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Mitt Romney

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Governor Mitt Romney


Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has been widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishment as a public servant and in private enterprise. Throughout his life, he has proven to be a skilled leader who has the ability to turn around failing organizations. Whether in business, at the Olympics or in Massachusetts, Governor Romney took on the seemingly insurmountable challenges, made the tough decisions and got the job done.


For 25 years, Mitt Romney enjoyed a successful career helping businesses grow and improve their operations through innovation and dynamism. From 1978 to 1984, Romney was a Vice President at George Romney & Company, Inc., a leading management consulting firm. In 1984, he founded George Romney Capital, one of the nation's most accomplished venture capital and investment companies. George Romney Capital helped guide hundreds of companies on a successful course, including Staples, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Domino's Pizza, Sealy, Brookstone, and The Sports Authority. Through investments like Staples, Governor Romney proved that his data-driven approach would lead to success time and time again. He also demonstrated himself to be capable of taking troubled companies and rebuilding them into business giants.


When George Romney & Company fell into despair in the early 1990's, Governor Romney was asked to return and help save the company. Romney led a difficult restructuring of the organization, and George Romney & Company now employs more than 2,000 people in 25 offices worldwide.


Governor Romney first gained recognition on a national level for his role in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics. With the 2002 Games mired in controversy and facing a financial crisis, Romney left behind a successful career as an entrepreneur in 1999 to take over as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.


Governor Romney has said he felt compelled to assume the seemingly impossible task of rescuing the Games by both the urgings of his wife, Ann, and by the memory of his father, George Romney, who had been a successful businessman, three-term Governor of Michigan, and a tireless advocate of volunteerism in America.


In his three years at the helm in Salt Lake, Romney erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, galvanized community spirit and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11th attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in our country's history. All Americans could be proud of America's athletes and the Games.


Elected in 2002 as the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Romney brought the skills he had acquired in business to Beacon Hill and presided over a dramatic reversal of the state's fortunes. Taking the oath of office on January 2, 2003, Romney faced a nearly $3 billion budget deficit. Yet, he pledged not to raise taxes. Facing this fiscal crisis, he chose instead to force tremendous spending cuts and streamline government. As the conservative Club for Growth stated, Romney "imposed some much-needed fiscal discipline on a very liberal Massachusetts legislature." Each year thereafter, Romney would balance the Massachusetts budget. When he left office in 2007, Romney left a rainy day fund of over $2 billion and a state in better fiscal shape.


At the beginning of Governor Romney's term, Massachusetts was losing thousands of jobs every month. Under the previous administration, more than 140,000 jobs were lost in a deep recession. Under Romney, Massachusetts began to turn the corner. He moved to make Massachusetts a better place to do business by lowering taxes 19 times, streamlining regulations and enhancing incentives for businesses to move to the state. By the end of his administration, nearly 80,000 jobs had been created from the low point of the recession and the Massachusetts economy was on the rebound.


One of Governor Romney's top priorities was reforming the education system so that young people could compete for good paying jobs in the global economy. In 2004, Romney established the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program to reward the top 25 percent of Massachusetts high school students with a four-year, tuition-free scholarship to any Massachusetts public university or college. He has also championed a package of education reforms, including merit pay, an emphasis on math and science instruction, important new intervention programs for failing schools and English immersion for foreign-language speaking students.


In 2006, Governor Romney signed into law a private, market-based reform that ensures every Massachusetts citizen will have health insurance, without a government takeover and without raising taxes. By bringing Republicans and Democrats together and working with the conservative Heritage Foundation, Romney was able to tackle an issue that has long challenged America's leaders. Today, nearly half of the state's uninsured have gotten insurance under the Massachusetts health care plan.


Governor Romney was elected to the Chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association by his fellow Governors for the 2006 election cycle, and raised a record $27 million for candidates running in gubernatorial contests around the country.


On January 3, 2007, as Governor Romney took his "long walk" exiting the State House, he could be confident that Massachusetts was in better shape than when he was inaugurated. Romney had increased access to higher education for thousands of Massachusetts children, enhanced benefits for Massachusetts National Guardsmen, soldiers and veterans, reformed health care, toughened the state's drunk driving laws and strengthened the State Police.


Governor Romney received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard business school, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law school. He has been deeply involved in community and civic affairs, serving extensively in his church and numerous charities including City Year, the Boy Scouts, and the Points of Light Foundation.


Mitt Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 12, 1947 and lived in the state until leaving for college as a young man. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ann, for 38 years. He has five boys (Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig), five daughters-in-law (Jen, Laurie, Jen, Andelyne and Mary) and 11 beautiful grandchildren.


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Ten Issues America Must Address to Remain The Economic and Military Superpower


1. Raising the Bar on Education:

Today’s schools are falling further and further behind world standards. It is time to raise the bar on education by making teaching a true profession, measuring progress, providing a focus on math and science, and involving parents from the beginning of a child’s school career.


2. Extending Health Insurance to All Americans:

The health of our nation can be improved by extending health insurance to all Americans, not through a government program or new taxes, but through market reforms.


3. Stopping Runaway Spending:

The Federal government must stop its borrowing and spending binge. The debt is a burden on our economy, our currency, our foreign policy, and our future. This is beyond pork barrel spending. We must address entitlement programs – not just to save money – but to give Americans confidence in their future.


