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it might be called the city of lights, but mitt romney's last months in paris felt pretty dark. he had gotten word from his girlfriend, ann davies, that she was dating another man. but mitt had to wait until the end of his mission to see her. >> he walked off that airplane and we only had eyes for each other. >> christmas eve 1968. >> he walked right by his mother, his father, right to me.
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and it was as though time had stood still. it was an amazing moment where nothing -- it just dissolved, those 2 1/2 years dissolved and we were right back to where we were exactly when he left. >> and he proposed? >> on the car ride home, he was like, oh, my gosh, i've waited so long for you. let's just get married now. and i'm like, why not? let's do that. and, of course, that was not good news to either set of parents. >> ann was 19, mitt, 21. their parents wanted them to wait. but they wanted a valentine's day wedding. what did you guys do when you got that? >> yeah! all right! >> close friend dane mcbride remembers the telegram he received with the news. february 14, you knew exactly what he was talking about? >> absolutely. >> at mrs. romney's request, they waited. >> it was beautiful. >> you were in the wedding? >> i was. there was the civil wedding that
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was performed by a bishop of our church in bloomfield hills, michigan, at the davies home, ann's parents' home. >> the next morning, they flew to utah for a second ceremony in salt lake city's mormon temple, where they were sealed for eternity, as the church calls it. ann's parents couldn't attend because they weren't mormon. ann herself was a relatively new convert. romney biographer scott helmand and michael kranish. >> when ann meets mitt, she's searching for a religious home in the way that a teenager does, what does this mean and what do i believe? this was a big hurd that will they would have to get over if they were really going to be serious. >> did mitt romney himself spend a lot of time talking about faith to ann or was it george? >> early on, when mitt was going out with ann, he did give her some lessons in what was the mormon faith all about. >> but ultimately, ann's
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conversion was overseen by george romney while mitt was in france. >> he would pick me up every sunday for church. the reason it was for easy for me to talk to him on a spiritual level like that is that he respected me as his complete equal. >> ann and mitt settled in provo, utah, in this $75 a month basement apartment. starting a family and getting serious about school. the mission experience in france had clearly refocused romney. >> life was very different in america than life for the french. than i thought, boy, i've got to work hard in school. i need to be responsible. i need to get back to work. and i began to long for the chance to go back to school and prepare for my life going forward. >> brigham young university was as far from stanford as romney could get. he seemed at home in this conservative environment. yet in the midst of his new life, mitt took off again on the campaign trail in 1970. >> she isn't so alive to a
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political ideology. >> this time for his mother. >> lenore romney, candidate for the united states senate. >> lenore, the dutiful candidate's wife, was now the candidate, running for the u.s. senate seat in michigan -- >> i became so concerned about the direction our direction has been going. >> her youngest son mitt was by her side. childhood friend philip maxwell. >> they visited every county in the state, i think, in the course of that campaign. and by that time, he was very engaged in politics. >> romney crossed the entire state with lenore. >> he was getting a high-level seminar in politics. >> they felt that there was a need for the mothers and dads to be able to have a community center. >> her style? a cautious, elegant diplomat. distinctly different from her
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husband's bull in a china shop approach. >> she was just a very gracious woman. but nuanced, careful, and i see that in mitt. >> i think he had a very advanced and mature understanding of politics at a pretty young age. and lenore romney ended up getting killed in that senate race. look, you take away lessons from victories and from defeats. >> from both parents, george thrives on candor -- >> there's a growing aimlessness and flabbiness in our american society. >> lenore, more cautious. their son looked for a path somewhere in between. but george romney steered his son away from politics and toward business first. and two graduate degrees in both business and law at harvard. >> by now, george romney had seen what it took to succeed an what kind of skills you needed and what kind of credentials you needed.
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so he was encouraging his son to kind of go beyond where he had been. >> so in 1972, mitt, ann and their two baby boys, moved to massachusetts. but their move from utah would not be easy. >> destroyed by fire in august of 1984. and the fire department indicated that it was most likely set. that they categorized it as of suspicious origin. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] its lightweight construction makes it nimble... ♪ its road gripping performance makes it a cadillac. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with advanced haldex all-wheel drive. [ engine revving ] it's bringing the future forward.
