- Mitt Romney presidential campaign, 2012
Mitt Romney for President 2012 Campaign U.S. presidential election, 2012 Candidate Mitt Romney
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Affiliation Republican Party Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts Key people Matt Rhoades (Manager)
Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty, and Eric Fehrnstrom (Advisors)
Stuart Stevens (Strategist)
Rich Beeson (Political Director)
Gail Gitcho (Communications Director)
Ajay Bruno (Press secretary)
Spencer Zwick (Finance chair)
Receipts US$32.2 Million (2011-09-30) Slogan Believe in America Website Mitt Romney 2012 This article is part of a series about
The Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign began informally shortly after the 2008 presidential election. Having campaigned for the Republican nomination in 2008, the former Governor of Massachusetts was frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for U.S. president.
Romney stopped short of a full-fledged candidacy until the beginning of 2011. Romney filed his organization with the Federal Elections Commission as an exploratory committee, and announced the organization in a video message on April 11, 2011. He officially announced his candidacy in Stratham, New Hampshire on June 2, 2011.
Romney ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, winning several primary and caucus contests but losing to John S. McCain III.
After the 2008 election, Romney paved the way for a possible 2012 presidential campaign by keeping much of his PAC's money to underwrite salaries and consulting fees for his existing political staff and to build up a political infrastructure for what might become a $1 billion campaign three years hence. He also had a nationwide network of former staff and supporters eager for him to run again. He continued to give speeches and raise campaign funds on behalf of fellow Republicans.
Polls of various kinds showed Romney remaining in the forefront of possible 2012 presidential contenders. In nationwide opinion polling for the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, he has often led polls or been in the top three along with Sarah Palin and Huckabee neither of whom is necessarily running for the office. He finished first in the CPAC straw poll in 2009 and second in 2010 and 2011, won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll in 2010, and won the New Hampshire Straw Poll in 2011.
Before a slower start to the presidential campaign by all contenders than four years previous, on April 11, 2011, Mitt Romney announced by means of a video recorded that day at an athletics field at the University of New Hampshire that he had formed an exploratory committee as a first step for a potential run for a Republican presidential campaign, saying, "It is time that we put America back on a course of greatness, with a growing economy, good jobs and fiscal discipline in Washington."
Romney also unveiled his new presidential campaign logo and slogan, "Believe in America". The logo was criticized for bearing too much resemblance to the logo for the toothpaste Aquafresh, and the slogan was criticized for being the same as fellow Massachusetts politician John Kerry in his 2004 presidential campaign.
Romney formally announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination at an outdoor gathering in Stratham, New Hampshire on June 2, 2011. In his announcement speech, he pledged to make the U.S. economy the main focus of his campaign, saying "My number one job will to see that America is number one in job creation."
On May 16, 2011, the Romney campaign announced that it had raised $10.25 million "in connection with today's call day fundraiser in Nevada." This was hailed in the media as "an impressive one day total." Thereafter, however, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the amount actually represented pledges gathered earlier and tallied that day, not just funds actually taken in by the campaign." Later, it was discovered that Romney had actually raised $2.403 million on May 16, about a quarter of the claimed amount.
For the entire second quarter, the campaign expected to raise only about $20 million, less than the $44 million raised in that period in 2007 but still more than any of the other Republican candidates. Romney's campaign raised $18.5 million by the end of June, $14 million more than Ron Paul, who came 2nd in funding amongst Republican candidates.
Romney has received endorsements from:
List of Mitt Romney state endorsements
United States House of Representatives
- Representative Rodney Alexander of Louisiana 
- Representative Mark Amodei of Nevada 
- Representative Judy Biggert of Illinois
- Representative Rob Bishop of Utah
- Representative Mary Bono Mack of California
- Representative John Campbell of California
- Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, former Campaign Manager for Jon Huntsman Gubernatorial Campaign.
