2011 Ames Straw Poll candidate profile: Mitt Romney


Mitt Romney

Scott Macdonald

Mitt Romney

R- Mass.

Former governor and businessman

  • Tenure as governor was marked by a moderate turnaround of the state’s struggling budget
  • Achieved healthcare reform that provided near-universal coverage to citizens of Massachusetts
  • Winner of the 2007 Ames Straw Poll

Romney will not be attending this year’s Straw Poll, but has placed second to Bachmann in recent public opinion polls.