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Herman Cain was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 1967. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in computer science from Purdue University, while working full-time as a mathematician at the Department of the Navy.After earning my Master’s degree and six years working for the Department of the Navy, we returned home to Atlanta, where he began to climb the corporate ladder with the Coca-Cola Company.

 

He later moved to the Pillsbury Company and rose to the position of Vice President.He was assigned to lead a low performing region of 450 Burger King restaurants. Within three years, they became the best-performing region in the U.S. After success at the Pillsbury company Cain became CEO and President of Godfather’s Pizza, a company teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

In 14 months, he turned the company around and returned it to profitability,and ultimately led my management team to a buyout of Godfather’s Pizza.Cain then became the CEO of the National Restaurant Association and became a member of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1992 and served as its chairman from January 1995 to August 1996, when he resigned to become active in national politics.

 

Today, Herman Cain is host of the radio talk show, “The Herman Cain Show,” on Atlanta’s WSB 750 AM/ 95.5 FM.

 

 

 

 

Mitt Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 12, 1947. He is the son of George W. Romney (the former Governor of Michigan) and Lenore Romney. He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and served as a Mormon missionary in France. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, then earned a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.After 10 years at Bain & Company Romney co-founded Bain Capital, which quickly became a highly successful private equity investment firm. Romney returned to Bain & Company as CEO in 1990, which was facing financial collapse. In one year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround.

 

In 1999 Romney was hired as the new president and CEO of the troubled Salt Lake City Games and brought the games to a successful conclusion.After losing in a senate race to Ted Kennedy in 1994 he ran for governor in the highly democratic Massachusetts in 2002. As governor Romney proposed and signed into law a private, market-based reform that ensures every Massachusetts citizen will have health insurance, without a government takeover and without raising taxes.

 

In 2008 Romney ran for the Republican nomination for the presidency. He won 11 primaries and caucuses, received about 4.7 million total votes, and garnered about 280 delegates. Romney spent $110 million during the campaign, including $45 million of his own money.

 

 

 

 

Ron Paul was born August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. He received a B.S. degree in biology at Gettysburg College in 1957. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. After earning an M.D. degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, he was a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon during the 1960s.

 

In 1974, Paul ran for 22nd district seat and lost to incumbent Robert R. Casey. President Gerald Ford appointed Casey to head the Federal Maritime Commission, and Paul won a 1976 special election to fill the seat. Months later in the general election, Paul lost to Democrat Robert Gammage, by fewer than 300 votes. He then defeated Robert Gammage in a 1978 rematch, and was reelected in 1980 and 1982.

 

In 1996, Paul was re-elected to Congress in Texas's 22nd District. Paul entered the race hopeful that his Constitutionalist policies of tax cuts, closing federal agencies, and curbing the U.N. would have broader support than in the past. The Republican National Committee focused instead on encouraging Democrats to switch parties, as Paul's primary opponent, incumbent Greg Laughlin, had done in 1995. The party threw its full weight behind Laughlin, including support from House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor George W. Bush, and the National Rifle Association. Paul responded by running newspaper ads quoting Gingrich's harsh criticisms of Laughlin's Democratic voting record 14 months earlier. Paul won the primary and the seat in the general election.Ron Paul has authored many bills than such as term limits, abolishing the income tax and abolishing the Federal Reserve that have died in committee, but he has also written successful legislation to prevent eminent domain seizures. By amending other legislation, he has barred funding for national identification numbers, funding for federal teacher certification, International Criminal Court jurisdiction over the U.S. military, American participation in any U.N. global tax, and surveillance on peaceful First Amendment activities by citizens.

  • Ron Paul introduced a bill to repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution (WPR) and reinstate the process of formal declaration of war by Congress.
  • He introduced Sunlight Rule legislation, which requires lawmakers to take enough time to read bills before voting on them.
  • He was one of six Republicans to vote against the Iraq War Resolution.
  • With Oregon representative Peter DeFazio sponsored a resolution to repeal the war authorization.
  • He has introduced several bills to apply tax credits toward education, including credits for parental spending on public, private, or homeschool students (Family Education Freedom Act); for salaries for all K–12 teachers, librarians, counselors, and other school personnel; and for donations to scholarships or to benefit academics (Education Improvement Tax Cut Act). In accord with his political positions, he has also introduced the Sanctity of Life Act, the We the People Act, and the American Freedom Agenda Act.

