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2012 U.S Presidential Candidates: The Good, the Bad, and the Invisible

By Edited Aug 18, 2015 0 0

How Well Do You Know Them?

As the 2012 U.S presidential campaign heats up and the candidates battle each other to gain the position to challenge President Obama for the throne, the movie "Spartacus" comes to mind. Each gladiator must kill to live, and write his legend in the spray of his rivals' blood. But how did these men earn their brutal reputations?'

Fortunately, this is not the question. The question is how knowledgeable are you of the candidates? As one of them will definitely become the leader of the free world.


Barack Obama(68053)

Barack Hussein Obama
Political Party: Democrat
Date of Birth: August 4, 1961
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Age: 50
Spouse: Michelle LaVaughn "Robinson" Obama
Number of Children: 2 daughters
Religion: Protestant Christian
Education: Occidental College, Columbia University- BA, Harvard Law School-JD
Profession: Community Organizer, Constitutional Lawyer, Professor, Author
Biography: Mr. Obama is the current President of the United States of America and is running for a second term in the 2012 general elections. He is of African, English, and Irish descent. Obama's most recent book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters was released in November 2010.

Mitt Romney

Willard Mitt Romney
Political Party: Republican
Date of Birth: March 12, 1947
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan
Age: 64
Spouse: Ann "Davies" Romney
Number of Children: 6 Sons
Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Education: Stanford University, Brigham Young University-BA, Harvard University-MBA, JD
Profession: Co-Founder Bain Capital, CEO Bain & Company, CEO 2002 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee.
Biography: In 2008 presidential election Mr. Romney ran for the Republican nomination but was defeated by Senator John McCain. He is of English, Scottish, and German ancestry. Romney's book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness was released March 2010.


Rick Perry

James Richard "RickPerry
Political Party: Republican
Date of Birth: March 4, 1950
Place of Birth: Paint Creek, Texas
Wife: 61
Spouse: Anita Thigpen Perry
Number of Children: 2 (1 boy, 1girl)
Religion: Methodist
Education: Texas A&M University-BS
Profession: Military Office, Farmer, Politician
Biography: Mr. Perry the 47th and current Governor of Texas, was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998. He assumed the Governorship in December of 2000 when Governor George W. Bush resigned to become Prescient of the United States. He is of Native American ancestry. Perry's book Fed Up was released November 2010.


Michele Bachmann

Michele Marie Bachmann
Political Party: Tea Party Republican
Date of Birth: April 6, 1956
Place of Birth: Waterloo, Iowa
Age: 55
Spouse: Marcus Bachmann
Number of Children: 5 (2 boys, 3 girls)
Religion: Evangelical Christian
Education: Winona State University-BA, Oral Roberts University-JD, William & Mary Law School-LLM
Profession: Attorney, Politician
Biography: Mrs. Bachmann is a member of the U.S House of Representatives from Minnesota's 6th district. She and her husband have also provided foster care for 23 teenage girls all with eating disorders. The last child entered their care in 1998. She is of Norwegian ancestry. Bachmann book Core of Conviction: My Story was released November 21, 2011.

Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "NewtGingrich, born Newton Leroy McPherson
Political Party: Republican

Date of Birth: June 17, 1943
Place of Birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Age: 68
Spouse: Callista Gingrich
Number of Children: 2 girls by his first marriage.
Religion: Catholic, formerly Baptiste
Education: Emory University-BA, Tulane University-MA, PhD
Profession: College Professor, Author, Politician
Biography: From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Gingrich served as the 58th Speaker of the House of Representatives. Gingrich is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. His book A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters was released June 13, 2011.


Jon Huntsman

Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.
Political Party: Republican
Date of Birth: March 26, 1960
Place of Birth: Palo Alto, California
Age: 61
Spouse: Mary Kaye Cooper
Number of Children: 7 (4 girls, 3 boys)
Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon).
Education: University of Pennsylvania-BA
Profession: Diplomat, Politician
Biography: From August 11, 1992 - June 15, 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, Huntsman served as U.S Ambassador to Singapore. He also held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for trade development for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In ovember 2004, Huntsman was elected Utah's 16th Governor. From August 11, 2009 - April 30, 2011 Huntsman served in the Obama administration as U.S Ambassador to China. He is of English, Norwegian, and French ancestry. Huntsman's book Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children was released November 2008.

Ron Paul

Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul
Political Party: Tea Party Republican
Date of Birth: August 20, 1935
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Age: 76
Spouse: Carolyn "Carol" Paul
Number of Children: 5 (3 boys, 2 girls)
Religion: Baptiste Christian
Education: Gettysburg College-BS, Duke University-MD
Profession: Physician, Politician
Biography: Mr. Paul first represented Texas's 22nd district in the U.S House of Representatives from January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1985. Then, Texas's 14th district January 3, 1997 to present. This is Ron Paul's third attempt to capture the mantle of United States President. His son Randall "Rand" Paul was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. The young Paul currently represents the state of Kentucky. Paul is of German and Irish ancestry. His book End the Fed was released September 2009.


Rick Santorum

Richard John "Rick" Santorum
Political Party: Republican
Date of Birth: May 10, 1958
Place of Birth: Winchester, Virginia
Age: 53
Spouse: Karen Garver Santorum
Number of Children: 7 (4 boys, 3 girls)
Religion: Christian, Roman Catholic
Education: Pennsylvania State University-BA, University of Pittsburgh-MA, Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law-JD
Profession: Attorney, Politician
Biography: Mr. Santorum is a former United States Senator and former U.S House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 18th District. He is of Italian and Irish ancestry. Santorum's book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good was released April 2006.


Herman Cain

Herman Cain 
Political Party: Republican

Date of Birth: December 13, 1945 (1945-12-13)
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Age: 65
Spouse: Gloria "Etchison" Cain
Number of Children: 2 (1 boy, 1 girl)
Religion: National Baptiste
Education: Morehouse College-BA, Purdue University-MS
Profession: Business executive, Radio host, Columnist
Biography: Mr. Cain served as the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1995-1996. Since 2005, Cain has worked for the Koch family funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) alongside Mark Block who is his current campaign manager for his 2012 campaign. Cain is of African ancestry. His book This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House was released October 2011.


Gary Johnson

Thaddeus George "Thad" McCotter
Political Party: Republican
Date of Birth: August 22, 1965
Place of Birth: Livonia, Michigan
Age: 46
Spouse: Rita McCotter
Number of Children: 3 (2 boys, 1 girl)
Religion: Christian Catholic
Education: University of Detroit-MA, JD
Profession: Attorney, Politician
Biography: Mr. McCotter is the incumbent Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 11th district. He also served in the capacity as Senator of the Michigan State Senate. He is of Italian ancestry. His book Seize Freedom was released in May 2011.

Thad McCotter

Gary Earl Johnson
Political Party: Republican
Date of Birth: January 1, 1953
Place of Birth: Minot, North Dakota
Age: 58
Fiancée: Kate Prusack
Number of Children: 2 by his late wife. (1 boy, 1 girl)
Religion: Lutheran
Education: University of New Mexico
Profession: Businessman
Biography: Mr. Johnson is a businessman and former Governor of New Mexico. He is of Danish, Norwegian, and Russian ancestry.



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