We’ve been following Herman Cain for a very long time here at MRC. In fact, we promoted the announcement of his candidacy before most news outlets had even heard of him. The reason we’ve been paying so much attention to him is because the United States needs a businessman in the White House. We’ve given politicians many chances only to be let down time and time again. Herman Cain and Mitt Romney both fit the bill, and they both have said repeatedly that America would be in very good hands with either of them at the helm. When baited to attack each other, both gentleman have refused due to the respect they share for each other.
When asked at a townhall event about Herman Cain awhile back, Mitt said “We each have our own experiences, he’s a great guy. Vote for either one of us and you’ll be happy.”
February 4, 2008
Why I Support Mitt Romney: Leadership Substance
The dynamics of political party connections, the political process itself and public perceptions have once again yielded the top two contenders of each major party in the 2008 presidential race. And once again, the public can only hope that the ultimate winner of the White House will be a candidate with the most leadership substance.
My vote is for Mitt Romney.
History is important, but the future is more important. Making history is nice, but nice can’t make critical decisions. The success of this country in the future will be shaped by the leadership abilities of the next president.
Our success will not be based on opinion polls, pandering to the uninformed voters, promising emotional quick fixes over common sense, nitpicking of opponents’ past records or mastering the art of the media sound bite. Success will come from focusing on the right problems and solving those problems. That will mean making tough decisions about some problems that have been with us for decades. It will also mean taking a tough stand on new problems and challenges.
That’s what leaders do.
Mitt Romney has done that as a chief executive officer in business, as a governor and as head of the U.S. Olympics. He has done so while balancing political consequences, but not compromising fundamental principles of the founding of this country or free-market economics. We have prospered as a nation by strengthening those principles, and will not remain strong if we allow those principles to become diluted with a lack of leadership.
Anyone who wishes to find a reason not to vote for Romney can easily find one. But the reasons to vote for him are far more compelling. He has successfully managed a real business with other people’s money and some of his own. He has balanced budgets. He successfully led a turnaround situation with the Olympics. And he has spent more of his career outside government than inside.
On the other hand, John McCain has spent more of his career inside government than outside, and the reasons not to vote for him as the Republican nominee are very compelling.
He voted against letting people keep more of their money in 2001 and 2003 when President Bush pushed through his tax cuts. He has been part of the escalation of the federal debt during his 20-plus years in the U.S. Senate. He showed questionable leadership on a failed immigration bill that was rejected by the public. And he showed no leadership by failing to support the president’s efforts to establish personal retirement accounts – a proposal that would have started to fix the coming financial train wreck in the Social Security system.
That’s not leadership.
I do not question the character, integrity or sincerity of either Mitt Romney or John McCain, nor do I question their desire to do what’s best for the country if elected. I do not worry, as some people do, that they would fan the flames of social and religious differences. My focus is on their prospective leadership relative to national security, the economy, federal spending, free-market health care solutions and the elimination of dysfunctional programs.
Mitt Romney’s history is more indicative of the substance needed to make major progress on critical issues, and not just to make more politically palatable incremental changes in Washington D.C.
Media momentum and campaign funding aside, there are several other Republican presidential candidates who would not cause me to worry about our grandchildren’s future. The two leading Democratic presidential candidates, however, would cause me great concern because of their severe lack of leadership substance and their policy proposals.
This is despite Barack Obama’s appeal and strong public perception, but entirely consistent with Hillary Clinton’s self-proclaimed, invisible experience.
Great leaders are born and good leaders keep working on it. We are not favored with an obvious great leader in the 2008 presidential race, as is apparent from the primary process and the results thus far.
But Mitt Romney’s leadership credentials offer the best hope of a leader with substance, and the best hope for a good president who could turn out to be great.
It looks like Mitt first became aware of and impressed by Herman Cain in 1994:
Anyone who is wondering who Cain may endorse can take Gov. Perry off the list. Also, John, a blogger who endorsed Herman Cain, writes a very important piece for Right Speak that I hope all of Cain’s supporters gets a chance to read. Goal #1 has always been and must remain that President Obama is a 1-term President! Any supporters of Herman Cain are welcomed with open arms to join us here at Mitt Romney Central or even to just stop by and chat/see what’s going on from time to time. Together we can bring America back and help people who’ve lost faith to Believe in America again!
Update 1: Cain vows he will endorse in the race:
I will be making an endorsement in the near future. I will be making an endorsement. And I can tell you right now it won’t be the current occupant of the White House.
Update 2: Romney’s statement on Cain’s exit:
Herman’s campaign was one of ideas. His decision was based on what is best for him and his family. We wish Herman and Gloria the best.
Update 3: Video of Cain’s announcement: