Mitt Romney and Ron Paul – A Republican Candidate Overview

Matthew Sardo, Staff Writer



With two primaries behind them and the 2012 Presidential election just ten months away, the two front-runners for the Republican nomination are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

After two primaries, Romney leads with 25 delegates to Paul’s ten. There are 2,286 delegates available and a candidate must accumulate 1,144 delegate votes to win. With “Super Tuesday,” the day many states traditionally choose to hold their election primaries, which is on March 6 this year, it’s still anybody’s game. However, what do we know about these guys? Illinois’ primary election is approaching on March 20 and so far, candidate information has remained fairly nebulous for the average voter.

Here are the facts

Ron Paul is a 76-year-old doctor from Pittsburgh, Pa. He graduated from Gettysburg College and received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Paul was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1968. He has served in Congress on and off since 1976. He also ran for president in 1988 under the Libertarian Party. Paul believes that the Constitution is the gold standard for politicians to follow. According to him, if it isn’t in the Constitution then the Federal government shouldn’t get involved.

Paul is pro-life, wants to lower taxes, protect gun rights, secure our borders, is in favor of home schooling and ending the Federal Reserve. Paul is also against forced unionism and wants to create a free market for energy independence. According to Paul’s website he will repeal ObamaCare and end its unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only government-approved health insurance or answer to the IRS.

Paul married his wife Carol in 1957 and they have five kids. His son, Rand Paul, was elected Senator of Kentucky in 2010. This is the first time that a father and son have served in office at the same time. He has 736,261 likes on Facebook. You can follow Paul on twitter @RonPaul, where he has 191,095 followers.

Mitt Romney is a 64-year-old businessperson from Detroit, Mich. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his doctorate from Harvard. Romney was Governor of Massachusetts from 2002 to 2006. In his four years, he created a health care reform similar to ObamaCare. Romney also eliminated a three billion dollar deficit in his state. He did not seek re-election in 2006. Romney did run for the 2008 Republican nomination but lost to John McCain.

Romney’s stance on issues read more like a business plan on how to rebuild the economy according to his website. He is for big business because he wants to cut the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent. Romney wants to end ObamaCare and return power to the states. He is seeking an order to sanction China for unfair trade practices. Romney wants to empower American businesses by decreasing the power of unions.

Romney married his wife Ann in 1969 and they have five kids. Romney’s first name is Willard. He has 1,332,168 like on Facebook. You can follow Romney on twitter @MittRomney, where he has 262,209 followers.

As far as who will represent the Republicans in the 2012 Presidential Election in November, the picture should be more complete after Super Tuesday on March 6. But even after Super Tuesday, both candidates may still be in a close race for the GOP nomination.

Only 11 states are holding their primaries on Super Tuesday this year, as opposed to 24 states in 2008. This could mean Super Tuesday may not be the potential clean sweep it once was. If there is a deadlock all the way to the end, the last primary is in Utah on June 26.

Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 21:01