I have been an ardent supporter of Mitt Romney’s since about January 2007, I started looking at who the candidates were who were running, Rudy seemed appealing, I was already anti-McCain from 2000, and then there was this relative unknown, Mitt Romney. The first thing that intrigued me about Mitt was that he was Mormon, I obviously liked that.
Then I learned that Mitt was also a Bishop and a Stake President. This I liked even more, for if there is one thing I have learned from my time in the Church it is that it takes a special breed to be a Stake President. In fact every Stake President that I have spent an considerable time with were men of great personal integrity, knowledgeable, and simply someone I wanted to be around. This also gave me enough evidence to know that Mitt is a good man with strong moral fibers and is honest. I also knew that he would likely have no skeletons in his closet and would be able to avoid scandal; this is something our country desperately needs. But I was still not 100% sold, what about his experience and policies?
Well, I figured that being a Republican, his policies would likely mirror mine to about 70%, as do pretty well all the other GOP candidates (and I have since learned that Mitt and I mirror on about 90%). So then it came to experience. I looked into his background and it is incredible. Mitt spent his career taking small or failing or inefficient companies with good potential and recreated them to being strong and successful companies. He is a fixer; he did the same with the olympics. So his business experience is a huge draw, but the fact that it was spent in the field that it was made the draw even bigger.
I figured back in early 2007 that Mitt would run on the economy and on his record; which is a winning ticket. He started off really well doing this, if any of you remember his announcement speech in Michigan last year, you will remember that it focused on change in Washington, his business experience, and his experience as a governor. But slowly Mitt veered away from this.
He began to focus on social issues and on becoming a defense hawk; the former is understandable because he recognized that he was running against two social liberals (Rudy and Mac). But has he ran to the right, he seemed to forget what it was that made him appealing to so many of us. I think most of us Mitt supporters knew that he would be fine with social issues and with defense, but it was having a person who understood the economy and who understands organizational dynamics in such a manner that would result in a complete gutting of the federal government that set Mitt apart. The biggest thing that drew me to Mitt was that I knew he would immediately go in, surround himself with brilliant people, and go through the books of the giant federal beauracracy and start cleaning house. This is what Washington needs; yet he got away from it and it killed him in New Hampshire and Iowa.
Finally, Mitt has started playing from his own playbook and not that of his advisors and is running the correct campaign in Michigan. This is the campaign he should have been running all along. This is where his appeal is. This is the Mitt I love. If Mitt is smart enough to continue to run on the economy, on business development, job creation, and fixing Washington he will have a great opportunity to win the nomination and to defeat the pessimists of the Democratic party in November. Mitt Romney is the right man for the job, let us all hope that it is not too little too late.