2012 Presidential Campaign

This category is for questions and answers about the 2012 political race for presidency of the United States.

1,979 Questions

What 2012 presidential candidates are Freemasons?

I have not heard any confirmation that any of them are Freemasons, it is too bad. Great men like George Washington, James Monroe, FDR, Harry Truman and Teddy Roosevelt all were Freemasons and changed this country for the better. We could use someone of either party that learned the lessons of liberty and toleration taught by Masonic groups.

How many mistresses does Mitt Romney have?

None. Mitt Romney is faithful to his first and only spouse, Ann. They were married on March 21, 1969.

What are Mitt Romney's grandchildren's names?

Mitt Romney has 15 grandchildren. I couldn't find all of their names but here is what I did find.

Tagg and Jennifer's kids:

Allie, Joe, Thomas

Matt and Laurie's kids:

2 daughters and a son

Josh and Jenn's kids:

Gracie and Wyatt

Ben and Andelynn's kids:

Craig and Mary's kids:

Miles and Parker

Another is named Jonathan but I couldn't find who his parents are.

How many times did Mitt Romney run for president?

Twice! This being his 2nd! He ran in 2008 and now in 2012. Both as a republican! hope this helped!

What is Mitt Romney's current church calling?

The Church doesn't release this type of information to the public, and Mr. Romney hasn't mentioned anything, so it would be impossible to know unless you speak to someone who is a member of his home congregation. It's possible that he has asked to be released from all callings during the campaign.

What were the pre-election odds of President Obama being re-elected in 2012?

There was no sure way to predict how people would vote ahead of the election. There were numerous polls and prediction methods, but until the votes were counted, many people were still expecting a win by former governor Romney, and reports were that many of Governor Romney's financial campaign supporters were taken completely by surprise by the end results of the election. Polling was a very inconsistent method of prediction in this race.

Throughout the final weeks of the election cycle, the polls varied greatly, with some showing Mr. Romney ahead by as many as 5 points, and others showing a tight race with President Obama slightly in the lead. Still other polls showed the President with a quite significant lead. The polling in battle-ground states, like Ohio, consistently showed the president with a slight lead.

There were other types of predictions, such as the trading at Intrade (a world-wide prediction market). This was showing that President Obama had a very good chance. He was listed in October 2012 with a 73.7% likelihood to win, and this method of prediction continued to support his win throughout the rest of the campaign with only occasional temporary fluctuations.

Once the election had occurred, it turned out that the most accurate predictions came from the political reporter, Nate Silver, whose "538 blog" can be found on the New York Times website (see link in related links section). His prediction that President Obama would win re-election was correct, as was his prediction of the margin of victory. He was also correct about the specific battle-ground states that would support the president. He had created a complex system of prediction that proved to be a very accurate method in this application.


The Intrade site is the world's leading stock-trading-style market called a "decision market" (or "prediction market"). During the 2012 campaign, the market "traded" the likelihood of various people being the next president, in the same way people trade stocks. While certainly not a guarantee of accuracy, it proved a good way to see how people, who actually were willing to bet their money on an outcome (instead of answering polls, which can be skewed by the wording of the questions asked), predicted who the next President would be. There are ongoing trades in more political races and other types of predictions at the site (see link in the related links section).

How are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney different?

Romney had an American father -- Obama had an African father

Romney had a rich and famous father - Obama had little-known, low-income father

Romney is a Mormon who is very active in his church -- Obama was a long-time United Church of Christ member who has switched to worshiping at the Camp David chapel (as did the Bushes), mostly to avoid crowd issues.

Romney has experience as governor of Mass. - Obama has experience as US Senator from Illinois.

Romney got very rich from an investment firm - Obama was well-off as a lawyer and state politician.

If you are looking for political difference (i.e. stances on specific issues), please ask a question regarding that particular issue, as even a partial comparison of their political difference here in this summary is impossible.

Can you list the latest presidents in different countries?

