Mitt Romney news

    1. Republicans protest Obama inaction on entitlements but ignore previous proposals

      As Republicans position themselves in their wrestling match with President Barack Obama, their refrain has been that the president must be the one to propose cost-cutting reforms to the government’s entitlement programs which now account for 42 percent of all federal spending. Full story

    2. Interactive
      Romney meets with Obama at White House lunch
    3. Interactive
      Not everyone is moving on from election loss
    4. Iowa's GOP governor: End the Ames straw poll
    5. Social conservatives say they deserve seat at table in retooled GOP
    6. Where Obama, Romney rank in Electoral College scores

Profile: Mitt Romney, Republican presidential nominee

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney hails from a prominent political family — his father, George, was an automotive executive, the 43rd governor of Michigan, Republican candidate for president, and a cabinet member under Richard Nixon. Romney began his college studies at Stanford University, but left to embark on a Mormon mission to France. When he returned, he completed his degree at Brigham Young University and later earned a joint M.B.A/J.D. from Harvard University. At Bain & Company, where he was given the opportunity to head a spin-off private equity firm, Bain Capital. According to a June 2012 financial report from the Romney campaign, his net worth is somewhere between $190 million and $250 million. In 1994, Romney made an unsuccessful bid for Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat. Five years later, Romney was brought on as the president of the organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, an appointment designed to bring the beleaguered games back under budget.
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney was the architect of a state health reform law requiring residents to obtain a minimum of insurance coverage. Romney made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.
Age: 65
Education: B.A., Brigham Young University, 1971; J.D./M.B.A., Harvard University, 1975
Elected office: Governor of Massachusetts, 2003-2007
Professional career: CEO of private equity firm
Religion: Mormon
Marital status: Married to Ann Davies Romney
Children: Tagg, Matthew, Joshua, Benjamin, and Craig

Profile: Mitt Romney on the issues

  • Jobs Romney has a 59-page plan that leans on a series of reforms to tax, budgetary, energy, trade, regulatory and labor policies to spur job creation. Read the whole plan here.
  • Taxes Romney wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent and maintain personal income tax levels past their expiration date in 2013. Romney also wants to eliminate taxes on investment income for taxpayers making less than $200,000.
  • Budget Romney would seek in immediate cut in non-defense discretionary spending by 5 percent. Beyond that, he’d seek to cap government spending at 20 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, along with a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.
  • Regulations Romney supports repealing the recent Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform legislation, and would pursue tort reform.
  • Entitlement programs Romney would transform Medicaid into a block grant program for states, but is less specific about his plans for Social Security and Medicare; he’s suggested possibly raising the retirement age or means-testing benefits as possible Social Security reforms.
  • Health care reform Romney supports the repeal of President Obama’s health care reform law, and has said he would sign an executive order on his first day as president to undo many aspects of the law.
  • Foreign policy Romney’s foreign policy would reverse defense cuts, and boost funding for the Navy and missile defense programs. He would order a full review of the transition out of Afghanistan, and work to deter threatening nations like Iran while enhancing partnerships with friendly nations, in part through economic incentives.
  • Immigration Romney opposes in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, and supports building a fence along the border with Mexico, staffed by enough armed guards to secure it.
  • Energy/Environment Romney would direct the Department of Energy to review domestic energy production capacity. On the environment, Romney would seek a re-write of the Clean Air Act to bar regulation of carbon emissions, and encourage new nuclear energy.
  • Abortion Romney considers himself in opposition to abortion rights and has pledged to appoint jurists who share a similar legal view.
  • Same-sex marriage Romney says marriage should be between one man and one woman, and that this determination should be made at the federal level.
  • Climate change Not available

Social: A look at the candidates through social media

MORE BUZZ:  Obama  Romney  
How did we arrive at these numbers? is tracking social media commentary on the major presidential candidates using a natural-language tool called ForSight, developed by Crimson-Hexagon Inc. Results are culled from all Twitter messages and a sampling of Facebook posts each day.

The left panel shows how many posts that expressed a clear intention to vote for a candidate or urged others to vote for that candidate the previous day. The right panel breaks down whether the opinions were positive or negative and shows the issue that was the biggest topic in each category.

Numbers may not add to 100 percent because of rounding. The margin of sampling error is reported at plus or minus 3 percentage points.

SOURCE: Crimson Hexagon

Chart: Obama v. Romney in the polls

Map: Candidate check-ins

View Foursquare check-ins from presidential candidates and NBC embeds

Photos: Mitt Romney

loading photos...
  1. Mitt Romney at the age of 1, in 1948, the son of the eventual three-term Republican governor of Michigan and unsuccessful presidential candidate, George Romney, and his wife, Lenore, an unsuccessful candidate for senator from Michigan. ( Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Mitt with his father, George Romney, taken about 1957. ( Back to slideshow navigation
  3. American Motors President George Romney with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Mitt Romney's father was elected governor of Michigan in 1962. Mitt was an intern in the governor's office and traveled with his father to the 1964 Republican National Convention. (Francis Miller / Time & Life Pictures via Getty Image) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Mitt Romney, at left, with fellow Mormon missionaries in front of the police station in Limoges, central France, in autumn 1968. The fresh-faced Latter-Day Saints who came to France in the late 1960s to preach the message of Jesus Christ -- of which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the most well-known -- discovered a secular and skeptical populace, and few willing converts. On bad days, the young Americans were greeted with guns, or barking dogs chased at their heels. Romney has said his mission, which took him through LeHavre, Paris and Bordeaux, was a testing time, with rejection an everyday occurrence. But it was precisely this two and half years that helped cement Romney's tenacity and his faith, say current and former missionaries. (Mike Bush via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Mitt and Ann Lois Davies on their wedding day, March 21, 1969. They first met in elementary school, but started dating in the spring of 1965. Later Ann suffered from multiple sclerosis and breast cancer. ( Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mitt and Ann Romney with their five sons in 1981: Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig. ( Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Mitt Romney, CEO and president of Salt Lake Organizing Committee, joins U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on Jan. 22, 2002 at a press conference ahead of the city's Olympic Games. Before Romney came on, the event was running $379 million behind budget and allegations of bribery shook the organization's top brass. Romney was also tasked with keeping the games safe in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. (George Frey / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Former Salt Lake Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney, with his wife Ann, speaks at a press conference on March 19, 2002 at his home in Belmont, Mass. Romney announced that he was entering the governor's race. The announcement came just hours after acting Gov. Jane Swift announced she will bow out of the contest. (Darren McCollester / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. President George W. Bush stands beside Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney at the Seaport Hotel on Oct. 4 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts. Bush was campaigning in the Bay State as Republicans attempted to extend a 12-year grip on the governorship of this otherwise Democratic-controlled commonwealth. Romney went on to serve as governor from 2003-2007. (Tim Sloan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Two men on opposite sides of the issue argue over gay marriage outside the Massachusetts State House while the legislature was in its second day of debate over a possible constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on Feb. 12, 2004 in Boston. The proposed amendment, supported by Gov. Mitt Romney, was drafted in response to a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling declaring that the right to same-sex marriage was protected by the state's constitution. (Michael Springer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Photographs of the victims line the stage as Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri, his wife Suzanne, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann bow their heads in prayer during a memorial service on the eve of the one-year anniversary of The Station nightclub fire Feb. 19, 2004 in Cranston, R.I. The Station, located in nearby West Warwick, was destroyed and 100 people died after a fire broke out when the rock band Great White ignited pyrotechnics on Feb. 20, 2003. (Michael Springer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Mitt Romney looks on while Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation John Cogliano speaks during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boston. Governor Romney announced on July 13, 2006 that he was filing emergency legislation to give the Executive Branch the authority to oversee the inspection of the failed ceiling system in the I-90 Connector tunnel. A large section of the "Big Dig" tunnel was found to be faulty after a 12-ton portion collapsed, killing a woman and injuring her husband. (Darren Mccollester / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Romney signs into law a new health care reform bill during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall April 12, 2006 in Boston. The late Sen. Edward Kennedy joined Romney for the signing of the bill, which made Massachusetts the first state in the country to require all residents have health insurance. His support of a plan that many feel was an inspiration for "Obamacare" has put the Republican on the defensive ahead of the 2012 elections. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Romney and his wife Ann turn to wave from the red carpet in front of the Statehouse, in Boston, as he completes his "lone walk" out on Jan. 3, 2007, the day before his replacement, Deval Patrick, is sworn in as the new governor. (Steven Senne / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Romney officially announces he is entering the race for the Republican presidential nomination Feb. 13, 2007 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Romney kicked off his three-day, four state announcement tour of Michigan, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, addressing the need to build a "new American dream" by strengthening families and education. (Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Romney speaks on faith in America at The George Bush Presidential Library on Texas A & M University campus Dec. 6, 2007 in College Station, Texas. Romney talked about the role of religion in government and his Mormon faith. As a young missionary, Romney spent several years in France. (Ben Sklar / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Romney speaks, alongside his sons and wife, during a post-primary rally on Jan. 29, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Romney came in second to John McCain. Days earlier, McCain took the South Carolina primary, where Romney placed fourth. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Trailing John McCain following the Super Tuesday presidential primaries, Romney calls it quits during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee on Feb. 7, 2008 in Washington. He's seen here, waving goodbye to the crowd with his wife Ann. (Jonathan Ernst / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Romney shakes hands with Sen. John McCain after endorsing his presidential bid in Boston on Feb. 14, 2008. Romney had just ended his own, unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination. All in all, Romney won 11 primaries and caucuses and was considered to be on McCain's short-list for vice president. (Darren Mccollester / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Romney reacts to the crowd on day three of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minn. Having failed in his own bid to headline the party ticket, Romney threw his support toward John MCCain, who was officially nominated on the last day of the convention. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," written by Romney, is seen in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2010. The major theme of the book is the idea of American exceptionalism - meant to address Romney's belief that President Barack Obama spends too much time abroad apologizing for past national trangressions. (Tim Sloan / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Volunteers participate in a Mitt Romney phone bank fundraiser, Monday, May 16, 2011, in Las Vegas. The former Massachusetts governor worked with volunteers to reach out to voters and donors through cell phones and computers. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announces he joining the race for President of the United States, June 2, 2011, during a campaign event at Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, N.H. (Stephan Savoia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann embrace at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on the night of the Iowa Caucuses Jan. 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. On the night of the Iowa contest, Mitt Romney was projected the winner by a mere eight votes, but on Jan. 19, the Iowa GOP declared that after certifying the results, Santorum had officially won the primary by 34 votes. (Win Mcnamee / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Former presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, announces his endorsement of Mitt Romney during a town hall meeting at Central High School Jan. 4, 2012 in Manchester, N.H. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Romney takes center stage during his primary night rally with members of his family, left to right, Matt, Tagg, Craig, wife Ann, Ben and Josh Romney following the first-in-the-nation primary at Southern New Hampshire University Jan. 10, 2012 in Manchester, N.H. Romney finished first in the state's primary election with 39% of the vote and collected seven delegates. (Win Mcnamee / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Mitt Romney waves to supporters behind him as he takes the podium on primary night in Columbia, South Carolina on Jan. 21, 2012. Romney conceded defeat in the South Carolina primary to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who came from behind to beat him by 12 percent. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Romney shakes hands with supporters at his Florida primary night rally in Tampa, Jan. 31. Romney beat his four opponents and collected the state's 50 delegates, putting him in the lead with 87 delegates, ahead of Newt Gingrich's 26. (Steve Nesius / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Mitt Romney shakes hands with businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, Feb. 2. Trump re-injected himself and his wealth into the Republican presidential race by endorsing Romney, a day after the front-runner stumbled with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to America's poor. (Steve Marcus / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets his wife and family along with vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, his wife and family on stage after accepting the nomination at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30, in Tampa, Florida. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  1. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  2. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  3. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  4. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

Profile: Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential nominee

Paul Ryan
Mitt Romney says the Wisconsin congressman is “an intellectual leader of the Republican Party” and a man who “understands the fiscal catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change course.” But perhaps the House Budget Committee chairman is best known as the author of an ambitious plan to redesign the Medicare program for older and disabled Americans. Ryan’s Medicare reform would gradually increase the Medicare eligibility age to 67. The proposal would also do away with Medicare’s open-ended payments for those born in 1958 and later. Asked whether Romney embraces Ryan’s Medicare plan, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the GOP presidential contender “appreciates and admires” what Ryan has proposed, but “Mitt Romney has his own plans.” Ryan has also offered some of his ideas on tax reform in interviews on “Meet the Press.”
Last May, Ryan said, "What we're saying about taxes is take the tax shelters and the loopholes away from the well-connected and the well-off so we can lower tax rates for everybody so we can allow small businesses to grow and compete."
Age: 42
Education: B.A., Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, 1992
Elected office: U.S. representative for Wisconsin, 1999-present
Professional career: Marketing consultant, congressional aide
Religion: Catholic
Marital status: Married to Janna Little Ryan
Children: Elizabeth, Charles, and Samuel