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patty cake, patty cake, baker's man, bake me a cake as fast as you can. >> it was a fill house for the romneys throughout the '70s here in belmont, massachusetts. >> it was a lot of fun. i was the oldest of five boys. so there was a lot of chaos. >> your mother once said that your father was kind of like having another teenager in the house. >> yeah. we thought of him as a really big older brother for a long time. he was just a lot of fun to be around. >> life was also busy. romney was starting a lucrative and intense financial consulting job in boston. ann was running things at home. people describe him as the energizer bunny. >> my kids joke and say that i'm
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the mitt stabilizer. >> right. >> because whenever mitt might start winding up and getting really highly energetic, they know that i have a very calming influence. >> in the '70s and '80s, romney was also spending a lot of time with his church, which saw him as a rising star, energetic, devoted, generous with both time and money. >> everybody was well aware of mitt romney. there was some starpower even when he wasn't running for office. >> phil barlow first met mitt romney at church in 1979. like most in the church, he already knew the romney name but not the romney work ethic. >> a person that busy and successful might tend to pull out their pocketbook rather than take their time. and he did both. >> for more than a decade, romney was part of the leadership of the mormon church in his hometown. the church has no paid clergy. so at the age of 34, romney was asked to lead his congregation.
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>> talk about a growing-up experience and a learning experience. >> it is a time he rarely talks about, but was surprisingly open with us. >> i was like the pastor. and that meant if someone was in the hospitali needed to see them. and if someone lost their job and couldn't afford to meet their rent payments, i was responsible for helping get them the financial aid they needed. if there was someone contemplating a divorce and they wanted counseling, they'd come to me. >> mitt romney was literally hands on. >> one single woman has storm damage and there might be some leakage, and he turned to us and said, i haven't got anything better to do that's more important than that after this meeting, how about you brothers? >> one of the toughest times for the church came in 1984. led by romney, the congregation was building a new meetinghouse
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in belmont. for years, there was a good deal of local opposition. you got a call in the middle of the night. >> yes, yes. >> grant bennett, romney's right-hand man in the church, members the call from the fire department. the building had burned to the ground. they suspected arson. >> the clergy in the town of belmont, the catholics, the episcopalians, the congregation, the jewish temple, came out in force, and essentially everyone offered for our congregation to meet in their building. >> instead of picking one congregation, romney picked all of them. >> i think he very much saw this as a bridge-building opportunity to get to know our neighbors. >> romney was less successful bridging another divide. >> the mormon church is the arch enemy of women's rights in this
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country. >> the '70s was the decade when the e.r.a. was being pushed and the mormon church came out in the early '70s and took a very active position against the e.r.a. >> judy was a member of romney's congregation and a feminist fighting for women's rights in the mormon church, like having more of a leadership role or being able to deliver a sermon. >> there we were suddenly faced with a church that we'd all loved and grown up in and suddenly it was taking this very unusual and we thought strange position. >> so what about when mitt romney became bishop? >> i expected a comforter. i expected somebody who would protect women and who would have an inclusive attitude and would be equally interested in the peace of mind of all of us. and i did not feel that in his congregation. >> well, i'm sure we all have differing memories -- >> romney recalls a meeting he led with more than 300 mormon women. >> i adopted many of the recommendations that they offered. but there were some -- >> not all.
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>> not all because the doctrine of my church is not something i'm in a position to change. >> i look at that as a time where i saw mitt soften and change. and it was a learning experience for all of us. but i saw a person that was respectful and listening and caring. >> but judy didn't think he was sympathetic at all and believes he bears a grudge against her to this day. >> i think it's indicative of the way mitzis the world. there are certain people who matter and certain people who he approves of and other people that he doesn't approve of. if he doesn't approve of them, he thinks they don't have the same kind of standing. they don't have the same kind of merit. they don't have the same kind of right to function and to hold opinions and to participate. >> something others around him at the time fiercely deny. >> i would call him open and welcome to new ideas. and if there's a better way,
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it was the heady '80s, big money, corporate buyouts and dramatic takeovers. mitt romney was knee-deep in it. a rising star at a boston consulting group, bain and company, which has a great pitch -- help businesses make money by cutting costs. >> and by all accounts, mitt romney was very successful in advising companies how to improve their business operations. >> but soon romney's boss had a better idea. instead of just advising companies, why not buy them with investor money to generate huge profits? and bain capital was born. early partner, jeffrey reinert. >> a lot of late nights, a lot of learning. but a lot of success. >> what kind of a leader was mitt romney during those early years? >> i would say in the early years, mitt was a lead-by-example kind of leader.
