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Mike’s Endorsement: Fred Thompson

Posted by Mike on January 2, 2008

I had a feeling the Axis of Right would be divided during the primary and so we are. Oh well. I am proud to say that I support Fred Thompson for President of the United States.

The first thing I looked for when making my decision was the candidate whose worldview was closest to my own. This was difficult at first because most of the Republican candidates came out for most of the correct positions most of the time. However, after examining their records, and just as importantly, the reasoning behind the candidates’ policy pronouncements, it became crystal clear to me that Fred Thompson is the most consistently conservative of the viable candidates. Conservatism is instinct to Fred Thompson. This distinguishes him from the field.

Fred Thompson possesses a well-formed conservative philosophy and has the ability to apply that conservative philosophy to the issues of the day. On judges, his belief in judicial restraint and federalism gives him the instinct to support constitutionalist Justices. On spending, his philosophy that the government is incapable of solving everyday problems gives him the instinct to show fiscal restraint. On taxes, his belief in the talent and abilities of the American people gives him the instinct to support lower rates. On foreign policy, his philosophy that peace comes through strength gives him the instinct to support a strong military and the nerve to stand up for American security when threatened. Fred Thompson displayed these instincts as a U.S. Senator for eight years and this should come as no surprise. When the philosophy is solid, the right decisions fall into place.

Thompson’s conservative philosophy should reassure Republicans because it is well-grounded, not based on polls or solely on what other Republicans are thinking. Unlike Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson will not adopt a policy position based on what he thinks a certain constituency wants to hear. Unlike John McCain, Fred Thompson will not adopt a policy position based on what the New York Times will fawn over. Fred Thompson’s decisions as President will be based on the principles of American strength, limited government, judicial restraint, and federalism. The only way to ensure conservative decision-making in the White House is to nominate a candidate who does now and always has possessed the philosophy from which our policy positions flow. That candidate is Fred Thompson.

Like Ryan, I had some reasons for not supporting certain candidates.

  • Mitt Romney, my second choice, has been gaffe-prone (Gore-like stories of MLK marches and duck hunting come to mind) and too inconsistent, electing him will be a gamble;
  • Rudy Giuliani is pro-abortion liberal, legalized murder just isn’t my cup of tea;
  • John McCain has flipped conservatives the bird for years, now it’s our turn;
  • Mike Huckabee, at one point in his career, actually begged his state legislature for a tax increase;
  • Ron Paul probably would consider Neville Chamberlain’s corpse as a running mate; and,
  • Duncan Hunter would make a phenomenal Vice President but just isn’t viable.

Fred Thompson is electable and is the most conservative viable candidate in the race. His authoritative presence will be a useful foil to She Who Must Not Be Named, and he will almost always do the right thing if elected. Fred Thompson would be a fantastic President.

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Ryan’s Endorsement: Mitt Romney

Posted by Ryan on January 2, 2008

I figured the time was right to finally pick a candidate since actual votes are being cast tomorrow in Iowa.  First and foremost: it is critically important that one realize that Ronald Reagan is not running for President in 2008.  We all need to accept that and look at who is actually running for President.  I don’t want to appear to be on any kind of momentum bandwagon, though I will support the Republican nominee no matter who it is.  My selection process was not that difficult for me, being that my de facto candidate has not disappointed or stumbled in the debates or on the campaign trail to this point.  

I am supporting Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President.

Why?  As I see it, Mitt articulates a conservative message well and has real business and political experience.  Massachusetts lost its nickname “Taxachusetts” during Mitt’s tenure, while he had to deal with a Democrat legislature (which may be what we face a year from now nationally).  Mitt’s even beaten the whiny liberal Shannon O’Brien in 2002 for governor of Massachusetts, which will give him the edge over other candidates in regards to She Who Must Not Be Named in the general election.  His positions on Iraq and the War on Terror are solid.  He articulates a supply-side approach to the economy.  He has come to the pro-life position and stayed there since seeing the light.  He is in a loving marriage and has normal kids.  He has effectively muted the Mormon issue with that great speech.  However, he’s not perfect, but as mentioned above, Ronald Reagan is not running in 2008. 

Why not the other guys?

  • Mike Huckabee is using liberal talking points and tactics to hurt Republican candidates.  He’s shifty, and disrespects the “God vote” by treating them like an interest group.
  • Rudy Giuliani is solid on most issues, but his liberal position on social issues is something I cannot endorse through my vote in the primaries.
  • Fred Thompson is great and (as a Gen Xer) I like the way he’s addressing Social Security, but I’m not sold on his demeanor and ability to energize the masses.  Yet, Fred would definitely be a very close #2 on my list.
  • John McCain… Gollum?  Smeagol?  I’m not willing to take that chance.
  • Ron Paul is not a Republican, but would make a great Libertarian candidate.
  • Duncan Hunter is not viably polling, but will make a great Veep.

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