The result of Iowa caucus, the first nominating contest of the 2012 presidential campaign, was released on January 04. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney beat social conservative Rick Santorum just by 8 votes to become the apparent winner. Mitt Romney was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and he also ran for the Republican nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, winning several primaries and caucuses, but eventually losing the nomination to John McCain. In June, 2011 Mitt Romney formally announced he would run for 2012 presidential nomination and started off campaign trails. About personal life, Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney got married in 1969 in Ann’s hometown, Bloomfield Hills. The couple has 5 sons who born between 1970 and 1981.
Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sits with his sons Craig Romney and Josh Romney, his spouse Ann Romney on his campaign bus after a rally at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds January 2, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa.
Mitt Romney's sons have tried their best for their dad's presidential race. On December 29, four of Mitt Romney’s sons stopped in at state campaign headquarters in Manchester, manning the phone banks to call potential voters, taking questions from volunteers.
Josh, Joe (Tagg Romney’s son), Craig, Tagg and Matt Romney in Manchester.
However in a campaign rally, one of Mitt Romney’s sons made a mistake when answering citizens’ question. Matt Romney said in regard to the tax return question: "I heard that someone suggested that as soon as President Obama releases his grades, and birth certificate, and a sort of a long list of things, then maybe he will." Right after, eldest son Tagg Romney jumped in and said, "That was not my dad who said that."
Matt Romney expressed his regret on Twitter and called this incident a “dumb joke”
Mitt Romney, left, listens to a speaker with his sons, Matt, center left, and Craig Romney before speaking at VFW Post 8641 in Merrimack
The Romneys said they were not interested in engaging in a Twitter war with the “Huntsman girls,” the daughters of rival Republican Jon Huntsman who lags badly in the polls. “We’re just focused on my dad and trying to get my dad elected,” Tagg Romney said.
Mitt Romney won Republican nominating contest in Iowa. Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, Matt Strawn, announced Romney got 30,015 votes and Rick Santorum received 30,007 votes out of a record turnout of 122,255.
Iowa caucus's result
Mitt Romney shares his happiness with wife Ann Davies Romney after winning Ioaw caucus