In the 1988 presidential election, Paul defeated American Indian activist Russell Means to win the Libertarian Party nomination for president. On the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Paul placed third in the popular vote with 432,179 votes behind Republican winner George H. W. Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis. In 2008 Ron Paul ran for president for the Republican nomination and received a very respectable 10% of the vote. Nationally he became somewhat of an internet phenomenon raising millions of dollars form individual contributors and effectively started the "Ron Paul Revolution". Though his race for the presidency failed in 2008 in failed to win the nomination, it didn't fail to build a strong grassroots following and it opened the door for the creation of the Tea Party.

 

 

 

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Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

As a self-proclaimed “Constitutional Conservative”, Bachmann is committed to fixing Washington’s broken ways by advocating for America’s adherence to the Constitution. Bachmann has become known on Capitol Hill as a member who champions tax reform, works to cut wasteful government spending and supports limiting the size of our government. She also is devoted to the repeal of ObamaCare, a legislation she believes is an example of government’s recent uninhibited growth. In Bachmann’s view, the government needs to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses across America have been forced to make. As a believer in the traditional values upon which this country was founded, she consistently defends America’s religious liberties and the importance of the family as the first unit of government. She also has continuously worked to defend the right to life for all Americans, including the unborn.Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security.

 

As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Bachmann has been given keen insight into the current housing crisis and credit crunch. This insight has led her to be a staunch opponent of the taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street and the Dodd-Frank legislation.As the federal government continues to grow under the current administration, Bachmann was honored to establish the Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She is proud to stand with the Tea Party to call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and smaller government.Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006.

 

As a Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Through her experience as a tax attorney, Bachmann came to understand firsthand the need to simplify the current tax code and reduce taxes on families and small businesses. Yet, it was her role as a mother of five and foster mother of 23 that led her to call for the abolishment of Goals 2000 and the Profiles of Learning and start a charter school for at-risk kids in Minnesota.Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people.

 

The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.She is proud to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, a district which contains parts of six counties, stretching from Stillwater past Saint Cloud, including several suburbs of the Twin Cities.

 

 

 

Newt Gingrich

 

Newt Gingrich was born June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a military family, moving a number of times and attended school at various military installations. He graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961. After becoming interested in history he received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University.Before his election to Congress in 1978, Newt taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years.

 

Gingrich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 6th district and served from 1979 to 1999. He was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. During his reign he co-authored the "Contract with America" and lead the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority.Under his leadership in Congress and with President Bill Clinton, the budget was balanced for the first time in a generation. In addition they reformed welfare, leading to over sixty percent of welfare recipients either getting a job or going to school.The House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich in 1997, including a $300,000 "cost assessment" to recoup money spent on the investigation. This was the first time in the House's history that the Speaker had been disciplined for ethics violations Republicans lost five seats in the House in the 1998 midterm elections—the worst performance in 64 years for a party that didn't hold the residency. Polls showed that Gingrich and the Republican Party's attempt to remove President Clinton from office was widely unpopular among Americans. As the House leader, Gingrich suffered much of the blame for the loss. He announced on November 6, 1998 that he would not only stand down as Speaker, but would leave the House completely.

 

Newt Gingrich is an accomplished author of several fiction and non fiction books including:The Government's Role in Solving Societal Problems Windowof Opportunity Contract with America (co-editor) Restoring the Dream Quotationsfrom Speaker Newt. To Renew America Lessons Learned The Hard Way Presidential Determination Regarding Certification of the Thirty-Two Major Illicit Narcotics Producing and Transit Countries Saving Lives and Saving Money Winning the Future Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future A Contract with the Earth, with Terry L. Maple Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War Grant Comes East Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th Days of Infamy Thomas Dunne Books To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory

 

 

 

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Rick Perry is Texas' 47th governor, and the first Texas A&M graduate to occupy the Governor's Mansion, Rick Perry has led a life of public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office.Governor Perry's administration has focused on creating a Texas of unlimited opportunity and prosperity by improving education, securing the border and increasing economic development through classic conservative values.During his tenure, Governor Perry has maintained a strong focus on fiscal discipline, becoming the only Texas governor since World War II to sign budgets that reduced general revenue spending. He has used his line item veto to scrub more than $3 billion in budgeted spending, while encouraging investments in the building blocks of a prosperous state: the economy, education and security.The Texas economy is performing well in the current global economic crisis, thanks to a focused effort to keep taxes low, regulations predictable and legal system fair.

