Mitt Romney may not be the most enthusiastic candidate, but the
prospect of beating Barack Obama, a person that Republicans disagree
with very strongly, is a very strong motivating factor,” said Fortier.
On foreign policy, Romney said Obama has damaged relations with longtime
ally Israel, and has not been tough enough with Iran, China and Russia.
He has criticized the president for his handling of the attack on the
U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans died in that attack.
“And in dealings with other nations [Obama] has given trust where it is
not earned, insult where it is not deserved and apology where it is not
due,” said Romney.
Romney has focused on the weak economy. In his first debate with Obama,
Romney also promised a bipartisan approach to governing if elected.
Republicans and Democrats both love America but we need to have
leadership, leadership in Washington that will actually bring people
together and get the job done and [I] could not care less if it is a
Republican or a Democrat. I’ve done it before. I’ll do it again,” said
Romney’s poll numbers rose after the first debate and many analysts say
the race is now too close to call.
Some analysts say the portrait that is painted of Romney will define the
outcome on November 6.
“There is a race to define Mitt Romney to the American voter and the
race is between the Obama people who want to define him negatively and
the Romney people who want to define him positively," said Peter Brown,
a Quinnipiac pollster: "The campaign that does the best job defining
Mitt Romney is going to win.”
Mitt Romney is 65 and has been married to his wife Ann since 1969, and
they have five sons.