I think it’s important when we vote that we understand WHY we are choosing one candidate over another. Presidential elections are not popularity contests. “Likeability” holds absolutely no bearing in choice for me. I LIKE both candidates. Barack Obama is a very good speaker, he’s very humorous, and appears to be a very likeable guy. He may be more “likeable” to the average person than Mitt Romney. I personally don’t appreciate his rhetoric. I have no use for the very negative campaign he has been running, as it offers me no persepctive as to what he might do in the future to accomplish the things he failed to do during his 1st term. Nor do I support his views regarding Big Government.
Romney is a business man. He earned both a business and law degree from Harvard, which he earned concurrently. He is not as comfortable with public speaking as Obama. He has a harder time bringing his speeches out of the board room and into a more casual setting. Makes no difference to me. His delivery is not what I am critiquing. I want to know what can he DO. And at the top of my TO DO list is jobs, unemployment, economy and debt. I’m looking for a guy who can make money, create jobs, and balance a budget. And I don’t care if he ever appears on The View.
Mitt Romney is a high successful self-made business man, making multi-millions during his operation of Bain Capital. By 1999, Bain Capital was on its way towards becoming one of the foremost private equity firms in the nation, having increased its number of partners from 5 to 18, with 115 employees overall, and $4 billion under its management.The firm’s average annual return on investments was 113 percent
Romney is also responsible for fiscally turning the 2002 Winter Olympics around. Before he took the position, the event was running $379 million short of its revenue goals. He oversaw a $1.32 billion total budget, 700 employees, and 26,000 volunteers. Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up with a surplus of $100 million. Romney donated to charity the $1.4 million in salary and severance payments he received for his three years as president and CEO, and also contributed $1 million to the Olympics.
Romney was also Govenor of Massachusetts 2003-2007. The swearing in of Romney as the 70th governor of Massachusetts took place on January 2, 2003.He faced a Massachusetts state legislature with large Democratic majorities in both houses, and had picked his cabinet and advisors based more on managerial abilities than partisan affiliation. He declined a governor’s salary of $135,000 during his term. Upon entering office in the middle of a fiscal year, he faced an immediate $650 million shortfall and a projected $3 billion deficit for the next year. Unexpected revenue of $1.0–1.3 billion from a previously enacted capital gains tax increase and $500 million in new federal grants decreased the deficit to $1.2–1.5 billion. Through a combination of spending cuts, increased fees, and removal of corporate tax loopholes, the state achieved surpluses of around $600–700 million during Romney’s last two full fiscal years in office.
Piers Morgan of CNN, typically a guy who hangs well to the left, wrote an article about Romney in Mail Online titled He’s one of the least principled politicians I’ve met. But I believe Mitt Romney might just save America which is pretty accurate in it’s context in describing Mitt Romney and his abilities.
He is a devout Mormon and takes his faith so seriously that he donates at least ten per cent of his income to the church every year – totalling tens of millions of dollars over the past two decades.
The reason he can give away so much money is that he was a fantastically successful businessman, estimated to have made a $250 million fortune from his time running Bain, a venture-capital firm.
In person, he’s charming, polite, friendly and solicitous. He’s also a great father and grandfather, according to his devoted sons, and a great husband, according to Ann, the woman who was his teenage sweetheart and who he’s helped nurse with deep compassion through her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis.
His track record as a businessman is better than almost any presidential candidate ever. He also almost single-handedly turned round the fortunes of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002, after the organising committee turned to him desperate for help.
He sees America as a struggling company, and himself as therefore the perfect person to rescue it.
There was great excitement around the world when America elected its first black President in 2008. The possible election of America’s first Mormon President will bring with it far lower expectations. But that may not be such a bad thing, for him, for America, or for the world. Especially if he actually gets stuff done.
I think Piers is right. Mitt Romney is not a man of rhetoric. He’s not a man of failed policies and no record. He’s a man of purpose and experience. And a man that gets stuff done. And I do in my heart believe that he can indeed save America.
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ETA (edit to add) Think about this… Mitt Romney has nothing… absolutely nothing… to personally gain from being elected President. This is a man who has made his fortunes and retired. And can afford to live the rest of his life in luxury, doing absolutely nothing but playing w/ his grand babies. This is a man who can afford to pull up stake and move his entire family to any where else in the world if the US fails. So WHY would this man want to be President? He has absolutely no personal gain in this election. Other than his conern for the country, he has no dog in this fight. Other than caring and believing that he can make a difference for others.
Think about it…..