Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate

Former Massachusetts governor and moderate Republican Mitt Romney has announced his candidacy to be U.S. president.

born 1947 in Detroit

son of George Romney (former Michigan governor, HUD secretary and presidential candidate)

served as a Mormon missionary in France
B.A. from Brigham Young University, 1971
MBA from Harvard Business School, 1975
J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1975

1978 - 1984
vice president of Bain & Co., a management consulting firm in Boston

co-founded Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm that under him invested in Brookstone, Domino's, Sealy, The Sports Authority

ran against Ted Kennedy for the US Senate
was defeated

called in to be the new president of the foundering 2002 Olympic Winter Games held in Salt Lake City

was elected governor based on his business record
(there were questions about his length of residency in Massachusetts)

did not seek re-election

his single term as governor ended in January 2007

Personal Life

married wife Ann Romney in 1969
five sons, ten grandchildren

His book:
Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games (2004)

By a fan:
A Mormon in the White House?
110 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney website

It's disturbing that the evangelicals are against him b/c he's a Mormon. You'd think that after being exposed to Ken Jennings, Matthew Modine, Aaron Eckhart, Ryan Gosling, Jon Heder, Paul Walker, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond and Harry Reid, they'd be a little bit more open-minded. Ricky Schroeder and Gladys Knight converted to Mormonism. John Moses Browning, who designed the firearms, was a Mormon. So was Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of the first all-electronic TV.

To be honest, I get annoyed when I encounter their missionaries, especially overseas; and I can't even stand the rituals of the Catholic and Protestant churches, so you can imagine what my opinions are of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. But if I can appreciate the talents of a Catholic like JFK, a Methodist like HRC and a Baptist like MLK, I can have equal respect for the executive skills of a successful businessman and governor who just happens to have been raised in a certain religion.