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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

Raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by his parents Lenore and George W. Romney, Mitt Romney spent two and a half years in France as a Mormon missionary starting in 1966. He married Ann Davies in 1969, with whom he has had five children.

By 1971, Romney had participated in the political campaigns of both his parents. In that year, he earned a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young and in 1975, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration at Harvard.

Romney then entered the management consulting industry and in 1977 he secured a position at Bain & Company. Later serving as its chief executive officer, he helped lead the company out of financial crisis.

In 1984, he cofounded and led the spin-off company Bain Capital, a highly profitable private equity investment firm that became one of the largest of its kind in the nation. His considerable net worth, estimated in 2012 at $190250 million, helped finance his prior political campaigns.

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Oct. 23, 2012

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Oct. 23, 2012

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Oct. 23, 2012

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Foreign policy debate veers to domestic

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Obamacare gives employers reasons to make part-time workers

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Fact check: Missteps in final presidential debate

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Romney, Obama veer back to economy in foreign-policy debate

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Romney: U.S. can't kill way out of extremist threats

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Mitt Romney heard, not seen in new ad for Mia Love

Mitt Romney is heard but not seen a new TV ad for 4th Congressional District candidate Mia Love as part of a two-week blitz to sack six-term Rep. Jim Matheson. Read more »

Oct. 22, 2012

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In Salt Lake County, the vote is on with high turnout expected

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Oct. 22, 2012

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A look at the media's use of 'cult' in LDS coverage

It's good news that Billy Graham removed Mormonism as a cult on his website. Now, news media needs to use less of the term too. Read more »

Oct. 22, 2012

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What to watch for in tonight's debate, according to Time and CNN

Though tonight's debate has already been determined to focus on foreign policy, newsgroups -- Time and CNN, have differing views on what's important to watch for. Read more »

Oct. 22, 2012

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Presidential debate on U.S. foreign policy: a Utah connection

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Oct. 22, 2012

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LDS bloggers tilt at 'cult' label, Mormon misperceptions

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Friendly coverage in Alabama and President Monson on 'To the Rescue'

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Oct. 22, 2012

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In debates and life, Romney likes the rules

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Oct. 22, 2012

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Oct. 22, 2012

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