She is dedicated to the promotion and creation of quality literature for children. She is also the President of Book Bridge Press. In she won the Children's Choice award for her book, The legend of the Loon. Annie Appleford. Illustrated by Michael G. She is also the President of Book Bridge Press. In she won the Children's Choice award for her book, The legend of the Loon.
Annie Appleford. Illustrated by Michael G. Monroe Where was the first mile of highway paved? Mitt had missed much of the tumultuous anti-Vietnam War movement in America while away in France. Upon his return, he was surprised to learn that his father had joined that same movement during his unsuccessful presidential campaign. In a June newspaper profile of children of cabinet members, Mitt said that U. He later sought and received two additional student deferments. At culturally conservative BYU, Romney remained separated from much of the upheaval of that era.
The Romneys' first son, Taggart , was born in  while they were undergraduates at BYU and living in a basement apartment. Benjamin and Craig were born after Romney had begun his career. Romney wanted to pursue a business career, but his father advised him that a law degree would be valuable to his career even if he never practiced law. Recruited by several firms in , Romney joined the Boston Consulting Group BCG , reasoning that working as a management consultant for a variety of companies would better prepare him for a future position as a chief executive.
In fact, clients sometimes preferred to use him rather than more-senior partners.
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Two family incidents during this time later surfaced during Romney's political campaigns. Disagreeing about the license and wanting to continue a family outing, Romney took it out anyway, saying he would pay the fine. The ranger arrested him for disorderly conduct. The charges were dropped several days later. Initially, Bain Capital focused on venture capital investments. Romney set up a system in which any partner could veto one of these potential opportunities, and he personally saw so many weaknesses that few venture capital investments were approved in the initial two years.
Stemberg convinced Romney of the market size for office supplies and Romney convinced others; Bain Capital eventually reaped a nearly sevenfold return on its investment, and Romney sat on the Staples board of directors for over a decade. Romney soon switched Bain Capital's focus from startups to the relatively new business of leveraged buyouts : buying existing companies with money mostly borrowed from banking institutions using the newly bought companies' assets as collateral, then taking steps to improve the companies' value, and finally selling those companies once their value peaked, usually within a few years.
Romney discovered few investment opportunities himself and those that he did, often failed to make money for the firm. Bain Capital's leveraged buyouts sometimes led to layoffs, either soon after acquisition or later after the firm had concluded its role. My job was to try and make the enterprise successful, and in my view the best security a family can have is that the business they work for is strong.
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Romney took a leave of absence from Bain Capital from November to November to run for the U. Against the advice of Bain Capital lawyers, Romney met the strikers, but told them he had no position of active authority in the matter. In August , Romney announced that he would not return to Bain Capital. During his business career, Romney held several positions in the local lay clergy.
In the early s Romney served in a ward bishopric. He then served for a time as a seminary teacher and then as a member of the stake high council of the Boston Stake while Richard L. Bushman was stake president.
In , he became a counselor to the president of the Boston Stake. Romney took a hands-on role in the Boston Stake's matters, helping in domestic maintenance efforts, visiting the sick, and counseling burdened church members. For much of his business career, Romney did not take public political stances. By , Romney had begun thinking about entering politics, partly based upon Ann's urging and partly to follow in his father's footsteps. Senator Ted Kennedy , who was seeking re-election for the sixth time. Radio personality Janet Jeghelian took an early lead in polls among candidates for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat, but Romney proved the most effective fundraiser.
In the general election, Kennedy faced the first serious re-election challenge of his career. I'm not trying to take us back to Reagan-Bush. Romney's campaign was effective in portraying Kennedy as soft on crime, but had trouble establishing its own consistent positions. The day after the election, Romney returned to Bain Capital, but the loss had a lasting effect; he told his brother, "I never want to run for something again unless I can win.
Romney Institute of Public Management. Romney felt restless as the decade neared a close; the goal of simply making more money held little attraction for him. In , Ann Romney learned that she had multiple sclerosis ; Mitt described watching her fail a series of neurological tests as the worst day of his life. They chose Romney based on his business and legal expertise as well as his connections to both the LDS Church and the state. Romney restructured the organization's leadership and policies.
