Former 2012 GOP Candidates

Mitt Romney overcame formidable challengers in Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to become the presumptive Republican Party nominee to challenge President Obama.

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Newt Gingrich – WINNER: SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA
DOB: June 17, 1943
Place of birth: Harrisburg, PA
Previous office: U.S. Representative from Georgia (1979-1999); Speaker of the House (1995-1999)
Experience/Accomplishments: Co-authored the “Contract with America” that, in 1994, helped to usher in the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years; oversaw Congressional passage of welfare reform, a balanced budget, tax cuts and an increase in defense spending
In his own words:

- Rediscovering God in America (Thomas Nelson)
- A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters (Regnery)
Website:
http://www.newt.org/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/newtgingrich
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/newtgingrich

Rick Santorum – WINNER: IOWA, MISSOURI, MINNESOTA, COLORADO, NORTH DAKOTA, OKLAHOMA, TENNESSEE, KANSAS, ALABAMA
DOB: May 10, 1958
Place of birth: Winchester, VA
Previous occupation: Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007)
Experience/Accomplishments: Author of the Welfare Reform Act, the Syria Accountability Act and the Iran Freedom and Support Act; served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee
In his own words:
- It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
Website: http://www.ricksantorum.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ricksantorum
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/ricksantorum

Last modified: August 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm