News / USA

Romney Touts Business Background in Presidential Bid

Romney Touts Business Background in Presidential Bidi
|| 0:00:00
X
Jim Malone
August 23, 2012 7:33 PM
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will be formally nominated next week as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate at the party's convention in Tampa, Florida. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has a profile from Washington.
TEXT SIZE - +
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will be formally nominated next week as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate at the party's convention in Tampa, Florida. 

The Republican ticket for 2012:  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. In his bid to become the 45th President of the United States, Romney highlights his business experience.

“I understand those things, and I want to bring that understanding to make sure we can create good jobs for every American that wants a good job,” he said.

If elected, Romney says he would lower taxes, cut government spending, reduce the budget deficit and repeal President Obama’s signature health care law.

Romney made millions as a top executive with Bain Capital, one of the world's largest private investment firms. He helped rescue the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City from financial distress and served one term as governor of Massachusetts.

Romney fell short in his first try for the Republican nomination four years ago.

But he prevailed this year over more conservative rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and overcame doubts about his Mormon religion.

Romney now leads a party committed to defeating President Obama in November, says analyst John Fortier.

“Mitt Romney may not be the most enthusiastic candidate, but the prospect of beating Barack Obama, a person that Republicans disagree with very strongly, is a very strong motivating factor,” he said.

On foreign policy, Romney says President Obama has damaged relations with longtime ally Israel and has not been tough enough with Iran, China and Russia.

“And in dealings with other nations [President Obama] has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved and apology where it is not due,” he said.

Romney has focused on the weak economy.  But public opinion polls show he faces a challenge because voters find the president more likeable, says American University expert Jennifer Lawless.

“There’s no question that Mitt Romney has a problem on this front," she said. "But in a lot of ways maybe it’s time to just embrace that problem and say to the American people, ‘Look, I know that you don’t like me that much but I can get this country moving in the right direction.’”

Romney is less well known than President Obama, something both campaigns will try and address in the final weeks of the campaign, says Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown.  
“There is a race to define Mitt Romney to the American voter and the race is between the Obama people who want to define him negatively and the Romney people who want to define him positively.  The campaign that does the best job defining Mitt Romney is going to win,” he said.

Mitt Romney is 65, is married to his wife Ann since 1969, and they have five sons.

You May Like

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

John the XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square on April 27 More

Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Authorities hope arrest of two Lebanese suspects will disrupt plot to attack young Israeli tourists More

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

'Once Upon a Forest' takes viewers deep into heart of tropical rainforest More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Churchi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
Jerome Socolovsky
April 22, 2014 4:14 PM
On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Robotic Mission Kicks Up Lunar Dust

A robotic mission to the moon was deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface late last week, but not before scientists had collected data gathered by the spacecraft which was designed to self-destruct. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports on the preliminary findings of the craft, called LADEE - an acronym for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.
Video

Video Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Bombing in Nigerian Capital

The Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital on April 14th that killed 75 people. In the video message, Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he ordered the bombing, says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls, most of whom are still missing. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
Video

Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid