Election profile: Republican presidential primary

By Joe Palmer

Name: Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

Age: 68

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pa.

Education: B.A. in history from Emory University; M.A. and Ph.D. in modern European history from Tulane University.

Notable Career History: Assistant professor at West Georgia College (1970-1978), U.S. Representative of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District (1979-1999), House Minority Whip (1989-1995), Speaker of the House (1995-1999)

Campaign Headquarters: Atlanta, Ga.

Slogan: “Newt 2012: 21st Century Contract with America.”

Economy: Balance the budget through a combination of tax relief, job creation, implementing a new energy policy that allows for new markets, and repeal the recent health care legislation.

Civil Rights: Update the immigration and visa programs for a 21st century approach, invest in plans to create a more comprehensive borders and immigration policies, protect public religious expression, and supported the defense of Marriage Act.

Military: Tell the truth about our enemies and educate Americans on the of a unified grand defense strategy, keep military force as a usable option, and create incentive programs for math and science education to keep American technology at the cutting edge.


Name: Ronald Earnest “Ron” Paul

Age: 76

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Education: B.S. in biology from Gettysburg College, M.D. from Duke University’s School of Medicine.

Notable Career History: Flight Surgeon in United States Air Force (1963-1965), Flight Surgeon in United States Air National Guard (1965-1968), Private Practice OB/GYN (1970- ), U.S. Representative of Texas’s 22nd District (1976-1977, 1979-1985), U.S. Representative of Texas’s 14th District (1997-Current)

Campaign Headquarters: Lake Jackson, Texas

Slogan: “Restore America Now.”

Economy: Plans to veto an unbalanced budget bills, cap the nation debt ceiling, repeal the recent health care legislation, audit the Federal Reserve System and lower taxes on the individual.

Civil Rights: Passing a “Sanctity of Life” Act that would promote Pro-life ideals, defend the Second Amendment, streamline the immigration standards, end birthright citizenship, and promote spending for home schooling programs.

Military: Securing America’s borders, making sure that Congress declares war before military action can take place, abolish the TSA and allow for pilots to be licensed and armed.

Name: Willard Mitt Romney 

Age: 64

Birthplace: Detroit, Mich.

Education: B.A. in English from Brigham Young University, MBA/JD from Harvard University

Notable Career History: Co-founder of Bain Capital Consulting (1984-1988), CEO of Bain & Co. Consulting (1991-1992), CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics Planning Committee (1999-2002), Governor of Massachusetts (2003-2007)

Campaign Headquarters: Boston, Mass.

Slogan: “Believe in America.”

Economy: Create a flat tax rate system for Americans, repeal the recent health care legislation, cut down on number of unnecessary federal regulations, privatize Amtrak and lower overall federal spending for future sustainability.

Civil Rights: Expand the rights of gun owners, support Pro-life legislation, defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and secure the border, while raising the cap on skilled worker visas.

Military: Modernize and increase the inventories of the armed forces, increase the shipbuilding capability of the United States Navy, balance the hiring numbers between active duty soldiers and stateside support staff, and allowing for a minimum of 4 percent of GDP on defense spending.


Name: Richard John “Rick” Santorum

Age: 53

Birthplace: Winchester, Va.

Education: B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University, MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, JD from Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University

Notable Career History: U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania’s 18th District (1991-1995), U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007)

Campaign Headquarters: Traveling, Permanent P.O. Box in Verona, Pa.

Slogan: “The courage to fight for America.”

Economy: Create a comprehensive energy policy including the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, repeal the recent health care legislation, promote a balanced budget constitutional amendment, restore America’s competitiveness in international markets, and rein in federal spending by at least $5 trillion in 5 years.

Civil Rights: Secure the borders and expand immigration legislation for a more streamlined process, make English the official language of the United States’ Government, support the efforts to enforce federal obscenity laws, promote pro-life legislation as well as traditional marriages across the U.S., and defend the second amendment.

Military: Defend America’s support of Israel, promote ideas of American exceptionalism, fight to keep America as the only major military superpower, and modernizing the training and technology of the armed forces.