Seven Reasons Why I Support Mitt Romney Over Rick Santorum

Submitted by John Stevens. Stevens is an electrical engineer and the founder/operator of aboutMittRomney.com, a grass-roots website not associated with any PAC or campaign. AboutMittRomney.com is an excellent resource for a thorough study of Mitt Romney on the issues.

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Seven Reasons Why I Support Mitt Romney Over Rick Santorum:

7. Immigration. Mitt Romney has a solid record and platform addressing illegal immigration.

Rick Santorum says things that sound good, but as NY Times best seller and popular conservative pundit Ann Coulter explained, he has a record that has perpetuated illegal immigration, including voting against even the voluntary use of e-verify, and he has a platform that will continue to perpetuate the problem, which includes continued opposition to the use of e-verify.

6. Washington Outsider. This hardly needs any commentary. Rick Santorum spent 16 years as a Washington insider as a congressman (4 years in the house and 12 years in the senate), and since then over the last five years has remained there as a consultant to lobbying firms and other companies wanting a Washington insider’s services. The executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington explained that Santorum “was a huge part of pay-to-play politics during one of the dirtiest eras in Washington.”

By contrast Mitt Romney has never worked inside the beltway, and he has never worked as a consultant to lobbying firms.

5. Executive experience. Mitt Romney has experience running and rescuing billion dollar enterprises, including governing a state, while Rick Santorum has no executive experience.

Massachusetts had the 11th largest economy in the nation, and it was doing worse than the rest of the country, ranking 50th in its increase in unemployment and bleeding fast when he took over. He balanced the multi-billion dollar Massachusetts state budget which had billions in structural deficit, leaving a $2 billion surplus. The year he left office, the state was 12th in the nation in its improvement in the unemployment rate, which was decreasing and substantially lower than when he took office.

What better training and experience for a person to take over the multi-trillion dollar enterprise called the federal government, which is well over 15 trillion dollars in debt and sinking fast? This reason alone is more than ample reason, hands down, to support Mitt Romney over any of the remaining contenders as the future executive of the country.

4. Electability – The ability to beat the incumbent in a general election. There has been much ballyhoo lately about how Senator Rick Santorum is as electable as Governor Mitt Romney. To use Senator Santorum’s not so eloquent words, “This is just crap!” And this is why:

History: There has only been one person in history to defeat an incumbent president, whose government experience was limited to being a legislator and senator. That was the Republican President Benjamin Harrison (1889-93), but he also had the credential of being a Civil War hero and General. He did such a poor job, that after one term the voters reelected his defeated predecessor, Grover Cleveland, to a second term. Since then, the country has never replaced a president with a senator having no executive government experience. But voters do like to replace presidents with governors, such as when Ronald Reagan defeated President Carter and Bill Clinton defeated President Bush.

Polls:
While Santorum’s polling against Barak Obama improved a little for a short while, Romney has often tied or beat Obama in the polls and still has a better polling average than Santorum. More telling, Romney has fared far better than Santorum in polls of battleground states and among independents.

Credentials: From the previously mentioned executive experience to the credentials listed below, Mitt Romney has the résumé and the experience that makes him more electable.

3. Business and economic understanding and experience. Graduating in the top of his class in Harvard in both business and law, Mitt Romney went on to create and save many businesses. Having someone who understands business, jobs and the economy is near the top in my criteria for a desired presidential candidate.

2. Fiscal Discipline. In addition to keeping businesses in the black (profitable), Mitt Romney has demonstrated fiscal discipline in government. When he took office, he revamped the existing budget, balancing it, then balanced all four budgets during his term in office without raising taxes, although some fees were raised and some corporate tax loopholes were closed. Rick Santorum on the other hand has been roundly criticized by peers and others for enthusiastically over-indulging in seeking increased earmarks and spending.

1. Turn-around artist. The skill, ability, credentials and track record of turning struggling or failing enterprises around is Mitt Romney’s most impressive and appealing quality. The action I most would like to see occur with the federal government, with its runaway deficit spending, and with the U.S. economy, is a fiscal turnaround. Mitt Romney has a spectacular record and ability turning things around. This needs duplicating at the federal level.

~John Stevens

The Republican Primary Process: For the Prepared, Experienced, & Tested — Mitt Romney!

