- Posted November 4, 2012 by
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Election 2012: Your stories
Why I Am Voting for Romney
A couple of months ago a fellow CNN iReport community member, Tak (for short), put out a challenge to all his fellow iReporters to do a report on why they were voting for a particular presidential candidate without slamming the other presidential candidates. At the time I responded to Tak that I would take him up on his challenge.
On June 28th in my Cornfield Standings, I came out in support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. While I stated I was supporting his bid for the White House, I also stated that I was leaving my mind open to allow President Barack Obama to persuade me to stick with him for the next 4 years.
There are only 2 days left now until Election Day. With the vote on Tuesday, time has run out for the President to convince me to move my support from Romney to him. So today, with the clock ticking, was the time for me to respond to Tak's challenge.
As I stated back in June, I believe that Romney is the best chance to undo what the US Supreme Court did in finding the Affordable Care Act constitutional as a tax. There are portions of the law which I do think are good and commendable, but in totality, the bill is bad legislation. The Court in its ruling even insinuated as much stating that it was up to Congress to fix the law and up to voters to decide the wisdom of the law on November 6. I see a Romney presidency as the best chance to take out all that is bad and wrong with the law and leave intact only those measures, what few there are, which are good. I believe that even more today.
I see Romney as being an effective businessman who understands our capitalist society from the inside. I see him as someone who has built a business successfully within our American form of economics. As such, I believe he is best suited to take the nation in the right direction and to fix what is wrong and improving the economic outlook and viability for all Americans.
I see Romney as a crisis management type of business person who assesses the situation, looks for the shortcomings, finds the strengths, then builds on what is beneficial and dumps what is destructive. I believe from day 1 Romney will make the economy his top priority. I believe he will look at all the rules, regulations and laws and assess their impact both negative and positive on the economy and restructure, eliminate or retain those which will get American business operating at full capacity.
I see Romney as a moderate who will govern from the center. I do not believe the man who campaigned during the Republican primary season was the man Romney is politically. I do not see him as an idealogue, but rather a pragmatist and sales person who surveys the room and plays to the room to make the sale. Once the sale is made, I believe, he reshapes the conversation back to his position though the room may not have been receptive had he made his pitch from that position. Once the sale is done, then you have the leverage and position to implement your methods and plans.
While I do not agree with many of the stands taken by the Republican Party, I am not casting a vote for Romney based on party affiliation, but rather on the record I have researched and observed. That leads me to believe that Romney will not be held to what is appealing in the short-term, but will seek to find a solution which be the most beneficial to the nation in the long run.
I believe that on most social issues, where I take exception to the GOP platform, Romney will be moderate and centrist and keep those issues where they belong on the back burner and an issue for each individual state to resolve. I believe that Romney would support states who provide equality for all state-recognized, commited couples who have pledged to live as one. I believe that on the issue of abortion, Romney would be moderate as I am with exceptions for rape, incest and viability of mother and/or child.
Yet these issues, I believe, will not be in the front of the house for Romney. For Romney the economy, jobs and reigniting confidence and stability within the business world will be at the forefront which will jumpstart our economy.
I believe Romney will get down to the business of getting business percolating as it should from the moment he takes office. I believe Romney will seek to find consensus and common ground. I believe Romney will not be so rigid that it hurts the country rather than finding a way to pull the nation together for the common good.
For these reasons, I am casting my vote on Tuesday for Mitt Romney.
From the Cornfield, Tak asked and hopefully, I answered his challenge.