He reduced budgets and boosted fundraising, alleviating the concerns of corporate sponsors while recruiting new ones. Romney emerged as the local public face of the Olympic effort, appearing in photographs, in news stories, on collectible Olympics pins depicting Romney wrapped by an American flag, and on buttons carrying phrases like "Hey, Mitt, we love you! Garff , the chair of the organizing committee, later said "It was obvious that he had an agenda larger than just the Olympics,"  and that Romney wanted to use the Olympics to propel himself into the national spotlight and a political career.
He was very good at characterizing and castigating people and putting himself on a pedestal. Olympic Committee head William Hybl credited Romney with an extraordinary effort in overcoming a difficult time for the Olympics, culminating in "the greatest Winter Games I have ever seen". The role gave Romney experience in dealing with federal, state, and local entities, a public persona he had previously lacked, and the chance to relaunch his political aspirations.
In , plagued by political missteps and personal scandals, the administration of Republican Acting Governor of Massachusetts Jane Swift appeared vulnerable, and many Republicans viewed her as unable to win a general election. Romney again ran as a political outsider. The swearing in of Romney as the 70th governor of Massachusetts took place on January 2, Romney sought to bring near-universal health insurance coverage to the state.
This came after Staples founder Tom Stemberg told him at the start of his term that doing so would be the best way he could help people. Determined that a new Massachusetts health insurance measure not raise taxes or resemble the previous decade's failed "Hillarycare" proposal at the federal level, Romney formed a team of consultants from diverse political backgrounds to apply those principles. Beginning in late , they devised a set of proposals that were more ambitious than an incremental one from the Massachusetts Senate and more acceptable to him than one from the Massachusetts House of Representatives that incorporated a new payroll tax.
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On April 12, , the governor signed the resulting Massachusetts health reform law , commonly called "Romneycare", which requires nearly all Massachusetts residents to buy health insurance coverage or face escalating tax penalties, such as the loss of their personal income tax exemption. At the beginning of his governorship, Romney opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions but advocated tolerance and supported some domestic partnership benefits. Department of Public Health. However, citing a law that barred out-of-state residents from getting married in Massachusetts if their union would be illegal in their home state, he said no marriage licenses were to be issued to those people not planning to move to Massachusetts.
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In , Romney revealed a change of view regarding abortion, moving from the pro-choice positions expressed during his and campaigns to a pro-life one in opposition to Roe v. Romney used a bully pulpit approach towards promoting his agenda, staging well-organized media events to appeal directly to the public rather than pushing his proposals in behind-doors sessions with the state legislature. During , Romney spent considerable effort trying to bolster the state Republican Party, but the party failed to gain any seats in the state legislative elections that year.
Romney filed to register a presidential campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission on his penultimate day in office as governor. His term ended January 4, Romney formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president on February 13, , in Dearborn, Michigan. The campaign emphasized Romney's highly profitable career in the business world and his stewardship of the Olympics. Romney's liabilities included having run for senator and serving as governor in one of the nation's most liberal states and having taken positions in opposition to the party's conservative base during that time.
For his campaign, Romney assembled a veteran group of Republican staffers, consultants, and pollsters. During all of his political campaigns, Romney has avoided speaking publicly about Mormon doctrines, referring to the U. Constitution's prohibition of religious tests for public office.
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My faith is the faith of my fathers. I will be true to them and to my beliefs. Kennedy 's famous speech during his presidential campaign in saying, "I will put no doctrine of any church above the plain duties of the office and the sovereign authority of the law. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone. There he won primaries or caucuses in several states, but McCain won in more and in larger-population ones.
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Romney endorsed McCain for president a week later,  and McCain had Romney on a short list for vice presidential running mate, where his business experience would have balanced one of McCain's weaknesses. Romney supported the Bush administration's Troubled Asset Relief Program in response to the lates financial crisis , later saying that it prevented the U. Following the election, Romney laid the groundwork for a likely presidential campaign by using his Free and Strong America political action committee PAC to raise money for other Republican candidates and pay his existing political staff's salaries and consulting fees.
Willard Marriott. In , the Romneys sold their primary residence in Belmont and their ski chalet in Utah, leaving them an estate along Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire , and an oceanfront home in the La Jolla district of San Diego, California , which they had purchased the year before. Romney released his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness , in March , and undertook an state book tour to promote the work.