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Summary: Sen. Mitt Romney’s personality profile offers a glimpse into his underlying motives for assailing President Donald Trump’s character in a Jan. 1, 2019 op-ed published in the Washington Post. Specifically, Romney’s primary personality pattern — conscientiousness — induces him to place a premium on the character traits of honesty, integrity, and respect — suggesting it is no accident that Romney zeroed in on those particular traits as lacking in the president (and, by implication, holding himself up as exemplifying those personal qualities).

Summary: A psychological profile of Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Utah, shows he is well qualified to serve in “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”