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he dug in, did analysis side by side with us. >> and it paid off. bain capital invested in more than 100 companies, nearly doubling its returns for clients annually. >> how are you doing? >> romney made a lot of money. and he would later claim created a lot of jobs. but a former bank colleague who talked off camera about whether the company's emphasis was on job creation told cnn, quote, we were in the business of creating value for investors. was job creation or making money the goal? >> well, every business is organized to create a return for the people who invest in the business. and as businesses are successful and profitable, they're able to hire people. and they can hire more people the more successful they are. businesses are created to provide a return to the owners or the investors. and it has a wonderful
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by-product. it employs more and more people. and that's the nature of american enterprise. if i'm elected your senator -- >> ten years into his run at bain capital, romney decided it was time to leave business for politics, just as his father had done. >> i'll work very hard to make sure that everybody gets a good job. >> how are you feeling? >> energized. >> romney's target? senator ted kennedy. not exactly starting at the bottom of the ladder there. >> i told my colleagues at work, don't clean out my desk and don't move into my office because i'll be spending a little time away from work. it will be a leave of absence. but i really believe that someone needs to run against ted kennedy. >> kennedy was vulnerable. s personal life seemed out of control. and as his son, patrick, remembers it, the contrast with romney was glaring. >> and opposite my dad was this really great-looking guy who was a whiz in business, beautiful
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family, kind of the picture of self-discipline. and next to my dad, he was like a perfect polar opposite. >> how are you? >> except during that race on social issues, mitt romney sounded an awful lot like ted kennedy. >> i'm absolutely committed to achieving universal coverage and doing so for our children. >> were you a liberal? were you a moderate? >> anyone can call me whatever they'd like. but people can look at my policies and make their own determination. >> ted divine worked for the kennedy campaign. >> mitt romney ran as a strongly pro-choice candidate. he told a newspaper in boston that he would be better on gay rights than ted kennedy. >> are you saying that romney -- he's just an opportunist? >> i think romney is a guy who looks at politicals the way he looked at business in business deals. this doesn't represent an ideological path for him.
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i think anyone who looks at his position on issues has to come to that judgment. for romney, politics is a mean of attaining power to do things that he wants to do. >> by the fall of 1994, it was a dead heat. and the kennedy campaign was looking for a silver bullet. they found it in bain capital. >> i don't like romney's creating jobs because he took every one of them way. >> the ads featured workers for a paper company in indiana, after a bain-owned company took it over, many of its workers lost their jobs. romney says he wasn't at bain at the time. his opponents say his actions led to the job cuts. >> if you think you'd make such a good senator, come out here to ma mar i don't know, indiana, and see what your company has done to these people. >> it worked so well, the obama campaign is using the same indiana company, even the same people again. >> he doesn't care anything about the middle class or the lower class people. >> if we are successful --
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>> romney's religious beliefs played a part as well. senator kennedy's nephew, joe, at one point attacked the mormon church for not allowing blacks to join the priesthood, a policy that had changed 16 years earlier. >> the president of our church announced -- >> romney went on the offensive, citing the speech john f. kennedy gave addressing his roman catholic faith. >> in my view, the victory that john kennedy won was not just for 40 million americans who were born catholics. it was for all americans of all faiths. and i'm sad to see that ted kennedy is trying to take away his brother's victory. >> my son's position is the same as jack kennedy's position. >> even romney's father, george, entered the fray. >> i think it's absolutely wrong to keep hammering on the religious issue. >> mr. romney -- >> then in october, a critical debate. >> senator kennedy and his family have a multiple real estate empire across this country --
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>> romney accused the kennedy family of financially benefiting from real estate deals. >> senator, 15 seconds. >> mr. romney, the kennedys are not in public service to make money. we have paid too high a price in our commitment to the public service -- >> ted kennedy began pulling away and mitt romney lost. >> he was back at work the next day. the election was tuesday night. wednesday morning, he was back at his desk. >> we kind of expected it. it was -- it's interesting. ann was more upset by it than i. but losing put me back into business and i was more successful than i had been before. >> but not long after, something that would make political defeat seem trivial. >> i think my diagnosis was probably the roughest thing we had to go through as a couple. great shot.
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during tomorrow night's opening session. paul ryan also is in north carolina telling audiences the president can't claim the country is better off than four years ago. vice president joe biden answered that charge telling a crowd the united states is better off because osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. the president visited louisiana this evening for briefings on the recovery effort from hurricane isaac. mitt romney is keeping a low profile this week. he'll be rehearsing for this october's presidential debates. i'm wolf blitzer at the top of the hour, "obama revealed." but first, more of "romney revealed" continues in a moment. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me. if you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave, go to the doctor. ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. symptoms are not the same for everyone.
