Mitt Romney• Mitt was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947.• Mitt married his wife, Ann, in 1969.• Mitt is not a career politician. He has spent most of his life in the private sector, giving him intimate knowledge of how our economy works. But he has also been an outstanding public servant.
After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1971, he earned dual degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. After working as abusiness consultant for several years, Mitt foundedthe investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. Under hisleadership, Bain Capital helped to launch or rebuildhundreds of companies, including household names such as Staples, Dominos Pizza, and The Sports Authority. As Bain Capital was growing in prominence, Mitt returned to his old consultingfirm, Bain & Company, as CEO. In a time of financial turmoil at the company, he led a successful turnaround.
When Mitt was elected Governor of Massachusettsin 2002, the state was in severe disarray, its budget was out of balance, spending was soaring, and taxpayers were being required to pay more and more in taxes for diminishing services. The state economy was in a tailspin, with businesses cutting back on investment or even closing and unemployment ticking up. Mitt made hard decisions that brought state spending under control. He restructured and consolidated government programs, paring back where necessary and finding efficiencies throughout.
Why is Mitt Romney running for president? Obama has failed America. It is time for achange. With Mitt Romney’s leadership, we can turn the economy around and begin to repair the damage that has been done. It is time tostop failing America. It is time to begin believing in America.
Mitt Romney’s platform and position on issuesMitt Romney believes in America. He believes that liberty, opportunity, and free enterprisehave led to prosperity and strength before andwill do so again. America, however, must take decisive action to roll back the misguided policies of the last three years, empower our citizens, and restore the foundations of our nation’s strength.
Mitt Romney will rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation. His planseeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs. It seeks to increase trade, energy production, human capital, and labor flexibility. It relinquishes power to thestates instead of claiming to have the solution to every problem.
As President, Mitt Romney will cut federal spending and bring much-needed reforms to entitlement programs. Mitt will work toward balancing the budget, reducing the size andreach of the federal government, and returning power to states and the people.
Our next president must repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based reforms that empower states and individuals and reduce health care costs. States and privatemarkets, not the federal government, hold the key to improving our health care system.
Who has endorsed Romney? Mitt Romney has a wide endorsement edge over hisopponents. He has received endorsements from many U.S. House representatives, including Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, former Campaign Manager for Jon Huntsman Gubernatorial Campaign. He has also been endorsed by members of the U.S. Senate, as well as many governors, former office holders, and state legislators. Hehas also been endorsed by Former Republican nominee for Governor of California, former eBay CEO and current Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, as well as retired Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen.
Why is Romney a great candidate? America faces exceptional challenges. Mitt Romney is an exceptional man with unique qualifications to lead our country throughperilous times, restoring our strength at home and abroad.
Party Nomination• In a primary the voter casts his or her vote to determine who will go onto the general election.• Primaries can be closed or open. In a closed primary, only registered voters affiliated with a given party have the chance to go to the polls to cast their vote for their chosen candidate within that party. In closed primaries, only Republicans can vote for Republicans and Democrats for Democrats. Independent voters -- those who have opted to choose neither party, but are registered voters -- arent allowed to cast a ballot. A closed primary can be modified to allow independents to cast a vote for a candidate from one party or another. In open primaries, a voter can cast his or her ballot for either party. In most cases, the voter must choose a party to vote for by making a public statement at the polling station. In this circumstance, the voter will tell the election volunteer which party he or she chooses to vote for. He or she will then receive a ballot containing the candidates for that party. In some open primaries, voters may choose which partys candidate to vote for privately in the polling booth.
• The goal of the primaries is to choose the partys candidate for president. In order for a candidate to receive the nomination, he or she has to win delegates. There are generally two ways to win delegates in primaries. In some cases candidates win by proportion. If a state has 100 delegates and a candidate wins 60 percent of the vote in the states primary, then that candidate will have 60 delegates from that state at the national convention -- the party nomination night. Other states use the winner-takes-all method. This sounds exactly like what it is: A candidate who wins the majority of the vote in a primary -- 51 percent -- wins all of that states delegates.
• In the Iowa caucuses, the caucuses themselves are local party precinct meetings where registered Republicans and Democrats gather, discuss the candidates and vote for their candidate of choice for their partys nomination.• The purpose of the caucus vote is to select delegates to attend a county convention -- each caucus sends a certain number of delegates, based on the population it represents. The delegates at the county convention in turn select delegates to go to the congressional district state convention, and those delegates choose the delegates that go to the national convention.• The Republican caucus voting system in Iowa is relatively straightforward: You come in, you vote, typically through secret ballot, and the percentages of the group supporting each candidate decides what delegates will go on to the county convention.
• Presidential election primaries and caucuses are two very different methods of accomplishing the same basic thing. Simply put, they are both a means for each political party to let vote-rs nationwide select their partys presidential nominee. More specifically, primaries and caucuses are means of selecting delegates (representatives of party members in each state) to send to the partys national convention.• In addition to delegates, states also offer uncommitted delegates. These people -- sometimes called superdelegates -- are usually elected officials from the state. Superdelegates can pledge their votes without regard to primaries or caucuses -- for example, after being courted by a candidate -- or they can remain uncommitted until voting begins at the national convention. While standard delegates chosen by votes from ordinary voters are important, superdelegates have a lot of influence as well.
Romney’s campaign strategy• Mitt Romney is focused on winning New Hampshire. The Iowa caucus is first, and then comes the New Hampshire primary. If he can win Iowa and New Hampshire, it could put him on a clear path to the nomination. And if he loses Iowa, a New Hampshire victory will be his firewall.• Mitt Romneys running a classic establishment campaign, much like Nixons in 68: Spend years stumping for others, collect big-name endorsements and create advisory teams full of high-profile players from past administrations. Romneys campaign model relies on superior organization, heavy fundraising and a loyal corps of local officials all over the nation.
