After spending nearly $110 million on his first presidential campaign in 2008 and $78 million to date on his 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney has finally gotten a return on the biggest investment of his life. The founding partner of Bain Capital and former Massachusetts governor will be the Republican Party’s nominee for president.
However, Romney’s nomination did not come without an ideological price.
He moved to his political right to fend off conservative challenges to his previously moderate-Republican positions. In some cases, such as immigration, he went so far right he even out-Tea Partied his conservative opponents with harsh calls for “self-deportation” of illegal immigrants.