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it was just before thanksgiving 1998. >> she began to see some numbness on her right side. it began spreading larger and larger. she was having more difficulty getting up stairs. we went to a neurologist. >> romney's life was about to take an unexpected and unhappy turn. >> we went into his office. he performed an examination. it was very clear she was flunking the examination. she couldn't stand on her right foot without falling over and so forth. he stepped out and she began to cry and i welled up tears as well. we hugged each other. and she said, something's terribly wrong. >> at age 49, ann romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable disease that can shut down the central nervous system. >> you don't know how much is it going to chew me up and spit me out. where and when is it going to spit me out? how sick am i going to get?
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is this going to be progressive? am i going to be in a wheelchair? it's a very, very frightening place to be. >> ann was really distraught and distressed with the diagnosis, particularly as time went on, because she was really ill for quite a while. >> i really just was having a very, very hard time and was very depressed and had kind of given up a little bit. >> it was a tough moment for both of them. it was interesting to see the way he treated her as they went through that. very caring, very loving. very frustrating for him not to be able to step in and fix it, but it was -- you know, they drew even closer. >> even when i was as sick as that, he would curl up in the bed with me. >> take a minute. >> so you just knew that that's where he was.
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it was like he was going to do anything he could to just say, i'm here, you're okay, just stay right there, and we'll be okay. >> as the romneys were struggling to get ann's m.s. under control, they were about to face a challenge of an entirely different sort. >> could the scandal over salt lake's olympic bid shatter the city's quest to host the city games? >> the 2002 olympics were in trouble. salt lake city was embroiled in a bribery scandal that threatened to bring down the games. so the search was on for someone to repair the damage. >> the list of people who could have come in and saved the 2002 olympics began and ended with mitt romney. >> romney knew finance, politics and was a mormon. that made him the top choice. >> they called me instead of mitt because they knew mitt would turn them down flat. >> she called me at work and
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said, i want you to -- don't say, no, mitt. i think you ought to go run the olympics. i said, don't be ridiculous, that's absolutely crazy. i'd never do that. but over time she convinced me. >> despite ann's health issues, the romneys left bain and moved to utah in 1999. but when romney really left bain capital is now controversial. on paper, he remained chief executive officer, raising the question of his responsibility for companies that laid off workers when he was in utah. he says that he was gone from the company completely, that the olympics were all-consuming. >> when he got there, it was a disaster. he was panicked. he really seriously considered saying, it's not going to work here, there's just too many problems. >> romney needed help, so he rallied an old friend from bain capital, fraser bullock, to be the games chief operating officer. >> mitt did describe it as stepping into an empty elevator shaft.
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because you're not sure -- you're falling and you're not sure when you're going to hit ground. >> bullock joined the team that tried to do damage control. they created an operating plan and tried to convince sponsors to stay on board and took a critical look at the nearly $400 million budget deficit staring them in the face. and even got rid of the usual catering at olympic board meetings. >> we had domino's pizza. and it was a dollar a slice. because he knew he could buy a pizza for five bucks, cut it into eight slices, sell them for a dollar a slice, get $8 of revenue for every pizza at a cost of $5. he turned the lunches from a cost center into a profit center. >> the olympics is like putting on seven super bowls a day for 17 days straight. >> and he became the public face of the games, even becoming an amateur participant, seen here on the skeleton. so, did he say one day, i think i'm going to try the skeleton? >> yeah. he said, i'm going to go try
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this. he got better and better and better so he could get going 70 miles an hour, which is crazy. >> but hidden from the public was the continuing personal struggle. >> mitt was always just constantly worried about ann. she was really deteriorating. >> she battled through it. she got good help from wonderful physicians. >> by august of 2001, it looked like they had ann's m.s. and the olympics under control. but then -- 9/11. >> -- billowing into the sky -- >> there's smoke everywhere. >> unspeakable sorrow and a very real fear of terrorism at the olympics. >> it's a time for us to make sure that everyone in the world recognizes that we don't stop as a nation, that the
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characteristics of honor and courage, sacrifice and devotion, which is represented by the olympic athletes, is a message more important today than perhaps ever before. >> over the next five months and with the help of some money from the federal government, security was beefed up. and the games began. >> we had about 2,500 athletes that came in, did the parade of nations, walked all the way around. >> it was a great moment for him i think. as one political pollster in utah said at the time, mitt romney could walk on water at that point. >> but not everyone agreed. >> mitt and i often had disagreements about how or what we thought the games were about. and i wasn't on his team, so to speak. >> it's a gold medal day for utah. >> ken bullock, no relation to frazier bullock, was on the organizing committee of the salt lake city olympics before and
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after romney was brought on board. he was a sort of "my way or the highway" kind of guy? >> absolutely, no question. to me, the games were about utah. it wasn't about mitt. >> bullock claims romney made the problems look worse than they really were. a calculated political move to ensure public success. >> if we need to raise revenue, were we short? yes. were we three years out? yes. big difference of the games being around the corner. >> you think he overstated the problems? >> dramatically. dramatically. >> it's a charge the romney camp scoffs at. and in the end, the 2002 olympics were profitable and one of the most successful winter games in history. >> he had pulled off this big success. he had rescued these games and now it was a question of what he would parlay that into. >> it wouldn't take long for that question to be answered. we're sitting on a bunch of shale gas.
