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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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Mitt Romney meets with Rev. Billy Graham

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Oct. 11, 2012

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Vice President Joe Biden, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan take the debate spotlight for a night

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President Obama made a mockery of appointment powers

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Obama campaign seeks to reassure nervous Democrats

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Oct. 10, 2012

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Mitt Romney barnstorming Ohio as part of campaign comeback

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Oct. 10, 2012

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US sends forces to Jordan as check on Syria

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Deferred action for illegal immigrants stymied by fear

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Utah vexillologist particularly enjoys political season

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Orrin Hatch says he's 'very concerned' about 'taxmaggedon,' election

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Vice President Joe Biden to play 'hardball' with Paul Ryan in VP debate

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One week later, Mitt still dominates the debate

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For Obama, this time, it is 'grind it out' mode

The last campaign got the glory. This one is the grind. Read more »

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Could pepperoni spoil presidential debate?

During the next presidential debate, the candidates will be pondering the important questions of our time. But the most controversial may be "Sausage or pepperoni?" Read more »

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Tagg steps up: National Review, Buzzfeed take look inside Romney campaign

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State Dept: Security at Libya consulate adequate

State Department officials said Wednesday that security levels at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were adequate for the threat level on the anniversary of 9/11... Read more »

Oct. 10, 2012

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