3 Reasons I’m With Mitt

It happened. I had another powwow with Paul Ryan last night at a Romney/Ryan rally in Colorado. I can’t help it; please forgive me for appearing smitten. But I must tell you: it is the coolest thing to have a childhood friend as the potential #2 leader of the free world.

Here’s my dilemma: I’m a debater and and thinker. I’m not swayed easily and I certainly don’t “go with the flow” with popular thought or trends. For crying out loud, my entire life is evidence of that. If someone can be accused of being against popular sentiment, it’s me. So understand the significance of my heartfelt conviction:

Mitt Romney is the BEST man for the tremendous job of President of the United States.

Sure, my old friend PD Ryan has stood up for him, but I can earnestly say that he has persuaded me. I’m excited about a Mitt Romney election. I wasn’t all that excited before, but now I’m thrilled. I have been persuaded that Mitt Romney is the best person for the job.

Do you agree? Perhaps you’re bitter that the primaries didn’t go your direction. Or perhaps you are one of the millions of 2008 Obama voters who are a bit disillusioned with your vote, but still uncertain about the alternative.

Whatever your reasons, I have three that are weighing with me that I’d like to share with you. The three reasons I’m convinced Romney is the right choice for presidency are…

  1. Character. The opening words from Ann Romney are hanging with me: “If you really want to know how a person will operate [as President], look at how they live their life.” All attack ads and smear media aside, Mitt Romney comes through as a man who understands love of family and country.
  2. Business Sense. Mitt’s handling of the Olympics, his passion for turning companies around with Bain Capital, and his frugal accomplishments with the Massachusetts governorship are all examples of his exemplary executive sense. I believe him when he says he’s going to lead us into prosperity.
  3. Track Record. I believe Mitt when he says he’s going to lead us back to prosperity. Why? Because he’s done it many times before. There is not a puffed up image with Mitt Romney, or a catchy “hope & change” motto that props up his record (or lack thereof). No, Mitt has a long record of accomplishment and leadership, and that’s what we need in America right now.

So, I’m stumping for Mitt. Sure, my buddy Paul on the ticket is a huge plus for me, but I can honestly say that I’ve been persuaded. His running mate is the best man for the job of taking our country into the future.

My vote is incredibly positive, but I can’t help but be negative about the current president. On character, I’m not impressed with President Obama’s recent claim that votes are acts of revenge (see short video here). On business sense, the President scares the daylights out of me when he talks of a “Department of Business” in the federal government – that’s crazy talk (see this other good video). And on track record, the results must speak for themselves, and I’d be delusional to believe the idea that the President’s policies need four more years to work; the policies are failures that need to change for the good of our country’s future.

And that’s with a Mitt Romney presidency. It’s great that my old friend Paul will be joining him, but that’s not the whole reason I’m voting for Mitt tomorrow. I’m voting for Mitt because he’s the man we need for President of the United States. I hope you’re coming to the same conclusion.

Remember, I’m a debater and thinker. I welcome dissent and discussion, so: Who are you voting for tomorrow and why?

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  • Now this is cool. A friend was up in the bleachers behind Paul Ryan and caught this picture of Wendy and me in the background:

  • JAC

    I am planning to vote for Virgil Goode, who seems to have had a more consistent track record in supporting life and marriage. I live in a state (Alabama) where it is nearly certain that our electoral votes will go to Romney. If I lived in Ohio, I would probably be voting for Romney. I am trying to convince myself to vote for Romney, but I agree more with the things Rick Santorum said about him during the primaries than the things he’s saying about him now. I expect I will have to explain this vote to God someday, I want to be able to say I voted for the best candidate on the ballot. The only justification I can come up with in my mind for a Romney vote is that the line of morality has moved so far in the wrong direction, our best chance is to move it incrementally back in the right direction with a candidate who has a lot of popularity and a very good chance of winning. Ann Romney would/will make a great First Lady, and I have a lot of admiration for Paul Ryan and believe he could be a great President one day, but Mitt Romney is the sticking point for me. Convince me, somebody…

    • I am voting for Mitt because he is the best choice between the two viable choices. He is far from the best person for the job, but our choice is down to two. I caucused for Santorum in Iowa, who is better than Mitt in social issues, but he didn’t get the nomination (Mitt wasn’t even in my top 5 choices) . A vote for anyone but Mitt (at this point) will just increase the chances for Obama.

      Your choice is between only two viable candidates: Romney or Obama. Your vote will help or hurt one or the other. Which would you rather have in office for the next four years?

      • Right on, Kevin. And I’d add: I’m EXCITED for a Romney presidency. I don’t have the pessimism I had a couple months ago.

        • I would have been EXCITED if Huckabee would have run. I’m sold that Romney is better than Obama by a long shot, but probably more because of Obama’s record than Romney’s strengths. I think Romney has a multitude of business experience which would be great for our country.

    • I was stumping for Santorum, too, but he didn’t make it. Here’s another angle that sold me on Mitt: the Ann Coulter take. Her point is this: Gov. Romney got conservative agenda done in a far-leftist state. Much different than running on a conservative agenda and voting moderate once in office. Which (come on, now, you have to admit this) was more akin to Santorum’s record than Romney’s.

  • Bea76

    Obama all the way. For many different reasons that I can go into if you desire but the absolute biggest one is because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Our second child was born at 32 weeks because she suffered a stroke in-utero. After struggling to survive for 6 months in the NICU we found out that not only had our precious child suffered a stroke before her birth but that she also had a rare form of anemia that without lifetime treatment would cause her death. Over the years this child has struggled with problem after problem and a few years ago genetic testing revealed a genetic abnormality. Before Obamacare our child had little choice in what she could be when she grew up. She had to work for a big corporation that offered healthcare regardless of pre-existing conditions. There would be no self-employment, there would be no marrying someone self-employed, no marrying someone who didn’t work for a big corporation if she wanted to be a stay at home mom. She had little choice about her future. Thanks to Obamacare her and many other children can truly grow up and be whoever they want to be. That is change and progress. My child is going to do amazing things when she grows up and I am so thankful that her future is open to her. Obamacare isn’t perfect, no law is, but it is absolutely a step in the right direction.

  • I’m for Romney for many reasons,one being God says He blesses all who bless Israel,and Romney,unlike Obama,is pro-Israel.
    Chris,just wanting your opinion,is there any way out of the 16 trillion deficit? Can we realisitically even make a dent in it? I get the feeling most people have no idea of exactly how much money that is.I’m sure you do though,so I’m just wondering your opinion.Can things really get better at this point? Thanks.

    • How do you get rid of 16T debt?
      One trillion at a time.