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The breakdown of your 2012 political candidates

Presidential Profiles

 
Mitt Romney
Born: Detroit, Michigan; March 12, 1947
Mitt Romney attended Stanford University for a year before going to France for a two-year mission. Upon his return he went back to college, graduating from Harvard Law School. Romney went on to found Bain Capital, a private equity firm, and to work as president of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee, turning around the financial problems faced by the Olympic Games. The two business successes launched him into a political career, and he became governor of Massachusetts in 2002. 
While governor of Massachusetts, Romney used a series of spending cuts and tax increases to turn a $3 billion deficit into a surplus. He also passed Romneycare, which reformed healthcare in Massachusetts, adding an individual mandate that insured nearly all citizens in the state.
Paul Ryan
Born: Janesville, Wisconsin; January 29, 1970
Paul Ryan graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a B.A. in both economics and political science. Early in his career Ryan worked as an assistant to a senator from his home state of Wisconsin, and after leaving that position he became a speechwriter for 1996 Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp. In 1997 Ryan moved home to Wisconsin to take a marketing consultant job at Ryan Incorporated, a construction company owned by his family. In 1998 he made a successful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives, winning re-election seven times since then.
During his time in Congress his central area of focus has been on economic issues. In 2010 he was given a position on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a bipartisan committee given the task of finding ways to decrease the national deficit. After the Republican Party took control of the U.S. House in 2011, Ryan was appointed head of the House Budget Committee. Paul Ryan’s crowning achievement is his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a budget proposal that cut $4 trillion from the national debt and strengthened national welfare programs.   
Romney and Ryan Platform: Pro-life and opposed to gay marriage, repealing Obamacare, fixing the economy by lowering taxes and cutting spending, maintaining a close alliance with Israel and increasing border security while increasing the amount of legal immigration. 
 
Barack Obama
Born: Honolulu, Hawaii; August 4, 1961
A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Barack Obama spent his early years as a community organizer, a lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and a civil rights attorney before winning a seat in the Illinois State Senate in 1996. In 2004 Obama became a United States senator for Illinois before running for and winning the U.S. presidency in 2008. 
During his presidency, Barack Obama was successful in passing his signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), bringing about reform to the health care system. He also backed the passing of the $700 billion TARP bill that bailed out the auto industry as well as invested in the nation’s infrastructure. Obama has made social issues a key factor in his re-election campaign, announcing that he is pro-choice rights and has recently come out in support of gay marriage. 
Joe Biden
Born: Scranton, Pennsylvania; November 20, 1942
Joe Biden received a B.A. from the University of Delaware in history and political science before attending Syracuse University for law school. Biden practiced law in Delaware for four years, while also serving as a member of the New Castle County Council, the governing body of the county of which he was a resident. In 1972, Biden won a seat in the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Delaware. 
During his time in the Senate, Joe Biden has held multiple chair positions. His anti-war positions and his interest in foreign policy allowed him to secure the position as chairman of the Committee of Foreign Relations and his past law experience allowed him to achieve the position of chairman on the Committee on the Judiciary.  Biden had declared his intent to seek the presidency of the United States in 2008, but he ended his campaign in 2007, accepting the nomination as Obama’s vice president the following year. 
Obama and Biden Platform: Pro-choice rights and in support of gay marriage, fixing the economy by raising taxes and cutting spending, fully implementing Obamacare, reducing the number of nuclear weapons at home and abroad, and protecting the environment and developing green energy.