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You don't know Mitt

A handy cheat sheet to help you get to know the Republican nominee

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Evan Meyer

Now that the Santorum problem has been cleaned up, the Republican nomination for president practically belongs to everyone's favorite Republican automaton, Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor who promises he'll Restore Our Future (that's the quizzical name of the super PAC set up by former Romney aides that exists to support his candidacy) is notorious for changing his mind about important social issues, being socially awkward and out-of-touch and for inexplicably greeting people by offering them congratulations - for what, nobody ever seems to be sure.

We know he made his fortune as the head of investment firm Bain Capital, best known for buying up smaller companies, firing the employees, then offering to hire them back at lower salaries and reduced benefits. We know he was responsible for instituting Romney-care in Massachusetts, which is saw to it that that nearly every resident of the state (more than 98 percent) have health care - and that he now, inexplicably, runs away from the program's success and seems to want to divorce himself from it. We know that he did indeed put his family dog, an Irish Setter named Seamus, in a crate tied to the roof of the car during road trips … a practice the family says the dog “loved.”

But there's plenty more to know about Mitt!


3: Number of campaign committees that were created to remind voters that Romney has admitted that he tied his caged family dog, Seamus, to the top of a car on a road trip. They include: Dogs against Romney; I Ride Inside, the Pets Against Romney Committee; and Mitt is Mean, the Animal Lovers Against Romney Committee. Updated to reflect changes to the FEC website, which was updated after this information was compiled for print: As of 4/12, the FEC reports that I Ride Inside and Dogs Against Romney filed paperwork to terminate. As of mid-April, the only dog-related anti-Romney committees still active are Mitt is Mean and DogPAC, which filed its organization papers in March. (Source: U. S. Federal Elections Committee, fec.gov)

1,636,177: Number of likes Romney has received on Facebook as of April 24.

459,337: Number of Twitter followers as of April 24.

4: Number of photos on Romney's Instagram feed.


Willard - That's Romney's real first name. Mitt, his middle name, is what he uses to make himself sound richer and more authentically Puritanical.

Romney earned approximately $21 million in 2010 and another $20 million in 2011, without even holding down a job. None of his income came from wages - it was all investments, stocks and interest.

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