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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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Misinformation on Mitt

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Oct. 4, 2012

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Oct. 4, 2012

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Oct. 4, 2012

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Post-debate: Mitt Romney basks, President Obama challenges

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Oct. 4, 2012

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Buoyed by a powerful debate showing, Mitt Romney said Thursday he offers "prosperity that comes through freedom" to a country struggling to shed a weak economy.... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2012

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Estimated 67 million viewers watched first presidential debate between President Obama, Mitt Romney

The Nielsen ratings company says an estimated 67.2 million people watched the first debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, the largest TV... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2012

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President Obama, Mitt Romney delve into the details

Americans demanded details and, boy, did they get them. Read more »

Oct. 4, 2012

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The politics of Twitter: Presidential debate is most tweeted political event in history

Twitter is changing the way people view and react to the political world. 1.6 million tweets were sent on Election Day of 2008 — in today's world that is the... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2012

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News analysis: Mitt Romney stands tall by almost any measure, pundits agree

Most pundits seem to agree that Romney edged Obama in the first debate Wednesday night. Read more »

Oct. 3, 2012

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Utah students weigh in on a debate filled with substance

First-time voter and University of Utah freshman Skyler Smith said he’s still undecided Wednesday about which candidate he wants to see in the White House after... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2012

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Fact check: Obama-Romney presidential debate missteps

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. Read more »

Oct. 3, 2012

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Obama: Romney would turn Medicare into vouchers

President Barack Obama says Republican rival Mitt Romney would turn Medicare into a private system and put seniors at the mercy of insurance companies. Romney counters... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2012

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Romney, Obama tangle over health care law

Republican Mitt Romney is vowing to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, saying it adds costs to the health system and has led to Medicare cuts. Read more »

Oct. 3, 2012

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