The 2012 race for the White House is racing along at full tilt. Mitt Romney is widely assumed to be the front-runner for the Republican nominee. Question is, can he hold the lead? Ron Scott provides the first independent (unauthorized) biographical profile of the possible Republican nominee. Mitt Romney takes a frank and revealing look at what makes Mitt the man tic, more human than he often appears to be on the stump: his character, convictions, his words and actions, yes his flips and his flops too, and, his triumphs and setbacks. It will also attempt to answer the question everyone is asking: Can a faithful Mormon really win his party’s nomination and then upset the popular if now struggling, incumbent President, Barack Obama? Drawing on extensive research amassed over more than two decades, including interviews with people who know him best—allies and adversaries alike—this book will paint a savvy, textured, and revealing portrait of the candidate, his history, family, religion, political beliefs, and strategy. It will put Mitt in context like no other book to date.
Ronald B. Scott was a writer for many of Time, Inc.’s magazines—Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated and was part of the small editorial team that founded Time’s eminently successful People Magazine. His freelance pieces have been published by, among others, USA Today; Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Money Magazine; Life Magazine; People Magazine; Cook’s Magazine; The Christian Science Monitor; Australia Golf; The Boston Business Journal; The Megapolis Express (Moscow); Medical World News; The Salt Lake Tribune; The Deseret News; BYTE Magazine, and a number of specialty publications. He has ghost written op-ed pieces that have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Salt Lake Tribune, and other publications. Scott was the first journalist to raise the “flip flopping” issue in late 2005 when Romney, in preparation for a run at the Presidency in 2008, abruptly changed his position on abortion and seemed to adjust his stance on gay rights by opposing same sex marriage. In the run-up to the 2008 primary election season, Scott’s 2005 article in Sunstone Magazine was quoted or used as primary source material on Romney’s political history by many leading news organizations such as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. Even the Salt Lake Tribune—which knows Romney and Mormonism about as well as any newspaper in the county and where Scott began his career as a journalist—has turned to him for his thoughtful analysis of the impact of the church on politics and public policy. In the process of researching the book, Scott discovered he too is a distant cousin to Romney and the other Mormon candidate, Jon Huntsman. “It is a classic Mormon arrangement,” Scott laughs, “we share the same great-great-grandfather, but different great-great-grandmothers.” Amen!