I just heard the news, and I’m absolutely disgusted. As many of you already know, I’m an avid Rick Santorum supporter. He’s not perfect, but in the grand scheme of things he’s the most conservative of the four choices for president we have. I don’t really mind the other candidates. Newt Gingrich is a great debater, has a lot of great ideas, and has turned his life around after some personal troubles years ago. Ron Paul, although I don’t agree with his foreign policy, is a very likable guy. He knows his constitution, he understands the free market, and he’s a true libertarian.
But then there’s Mitt Romney. I don’t have anything personal against him, but I strongly believe that he’d be the wrong choice for our presidential nominee. He’s continual defense of RomneyCare, the blue print for ObamaCare, is frightening. The idea that a government, whether its state or federal, can mandate it’s citizens to buy a product, entering into a private contract with another party, is absurd and un-American. Mitt Romney may have a great record as a private businessman, but RomneyCare is not defendable.
With the entire issue of ObamaCare and the role of government in people’s private lives off the table, what exactly is Romney to stand on against Obama in November? Although Romney promises to either repeal ObamaCare or grant waivers (which aren’t the same thing, by the way) I’m personally worried that he won’t actually pull the trigger. He has stubbornly stood by RomneyCare and defended it to this day. Someone who believes government run healthcare is a good thing isn’t the person we need in office.
But Mitt’s track record isn’t really what bothers me. Sure, I have huge disagreements with his policies, but that’s not enough to get under my skin. I disagree with lots of people, and most politicians, but I don’t let our differences get to me. My biggest problem with Mitt Romney has to do with his character. The kind of candidate who runs ads that constantly attack his opponents is a sleazy candidate. 2012 isn’t the first time around for Romney either. Back in 2008, Romney ran a slew of disgusting attack ads on his then rival Mike Huckabee. Mitt is using his same tricks this time around. (View them HERE and HERE.)
Back when the elections were just getting started, Romney was the only person with a huge amount of money behind him. Despite all of that, he managed to lose the first Republican caucus in Iowa to Rick Santorum, a man who ran his campaign out of his family’s minivan. Romney managed to win New Hampshire, a democratic state neighboring his home state of Massachusetts. Next up – South Carolina, where Newt Gingrich took the primary easily. That was when Romney knew he needed to attack. The next primary was Florida, where Mitt won – but he outspent Newt Gingrich 5 to 1!
How does Romney spend his money? It’s not spent on promoting his own message for America. Its not spent telling people about his mediocre record as a moderate Republican on the east coast. No, its spent running vicious attack ads against his opponents – attacking their character. This is how Mitt Romney wins elections – he outspends his opponents. In Michigan he outspent Santorum 6-1, in Ohio he outspent Santorum 10-1, and now in Wisconsin (primary coming up on April 3rd) he’s outspending Santorum 50-1! This is disgusting. This is as close as you can come to literally buying an election without breaking the law.
Despite his heavy bashing of his conservative rivals, Santorum and Gingrich, Romney has repeatedly claimed that he will not attack Obama. That’s right. He’s stated that he will not make “accusatory” or “incendiary” remarks “attacking” Obama. The man who attacks his Republican opponents so ruthlessly refuses to treat Obama the same way. The fact of the matter is that Obama has a radically different view of America than most Americans. He’s pushing to destroy the foundation of our nation and “fundamentally transform” America. But in Mitt’s eyes, Obama is “just a little over his head”.
Romney’s biggest advantage is also a window into how weak he and his campaign truly are. The fact of the matter is that Romney has failed to make a connection with the majority of Republican voters. Not only do people not like him, but they don’t trust him. They don’t feel that he has their best interest at heart. Among strong conservative voters Romney is seen as a “Massachusetts Moderate”, some rich guy from the east coast who doesn’t understand the blue collar backbone of America. From his speeches in the south using words like “gritts” and “ya’ll”, and his eery smile during debates, Romney comes off as fake.
The only thing Romney has going for him is money. That’s it. Without it he’d be running a crap campaign and would probably be out of the contest by now. His ideas aren’t popular. His personality isn’t attractive. But hey – he’s got a lot of money, so he can barrage his opponents with negative TV and radio advertising. But if that is Romney’s only advantage, it won’t be enough to beat Obama. Romney can beat his Republican rivals in the money game, but he can’t beat Obama in the money game.
Instead, to beat Obama, we need someone who is genuine, conservative, and can attract people without bashing his opponents. Rick Santorum, despite some flubs in speeches and interviews, is a strong conservative who has managed to attract enough voters to become the 2nd place candidate to Mitt Romney. Although Gingrich and Paul are still officially in, the race is essentially down to two candidates – Romney and Santorum.
Santorum has been running his campaign on a shoestring. He’s not a rich guy. He isn’t getting endorsements from Donald Trump. He doesn’t have the money to continually run attack ads on other candidates. No, he’s run his campaign the old way. He goes out and talks to people, and because he comes off as a real person and not a politician, he’s managed to win over a lot of voters. Someone who can win, despite not having a lot of money is who we need. Rick Santorum has been outspent in every state he’s won. If Romney’s money can’t knock out Santorum, how can it knock out Obama? And, if Santorum can stand up to Romney, he has the best chance against Obama.
This idea that Mitt Romney is the strongest candidate, or that he’s even a strong frontrunner is flat out wrong. He’s spent more than all his opponents combined, and still hasn’t won the nomination. At this point, the nomination may very well end in August at the Republican national convention. If Santorum can win enough delegates to keep Romney from getting the needed 1144 that he needs to win the nomination, then this race is far from over. My goal until that point is to encourage people to get behind who I believe is the best candidate to not only beat Obama, but also to lead our country over the next 8 years – Rick Santorum.