Former Massachusetts governor and moderate Republican Mitt Romney is hitting the ground running. He's the first major presidential candidate to come out with campaign ads. (Long-shot Republican Duncan Hunter has aired ads in small markets.)
These are Mitt Romney's first three, rotating between Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Florida.
a "business legend" who "rescued the Olympics" and "turned around a Democratic state"
"This is not a time for more talk and dithering in Washington. It's a time for action."
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
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
married wife Ann Romney in 1969
five sons, ten grandchildren
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 (2007)
Mitt Romney website