Jim Hickey’s American Politics

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Mitt Romney Forges Ahead for 2016


While the next presidential election is still two years away, Mitt Romney has emerged yet again as a potential contender.

In 2012, Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican candidate for the presidency. However, a number of factors impacted his odds of success. After the emergence of a video showing his view on the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income tax, public opinion turned against him.

While Romney was nominated on a conservative platform, many elements of his platform lean towards the left. As a whole, the United States has moved left over the past few decades. Following the presidency of George Bush, many Americans have stated that they would prefer a more liberal president. In part, this led to the election of Barack Obama.

Romney has extensive leadership experience. Following a multi-decade career at Bain Capital, Romney went on to become governor of Massachusetts. During his time as governor, Romney instituted a state-level healthcare system that was similar to the Affordable Care Act. While Romney has spoken out against Obamacare during the campaign trail, many aspects of Obamacare are similar to what he instituted while he was governor of Massachusetts.

Romney has faced some backlash from members of his own party. Many conservatives and voters, like Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, worry that he is too moderate to represent their party. They fear that he will lean left if he is elected as president.

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