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.