State Head of state Head of government Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Albania President Bamir Topi Prime Minister Sali Berisha Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia Andorra Co-Prince Joan Enric Vives Sicília

Representative Nemesi Marquès Oste

Co-Prince Nicolas Sarkozy

Representative Christian Frémont Prime Minister Jaume Bartumeu Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos Antigua and Barbuda Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Armenia President Serzh Sargsyan Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan Australia Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Quentin Bryce Prime Minister Julia Gillard Austria President Heinz Fischer Chancellor Werner Faymann Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev Prime Minister Artur Rasizade Bahamas Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham Bahrain King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah Prime Minister Khalifah ibn Sulman Al Khalifah Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Barbados Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich Belgium King Albert II Prime Minister Yves Leterme Belize Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Colville Young Prime Minister Dean Barrow Benin President Yayi Boni Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck Prime Minister Jigme Thinley Bolivia President Evo Morales Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency:[2]

Nebojša Radmanović (Chairman)

Željko Komšić (Member)

Bakir Izetbegović (Member) Prime Minister Nikola Špirić Botswana President Ian Khama Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Bulgaria President Georgi Parvanov Prime Minister Boyko Borisov Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré Prime Minister Tertius Zongo Burma (Myanmar) Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Than Shwe Prime Minister Thein Sein Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza Cambodia King Norodom Sihamoni Prime Minister Hun Sen Cameroon President Paul Biya Prime Minister Philémon Yang Canada Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General David Johnston Prime Minister Stephen Harper Cape Verde President Pedro Pires Prime Minister José Maria Neves Central African Republic President François Bozizé Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadéra Chad President Idriss Déby Prime Minister Emmanuel Nadingar Chile President Sebastián Piñera China, People's Republic of President Hu Jintao Premier Wen Jiabao Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos Comoros President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi Congo-Brazzaville President Denis Sassou-Nguesso Congo-Kinshasa President Joseph Kabila Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla Côte d'Ivoire Disputed:

President Laurent Gbagbo / Alassane Ouattara Disputed:

Prime Minister Gilbert Aké / Guillaume Soro Croatia President Ivo Josipović Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor Cuba President Raúl Castro Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias Czech Republic President Václav Klaus Prime Minister Petr Nečas Denmark Queen Margrethe II Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita Dominica President Nicholas Liverpool Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández East Timor President José Ramos-Horta Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão Ecuador President Rafael Correa Egypt President Hosni Mubarak Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik El Salvador President Mauricio Funes Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Prime Minister Ignacio Milam Tang Eritrea President Isaias Afewerki Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves Prime Minister Andrus Ansip Ethiopia President Girma Wolde-Giorgis Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau Acting Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama Finland President Tarja Halonen Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi France President Nicolas Sarkozy Prime Minister François Fillon Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba Prime Minister Paul Biyoghé Mba Gambia President Yahya Jammeh Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri Germany President Christian Wulff Chancellor Angela Merkel Ghana President John Atta Mills Greece President Karolos Papoulias Prime Minister George Papandreou Grenada Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean Prime Minister Tillman Thomas Guatemala President Álvaro Colom Guinea President Alpha Condé Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana Guinea-Bissau President Malam Bacai Sanhá Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo Prime Minister Sam Hinds Haiti President René Préval Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive Honduras President Porfirio Lobo Sosa Hungary President Pál Schmitt Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir India President Pratibha Patil Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iraq President Jalal Talabani Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Ireland President Mary McAleese Taoiseach Brian Cowen Israel President Shimon Peres Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Italy President Giorgio Napolitano Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Jamaica Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen Prime Minister Bruce Golding Japan Emperor Akihito Prime Minister Naoto Kan Jordan King Abdullah II Prime Minister Samir Rifai Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev Prime Minister Karim Massimov Kenya President Mwai Kibaki Prime Minister Raila Odinga Kiribati President Anote Tong Kuwait Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prime Minister Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Kyrgyzstan President Roza Otunbayeva Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev Laos President Choummaly Sayasone Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong Latvia President Valdis Zatlers Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis Lebanon President Michel Suleiman Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati Lesotho King Letsie III Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Libya Guide of the Revolution Muammar al-Gaddafi Secretary General of the General People's Congress Mohamed Abdul Quasim al-Zwai Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II

