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        Mitt Romney | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        Mitt Romney entered the ring in 2012 with a sterling record as former CEO of Bain Capital, CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and the first governor in the United States to enact universal health care for his state. Romney outperformed Barack Obama during the election's first presidential debate and destabilized the incumbent, receiving a major subsequent lift in the polls. But in the end, the Mormon husband and father of five lost to Obama because he couldn’t shake his elitist, out of touch reputation.

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        Mitt Romney: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline to learn about Mitt Romney's role in saving the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, his wife's horse in Olympic competition 10 years later, and of course, his presidential campaign.

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        Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney as Governor

        Learn more about Mitt Romney's time as Governor of Massachusetts, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Mitt Romney: The Leaked Tape

        Learn more about the scandal that rocked Romney's run for President, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney and his Father's Legacy

        Learn more about Mitt Romney's strategy with minority voters in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Mitt Romney: Episode

        In 2008, Romney threw his hat into pursuing the presidency, but the evangelical wing of the Republican Party was deeply skeptical of his Mormon heritage. Despite winning 11 contests, he finished a distant third behind Sen. John McCain of Arizona. In 2012 Romney won the Republican nomination.

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