Parallel LivesFrom now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways.
President Obama is applauded after signing the health care overhaul during a ceremony in the White House on March 23, 2010. Then-Gov. Mitt Romney signs a Massachusetts health care overhaul at Faneuil Hall in Boston on April 12, 2006.
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Mitt Romney already had a young family during his time at Harvard, which set him apart from most other students. Here, Romney is with his wife, Ann, and two sons at a business school clambake in 1973.
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Barack Obama, then a Democratic candidate for a U.S. House seat, delivers his concession speech to supporters, while his wife, Michelle, tends to their daughter, Malia, on March 21, 2000, in Chicago.
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Republican challenger Mitt Romney (right) take part in a televised debate at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass., in 1994. Romney lost to Kennedy in his first political race.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama will spend the next six months highlighting their differences. But they also share some striking similarities.
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