Did you notice who helped introduce Mitt Romney yesterday at his town hall meeting in New Hampshire? The one where he delivered a fantastic fiscal policy speech?
The two doing the introductory honors were NH State Senator Russell Prescott (who endorsed Mitt yesterday) and former NH Governor and Senator Judd Gregg (endorsed Mitt on October 10th). Today, Judd Gregg has penned a strong, must-read op-ed voicing his reasons for supporting Romney (posted on Romney’s website, published by Union Leader).
“I Am Proud To Support Mitt Romney For President”
By Judd Gregg
November 4, 2011
The United States is facing a looming disaster, or really two looming disasters. One is called runaway spending. The other is called runaway debt. Together they portend real hardship for our country, and we urgently need to get both under control.
I was proud to recently endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy. The former governor of Massachusetts has what it takes to deal with the twin crises in which we are gripped.
Romney has had a distinguished career in public service. But the more important fact is that he’s spent almost all of his life in the private sector. He’s helped to start new companies and turn around failing ones. There’s absolutely no magic in what Romney has done. Rather, there is deep understanding of the marketplace, excellent execution and genuine leadership of people.
That’s a rare confluence of qualities in a public figure. The country is fortunate that Romney is in the race. As sometimes happens in history, the economic crisis has brought to the fore exactly the kind of leader that we need.
Romney knows the importance of cutting costs and making organizations highly efficient. But the truth is that a lot of people know how to talk the talk. What Romney also knows is how to go about putting his understanding into practice. He can actually walk the walk. The evidence is in the mega-job-creating enterprises like Staples and Sports Authority and Domino’s Pizza that Romney’s company played a significant hand in growing.
But it is also in his extraordinary track record as governor.
When Romney assumed office, the Massachusetts economy was just emerging from a recession. The state government, long under the control of a Democratic legislature, was spending more than it was taking in. We can all draw some lessons from what Romney did to reverse the fiscal recklessness. He cut taxes on 19 different occasions. And he cut state spending. By the end of his term, the state had a $2 billion rainy day fund, and Massachusetts employers had resumed hiring.
This was not a Massachusetts miracle, for there are no miracles in economics. Rather, it was the work of a highly skilled leader. Particularly notable is that he was able to reach across the aisle and persuade Democrats to go along with measures that they had long resisted.
Romney is the leader we need to break our national pattern of out-of-control spending and borrowing. …
(emphasis added ) Read the entire article here.
By the way, another speaker reinforcing his support for Romney yesterday at Mitt’s townhall in Exeter was former NH Gov John Sununu.
Here’s a look at some of yesterday’s double-decker crowd:
► Jayde Wyatt