- Representative Howard Coble of North Carolina
- Representative Ander Crenshaw of Florida
- Representative Robert Dold of Illinois
- Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona
- Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina
- Representative Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania
- Representative Timothy Griffin of Arkansas
- Representative Michael Grimm of New York
- Representative Nan Hayworth of New York
- Representative Joe Heck of Nevada
- Representative Wally Herger of California
- Representative Darrell Issa of California, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
- Representative Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
- Representative Connie Mack IV of Florida
- Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan
- Representative Patrick McHenry of North Carolina
- Representative Howard McKeon of California, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
- Representative Jeff Miller of Florida
- Representative Jim Renacci of Ohio
- Representative Hal Rogers of Kentucky, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee
- Representative Mike Rogers of Alabama
- Representative Todd Rokita of Indiana
- Representative Tom Rooney of Florida
- Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois
- Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho
- Representative Lamar Smith of Texas
- Representative Greg Walden of Oregon
- Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky
United States Senate
- Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
- Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri
- Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts
- Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi
- Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah
- Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota
- Senator Jim Risch of Idaho
Governors and State Constitutional Officers
- Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska
- Governor Butch Otter of Idaho
- Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey
- Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell of Alaska 
- Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater of Florida 
- Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Florida 
- Attorney General Mike DeWine of Ohio and former US Senator 
- Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois
- Former Justice on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, former Solicitor General, former acting Attorney General, and former Reagan Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork
- Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
- Former Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota
- Former Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire 
- Former Senator John E. Sununu of New Hampshire 
- Former Senator Mel Martinez of Florida 
- Former Senator Connie Mack III of Florida 
- Former Congressman Charles Djou of Hawaii
- Former Congressman Guy Molinari of New York
- Former Congresswoman Susan Molinari of New York 
- Former Congressman Rob Simmons of Connecticut 
- Former Governor of New Hampshire John H. Sununu 
- Former Congressman Larry DeNardis of Connecticut 
- Former Governor of Colorado Bill Owens
- Former Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota
- Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Kerry Healey
- Former Ambassador to Belgium Sam Fox
- Former U.S. Ambassador Tom Foley
- Senate Minority Leader John McKinney
- House Minority Leader Larry Cafero
- Kevin O’Connor; Former Connecticut U.S. Attorney
- State Senator Toni Boucher
- State Senator Scott Frantz
- State Senator Rob Kane
- State Senator Michael McLachlan
- State Senator Kevin Witkos
- Dan Debicella; Former State Senator
- Judith Freedman; Former State Senator
- Mark Nielsen; Former State Senator
- State Representative Mike Alberts
- State Representative Chris Coutu
- State Representative Janice Giegler
- State Representative John Hetherington
- State Representative Jason Perillo
- State Representative David Scribner
- State Representative Terrie Wood
- Former State Representative John Stripp
- Former State Representative Julia Wasserman
- Mayor of Danbury Mark Boughton
- Mayor of New Britain Tim Stewart
- Mayor of Norwalk Dick Moccia
- Mayor of Torrington Ryan Bingh am
- Selectman for Darien Jayme Stevenson
- Selectman for Darien Jerry Nielsen
- First Selectman for Durham Laura Francis
- First Selectman for Old Saybrook Michael Pace
- First Selectman of Trumbull Tim Herbst
- State Central Committee - Baltic Diane Generous
- State Central Committee - Barkhamsted Rich Tutunjian
- State Central Committee - Bolton Jennifer Harvey
- State Central Committee - Chaplin Bill Jenkins
- State Central Committee - Gilman Jonathan Gilman
- State Central Committee - Groton Jane Dauphinais
- State Central Committee - Ridgefield Alex Karsanidi
- Glastonbury Republican Town Committee, State Central Committee Mike Botelho
- Greenwich Town Republican Chair Jim Campbell
- Hartford Councilman Corey Brinson
- Connecticut Republican Party Finance Committee Chairman John Pavia
- Senior Vice President and General Counsel Northeast Utilities Greg Butler
- Portland Town Republican Committee Chairman Cindy Varricchio
- Former Chairman Greenwich Republican Town Committee Ed Dadakis
- Former New London Town Republican Committee Chairman Mike Doyle
- Attorney; Connecticut Director, Bush for President 2000 Jay Malcynsky
- Derek Phelps; Director, External Affairs for Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
- Former Commissioner, State Department of Motor Vehicles Gary DeFilippo 
- Former Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Dick Foley
- Former RNC National Committeeman John Miller
- Former Connecticut Republican Party Chair George Gallo
- State Sen. Richard Colburn
- State Sen. Joe Getty
- State Sen. Allan Kittleman
- Del. Kathryn Afzali
- Del. John Cluster
- Del. Addie Eckardt
- Del. Donald Elliott
- Del. Michael Hough
- Del. Nicholaus Kipke
- Del. Steven Schuh
- Frederick County Council member Paul Karen
- Howard County Council member Greg Fox
- Fmr. Ambassador Robert Goodwin
- Fmr. Sec of State Mary Kane
- National Committeeman Louis Pope
- National Committeewoman Joyce Terhes
- Maryland Republican Party Treasurer Christopher Rosenthal
- Fmr. Maryland Republican Party Chairman John Kane
- Fmr. Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott
- Fmr. Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chris Cavey
- Fmr. Maryland Republican Party First Vice ChairChuck Gast
- Garrett County Republican Party Chairman Brenda Butcsher
- Howard County Republican Party Chairman Loretta Shields
- Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Mark Uncapher
- State Central Committee member for Howard County David Myers
- State Central Committee member for Howard County David Wissing
- State Central Committee member for St. Mary’s County Mary Russell
- Senator Jim Marleau
- Senator John Pappageorge
- Senator Dave Hildenbrand
- Senator Curtis S. Bramble
- Senator Margaret Dayton
- Senator John L. Valentine
- Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger 
- Representative Kurt Damrow
- Representative Joe Haveman
- Representative Chuck Moss
- Representative Margaret O’Brien
- Representative Wayne Schmidt * Representative Holly Hughes
- Representative Bradley M. Daw
- Representative Francis D. Gibson
- Representative Keith Grover
- Representative Christopher N. Herrod
- Representative Michael T. Morley
- Representative Patrick Painter
- Representative Val L. Peterson
- Representative Holly J. Richardson
- Representative Stephen E. Sandstrom
- Representative Dean Sanpei
- Senator John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Florida Republican Party.