David Parker contributed an outstanding Op-Ed last week about the importance of substantial executive leadership experience when considering a candidate for President of the United States. His guest post included a chart that compares the four remaining candidates: CLICK

David Parker

I will repeat what I have said before here at MRC. Governor Romney has said since he began his participation as a candidate for the 2012 race that it would be a long race. Since he made those initial comments, the pundits, mainstream media, FOX talking heads, the other candidates, and just about everybody else have tried to set different expectations around Governor Romney. Why? So they could have as much influence as possible in the outcome. I will stress again: Keep your eyes on our file leader, Mitt Romney. His strategy to end up with the winning number of delegates is on course, contrary to what others want you to think. Not one of the other three candidates has even close to the experience as Governor Romney in strategic planning, execution, or executive leadership. None!

By David Parker

Brokered convention, really? All because of Michigan, the ninth contest out of 54? Aren’t we being a little premature, if not irresponsible? We expect it in the biased liberal media, but the conservative media and pundits should be ashamed! Now is the time for conservatives to come together rather than promote division. Think about it — as a Republican Party do we really want to wait until the end of August before knowing our nominee?

Are we so blinded by –

1. The media’s want for a story;

2. The conservative media, pundits and bloggers capitulating to a liberal media agenda of disruption;

3. Adherence to unequivocal absolutes in our ideology (Reagan’s adoption of being 80% agreement as acceptable, even disagreeing on 20%);

4. Rick Santorum’s protestations that it is his social agenda that matters, a social agenda that no one else can match, when they can and do with more substance; (more…)

Romney on Hannity: Obama’s Presidency has been a Failure



And stay tuned to see Mitt on Hannity again Friday night to make his closing argument before Saturday’s Nevada Caucuses.

UPDATE: Mitt On Friday


Donald Trumps Talked up Mitt on Hannity as well. (more…)

Vice President Dan Quayle Endorses Mitt Romney

WATCH THE OFFICIAL ENDORSEMENT HERE

Mitt Romney has been gathering an avalanche of endorsements from newspapers, business leaders and state and national political leaders.  The latest endorsement comes from Vice President Dan Quayle who will make his announcement later today that he’s  supporting Mitt Romney in this election:

Former Vice President Dan Quayle is endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

Republican officials on Monday told The Associated Press that Quayle plans to announce his support for the former Massachusetts governor Tuesday afternoon.

Romney has an event scheduled Tuesday in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where Quayle has a home.

Quayle served as vice president under President George H.W. Bush. He was also a House member from Indiana for two terms and a U.S. senator.

A GOP official familiar with Quayle’s thinking says the former vice president is backing Romney because he views Romney as the most credible candidate in the race. The official requested anonymity to discuss Quayle’s endorsement ahead of the official announcement.

It is my understanding (I could be wrong) that Dan Quayle doesn’t give out endorsements very often and tries to stay out of the national spotlight. As a result, the fact that the former Vice President is willing to endorse Mitt Romney is quite significant since Dan Quayle rarely endorses candidates.

We will post the details of Dan Quayle’s endorsement as soon as we can get it right here.
Hermosa Inn, 5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 1:00 PM local time

UPDATE
Romney’s Qualities Make Him Best Candidate For President”
By Dan Quayle
The Arizona Republic
December 6, 2011

As Americans observe the wreckage of our country over the last three years — continued high unemployment with 300,000 people last month dropping out of our workforce, the loss of respect for America around the world, fewer opportunities for the next generation, a government that refuses to control spending and faces bankruptcy — it is obvious that this presidential election is crucial for the future of our great nation.

Because of President Obama’s failed leadership, Washington has become dysfunctional. We need a leader from outside of the Washington establishment. We need a president with a proven track record of innovative thinking and a proven ability to make tough decisions and implement them.

Next year, the choice for Americans is whether to stay the course or to acknowledge that the “President of Hope and Change” has to go. Republicans must choose the candidate that can best defeat this entrenched incumbent who is the darling of the fawning media. This person must be ready to lead and a person of character. This person must be willing to take on the Washington establishment, the media and all big spenders in government.

Quayle then elaborates on four criteria he uses to determine who to support for president: leadership, character, conservative philosophy and electability.

His conclusion:

There is only one candidate in the field that meets all of these criteria. It is Mitt Romney. He has proven over and over again that he is a leader. He has demonstrated he is capable of making tough decisions and turning things around. He is a man of integrity. He understands budgets and financial markets. He balanced budgets and met a bottom line. He is strong on national defense and has a deep love of the principles that make America great.

Mitt Romney has what it takes to be a great president of the United States, and that is why I enthusiastically endorse him for president.

(emphasis added) Read the full endorsement here.

New Polls Show Romney As Best Candidate to Go Against Obama, Romney Pulls into Virtual Tie

Rasmussen reported on Wednesday:

In a very early look at Election 2012, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are essentially even.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows Romney attracting 43% of the vote while Obama earns support from 42%. In April, Obama held a five-point edge over Romney.

The news continues to get better for Romney. Public Policy Poll’s most recent survey also puts Mitt up by a point against Obama:

For the first time since last July Barack Obama does not lead Mitt Romney in PPP’s monthly national poll on the 2012 Presidential race. Romney has now pulled into a tie with the President at 45%.

Obama’s approval rating this month is 46% with 48% of voters disapproving of him. There are 2 things particularly troubling in his numbers: independents split against him by a 44/49 margin, and 16% of Democrats are unhappy with the job he’s doing while only 10% of Republicans give him good marks. Republicans dislike him at this point to a greater extent than Democrats like him and that will be a problem for him moving forward if it persists.

Romney takes advantage of those 2 points of weakness for Obama. He leads the President by 9 points with independents at 46-37. And he earns more crossover support, getting 13% of the Democratic vote while only 8% of Republicans are behind Obama.

Further analysis by PPP concludes that the already wide electability gap between Romney and the rest of the GOP field is widening, and that Obama faces an uphill battle against those who are currently undecided:

An extremely wide electability gap has developed between Romney and all the rest of the Republican candidates. Everyone else we tested trails Obama by at least as much as John McCain’s 2008 margin of defeat and in most cases more. Obama’s up 7 on Michele Bachmann at 48-41, 9 against Tim Pawlenty at 48-39, 12 versus Herman Cain at 48-36, and as usual has his largest lead in a match up with Sarah Palin at 53-37.

Here’s an important note on all of this early 2012 polling though: Obama’s numbers are worse than they appear to be on the surface. The vast majority of the undecideds in all of these match ups disapprove of the job Obama’s doing but aren’t committing to a candidate yet while they wait to see how the Republican field shakes out. Here’s an idea of where these various match ups might stand once all voters have made up their minds:

-In the Obama/Romney head to head 21% of undecideds approve of Obama and 61% disapprove. If you allocate them based on their approval/disapprove of Obama, Romney would lead 52-48.

These two polls provide further evidence that Obama is losing hemorrhaging the support of independents and undecided voters, and that they are conversely warming up to Mitt Romney – I suspect this is due to his laser-like focus on the number one issue on people’s minds today: jobs. There is still a lot of time left, but it’s comforting to know that if the election were held today it’s likely Mitt Romney would be the victor.

Obama has never really taken the economy seriously. His actions, such as promising to veto the cut, cap and balance bill (even though it gets 2-1 approval in polls), show that he is out of touch with the American job seeker and is not qualified to lead lead the nation. Each day Romney continues to look more and more presidential as he makes the economy, unemployment and the national debt his singular focus of concern.

Obama is not working. Mitt Romney for President!

POLL: In Arizona, Obama Beats All Republicans but One . . . Romney

Romney beats Obama in Arizona

Romney beats Obama in Arizona

From Public Polling Policy:

Obama trails only one Republican- Mitt Romney- in a hypothetical match up in the state. Romney has a 48-44 advantage against him. This makes Arizona the third state in the last month, along with Nevada and Pennsylvania, where we’ve found Romney as the only Republican who leads Obama. Romney and Mike Huckabee generally post similar numbers against Obama in our national polling but that’s because Huckabee posts much larger leads than Romney against Obama in southern states that the GOP will win regardless of who the party’s nominee is. Romney is clearly proving to be the stronger candidate in important swing states, meaning that for whatever it’s worth he has claim to the ‘electability’ mantle right now.

 

How do they stack up vs. Obama in AZ?

Mitt Romney 48% — Obama 44% (+4)
Obama 46% — Mike Huckabee 44% (-2)
Obama 47% — Newt Gingrich 40% (-7)
Obama 48% — Donald Trump 38% (-10)
Obama 49% — Sarah Palin 38% (-11)

The favorability ratings are equally awesome for Mitt, not so much for Trump:

Mitt Romney: Favorable — 45%, Unfavorable — 37%, Not Sure — 17% (+8)
Mike Huckabee: Favorable — 35%, Unfavorable — 48%, Not Sure — 17% (-13)
Sarah Palin: Favorable — 32%, Unfavorable — 62%, Not Sure — 5% (-30)
Newt Gingrich: Favorable — 26%, Unfavorable — 59%, Not Sure — 15% (-33)
Donald Trump: Favorable –24%, Unfavorable — 66%, Not Sure — 10% (-42)

As more of these polling results are released, I think we’ll see that Romney’s clear advantage over the rest of the potential field is his electability in a general election versus President Obama. Will it be that same appeal he has to independents that proves a hindrance in getting the party’s nomination? Only time will tell.