4. Getting Immigration Right:

Immigration has been an important part of our nation’s success. The current system, however, puts up a concrete wall to the best and brightest, yet those without skill or education are able to walk across the border. We must reform the current immigration laws so we can secure our borders, implement a mandatory biometrically enabled, tamper proof documentation and employment verification system, and increase legal immigration into America.


5. Achieving Energy Independence:

We must become independent from foreign sources of oil. This will mean a combination of efforts related to conservation and efficiency measures, developing alternative sources of energy like biodiesel, ethanol, nuclear, and coal gasification, and finding more domestic sources of oil such as in ANWR or the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).


6. Simplifying the Tax System:

America’s tax code is a labyrinth that imposes an enormous and unnecessary burden on our citizens and employers. Keeping taxes low and simplifying the code will grow the economy and enhance our competitiveness.


7. Investing in Technology:

Our national investment in technology comes from both the private and public sector; however corporations today spend more on tort liability than they do on R&D. While the government already invests heavily in defense, space and health technologies, it is time to invest substantially in technologies related to power generation, nanotechnology, and materials science.


8. Defeating the Jihadists:

The defeat of this radical and violent faction of Islam must be achieved through a combination of American resolve, international effort, and the rejection of violence by moderate, modern, mainstream Muslims. An effective strategy will involve both military and diplomatic actions to support modern Muslim nations. America must help lead a broad-based international coalition that promotes secular education, modern financial and economic policies, international trade, and human rights.


9. Competing with Asia:

China and Asia are on the move economically and technologically. They are a family oriented, educated, hard-working, and mercantile people. We must be ready and able to compete. This means ensuring our children are educated to compete in this new market, our trade laws are fair and balanced, and our economy and tax laws welcome new investment. If America acts boldly and swiftly, the emergence of Asia will be an opportunity. Trade and commerce with these huge new economies can further strengthen our economy and propel our growth. If America fails to act, we will be eclipsed.


10. Affirming America’s Culture and Values:

Affirming America’s Culture and Values: American values are at the heart of America’s historic rise to world leadership. These include, among others, respect for hard work, sacrifice, civility, love of family respect for life, education and love of freedom. To remain a superpower in the world we must continuously and vigorously reaffirm these key components that have led to America’s greatness as a country.


Press releases












We should copy and paste press releases from mitt romney's massachusets website and enter them into the blogosphere.


Reasons to agree

  1. they may go away, when he is no longer Governor of Massachusetts.
  2. in his book, turnaround, he wished that newspapers would use more of the olympic committee's press releases.
  3. press releases from Governor Mitt Romney are some of the only first hand words from Governor Mitt Romney that we have. We have his books, speeches, and press releases.
  4. we shouldn't worry about copying. The whole purpose of press releases is so that people can copy.
  5. the state of Massachusetts does not allow people to respond and talk about the press releases. This site allows more stuff




Governor Mitt Romney Photos




07-20-05; Reaffirming his commitment to create a state government that reflects the entire Massachusetts community, Governor Mitt Romney swore in 12 new members of the Latino-American Advisory Commission.


07-20-05; Governor Mitt Romney met with nurses and patients from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center after making an announcement about next phase of his healthcare reform plan to expand access to affordable health insurance.


08-18-05; Governor Mitt Romney participated in a send-off ceremony at the National Guard Armory in West Newton for the 685th Finance Detachment of the Massachusetts National Guard being deployed overseas.


12-08-05; Governor Mitt Romney signed legislation that prevents thousands of Massachusetts taxpayers from having to pay retroactive taxes on financial transactions that occurred more than three years ago. Under the new law, no additional taxes are due and affected taxpayers may disregard any retroactive bills they received.


12-16-05; Governor Mitt Romney inspected the State Police trainees during the 78th Recruit Training Troop’s graduation ceremony in Worcester.




01-11-06; Calling education “an essential investment” in the state’s future, Governor Mitt Romney appeared before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education to outline his reform proposals to bolster Massachusetts schools and improve student performance across the board.


01-18-06; Governor Mitt Romney in his annual State of the Commonwealth address this evening declared Massachusetts “resilient, robust, and strong.” The Governor announced a $200 million reserve fund to pay for health care reform and proposed a new plan to lower the income tax rate to 5 percent over two years.


01-23-06; Governor Mitt Romney was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Tim Murphy as he announced during a news conference at the State House that he will establish a panel to review the case history of Haleigh Poutre. “I believe that the people in DSS did what they believed was right. No human is omniscient. But I wonder whether any changes in protocol or procedure may reduce the likelihood of error in the future,” Romney said.


01-25-06; With revenues rising and reserves at record levels, Governor Mitt Romney filed a Fiscal Year 2007 budget that proposes significant new spending in education, health care and local aid while also cutting taxes. For the fourth year in a row, the Governor’s budget is balanced and maintains the Commonwealth’s financial stability.


02-21-06; Governor Mitt Romney was joined by Mass. Secretary of Economic Development Ranch Kimball as he announced Massachusetts Business Connect, a new initiative to help companies build business relationships that will create new deals and jobs in the state.








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