In the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney had victory in his sights after a strong first debate performance against the incumbent, Barack Obama. Instead of continuing to campaign on the offensive, Romney decided to play defense, tamp down his criticism of Obama and finish the race on a positive note.
In 1968, Michigan Governor George Romney failed in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. This presidential aspiration was shared by his son, Mitt Romney, who attempted to win the presidency four decades later. In 2008, Romney lost the GOP presidential primary battle to U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who was subsequently destroyed by Barack Obama in the general election.