Fmr Iowa Rep Christopher Rants: “Romney Has Judgment, Character, Smarts – Best Choice”

Christopher Rant, former Iowa State Rep and longtime Republican opinion maker in the Hawkeye State, has endorsed Mitt Romney.

A former 18 year Iowa state legislator (who also served as IA House Speaker), Christopher Rants, has endorsed Mitt Romney. He supported Romney four years ago, and after taking a good, hard look at the GOP field this time, decided Romney is still THE MAN.

Rants spoke highly of Romney yesterday in an opinion column in the Sioux City Journal:

THE REGULARS: Mitt Romney represents GOP’s best choice to face Obama
by Christopher Rants
November 27, 2011

[...]
If you are looking for a quick guide on who to support in the Iowa caucus, that’s all you really need to know. I believe that Mitt Romney is the best candidate running, and would be the best president.

I’ve got 600 words to make my case, but let me use just one for starters: “competence.”

I’ve watched the series of GOP debates asking myself: Is this really the best my party has to offer? The gaffes. The lack of intellectual curiosity. The embarrassing revelations. For Republicans to slough off or excuse any of it is a profound disservice to our party. We wouldn’t cut Democrats any slack for the same transgressions.

Through it all Romney is the candidate to emerge unscathed. That requires both discipline and competence. While Republicans say they don’t think about electability, but prefer ideological perfection, the ability to effectively run a national campaign against the Obama team does matter. There is no room for error.

Americans are looking for a president who will jump start the economy. In that regard, Mitt Romney is the only logical choice. No other candidate can compare to his business background. Sorry, not even Herman Cain. Romney’s career in the private sector taught him the skills he needed to rescue the 2002 Olympics. His ability to turn around a large organization, and do it under public scrutiny, is good practice for the White House.

Catch phrases like “999″ or simplistic “cut the red tape” slogans are not enough to put our economy back on track and to prepare our workforce and employers for global competition with Asia and India. …

Mitt’s 59-point economic plan may not be a quotable sound bite, but only Romney has demonstrated that he is competent to the task.

Four years ago I asked every Republican candidate how we could compete for jobs with India and China. Most looked at me blankly and then started talking about Iraq and terrorism. Only Mitt Romney understood the question – and better yet, talked for 20 minutes about his answer. For fear of embarrassment, I’d be afraid to ask this year’s field.

Knowing that social conservative groups in Iowa, including influential evangelical group The Family Leader, run by Bob Vander Plaats, met secretly and plan to meet again to join forces to support a candidate (Romney wasn’t even considered – what does that tell you?) and are leaning toward bulging-baggage Newt Gingrich (whose record and values set off conservative security systems!), made me especially enjoy Rant’s conclusion:

Romney’s squeaky clean image may make for late-night television fodder, but the fact remains that Mitt is a deeply moral man. There will be no tales of behavior unbecoming a president to use against him. … I know that Romney shares my values. Mike Huckabee, long viewed as the leader of the anti-Mitt crowd, recently said of those who harbor suspicions, “Mitt Romney may not be their first choice, but Mitt Romney every day of the week and twice on Sunday is going to be a much more effective president for issues that they care about than Barack Obama.”

It is imperative we nominate someone we trust to respond to the unknown challenges in a thoughtful, disciplined, and competent way. Who has the judgment, character and, frankly, the smarts to respond to a crisis? I trust Mitt Romney.

(emphasis added ) Check out Rant’s facebook page here, website here.

I’m struck by the hypocrisy of evangelicals who may be flocking toward Newt Gingrich:

“Under normal circumstances, Gingrich would have some real problems with the social-conservative community,” says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. “But these aren’t normal circumstances.”

Identity based politics? Religious bias?

My, my…

► Jayde Wyatt

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7 Responses to Fmr Iowa Rep Christopher Rants: “Romney Has Judgment, Character, Smarts – Best Choice”

  1. ccr says:

    That was excellent!!! He articulately said was is the absolute truth!! Huge Kudos to Rant for the courage to say all that he did!! I hope this is reposted again and again all over in comments. Hope it’s posted on FB (can’t @work), etc. Will post “yea” on Rant’s FB asap!

    Iowans….truly concerned about our country…..will be touched by his words. It is very sad the flipflopping of the so-called social, religious conservative to support a man that has repeatedly show his lack of integrity and fidelity. What a sad, sad comment on Tony Perkins’ group (I’ve removed my name from their email list previously) as well as other “professing”. What a shame that otherwise good people are blinded by religious bigotry that they are no longer hiding with the “flip flop” labels since they now need that label themselves.

  2. Marilyn says:

    Liberal media is now trying to say that Mitt has a temper. Ha ha ha ha ha. Nice try. On a serious note, I want to point out the following:

    How to squeeze the middle class even more:
    Entitlemen­ts, Not Tax Cuts, Widen the Wealth Gap by Michael Barone
    …A better way is suggested by the supercommi­ttee Republican­s: Limit future increases in transfer payments to affluent households­, and cap deductions for home mortgage interest and state and local taxes, which are hugely lucrative for high-earne­rs and worthless for low-earner­s who don’t pay income tax…

    “Higher earners” here mean a married couple filing jointly that make $50,000 each up to $150,000 together.

    If they eliminate the mortgage income tax deduction they will kill off the housing market almost completely as people who have been subsidizin­g lower earners through renting their “second homes” for less than market value as a tax write-off will no longer be able to do so.

    If you were forced to move for a job, and you had owned a home that you could not sell and therefore were renting it out, you’re out of luck and may as well walk away or short sell the home to just get rid of it since none of your related costs are tax deductible once you earn between $100,000 and $150,000.

    Democrats, I don’t want your stupid payroll tax cut that will further weaken social security.

  3. stuntman says:

    Jayde: Glad to see that you aren’t going off on needless rants.

  4. Marilyn says:

    Mitt, the anti-Obama energy is out there, you should try and harnass some of it.
    RE: http://nymag.com/news/politics/occupy-wall-street-2011-12/

  5. Shauna says:

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if Mitt won Iowa and lost NH? I am so discouraged by the suposedly religious people choosing corruption, graft, and sex addiction, over Mitt. I almost can’t watch it. It is like watching a drug addict slowly kill themselves because they can’t stay in rehab. They don’t really get high anymore… but they need to do it just to feel okay for a while.

  6. Marilyn says:

    If Mitt doesn’t get the nomination, I’m not going to vote. Let the far left corrupt and the far right corrupt slug it out.

  7. Ben C. says:

    Nice post Jayde. Very true. I think the evangelicals will come to their senses in a couple weeks and realize all the baggage Newt carries. Call me overly optimistic but that is what I think.