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Mitt Romney

Date de naissance: 12. mars 1947

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Willard Mitt Romney, né le 12 mars 1947 à Détroit, est un homme d'affaires et homme politique américain.

Après avoir passé son enfance à Bloomfield Hills , Mitt Romney réside deux ans et demi en France dans les années 1960, en tant que missionnaire mormon. En 1971, il participe aux deux campagnes politiques menées par ses parents et obtient, la même année, un Bachelor of Arts de l'université Brigham Young, puis un Master of Business Administration à Harvard, en 1975.

Romney se spécialise dans le conseil en stratégie et intègre Bain & Company en 1977. Il en devient plus tard le directeur général et parvient à la sortir de la crise financière qu'elle connaît. En 1984, il cofonde et dirige Bain Capital, qui devient une des plus grandes sociétés d'investissement aux États-Unis ; son bénéfice net, estimé entre 190 et 250 millions de dollars, permet à Mitt Romney de financer ses campagnes politiques. En tant que membre de l'église mormone, Romney est, pendant sa carrière d'homme d'affaires, évêque de sa congrégation, avant de devenir président de son diocèse de Boston. Il abandonne ensuite Bain Capital et son rôle dans l'Église afin de se consacrer à la politique.

Candidat sans succès du Parti républicain à l'élection sénatoriale de 1994 dans le Massachusetts face à Ted Kennedy, il retourne à Bain Capital. Désigné président du « Comité de Salt Lake City chargé de l'organisation des Jeux olympiques et paralympiques d'hiver de 2002 », Romney parvient à redresser les finances du comité, ce qui relance sa carrière politique. Il devient gouverneur du Massachusetts à l'issue de l'élection de 2002. Il est à l'origine d'une réforme permettant à tous les habitants de bénéficier d'une assurance maladie avec le choix de souscrire auprès de l'État ou auprès d'une compagnie privée d'assurance. Il redresse également les finances de son État, allégeant le déficit de deux milliards de dollars grâce à une combinaison de réduction des dépenses, d'augmentation des impôts de certaines tranches de la population et de baisse des impôts sur les PME.

Il ne brigue pas un second mandat de gouverneur en 2006, préférant se porter candidat à la primaire présidentielle républicaine de 2008, qu'il perd au profit de John McCain, après avoir néanmoins remporté plusieurs primaires. Une nouvelle fois candidat en 2012, il est désigné par le Parti républicain afin d'affronter le président sortant, Barack Obama, à l'élection présidentielle. Son colistier est le représentant Paul Ryan. Il est battu le 6 novembre 2012, obtenant 47,21 % des voix contre 51,07 % à Obama .

D'abord silencieux depuis l'élection présidentielle de 2012, il s'avère ensuite être l'un des opposants républicains les plus résolus au président en place depuis 2017, Donald Trump. Le 16 février 2018, il annonce sa candidature à l'élection sénatoriale qui aura lieu dans l'Utah au mois de novembre de la même année.

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Citations Mitt Romney

„I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.“

—  Mitt Romney
Context: I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don't like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn't give me a good service that I need, I want to say I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me. Speech to Chamber of Commerce in Nashua, New Hampshire, , quoted in

„I'm not concerned about the very poor.“

—  Mitt Romney
Context: I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich — they're doing just fine. CNN Interview, quoted in

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„Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.“

—  Mitt Romney
Context: Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.

„Look, you can't have any illegals working on our property. I'm running for office, for Pete's sake.“

—  Mitt Romney
Context: Rick, I don't think I've ever hired an illegal in my life... We had a lawn company to mow our lawn, and they had illegal immigrants, and when that was pointed out to us, we let them go... So we went to the company and we said, "Look, you can't have any illegals working on our property. I'm running for office, for Pete's sake. I can't have illegals." CNN Republican presidential debate, Los Angeles, , quoted in

