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Mitt Romney: The Next Vice President?
By Stony OlsenMitt Romney is on a lot of minds this week as the political process heats up. While the Democratic National Convention is going on, John McCain, theRepublican candidate for president, will announce his vice presidential running mate on Friday, August 29th, 2008. And Romney is the likely pick.
Romney is a classic example of someone whotook theirlega l degre ein another direction. Hisreal name is Willard Mitt Romney, and he wasborn in Detroit, Michigan, in March of 1947. Hisfather was George W. Romney, formerMichigan governor and also a presidentialcandidate. Romney’s name Willardcomes from a friend of his father, J.Willard Marriott, the hotel guy.Romney got a perfect score on his SAT, and then served a missionfor the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That mission wasin France for 30 months.During that mission, Romney was declared dead after an auto accidentby the policeman on the scene, but he recovered completely andsuccessfully finished his mission.Romney attended Brigham Young University and got a Bachelor ofArts degree. While at BYU, he graduated summa cum laude, and wasvaledictorian for the 1971 class.It was also during his time at BYU that he married his wife, AnnDavies. They have had five children together. Ann was diagnosedwith multiple sclerosis in 1998.In 1975, Romney got a joint law degree and MBA from Harvard’s lawschools and business schools. He graduated cum laude from the lawschool and also graduated in the top 5% of his business class at thesame time.While many people who graduate with a law degree go into law,Romney chose differently. He promptly went into business, workingfor the Boston Consulting Group. He thenbecame vice president of Bain & Company, and then spun off afirm called Bain Capital.Romney has had a highly successful business career, makinghundreds of millions of dollars as a result of his business acumen. Hehas earned a reputation as a turnaround man, rescuing severalentities from severe issues.Romney is most known, however, for his political work. He ran againstTed Kennedy in 1994 as a Republican, coming closer than anyone elseat that point to unseating the long-serving senator. He has been thegovernor of Massachusetts, and also a serious contender for the 2008Republican nomination for president, coming in second to the eventualwinner, Senator John McCain. Now, he is widely regarded as one of themost likely candidates to be on the McCain ticket.He is also known for his Olympic work, as he was called upon to rescuethe 2002 Winter Olympics after a bribery scandal. True to his reputation,he ‘’saved the games’’ and turned them into a great success.Romney is a great example of how a law degree does not necessarilylead to al a w caree r.Romney spent most of his life in business, utilizing
his MBA degree. That said, his law degree has served him well as hehas become involved in government work. It was Romney who managedto find an obscure Massachusetts law when the Supreme Court ofMassachusetts legalized same sex marriage. That law prevented thestate from becoming, as Romney put it, the ‘’Las Vegas’’ of samesex marriage.While of course controversial, this showed how his legal educationhas been equally useful to his political career, as this move helpedendear him to conservatives nationwide.