Honestly, this is the best I can do right now and about as unbias as I can get. So give it a read and then debate his merit or whatever you find debate worthy!
Since we had a very bias article directed towards those leaning left on this forum I decided to take it upon myself to draft a post directed at our conservative friends regarding Mitt Romney. Here I hope to give an UNBIAS view on this Presidential candidate.
Willard Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947 in Detroit Michigan of Governor George and Lenore Romney. Mitt was raised by an extremely religious family who were devout Mormons. It has also been noted that Romney's grandparents and great grandparents were polygamists. His father spent time as a missionary in England and Scotland. His father served as the chief spokesman for the automobile industry during WW2 and headed an arrangement where companies could share production improvements. Though he ran on the Republican ticket George Romney was a moderate politician who decried not only the influence of labor unions in the Democratic Party but also the influence of big business in the Republican Party. In his time in office he proposed a flat rate state income tax (which was rejected), was able to form a non-partisan communication between parties and supported the American Civil Rights Movement. He was later defeated by Richard Nixon in 1968 as a Republican presidential nominee.
Mitt attended the prestigious Cranbrook School, an all boys private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Romney recently came under fire regarding his time at this school when a Washington Post piece alleged that some of the pranks he pulled was targeted towards a gay peer and was regarded as bullying. Regardless of this situation, Romney graduated, spent some time in France as a Mormon missionary and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1971. Brigham Young is a private university located in Utah that is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the U.S's largest religious university. Upon graduating he went on to Harvard Law and Business School and received both a law and M.B.A in 1975. During this time he married his wife, Anne Davies.
Upon graduating Mitt began his career in business. He worked for the consulting firm Bain and Company before founding Bain Capital in 1984. Bain Capital has currently drawn criticism for Romney due to a national debate over private equity. Questions have arose as to whether Romney saw a company in distress and took advantage of the situation or whether there was a chance for healthy restructuring to re-set struggling firms on a stronger foothold. As of late, Romney has been reluctant to discuss too deeply about his private equity background.
After his run with Bain Capital Romney ran for US Senate in 1994 in Massachusetts but was defeated by Edward Kennedy. In 1999, he again stepped into the spotlight when he took over as president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee and made the 2002 Winter Olympics a success. He then took his success from the Olympics and used it in his big for Governor of Massachusetts in 2003. During his time as Governor he oversaw a reduction of $3 billion deficit. He also signed a health care law reform program, known as Romney Care, in order to provide Universal Health care for state residents.
In his current bid as Republican nominee for President Mitt Romney has come under fire as being a "flip flopper". His run as a moderate Republican has been brought up time and time again as he vies to prove to his party of choice of his conservatism. As Governor, he supported pro-choice rights while saying privately he is pro-life. He supported Universal Health care but has spoken out against "Obama Care" (though there are stark similarities). In 2007 he supported McCain and Kennedy's immigration reform but has recently stated he does not support immigration reform. He has also called Obama's tax cut extension "temporary little band-aid" but has recently endorsed extending the payroll tax cut.
But regardless of what the media portrays him, his record stands. He did not take a public political position in his time as a career businessman. So much so that in 1992 he voted for Paul Tsongas, a former Democratic Senator from Massachusetts. His political career has shown that while there are definite parallels between his political life and his father's there are particular differences, most notably that while George would defy trends Mitt adapts to them. He has said, "If you're looking for someone who's never changed any positions on any policies, then I'm not your guy".