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August 22, 2011 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Southern California mansion is slated for a substantial upgrade. The GOP presidential hopeful has owned an oceanfront home worth $12 million in La Jolla - on the northern edge of San Diego - since 2008. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Romney has filed an application to bulldoze the existing one-story, 3,009-square-foot home and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. A Romney campaign official said the reason for nearly quadrupling the size of the home was to make room for the couple's five married sons and 16 grandchildren.
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NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Mitt Romney has won the Virginia Republican presidential primary, according to the Associated Press. Romney was the clear favorite in the state, where just two Republican candidates - Romney and Ron Paul - had qualified for the ballot. Forty-nine delegates are at stake in that race, and Romney is likely to win all or nearly all of them. Thirteen of the delegates will be awarded to the candidate who wins 50% or more of the vote and an additional 33 delegates will be awarded by congressional district.
NEWS
October 11, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Just one week after announcing he would not run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is endorsing Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination, sources confirm. Christie will attend Tuesday night's Republican debate in New Hampshire as Romney's guest. The Romney campaign had announced the former Massachusetts governor would address supporters this afternoon with a "special guest. " When he reaffirmed his decision not to be a presidential candidate, Christie had suggested he was not likely to endorse one of the official candidates soon.
OPINION
May 19, 2012
Re "Romney's media handicap," Opinion, March 15 Jonah Goldberg wants "the media" to be nicer to Mitt Romney, and yet he calls 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry "a pompous human toothache. " Surely this is the pot calling the kettle black. Romney is properly on the hot seat for his selective memory and his evasive semi-apologies. You might not remember the name of the kid who sat behind you in calculus, or the name of the teacher, but you really ought to remember the kid who you held down while cutting his hair.
NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Mitt Romney headed into the third financial quarter of the year with $12.7 million cash on hand after raising $18.3 million in the past three months.  Romney relied heavily on large-dollar donors: Just 6% of individual contributions came in amounts of $200 or less. About $517,000 was collected by six bundlers, the campaign revealed in a list posted to the Federal Elections Commission website.  The former Massachusetts governor's second-quarter haul is considerably less than the $30 to $50 million his supporters had floated as a goal earlier this year, but still many millions more than the rest of the Republican contenders.
NEWS
December 30, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Shortly after returning to New Hampshire, Mitt Romney appeared to make a passing reference to Newt Gingrich's tearful moment earlier on Friday in Iowa. After introducing two of his sons, who have been campaigning for him in New Hampshire this week, at a packed spaghetti dinner in Merrimack, Romney mentioned his parents -- as he often does in his standard stump speech. "At a time like this I think about my parents, and I'm sure during the holidays you think about your parents as well," Romney said.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Mitt Romney isn't backing down from his call for rival Newt Gingrich to return the $1.6 million he earned as a consultant to mortgage giant Freddie Mac. In an interview on Fox News on Wednesday morning, Romney renewed the call, and argued that it was Gingrich's fault the money had become an issue. “He said anyone who profited from Freddie Mac should give the money back,” Romney said. “Well, he profited $1.6 million from an agency that helped bring down the entire economy; he ought to give it back.” (Actually, Gingrich suggested that politicians who supported the mortgage giant should be jailed.)
NEWS
October 11, 2011 | By Kim Geiger and Maeve Reston
Mitt Romney appeared to be softening to the Occupy Wall Street protests on Monday, taking a more sympathetic tone as he remarked on the movement, which he had called “dangerous” just a week before.  “I look at what's happening on Wall Street and my view is, boy, I understand how those people feel,” he said at a town hall event in Hopkinton, N.H. “Because with median income down 10% ... with chronic unemployment, long-term unemployment worse...
NEWS
August 12, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is worth between $190 million and $250 million, his campaign announced Friday after filing personal financial reports with the Federal Election Commission. He is by far the richest of all current presidential candidates who have filed the required reports, which ask candidates to disclose a broad range of values for their assets, liabilities and income. The report paints a picture of financial health for the former Massachusetts governor, suggesting that Romney has the funds available to help finance his campaign, should he choose to do so. Photos: Scenes From Iowa - Republicans at the State Fair Romney personally invested about $35 million into his 2008 presidential run. Romney drew fire recently for remarking that he is "unemployed," but his financial reports show that he drew nearly $375,000 in speaking fees and about $114,000 for serving on the board at Marriott International during the roughly 18-month period covered by the report.
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