Election 2008


The Primary Contenders: Mitt Romney

January 17, 2008
by findingDulcinea Staff
Former governor of Massachusetts, businessman, and the organizer of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Mitt Romney is a front-running Republican presidential candidate currently in heated contention with Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, and Senator John McCain of Arizona.


A profile of Romney from BBC News discusses his background as a businessman and governor of Massachusetts, his upbringing as a Mormon and son of an auto executive, his role as the organizer of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, his stance on issues such as gay marriage, and his accomplishments in health care while he was governor. The profile includes a video analyzing the Mormon aspect of Romney’s platform.

For more detailed insight into the candidate, the Boston Globe ran a seven-part biography of Romney divided into seven key components of his platform: “The Son,” “The Missionary,” “The Family Man,” “The Businessman,” “The Olympian,” and “The Candidate."

The Romney Stance

On Romney’s official campaign Web site is a biography, coverage of the issues Romney discusses on the campaign trail and wishes to tackle if he makes it into office. Referring often to his gubernatorial accomplishments in the areas of health care, gay marriage rights, and employment, Romney considers There is also a blog kept by Romney, his five sons, and his wife that reports on news from the campaign trail and posts related video and links. Take a look at Romney’s YouTube page for hundreds of videos, including advertisements, debate excerpts, speeches, and promotional material.

On MSNBC’s Meet the Press with Tim Russert, Romney responded to statements in speeches distant and recent, including the December 6 “Faith in America” speech, and discussed other contentious topics including civil rights, gun laws, his fellow candidates in both parties, and the question of his flip-flopping on several issues, including the war in Iraq and abortion rights. Watch the entire episode on MSNBC’s Web site by clicking on the “Dec 16: Romney” link on the right-hand side of the page.

Education is another emblematic issue of the 2008 election in light of the harsh criticism of President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” program. Romney’s business and gubernatorial efforts in education are critically examined in this November article in Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Mormon Question

The most discussed aspect of Romney’s political identity is his Mormon faith. (A definition of the religion is given in the BBC’s profile of Romney, mentioned above).

In a December 6 speech called “Faith in America,” Romney outlined the role of religion in politics, tackling some of the questions on Mormonism that colleagues, journalists, and the public frequently ask. Now one of the most referenced resources on Romney’s religious stance, the speech and its reactions are discussed in this December 6 Beyond the Headlines article.

The Businessman

Romney worked for Bain & Company as a vice president, and later formed Bain Capital, where he held the title of CEO. The New York Times discusses the relevance of Romney’s business experience in this June 2007 article.

Speech and Dialogue

Project Vote Smart’s Web site links to dozens of transcripts of speeches and other discussions in which Romney has taken part, listed in reverse-chronological order. These include televised debates and interviews on news programs such as the CBS Early Show and FOX’s Fox and Friends. As a supplement, OntheIssues.org makes use of those statements to provide revealing quotes and voting records for Romney (and every other candidate) on issues like abortion rights, gay rights, homeland security, technology, the environment, and more.

For full coverage of the primary debates head to ABC’s site, which provides videos, news analysis, and links to polls.
To find out more about all the presidential candidates and the sites providing the best coverage, read the findingDulcinea 2008 Election Guide.

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