Thursday 23 November 2017

US election 2012: Republican candidates as voters have never seen them before

Mitt Romney. Photo:
Mitt Romney. Photo:
Rick Santorum. Photo:
Jon Huntsman. Photo:
Newt Gingrich. Photo:

Amy Willis

NEW pictures have emerged of the Republican presidential candidates – as voters have never seen them before.

Sporting inch-long sideburns, square glasses and a floral shirt, Rick Santorum’s yearbook photograph is a far cry from his casual “sweater vest” look on the campaign trail.

A bouffant coiffeur makes Jon Huntsman barely recognisable in his high school photograph, and Michelle Bachmann’s usually slick appearance is transformed with the addition of pigtails.

The images, which were uncovered by US magazine The Atlantic, show fierce ambition in the candidates from an early age.

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul’s yearbook entries have a smattering of extra-curricular activities.

Mitt Romney, who graduated from Cranbrook Schools, Michigan, in 1965, was assistant editor of the yearbook, homecoming chairman, played hockey and took part in cross country. He also has a surprise membership to his school's Glee Club.

Newton Leroy Gingrich was involved in football, the Thespian Society and the debate team. He left Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961 and was voted "Most Intellectual".

Under his yearbook photo is the caption: "Specialization [sic] may produce success, but greatness is acquired only through generalization [sic]"

Ron Paul was the student council president as well as being involved in wrestling and tumbling at the Dorment High School, Pittsburgh, in 1953. He was voted "Best All-Round Student".

Herman Cain, who went to school in Atlanta, Georgia, was voted “Most likely to Succeed” in his yearbook entry.

Although out of the race before it started, Sarah Palin showed her prowess in basketball in her younger years, snatching the ball from her floored team-mates. Leaving Wasilla High School, Alaska, in 1982, she was also a keen cross-country runner and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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