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the opening ceremonies for the 2002 winter olympics were still more than a month away but mitt romney already had other plans. beth myers remembers getting a call from romney in january. >> i'm thinking about running for governor and would you have any interest in helping me run my campaign? >> massachusetts had a republican governor, jane swift, but party leaders saw her as weak, so they came to romney in a panic. >> jane swift gets wind of this and two days later she bows out. she's out and mitt romney is in. he flies back to belmont with
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his wife, ann, they're both wearing olympic jackets and give a press conference and the campaign's begun. >> romney spokesman, eric fehrnstrom. >> it was like being launched out of a rocket. >> how you doing? >> as you know, this is a very democratic state. the legislature is 85% democrat, very few republicans make it into statewide office. so we had a fight on our hands. >> he ran as a moderate on social issues, vowing to clean up state government. >> would you raise your right hand, please? >> it worked. >> congratulations, governor. >> thank you. >> from the beginning, romney relied on a small set of advisors, beth myers, who has never spoken on camera before, was chief of staff. people call you romney's romney. >> for four years, we sat in offices that had a door between us and we popped back and forth between each other's offices all day long. we talked about faith. we talked about the issues of the day.
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>> first order of business, treat government like a business. >> we had a huge budget deficit. so every morning, we'd come in and we'd have stacks and stacks of budget books and line by line and mitt would meet in his staff office every morning with the cabinet secretaries. >> it was the way he had always done it. at bain, at the olympics. but here, not everyone was on romney's team. >> i will agree he was a different cat than what people on beacon hill were used to. i think that's probably a pretty good thing. >> i got better over time. i know i made mistakes in how i dealt with others in the legislature, but we started off pretty well. >> then, two years into his term, he set his sights on something bigger, something that would mean a legacy, health care. >> he had not had a major
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achievement that he could point to as some big political success in a future campaign. he needed something to say, i had done this and it was a big deal. >> romney decided to push for health care to cover everyone in the state. but that meant mandating most residents to buy health insurance. >> the governor felt that it would be wrong for the economy and wrong for our business sector to impose a mandate on employers, to require them to provide insurance to their employees. but he felt it very important that people take responsibility for their own health care. >> it was romney's big moment. but now, a liability. republicans bitterly oppose any kind of mandate in today's presidential race. >> i think the politics of it have been so complicated, it's ironic the biggest thing he achieved as governor is something he almost never talks about. >> no less complicated, the politics of abortion. while romney was personally
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opposed to abortion, he ran for governor supporting abortion rights. but once in office and presented with stem cell legislation that would, in romney's view, have the potential of destroying embryos, he changed his mind. >> i realized that what sounded good in a campaign, when i actually became the governor and was going to be the person who would sign a piece of legislation which could take human life, i simply couldn't do that. >> democrats say it was about ambition. >> he wanted to run for president of the united states. and he understood that within the republican nominating process, somebody that was pro choice or pro gay rights or anything in terms of a progressive stance would lose. >> i didn't ever see it as a flip-flop. i think that what you saw was the tension between personal beliefs and a public persona. >> none of this would slow romney down. his sights were already set on the white house in 2008.
