If the Republican primary plays out to form, Mitt Romney may be the favorite to win, having run a strong second early on to Arizona Sen. John McCain before dropping out in February 2008 when it became clear McCain was running away with the nomination.
His desire to run could be not just odds, but a genetic quirk. The Republican has presidential politics in his blood. His father, George, an auto executive was governor of Michigan who ran for president in 1968 but lost the nomination to Richard Nixon.
So far, Mitt Romney is following in those footsteps. He amassed a reported $200 million fortune on Wall Street before unsuccessfully challenging Sen. Ted Kennedy for his seat.
Though he lost that 1994 race, he continued to show his leadership skills, first taking over a scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Olympic Committee in 1999 and turning the 2002 winter games into a commercial success — then running successfully for Massachusetts governor.
His signature achievement as governor: legislation that extended health care coverage to everyone in the state by employing an array of financial carrots and sticks such as tax penalties for those who refused to buy insurance.
“Romneycare” was one of his main selling points when he ran for president in 2008, but in the years since it passed, it has turned out to be more and more expensive and less and less popular.
Now, with the passage of President Obama’s signature health care law on the books, Romney’s plan appears to be his biggest liability among Republican voters.
Romney who refused to sit down with Fox News’ Bret Baier for the 12 in 2012 series, but has appeared on a number of Fox News programs, and has been asked about health care on more than one occasion, insists the two laws are very different.
To read more, visit: Health Care Law Cuts Romney on Both Sides of Sword
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