- Representative Will Weatherford 
- Representative Chris Dorworth 
- Representative Richard Corcoran 
- State Auditor Tom Schweich
- Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey 
- Senator Mike Kehoe
- State Rep. Tim Jones, the House Speaker in waiting
- State Rep. Sue Allen
- State Rep. Cloria Brown
- State Rep. Mike Cierpiot
- State Rep. John Diehl
- State Rep. Tom Flanigan
- State Rep. Glen Klippenstein
- State Rep. Bill Lant
- State Rep. Noel Torpey
- Former Speaker of the House Catherine Hanaway
- Former State Senator and Franklin County Commissioner John Griesheimer
- Former State Rep. Chuck Pryor
- Former State Rep. Todd Smith
- Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankleson
- Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd
- Cape Girardeau City Council Member Kathy Swan
- St. Clair County Republican Chairman Jeremy Boucher
- Worth County Republican Chairman Robert Hull
- State Attorney General William Schneider 
- Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney 
- State Senator Ron Collins[disambiguation needed ] 
- State Senator Richard Rosen 
- State Senator Lois Snowe-Mello 
- State Representative Bruce Bickford[disambiguation needed ] 
- State Representative Richard Cebra 
- State Senator Jack Barnes 
- State Senate Majority Leader and former US Congressman Jeb Bradley 
- State Senator Gary Lambert 
- State Senator Jim Rausch 
- State Auditor Tom Salmon 
- Senate Minority Leader William Doyle
- State Senator Randy Brock
- State Senator Peg Flory
- State Senator Vince Illuzzi
- State Senator Kevin Mullin
- State Representative and Former Vermont Republican Party Chairman Joe Acinapura
- State Representative Gregory Clark
- State Representative Howard Crawford
- State Representative Dustin Degree
- State Representative Eileen Dickinson
- State Representative Peter Fagan
- State Representative Mike Hebert
- State Representative Robert Helm
- State Representative Robert Lewis
- State Representative Linda Myers
- State Representative Gerald Reis
- State Representative Vicki Strong
- Former State Senator and Rutland City Treasurer Wendy Wilton
- Former State Representative and former Vermont Republican Party Chairman Steve Larabee
- Barre Mayor Thomas Lauzon
- Former Republican Candidate for Secretary of State Chris Roy
- Chief of Staff to former Governor Jim Douglas Tim Haywood
- Former Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jim Barnett
- Former Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jack Lindley
- Former Vermont Republican Party Chairman Allen Martin 
- Rutland County Republican Chair Bradford Broyles
- Essex County Republican Chair Ken Copp
- Orange County Republican Chair Dr. Bill Minsinger
- Bennington County Republican Chair Dan Riley
- Lamoille County Republican Chair Hugh Tallman
- Washington County Republican Chair and former State Representative Leo Valliere
- Rutland County Republican Finance Chair Chuck Wilton
- Londonderry Town Republican Chair Lenny Barclay
- Saint Johnsbury Town GOP Chair and former State Representative Don Bostic
- Brandon Town Republican Chair Del Cook
- Peru Town Republican Chair Lawrence Daley
- Bethel Town Republican Chair Joe DeFreitas
- Essex Town Republican Chair Dawn Hill-Fleury
- East Montpelier Town Republican Chair Cliff King 
- Bennington Town Republican Chair Bruce Lonergan
- Johnson Town Republican Chair Eric Osgood
- Rutland City Republican Chair Mike Lannon
- Sandgate Town GOP Chair Don Trachte
- Williamstown Town GOP Chair Harry Jay
- Secretary of the Pittsford Town Republican Party Patricia Morale
- Former Vermont College Republican President John Kleinhans
- State Central Committee Buddy and Jackie Barnett
- State Central Committee Marilyn Childs
- State Central Committee Ron Meroli
- State Central Committee Bob and Pat Nowak
- State Central Committee Ann Valliere
- State Central Committee John and Carol Wu
- Montpelier City Committee Lynn Lindley
- Montpelier City Committee J. Paul Giuliani
- Former State Senator Ted Kanavas 
- Former Republican nominee for Governor of California, former eBay CEO and current Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman
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