ConventionA political convention is a meeting of party delegates tovote on matters of policy and in some cases to selectparty candidates for public office. In caucus or conventionstates, delegates who will attend the national partyconvention are chosen by delegates to state or districtconventions, who themselves are chosen earlier incounty, precinct, or town caucuses. The national partyconvention is a national meeting of delegates elected inprimaries, caucuses, or state conventions that assembleonce every four years to nominate candidates forpresident and vice president, ratify the partyplatform, elect officers, and adopt rules.
Party Platform• A party platform, or platform sometimes also referred to as a manifesto, is a list of the actions which a political party, individual candidate, or other organization supports in order to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having said peoples candidates voted into political office or the professed opinion(s) proposed as part of law(s) or otherwise made into social policies.• Every four years each party adopts a platform at the national nominating convention. Delegates to the national party conventions decide on the platform, a statement of party perspectives on public policy.
Romney’s Party Platform• 1.) Abortion: Opposes abortion rights. Says state law should guide abortion rights and Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court.• 2.) Tax: Lower taxes, less regulation, balanced budget, more trade deals to spur growth. Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. Proposes repeal of the law (Dodd-Frank) toughening financial-industry regulations after the meltdown in that sector. Proposes changing, but not repealing, the (Sarbanes-Oxley) law tightening accounting regulations in response to corporate scandals, to ease the accountability burden on smaller businesses.• 3.) Energy: Accelerate drilling permits in areas where exploration has already been approved for developers with good safety records. Supports drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves, Western lands, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore Alaska; and supports exploitation of shale oil deposits.• 4.) Gay Marriage: Favors constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, says policy should be set federally, not by states.• 5.) Health Care: Promises to work for the repeal of the federal health care law modeled largely after his universal health care achievement in Massachusetts because he says states, not Washington, should drive policy on the uninsured. Proposes to guarantee that people who are “continuously covered” for a certain period be protected against losing insurance if they get sick, leave their job and need another policy• 6.) Tax: No one with adjusted gross income under $200,000 should be taxed on interest, dividends or capital gains. Cut corporate tax rate to 25 percent from a high of 35 percent.
Vice Presidential CandidateMitt Romney will choose Bob McDonnell as hisvice president. Bob McDonnell will help gainsupport from the Southeastern part of theUnited States. He will also represent the workingclass.
Money in Romney’s Campaign Romney’s campaign strategy relies on heavy fundraising. Most of Romney’s contributions have been contributions of $2,500, themaximum donation amount. Romney intends to spend this money to focus on Iowa and New Hampshire in order to secure his path to success.
Campaign Contribution Limits (BCRA 2002) To each candidate To national party To state, district To any other Special limits or candidate committee per & local party political committee per calendar year committee per committee per election calendar year calendar yearIndividual $2,500 $30,800 $10,000 $5,000 $117,000 overall biennial limitNat’l Party $5,000 No limit No limit $5,000 $43,100 toCommittee Senate candidate per campaignState, District and $5,000 No limit No limit $5,000 No limitLocal PartyCommitteePAC(multican $5,000 $15,000 $5,000 $5,000 No limitdidate)PAC(non- $2,500 $30,800 $10,000 $5,000 No limitmulticandidate)Authorized $2,000 No limit No limit $5,000 No limitCampaignCommittee
Money in Romney’s Campaign Romney has raised $32,605,827. He has spent$17,953,283. He has spent nearly twice as much as any other Republican candidate. Some top donors include: Goldman Sachs has donated $367,200 Credit Suisse Company has donated $203,750 Bank of America has donated $125,500 Wells Fargo has donated $61,500 *Romney currently does not have any independent expenditures supporting him. As his campaign manager, we assure you that this will change soon.
Romney’s Fund Sources Individual $59,783,990 56% contributions PAC $350,802 0% contributions Candidate self- $44,663,735 42% financing Federal Funds $0 0% Other $2,343,707 2%
Debates• The presidential debates allow the public to attempt to get an inside, easily digestible view of what each candidate wants for the country and how they plan to accomplish their goals if elected. Debates have shown to have an immense impact in the way constituents vote, seeing as the debate of September 26, 1960 turned the odds to Kennedy’s favor after a spell of Nixon-centered approval.• Thus far Romney has been very reserved in his remarks during the GOP Presidential Candidate primary debates. This strategy will soon be abandoned as we learn what the people want specifically out of Mitt Romney as he can then make promises on behalf of the citizens without fear that they will not approve.
Overall strategy Mitt Romney will use in the general election• To win the General Election, our emphasis will be on the aspects of Mitt Romney’s economic plans to revive this country from the bitter days it has been seeing recently. We will model the Bush/Gore 2000 Presidential campaign by opening Romney up to the people and press full-on.• We plan to strive for all moderate states (or “swing” states) such as Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida, to be won over while continuing to keep our bases locked down in Texas, Kansas, Utah, and South Carolina. However, we value all states, and all people. Therefore, we will make every possible effort to visit each and every state and represent the bright, forward-moving future of America.
Final Vote TallyMitt Romney will need to win 270 electoral votes towin. Most states are winner-take-all, which meansthat whoever wins the plurality of the popular votegets all of that states electoral votes. Winningswings states is integral to winning the election. Wehope to win swing states such asFlorida, Virginia, Nevada, and West Virginia. Weaccept that the final tally will be close, maybe evenas close as 271 to 267 electoral votes, but we areconfident that we will come out on top and thatMitt Romney will be declared president elect of theUnited States.