Prince-Regent Alois Prime Minister Klaus Tschütscher Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaitė Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius Luxembourg Grand Duke Henri Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina Prime Minister Albert Camille Vital Malawi President Bingu WA Mutharika Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong Mizan Zainal Abidin Prime Minister Najib Razak Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed Mali President Amadou Toumani Touré Prime Minister Modibo Sidibé Malta President George Abela Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi Marshall Islands President Jurelang Zedkaia Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf Mauritius President Anerood Jugnauth Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam Mexico President Felipe Calderón Micronesia, Federated States of President Manny Mori Moldova Acting President Marian Lupu Prime Minister Vlad Filat Monaco Prince Albert II Minister of State Michel Roger Mongolia President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj Prime Minister Sükhbaataryn Batbold Montenegro President Filip Vujanović Prime Minister Igor Lukšić Morocco King Muhammad VI Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi Mozambique President Armando Guebuza Prime Minister Aires Ali Namibia President Hifikepunye Pohamba Prime Minister Nahas Angula Nauru President Marcus Stephen Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Netherlands Queen Beatrix Prime Minister Mark Rutte New Zealand Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand Prime Minister John Key Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega Niger Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of DemocracySalou Djibo Prime Minister Mahamadou Danda Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan North Korea Chairman of the National Defence Commission Kim Jong-Il Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-nam

Eternal President Kim Il-sung[3] Premier Choe Yong-rim Norway King Harald V Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani Palau President Johnson Toribiong Panama President Ricardo Martinelli Papua New Guinea Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Michael Ogio Prime Minister Michael Somare Paraguay President Fernando Lugo Peru President Alan García Prime Minister José Antonio Chang Philippines President Benigno Aquino III Poland President Bronisław Komorowski Prime Minister Donald Tusk Portugal President Aníbal Cavaco Silva Prime Minister José Sócrates Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani Romania President Traian Băsescu Prime Minister Emil Boc Russia President Dmitry Medvedev Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Rwanda President Paul Kagame Prime Minister Bernard Makuza Saint Kitts and Nevis Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian Prime Minister Denzil Douglas Saint Lucia Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy Prime Minister Stephenson King Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves Samoa O le Ao o le Malo Tufuga Efi Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi San Marino Captain Regent Giovanni Francesco Ugolini

Captain Regent Andrea Zafferani São Tomé and Príncipe President Fradique de Menezes Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade Prime Minister Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye Serbia President Boris Tadić Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković Seychelles President James Michel Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma Singapore President Sellapan Ramanathan Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Slovakia President Ivan Gašparovič Prime Minister Iveta Radičová Slovenia President Danilo Türk Prime Minister Borut Pahor Solomon Islands Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui Prime Minister Danny Philip Somalia President Sharif Ahmed Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed South Africa President Jacob Zuma South Korea President Lee Myung-bak Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik Spain King Juan Carlos I Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne Sudan President Omar al-Bashir Suriname President Dési Bouterse Swaziland King Mswati III Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt Switzerland Federal Council[4]: Micheline Calmy-Rey (Pres.), Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf (VP), Doris Leuthard, Ueli Maurer,Didier Burkhalter, Simonetta Sommaruga, Johann Schneider-Ammann Syria President Bashar al-Assad Prime Minister Mohamed al-Otari Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Togo President Faure Gnassingbé Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo Tonga King George Tupou V Prime Minister Siale'ataonga Tu'ivakano Trinidad and Tobago President George Maxwell Richards Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar Tunisia Acting President Fouad Mebazaa Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi Turkey President Abdullah Gül Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow Tuvalu Queen Elizabeth II[1]

Governor General Iakoba Italeli Prime Minister Willy Telavi Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych Prime Minister Mykola Azarov United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II[1] Prime Minister David Cameron United States President Barack Obama Uruguay President José Mujica Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev Vanuatu President Iolu Abil Prime Minister Sato Kilman Vatican City Pope Benedict XVI President of the Governorate Giovanni Lajolo Venezuela President Hugo Chávez Vietnam President Nguyễn Minh Triết Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujur Zambia President Rupiah Banda Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Has Mitt Romney had a face lift?

In response to the answer in quotes below:

My guess is it is from the car accident in France, while he was a missionary. The officer arriving @ the scene pronounced him dead because of his injuries. Although he only broke his arm, something else at the time made the policeman think he was dead, maybe a head laceration...?

"I noticed yesterday that he had what appeared to be a scar running down the side of his face along the front side of his ear. It was a unique shot from an interview where the lighting was just right and it was after the main cameras had stopped rolling. Wondered if it was from a facelift. If he had on though, it was a pretty good one. He doesn't look all weird."