„So, all total, the tax rate is really closer to 45 or 50%.“

—  Mitt Romney
Context: Jorge Ramos: You just released your tax returns. In 2010 you only paid 13% of taxes while most Americans paid much more than that. Is that fair? Mitt Romney Well, actually, I released two years of taxes and I think the average is almost 15%. And then also, on top of that, I gave another more 15% to charity. When you add it together with all of the taxes and the charity, particularly in the last year, I think it reaches almost 40% that I gave back to the community. One of the reasons why we have a lower tax rate on capital gains is because capital gains are also being taxed at the corporate level. So as businesses earn profits, that's taxed at 35%, then as they distribute those profits as dividends, that's taxed at 15% more. So, all total, the tax rate is really closer to 45 or 50%. Jorge Ramos: But is it fair what you pay, 13%, while most pay much more than that? Mitt Romney Well, again, I go back to the point that the, that the funds are being taxed twice at two different levels. interview with Univision

„The one by L. Ron Hubbard…I'm not in favor of his religion by any means, but he wrote a book called Battlefield Earth that was a very fun science fiction book.“

—  Mitt Romney
Fox News interview, , quoted in [2007-04-30, Romney Favors Hubbard Novel, Jim Rutenberg, The Caucus, The New York Times, http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/04/30/romney-favors-hubbard-novel/] asked his favorite novel

„Bain Capital is an investment partnership which was formed to invest in startup companies and ongoing companies, then to take an active hand in managing them and hopefully, five to eight years later, to harvest them at a significant profit.“

—  Mitt Romney
CD-ROM marking 25th anniversary of Bain & Company, quoted in * 2012-09-27 Corn David w:David Corn New Romney Video: In 1985, He Said Bain Would "Harvest" Companies for Profits Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/1985-romney-bain-harvest-firms-profits-video 2012-10-03

„He can't look like that. That's wrong. Just look at him!“

—  Mitt Romney
2012-05-10 Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents Jason Horowitz The Washington Post 0190-8286 http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-prep-school-classmates-recall-pranks-but-also-troubling-incidents/2012/05/10/gIQA3WOKFU_story.html As recalled by friend Matthew Friedemann: remark about John Lauber, a fellow high school student with bleached hair over one eye, whose hair Romney forcibly cut while he was pinned to the ground.

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„Mr. President, you're entitled as a president to your own airplane, and to your own house, but not to your own facts. I'm not going to cut education funding. I don't have any plan to cut education funding.“

—  Mitt Romney
Presidential debate, , * 2012-10-03 2012 presidential debate: President Obama and Mitt Romney’s remarks in Denver on Oct. 3 Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/2012-presidential-debate-president-obama-and-mitt-romneys-remarks-in-denver-on-oct-3-running-transcript/2012/10/03/24d6eb6e-0d91-11e2-bd1a-b868e65d57eb_story_4.html 2012-10-04, viewable at [2012-10-03, Special Programming : Mitt Romney zingers at first presidential debate, CNN, YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PvpBLQXEJg, 2012-10-04] in response to President Obama's assertion, "His running mate, Congressman Ryan, put forward a budget... it wasn't very detailed (this seems to be a trend), but what it did do, if you extrapolated how much money we're talking about, you'd look at cutting the education budget up to 20%." possibly paraphrasing "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.", attributed to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

„We believe in a nation under God, a nation indivisible, a nation united, a nation with justice and liberty for all. And for that to happen, we're going to have to have a new president that will commit to getting America working again; that will commit to a strong military; that will commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we the American people were given our rights not by government, but by God himself.“

—  Mitt Romney
campaign speech at Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, , quoted in [2012-09-08, Ashley, Parker, In Romney’s Hands, Pledge of Allegiance Is Framework for Criticism, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/us/politics/romney-uses-pledge-of-allegiance-to-criticize-obama.html, 2012-09-18] quoting and paraphrasing the Pledge of Allegiance regarding a draft of the Democratic Party's national platform replacing the phrase "God-given potential" with "talent and drive"

„I'm not familiar precisely with what I said, but I'll stand by what I said, whatever it was.“

—  Mitt Romney
2012-05-17 Mitt Romney stands by invocation of Rev. Wright Greg Sargent The Plum Line The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/i-stand-by-what-i-said-whatever-it-was/2012/05/17/gIQADnyhWU_blog.html 2012-10-03 posed question: "When you did an interview with Sean Hannity in February, you said that you believed that Obama is trying to make America a less Christian nation. It was responding to quote that he had just played for you on the radio. Do you stand by that?" regarding Romney saying "And I'm not sure which is worse, him listening to Reverend Wright or him saying that we must be a less Christian nation.", referring to Obama's 2006 statement, "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."

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