 

Gov. Perry led the effort to reform the legal system, signing into law a series of lawsuit reforms designed to stem the flow of frivolous lawsuits through Texas courts. As a result, employers can devote their resources to creating jobs instead of defending against those frivolous lawsuits. More importantly, the reforms reversed the trend on skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates which has led to an influx of doctors seeking to practice in Texas. As a result, obstetricians and other specialists are returning to practice in previously underserved, high-risk areas.On the education front, Governor Perry has worked to improve the quality of Texas schools from top to bottom by increasing accountability, raising expectations and funding programs that work. In addition to introducing the largest teacher incentive pay program in the country, Governor Perry has overseen a 43 percent increase in total spending on public education in Texas. He also signed a school finance reform package that provided a 33 percent school property tax reduction, a $2,000 pay raise for teachers, record funding for classrooms and a reformed business tax. Stepping into the gap left by the federal government, Governor Perry has worked with the legislature to fund coordinated border security efforts to the tune of more than $230 million over the past several years. Governor Perry has initiated a "boots on the ground" strategy, integrating and coordinating local, county, state and federal law enforcement efforts, resulting in significantly decreased crime in key areas along the border.

 

Rick Perry's political career started in 1985 as a representative for a rural West Texas district in the state House of Representatives. He was first elected to statewide office in 1990, and served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. Governor Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. His father, Ray Perry, served as a Haskell County Commissioner, school board member and a World War II tail gunner. Between 1972 and 1977, Governor Perry served in the United States Air Force, flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a junior and senior yell leader and an animal science major. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry's two children, Governor Perry is an Eagle Scout and lifetime member of American Legion Post #75.

 

 

 

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Gary Johnson was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003

 

.A successful businessman before running for office in 1994, Gov. Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico with over 1,000 employees. Not surprisingly, Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office, more than all other governors combined and his use of the veto pen has since earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them when he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003.An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has currently reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

 

In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country’s out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as Honorary Chairman.He has two grown children- a daughter Seah and a son Erik and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.

 

 

 

Jon Hunstman

 

Jon Hunstman was tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to China in May 2009 and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Huntsman was sworn in as Ambassador immediately following his resignation as the Governor of Utah on Tuesday, August 11, 2009.

 

Huntsman was elected twice as Governor of Utah, including in 2008 with a record percent of the vote, including the majority in all 29 counties. As Governor, Huntsman governed with his eye toward maintaining Utah’s unparalleled quality of life, continually increasing the state’s economic competitiveness and maximizing funding to Utah’s public education system. Huntsman’s breadth of experience in Asia has been developed over a lifetime of interest and involvement. He has previously lived in Asia three times and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

 

Huntsman’s public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a U.S. Trade Ambassador, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa and other Asian and African nations. He played a critical role in launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in November of 2001, guiding the simultaneous accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization. He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has served on various boards such as the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York and the National Bureau of Asian Research.

 

During his tenure as Governor, Utah was repeatedly recognized by many prestigious organizations for its dynamism, business climate and quality of life. Perhaps most importantly, Utah was named by the Pew Center as the Best Managed State in America. Even in times of economic hardship, Huntsman worked collaboratively with stakeholders to minimize impacts to critical human services while maintaining job-stimulating construction projects and keeping the State's Rainy Day Fund intact as a tool for any future fiscal distress. Recognized nationally for his leadership, Huntsman served as chairman of the Western Governors Association and on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association.

 

As a dedicated public servant, Huntsman is committed to serving in this critical post as Ambassador to one of the most important international relationships for the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has six honorary doctorate degrees.