Mitt has for sure had a facelift and uses botox regularly as well...he has a completely expressionless upper face. And come on, even the most clean living people, which I know he is a mormon, so no booze or nicotine or caffeine, but even they have a few wrinkles by the time they hit their mid 60's.... and the same goes for Ann. They have no wrinkles, zero. I'm convinced they've had the best surgery available.

What kind of jobs does Mitt Romney's son have?

Mitt Romney has five sons, Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, and Craig.

Tagg Romney is a Managing Partner at Solamere Capital. He co-founded the company and has previously worked as Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, VP of onfield marketing at Reebok, and Director of Strategic Planning at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Tagg founded and subsequently sold Season Perks. Tagg worked for each of his father's three political campaigns. He also worked for several years as a consultant at both Monitor Group and McKinsey and Co. Tagg graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Economics from Brigham Young University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Matt Romney works as Vice President of Strategy and Investments at Excel Realty Holdings. He was previously a Project Manager for Microsoft Corporation and held marketing and project management positions for Polaroid Corporation and Lavastorm, Inc. Matt received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.

Josh Romney is a Real Estate Developer and owner of Romney Ventures. Previously he worked as an Acquisition Analyst for Intercontinental Real Estate. He has considered going into politics and currently serves as an advisor to Utah Governor Gary Herbert. He also helped his dad with his 2008 Presidential Campaign. Like his older brothers, he got his BA from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ben Romney is a Medical Student who also got his Bachelors Degree from Brigham Young University.

Craig is an Advertising Music Producer. He got his Bachelors Degree from Brigham Young University as well.

Where and when is the Democratic National Convention?

According to the official web site at, the Democratic National Convention will be held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado August 25-28, 2008.

Who will win the US 2012 presidential election?

It is far too soon to even make a reasonable guess. Obama has seen his popularity slip, but no strong Republican candidate has appeared. The election is still more than a year away.

As of mid-summer 2012, the contest is much closer, with Obama holding a few-points lead in opinion polls. Obama consistently comes out as the winner in these polls, but the margin of victory is now usually within the margin of error for the poll, which means that the election is likely a tossup.

The prediction-market web site allows individuals to effectively bet on which candidate will win the election, and Obama is currently running at about a 56% chance to be reelected, with Mitt Romney running about 42% chance to be elected.

What are Mitt Romney's views on national security?

Mitt Romney's positions on national security have been quite hawkish, as is normal for Republicans during a campaign: * Doubling the size of Guantanamo Bay, and favored "not torture but enhanced interrogation techniques" * Active involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan * Protested allowing Iran's president to speak at the United Nations * Criticized Barack Obama for saying he would meet with the heads of hostile nations

Will President Obama be president again in 2012?

Yes. On November 6, 2012, President Obama was re-elected, defeating his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney and earning a second term. Mr. Obama won the electoral vote 332 to 206, and he also won 51% of the popular vote, defeating Mr. Romney 62,049,770 to 58,757,388.

What states did Mitt Romney win in the primary?

In the 2008 Presidential primaries, Romney won the primary or caucus in Michigan, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Alaska.

What is Willard Mitt Romney's legal residents?

Mitt Romney and his wife reside in Belmont, Massachusetts. They both vote from Belmont, Massachusetts, claiming Belmont their legal residence.

How did Mitt Romney acquire his wealth?

Mitt Romney comes from a wealthy family. He was then very successful financially as Vice President and then as CEO of management consulting firm Bain & Company, and as co-founder of the private equity investment firm he spun off, Bain Capital. He and his wife have a net worth of roughly a quarter of a billion dollars.

Who did Mitt Romney run against for president?

In the 2012 Presidential Campaign, Mitt Romney ran against an incumbent president Barack Obama.

In the 2012 Republican primaries, Romney's main challengers included:

  • Rick Santorum
  • Ron Paul
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Buddy Roemer
  • Gary Johnson
  • Rick Perry
  • Jon Huntsman
  • Michele Bachmann
  • Tim Pawlenty
  • Hermann Cain

In the 2008 Republican primary, Romney would lose to John McCain, would in turn lose to Barack Obama.