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but there were doubts about his convictions and questions about his mormon faith, a religion some evangelicals call a cult. >> mormonism is the most colorful and controversial, it's politically toxic and dangerous because people pull out strands and skewer them. >> there was no avoiding it, though, so romney decided to give a crucial speech on his faith early in the primaries. >> he wrote it. he really wrote every word. >> he wrote every word of it. you very rarely hear that about a politician. >> he did. >> i am an american running for president. i do not define my candidacy by my religion. a person should not be elected because of his faith, nor should he be rejected because of his faith. >> ultimately, 2008 was not mitt romney's year.
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you guys are great. almost but not quite. >> i will never do this again. and i just made sure it was very emphatic. >> the romney family seemed done with politics and didn't keep it a secret. >> it was again a very bruising thing. i think people forget these are real families with people they love that are going through these hard times. >> when you lose, there's a
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period of intense disappointment. >> alex castellanos was a senior romney adviser during the 2008 campaign. >> he's not a wallow in defeat kind of guy. he's okay, that's done, stand up, let's see where we go from here. >> the reasons for the loss were in plain sight. the campaign was a muddle. the staff divided and the candidate struggled to connect. >> mitt's a man who likes to talk more about what he does than who he is. so it's hard to get beneath the shell sometimes. he's a private guy. >> and back in his private life, romney kept his options open, writing a book, raising money for other republicans, and waiting for the right opportunity and the go ahead. >> ann is the one that then came to mitt and said, i'm ready. let's do this again. >> so why the change of heart? >> it was a change of heart. what this m.s. disease has taught me is to learn how to be self-contained and how to not absorb some of the negative things and to recognize it was
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an endeavor worth doing and worth pursuing. >> i'm mitt romney. i believe in america and i'm running for president of the united states. >> but it was a different environment this time around. very anti-establishment. so romney was reborn as an outsider. >> i served in government but i didn't inhale. i'm still a business guy. >> fixing his 2008 mistake, romney had one driving message. >> and have the experience to get our economy back on track. that's the kind of leader i aspire to be. >> it became his mantra. but the tea party, full of contempt for health care reform, never trusted romney, the man who reformed health care in massachusetts. erick erickson is the editor of, a conservative website. >> you sit in the room with conservatives behind the scenes without cameras on and ask them how many really believe mitt romney is going to repeal
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obama care, i don't think a hand will go up in the room. >> when romney calls himself this -- >> i was a severely conservative republican governor. >> he gets this -- >> that's not a line you hear conservatives say about themselves. that's something you hear democrats say about conservatives. >> this is not the time to be doubting people's words. >> one by one, the old demons reappeared. >> romney care. pro abortion. bain capital. >> handing the democrats a primer on romney's vulnerabilities. >> i will release multiple years. i don't know how many years. >> on bain, flip-flops, taxes, secrecy, his wealth. but romney finally crawled across the finish line. his new junior partner, paul ryan, has given reluctant conservatives some hope. >> i want to hear what he has to say on this topic. >> but presidential politics is about more than just piecing together coalitions, it's also about telling a story of who you are, what you believe and why you can be trusted. >> he's very professional. he's got a bit of new england in him when he's out doing a job,
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he's going to do it professionally. but he's not the caricature the media or democrats want to portray. he's a very warm caring guy. >> good morning. >> romney is trying to let people in, like wading into scripture as he speaks after the aurora, colorado, shootis. >> blessed be god who comforteth us in all our tribulations. >> that's, to me, about 90% of who he is. that's the -- that's the mitt i wish people would see all the time because that's how i know him and that's how i think of him. there are moments like that you can see that and really get a lens into his soul. >> but it can be fuzzy much of the time, leaving an opening for the opposition. >> people say you're secretive, you're out of touch. you play by a different set of rules. >> well, i know that the obama campaign is going to do everything they can to try and deflect from the economic record of the president and his failure to come up with a plan to get
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the economy going in the future. >> no doubt romney is on message this time. he wants us to believe he can fix things, like the economy, and won't give up until he does. but that's the easy part of his story. the rest is harder to tell. he's a devout mormon who still worries it will be held against him. he's more pragmatist than ideologue, more private than public. in the end, more cautious than candid. perhaps the ultimate lesson mitt romney learned from his father's life. >> he cared about passion for the mission that he was in the middle of fighting for, and winning or losing didn't change his perspective at all about who he was. he's been defined as a man of character throughout his life and elections don't change that. >> do you feel that way, as you look at this election, win or lose? >> absolutely. this is a choice that's up to the american people. and who i am has been long ago decided by my wife, by my five sons, by my grandkids,


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