Widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Free and Strong America PAC.
In 2008, Governor Romney was a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and distinguished himself as an important voice in favor of strengthening our economy, military, and families. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Governor Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office. By eliminating waste, streamlining the government, and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to stimulate growth in Massachusetts, Romney got the economy moving again and transformed deficits into surpluses. One of Governor Romney’s top priorities as Governor was reforming the education system so that young people could compete for better paying jobs in the global economy of the future. Romney was CEO of Bain & Company, co-founded Bain Capital and served as the CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Born in 1947, Romney earned his B.A. at Brigham Young University and his J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Question: Which leaders have taught you the most?
Mitt Romney:Well, as I think about the leaders that I’ve known personally, my dad and my mom have to be at the top of the list. They were my heroes. My dad in particular was a business leader and then a political leader, and I watched him very closely and learned a lot from him. In history you look back to some of the great leaders of our country, of course. And the first Washington, an extraordinary leader. But also John Adams, Thomas Jefferson to a certain degree. One of my favorites, Teddy Roosevelt – his bully, bully attitude about America is something which infected the American spirit for a long time with great buoyance and optimism. Ronald Reagan – as time has gone on he has gotten smarter and smarter, you know that? His brand of optimism . . . his recognition that to overcome challenges, you fight to strengthen America. That’s something which I very much have adopted in my own political philosophy.And of course there are great religious leaders who shaped one’s perspective . . . my perspective of leadership. Certainly the Master is one of those, and Paul, and other great leaders in the early church. They’ve inspired my own thinking. Recorded on: 11/26/07