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. …
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.
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?
► Jayde Wyatt