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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Republican nominee in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, has announced his candidacy in the 2018 midterm election as Republican candidate for United States Senate to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Based on his psychological profile, Gov. Romney earns high marks for temperamental fitness and is well qualified to serve in “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

Romney fits the profile of the dutiful conformist. Leaders with that particular personality profile are characteristically dignified, dependable, deliberative, prudent, proper, and more principled than most personality types. They are highly organized, with a strong work ethic and careful attention to detail, which accounts in part for Romney’s success in organizational and corporate management and financial restructuring.

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More » The Political Personality of 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Chicago, IL, July 6–9, 2012. Abstract and link for full-text (35 pages; PDF) download at Digital Commons:


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Why would Romney run? (Chris Cillizza, CNN, Feb. 16, 2018) — What makes Mitt run? That’s the question CNN editor-at-large put to Scott Helman, an editor at the Boston Globe and longtime “Mitt-storian.” Helman co-autored The Real Romney about the life and times of the two-time presidential candidate.


Related reports on Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney for Secretary of State? (Nov. 19, 2016)

Mitt Romney’s Personality Profile (June 2, 2011)

As shown in the pie chart, Romney has a primarily Conscientious-dutiful personality, complemented by secondary Dominant-asserting, Ambitious-confident, and Accommodating-cooperative features and a minor Retiring-reserved tendency.

Mitt Romney’s Leadership Style (Sept. 3, 2012)

Research assistants Amanda Nusbaum and Feiran Chen presented their research on “The Personality Profile of 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney” at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., July 30, 2012.

Why Mitt Romney Won’t Be President — In Theory (Oct. 29, 2012)

Aubrey Immelman and Andrew Obritsch in Chicago at the annual scientific meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology to present their research on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, July 2012.

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