As, the 2012 Presidential candidates are gearing up for the upcoming election, learn more about their family history and where they come from. You'll find some surprising fun facts about each, and have a deeper understanding of each one's family background and history.
With a wealth of corporate and political experience under his belt, Jon Huntsman Jr. announces his bid to run for President of the United States. Huntsman's genealogy is interesting, with ties back to apostles of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Will this experienced governor and ambassador show the Republican party he has what it takes to beat President Barack Obama in 2012?
Herman Cain has no publically available genealogy information, nor political experience, but he makes up for it with a wealth of financial and business experience that he believes qualifies him for the office of President of the United States. With a long and successful resume to boast, Cain announced his candidacy for the office in May, 2011.
With roots tracing back to Riva de Garda, Italy, Rick Santorum is currently a "man without a political home," since losing his senate seat in 2007. However, this political powerhouse, who was once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, is just getting started on his run for the presidency in 2012.
Mitt Romney, republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election, has a fascinating family history filled with overcoming religious and personal hardships. Also, several family members have been involved in early and recent U.S. politics, including Mitt's father, former Governor of Michigan, and Mitt himself as former Massachusetts Governor.
With German and Irish roots, Ron Paul ran for president the first time in 1988, as a representative of the Libertarian party. Will the U.S. Representative stand a better chance of a presidential run in 2012 on the Republican ticket? Time will tell if Paul will be a serious Republican contender for next year's race.
Rick Perry, current Governor of Texas, hopes to cut his term short by winning the 2012 presidential election. Rick is from humble beginnings and is the fifth generation to reside in Texas, with ancestors in the Choctaw Tribe and that settled in Mexican-governed Texas during the early 1800s.
Newt Gingrich is descended from a long line of Pennsylvanians that came over from Europe in the 1600s. Newt was heavily involved in politics as a member of Congress for twenty years before retiring to produce documentaries and write books. Now he's gearing up to run for president in 2012.
Bachmann's family history can be traced back to Norway in the mid-1800s before arriving in Wisconsin, where an early ancestor almost immediately joined the Union Army. Bachmann is the first female elected to Congress from Minnesota, and she is taking that one step further running in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama has a fascinating family tree with ties to Africa and to a Scottish king! Obama lived in Indonesia before growing up in Hawaii with his grandparents. Chicago was where he met his future wife.
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