The Top Twenty Five Interesting Facts About Romney/Ryan
While at Bain Capital, Romney shut down the company so that workers could help find a partner’s missing daughter. Mitt Romney helped organize the search, which sent out hundreds of thousands of fliers. The teenage girl was found in New York, after police traced a call in New Jersey to a teenage boy who was interested in the reward.
In July 2003, Mitt Romney used his Jet Ski to rescue a New Jersey family and their Scottish terrier McKenzie out of Lake Winnipesaukee while their boat sank.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney received no salary as an intern in the governor’s office for eight years, as state president of his church for ten years, as president of the Salt Lake City Olympics, and he only took a ceremonial salary of $1 as governor of Massachusetts.
Mitt Romney refused to take his father’s trust fund money, he financed his way through college, and he donated his father’s inheritance to charity.
Mitt Romney performed two years of Mormon missionary work in Paris, France starting in 1966. While there, he was involved in a near-fatal car accident when a drunk driver struck his car. Tragically, the wife of the mission leader died in the wreck. Romney referred to the experience as deepening his religious faith.
Romney does not smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or do drugs.
The main reason Mitt Romney has paid a lower tax rate than normal for high income earners is because of his donations to charity. Another factor is that his income is taxed twice; first at the corporate level, then as an individual. He has also tithed more than $4 million to his church.
Mitt Romney’s investment firm Bain Capital has helped the following businesses succeed in the market, among others: Burger King, Sealy, Sports Authority, Staples, Brookstone, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel, Domino’s Pizza, Houghton Mifflin, Dunkin’ Donuts, The Weather Channel, Guitar Center, and the Hospital Corporation of America.
After a California wildfire, Mitt Romney took time out away from his campaign to help a family dig out a tree stump. The photo is from the family he helped, taken from a video about the experience posted in 2008 on YouTube.
Although Mitt Romney had the opportunity to attend Stanford, he bypassed it to attend Brigham Young University, where Ann Davies was enrolled. As recounted, Mitt Romney was worried about his future wife being wooed by other suitors after he received a “Dear John” letter.
At a campaign stop in South Carolina, Mitt emptied his wallet for a woman having trouble paying her light bill named Ruth Williams. The woman was in difficult circumstances due to her desperately ill son.
Mitt Romney recently stated in unequivocal terms that the Federal Reserve should be audited. As he responded to a questioner at a campaign stop, “The Federal Reserve should be accountable. We should see what they’re doing.”
Representative and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was re-elected six times in his Wisconsin district. He never failed to receive under 63% of the vote in the Democrat-leaning district.
Although Paul Ryan does not subscribe to Objectivist thinker Ayn Rand’s religious views, he did say that Rand inspired him to public service on the author’s hundredth birthday.
Paul Ryan majored in economics and political science at Miami of Ohio, where he became interested in Austrian school economists F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, as well as Milton Friedman. (Pictured above: Ludwig von Mises.)
At age sixteen, Paul Ryan found his 55 year-old father passed away in his bed from a heart attack.
When his grandfather passed away, his grandmother, who was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, moved in and he helped care for her.
Because of a family history of heart disease, he took up an avid interest in diet and exercise. He was on his varsity high school team in soccer, skiing, and track.
Among his jobs in his younger days was working a grill at McDonald’s and driving the Oscar Mayer “Weinermobile.”
Ryan has called himself “very, very pro gun.” Ryan enjoys hunting deer and small game in his home state of Wisconsin.
Ryan is an excellent archer and has been referred to as a “master bowman.”
Ryan’s 78 year-old mother Betty Douglas is a retiree living in Florida. She is being mentioned frequently among Democrats and Republicans in regards to the debate over reforming the increasingly costly Medicare and Social Security programs
Paul Ryan has a black sister-in-law and while in college he dated an African-American girl.
Paul Ryan’s musical tastes vary from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine.
Paul Ryan is one of only three Catholic candidates in American history to run for the presidency or vice presidency. JFK and Al Smith are the other two. Both were Democrats.
CORRECTION: Also, Joe Biden.