Romney Most “Presidential” and “Electable” Candidate GOP Has to Offer

Is Mitt Romney “Presidential?”  This quality is vitally important to possess when seeking the land’s highest office (think of our last president who didn’t look and/or act “Presidential” …I’m not coming up with one).  I have always viewed Mitt Romney as exquisitely Presidential, but now there is polling evidence that confirms that I’m not alone in this opinion.  Public Policy Polling recently conducted a poll and their conclusions are summed up in their own title “Only Romney Seen as Presidential Material“ 

Among all people polled (Republicans, Democrats, and Independents) Romney was viewed as presidential by more voters than any of the other GOP candidates, including Huckabee, Palin, and Gingrich.   When asked if each candidate “was most qualified to be President or Vice President” the results for all voters are below (2008 John McCain voters sub-group in parentheses): 

  • Romney: 30% Pres, 20% VP;  (50% Pres, 23% VP)
  • Huckabee: 22% Pres, 27% VP; (37% Pres, 32% VP)
  • Palin: 16% Pres, 32% VP; (30% Pres, 47% VP)
  • Gingrich: 16% Pres, 27% VP; (30% Pres, 33% VP)

Full PDF crosstabs of the poll here.
So Romney is the only one of the four candidates that people view as more qualified to be Pres than VP.  That is what we need in a nominee . . . someone people are confident in and comfortable imagining as POTUS!!

On a tangentially related (isn’t that an oxymoron?) note, Romney just had some AMAZING and IMPORTANT polling news come out of the Granite State.  Mitt blows away all the other GOP possible contenders in a recent UNH/WMUR poll.
(Full PDF crosstabs here):

Republican Primary

  • Mitt Romney 40% 
  • Rudy Giuliani 10%
  • Tim Pawlenty 7% 
  • Mike Huckabee 7%
  • Newt Gingrich 6%
  • Sarah Palin 6% 
  • Ron Paul 5% 
  • Donald Trump 3%
  • Rick Santorum 1% 
  • Haley Barbour 1% 
  • John Thune 0% 
  • Mitch Daniels 0%
  • Gary Johnson 0% 

For those that don’t want to add it all up the totals are Romney 40%, Everyone else 46%.  But what’s even more encouraging is How Romney matches up with Obama in New Hampshire:

General Election
  • Mitt Romney 49%
  • Barack Obama 41%
  • Barack Obama 44%
  • Tim Pawlenty 37%
  • Barack Obama 57%
  • Sarah Palin 34%

Romney beats Obama by +8%, but Pawlenty loses by -7% (15% difference), and Palin loses by -23% (31% difference).

The favorability data is good news for Romney as well:

Favorable / Unfavorable {Net}
  • Mitt Romney 73%  / 16%  {+57%}
  • Rudy Giuliani 59%  / 29%  {+30%}
  • Tim Pawlenty 34% / 9%  {+25%}
  • Mike Huckabee 50%  / 28%  {+22%}
  • Newt Gingrich 41%  / 40%  {+1%}
  • Sarah Palin 33%  / 50%  {-17%}
  • Donald Trump 21% / 64% {-43%}

Keep in mind that Obama beat McCain by 10% in New Hampshire on election night in 2008. 

KEY POINT ALERT!! . . . Romney brings the fight to Obama like no other GOP candidate can.  Putting in play states like New Hampshire, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Michigan is something that Romney will do, and put the White House on defense in a new set of “battle ground” states. 

This also brings up one last point.  I’ve noticed that Romney and Huckabee are the two top GOP dogs in national and state polling vs Obama for the last several months.  However, if you look at state data individually, Huckabee is beating Obama by HUGE margins in the southern states, but lags badly in many ”purple” states.  Although Romney beats Obama in the South as well, it is by smaller (though still comfortable) margins.  But in the electoral college system, winning Tennessee by 5% (or 0.0001% for that matter) gives you as many electoral votes as does winning by 25%.  What this means is that Huckabee’s general election national polling is not indicative of a demographic/electoral map that can pull off a win on election night.  He is largely a regional candidate and most westerners/northerners don’t seem to care for him too much.  Romney’s got a much wider and broader appeal and can bring the fight to Obama with a strong electoral strategy. 

Yes, Romney is by far our most PRESIDENTIAL AND ELECTABLE candidate.  Let’s get behind him and help make his nomination and subsequent election a reality!