Back in March of last year, I announced my support for Governor Mitt Romney as President of the United States. I did not come to this decision lightly. I researched the records and platforms of all that were involved at the time including Senator John McCain, Governor Jim Gilmore, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Sam Brownback, Congressman Tom Tancredo, Congressman Ron Paul, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Governor Tommy Thompson, Senator Fred Thompson, and Governor Romney.
Despite what many felt was a lackluster field, I found hope in Mitt Romney. His turnaround experience as CEO at Bain Capital, CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and as Governor of Massachusetts, the most liberal state in the union, impressed me. And unlike many who felt like his conversion to the pro-life position was less than genuine, I was proud to see a man who had the conviction to reverse course and stand up for the cause of life.
I admired the fact that Mitt Romney had championed the cause of families as governor of Massachusetts. Throughout his career, he fought against gay marriage, cloning and embryo farming. He even fought to define life as beginning at conception. As a result, the Massachusetts Citizens for Life gave Governor Romney the leadership award for his efforts in the fight to protect human life.
I’ve always been a fan of lower taxes and effective managment. I was pleased to find out that in the face of a multi-billion dollar deficit, Governor Romney managed to balance the budget in Massachusetts for every single year of his term without raising taxes.
As a member of the NRA, Governor Romney fought for the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. Having spent a lifetime around guns, I considered Governor Romney’s support of the 2nd Amendment to be quite reassuring.
Unfortunately, most Republicans seem to ignore the problems that Americans are facing in healthcare. Mitt Romney is the only candidate in this race, Republican or Democrat, who has successfully introduced an effective market-driven healthcare program based on private companies, not government control.
As I watched the GOP Presidential debates throughout the course of the past year, I was continually amazed by the well-researched knowledge that Governor Romney had in foreign affairs. I believe his wisdom will keep America safe while exhausting every form of diplomacy necessary in order to avoid future conflicts abroad.
Out of the candidates left in this race, Mitt Romney is the clear viable conservative. He’s unquestionably the best candidate for President in 2008.
If you’d like to know why I oppose Senator McCain, Congressman Paul, or Governor Huckabee, just click on the links provided. But for a quick note on each, I oppose McCain for a variety of reasons, but he has recently stated that he does not care about social issues. Congressman Paul has some wild votes in his career and he is unelectable. Governor Huckabee’s FairTax policy is unrealistic and he is no longer electable at this point.