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Despite the ongoing debate between the primacy of nature and nurture, there is no denying the obvious effect of our childhood on our eventual mental, emotional and physical development. Whether it was a beautiful or traumatic one, it will inevitably shape us into the kind of adult we will grow to be.

It is no different for the candidates. And like everything else, in order to understand something completely, we have to go back to the very beginning. So, put your Kevin Arnold helmets on and let's travel back in time to look at their wonder years.



2012 Republican Presidential Nominee
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mitt Romney

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

Romney Childhood

After the birth of her third child, Scott, Lenore LaFount Romney was devastated to learn that she could no longer carry a baby. The risks were too high, she was told, and future births could only be done through a Caesarean section. This probably explains the shock that accompanied the news of Willard Mitt Romney’s arrival on March 12, 1947.

The proud father, George Wilcken Romney, was bursting with joy and sent out telegrams and letters to family and friends from their home in Detroit, Michigan. In one of the letters, George declared, “Well, by now most of you have had the really big news, but for those who haven't, Willard Mitt Romney arrived at Ten AM March 12.”

It was a difficult birth, and the attending doctor remarked, as related by Tiger Vidmar in his book, ‘Behind the Mask: Mitt Romney’; “I don't see how she became pregnant, or how she carried the child.”

The parents named him in honor of George’s good friend, J. Willard Marriot (who would later establish the Marriot chain of hotels) and his cousin Milton ‘Mitt’ Romney, the former star quarterback for the Chicago Bears.

Romney’s arrival coincided with George’s rising fortune. The college dropout, who by then was already a highly rated executive after successful stints as General Manager of the Automobile Manufacturers Association, and later, as Managing Director of the Automotive Council for War Production, is widely credited as one of the architects in Detroit’s emergence as the Motor City of the nation.

He was poached by George Mason a year after Mitt was born and appointed as the Executive Vice President of Nash-Kelvinator, which effectively made him the number two man in the firm. Five years later, following the death of Mason, George became the President and Chairman of the firm. Within twelve months, George engineered a merger between Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson Motor Car Company, forming the American Motors Corporation (AMC).

Things were looking bleak at the time for the company. Two other smaller car manufacturers, Packard and Studebaker, folded the previous year in the face of the onslaught from the big three; General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. AMC was not expected to fare much better. But George rose to the challenge and introduced the first national branding campaign in the motor industry for the Rambler, aided by a host of Disney characters following the inking of a sponsorship agreement between AMC and Disneyland.

Two straight years of record breaking sales followed, and the Rambler became the third highest selling car in the United States by the early 60s. With the survival of AMC secured, George left the firm in late 1961 for a well-deserved rest, and to begin a new chapter in his career - politics.

George ran for Governor of Michigan in 1962, and against all odds, triumphed in what was considered a Democratic stronghold. He was reelected twice more after that, in 1964 and 1966. He was widely tipped to contest the 1968 Republican presidential nomination race. However, he withdrew after realizing that Richard Nixon was a shoe-in for the nomination. Nevertheless, President Nixon, fearing a renewed run from George in 1972, attempted to appease the man by appointing him to his 12-man cabinet, as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. George accepted the offer, and it proved to be his last high profile position.

During the time George was latched securely on a supersonic career path, young Mitt grew under the tremendous shadow of his larger than life father. However, instead of wilting under the glare of the father he idolized, Mitt, protected by an adoring mother and the rest of his siblings, and took every available opportunity to spend some time with his old man. The affection was mutual, as re-counted by Dick Milliman, the former Press Secretary for Romney Sr. “They would hug upon meeting, and not just any hug," he recalls. "He would give Mitt a big bear hug and a kiss.”

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2012 Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin

Paul Ryan

Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

Ryan Childhood

Ryan was born and raised in the blue-collar town of Janesville, Wisconsin, to father, Paul, a lawyer, and mother, Betty, a house wife. He was the youngest of four siblings.

The Ryans were an established and well known family in the community, chiefly due to Ryan Incorporated Central, a construction company started by his great-grandfather, Patrick, in 1884. The company, which employs many of the locals, is currently one of the largest earthmoving firms in the United States.

Tragedy struck in 1986 when his father died from a heart attack. Reports suggest that the 16-year old Ryan discovered his body at home after school.

The family’s life immediately changed thereafter. His grandmother moved in to help care for Ryan and his siblings while his mother enrolled into college in order to better support them. Ryan started working part-time at McDonald’s to supplement the family income.

At school, Ryan maintained his grades and became class president. He was also voted prom king in his senior year. During summer the following year, Ryan worked as a camp counselor at Camp Manito-wish YMCA in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. It was here that he developed a fondness for the outdoors first cultivated during his younger years, when the family would spend their holidays hiking in the Rockies.

Ryan enrolled in Miami University, Ohio, in 1998, and paid for his education using the Social Security Survivors benefits he had saved the preceding two years.

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Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

Kathyern Lane

Presidential Candidate Kathyern Lane

Lane Childhood

Lane’s childhood was strict and filled with abuse. Her mother was handicapped while her father abandoned the family when she was six years old. She was a welfare child but grew up to stand on her own two feet. Christmas presents consisted of underwear and socks, and food was powered milk, with hardly any meat or vegetables. Kathyern even ran away from home a few times - once taking all her younger siblings with her - but was always found and taken back to her home.

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Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from the State of Texas

Ron Paul

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul

Paul Childhood

• He helped with the family’s dairy business as a child. His very first paying job was inspecting milk bottles loaded onto the conveyer belt by his uncle. He earned a penny for every dirty milk bottle he found.

• Ron Paul also had a paper route, mowed lawns and worked in the local drug store. He saved those earnings and used them be begin his college education. He also earned money as a part time painter and furniture mover.

• He and his five brothers all shared one bedroom. His siblings agree that he was an even-tempered but very stubborn young boy.

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Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

Vern Wuensche

Presidential Candidate Vern Wuensche

Wuensche Childhood

• Both parents grew up on a farm and did some small farming all their life. Vern’s father was a handyman at Elgin Butler Brick Company. His mother was a laundry worker at Travis State School near Austin.

• Vern was disciplined as a boy. He loved track and baseball in high school. While training he one ran 27 quarter miles one after the other 90 seconds apart—without a coach. He regularly ran long distances before people even new marathons existed.

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