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Mitt Romney



The former governor of Massachusetts and a leading candidate in 2008, Mitt Romney is actively pursuing the Republican nomination once again leading up to 2012. Strengths: Name recognition, fundraising ability, past executive experience running Massachusetts and serving as the CEO of Bain Capital. Romney has already won both the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and is currently the odds-on favorite to win the nomination, far outpacing his competitors in fundraising and national polling.


The Health Care Reform bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2012 is largely based on the plan signed by Romney as governor of Massachusetts. Also, there is some evidence that Romney's Mormon faith may hurt him among some religiously conservative GOP primary voters. Romney also has had some problems with his career in private equity, as part his work involved downsizing companies to increase their value (when necessary). This weakness may be exacerbated by the fact that Romney pays an effective federal tax rate of around 15% because most of his earnings comes from investments, a figure much lower than the majority of Americans who depend on a salary for a large portion of their annual income.
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