Frases de Mitt Romney
Data de nascimento: 12. Março 1947
Willard Mitt Romney é um empresário e político dos Estados Unidos. Ele foi o candidato do Partido Republicano à presidência dos Estados Unidos na eleição de 2012.
É filho de Lenore e George W. Romney , tendo sido criado em Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Iniciando como membro da Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias em 1966, ele passou trinta meses na França como missionário mórmon. Em 1969 casou-se com Ann Davies, com quem tem cinco filhos. Em 1971, ele ganhou um Bachelor of Arts da Universidade Brigham Young e, em 1975, se formou com Juris Doctor e mestrado em Administração de Empresas pela Universidade de Harvard. Romney entrou na indústria de consultoria de gestão, e em 1977 entrou na Bain & Company. Mais tarde, como executivo-chefe da empresa, ajudou a tirar a empresa da crise financeira. Em 1984, ele co-fundou e liderou o Bain Capital, uma empresa de investimento de capital privada que se tornou altamente rentável e uma das maiores empresas desse tipo no país. Seu patrimônio líquido é estimado entre 190-250 milhões de dólares, dinheiro esse que ajudou a financiar suas campanhas políticas anteriores a de 2012.
Como um membro ativo da Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias, ele atuou como bispo de sua ala e presidente da área de Boston. Ele concorreu como candidato republicano na eleição para o senado de Massachusetts em 1994, perdendo para o senador Ted Kennedy. Em 1999, ele foi contratado como presidente e CEO do Comitê Organizador da candidatura de Salt Lake City para o Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno de 2002. A visibilidade que ele ganhou nesse período deu-lhe a oportunidade de relançar suas aspirações políticas.
Romney foi eleito governador de Massachusetts em 2002, mas não tentou a reeleição em 2006. Durante seu mandato, ele reduziu o déficit estadual em 3 bilhões de dólares, reduzindo o financiamento do Estado para o ensino superior, fazendo corte em auxílios estatais para as cidades, levantando várias taxas e removendo brechas fiscais corporativas. Ele ajudou a desenvolver e transformar em lei a legislação estadual sobre a saúde, que ficou conhecida como "Romneycare". Foi a primeira lei sobre a regulamentação da saúde no país, fornecendo quase acesso universal a saúde através de subsídios estaduais e mandatos individuais para a compra de seguros.
Romney concorreu para a nomeação republicana na eleição presidencial de 2008, ganhando em várias primárias e caucus, mas perdeu a indicação para John McCain. Em junho de 2011, ele anunciou que iria concorrer em 2012. Em maio de 2012, ele ganhou caucus e primárias suficientes para tornar-se o provável candidato do partido, e em 28 de agosto, a Convenção Nacional Republicana de 2012 oficializou sua candidatura. Em novembro, concorreu contra o então presidente Barack Obama, que visava a reeleição. Romney acabou sendo derrotado por uma margem de 4.9 milhões de votos nas urnas e por 126 votos no colégio eleitoral.
Citações Mitt Romney
— 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
— 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
— 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
„Well I'm not sure which ones you're talking about, but I can tell you the people who have looked at the charges that the Obama campaign comes out with, which is that somehow we outsourced jobs, they've said that those were false and misleading. That the ads are inaccurate. Some have given it multiple Pinocchios. The president keeps on trying to divert any attention he can from his failure to turn around the American economy, and that's what this campaign's about. But the president keeps on trying to find something about Bain which is simply not true. And I left Bain in February of 1999. People can point out how - I was in Salt Lake City for three straight years. I don't recall even coming back once to go to a Bain or management meeting. We were, I was out there running the Olympics and it was a full time job, I can tell you that.“
„On Hillary Clinton's watch at the State Department, America's interests were diminished in every corner of the world. She compromised our national secrets, dissembled to the families of the slain, and jettisoned her most profound beliefs to gain presidential power. For the last three decades, the Clintons have lived at the intersection of money and politics, trading their political influence to enrich their personal finances. They embody the term “.” It disgusts the American people and causes them to lose faith in our political process.“
„So we started a new business called Bain Capital. The only problem was, while WE believed in ourselves, nobody else did. We were young and had never done this before and we almost didn't get off the ground. In those days, sometimes I wondered if I had made a really big mistake. I had thought about asking my church's pension fund to invest, but I didn't. I figured it was bad enough that I might lose my investors' money, but I didn't want to go to hell too. Shows what I know. Another of my partners got the Episcopal Church pension fund to invest. Today there are a lot of happy retired priests who should thank him. That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I'm pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we'd ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.“
„In 1964, days before the presidential election which, incidentally, we lost, Ronald Reagan went on national television and challenged America saying that it was a "Time for Choosing." He saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all, and the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path. I'm no Ronald Reagan and this is a different moment but I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country.“
„An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I went to my staff, and I said, "How come all the people for these jobs are all men." They said, "Well, these are the people that have the qualifications." And I said, "Well, gosh, can't we find some women that are also qualified?" And so we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups and said, "Can you help us find folks," and they brought us whole binders full of women.“
— Mitt Romney
Second Presidential Debate, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, , quoted in