(CU Grad Student) I’ve been like most Republicans…riding the wave after wave of candidates. Let me be more frank, I’m a recovering Perry supporter, who rode the Cain Train, and hesitatingly got off on Newt Station. So now, I believe in Mitt. Why?
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Karthik's post continues: There are three key reasons why I’m supporting Mitt. Before I begin, let me give a few more identifiers. I’m a proud Army officer, a conservative with not so hidden sympathies with the Tea Party and its principles, a man who seeks Biblical guidance, and the son of Indian immigrants dating a wonderful woman who is the daughter of Mexican immigrants - - easy to follow I’m sure. Those are my biases and here’s why I believe in Mitt.
- 1. It’s about fundraising…Obama raised $40 million in cash
Let’s face it, we are facing a fundraising machine. What caught my eye most, more than the primary, was the almost footnote-like headline above - - Obama raising $40 million dollars. I think this statistic deserves further scrutiny. A recent article (above) cited that more than 440 fundraisers collected at least $75 million to help Obama win a second term. Notables in this illustrious group include movie producers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and actress Eva Longoria.
There is only one candidate that has been able to compete with this kind of funding - - Mitt Romney. Let’s face it, money has a huge influence in elections and in an election that will likely reach a billion dollars (can you believe it?), we need a candidate that can fundraise at the level of Obama. Romney is the only one coming close to Obama’s fundraising level.
- 2. It’s getting nasty out there
Every election, we wonder - - can our elections get any nastier? Simply put, they can. The Florida primary has been recorded as the most negative campaign ever. Drawing differences between candidates is integral, but campaigns have become fixated on character assassination and personal attacks. Succinctly, we are destroying ourselves and are setting the path for a candidate to limp into a general election against the Obama machine. It’s time for tea partiers, social conservatives, neo conservatives, and liberty lovers of all backgrounds to coalesce around a candidate or face a reality of a general election with a candidate so denigrated by a bitter primary that he would begin a general election far behind Obama - - a position we cannot be in if we intend to win this thing!
- 3. Florida Primary - - it’s not only big, it’s indicative
Other than the 50 delegates, Florida is indicative because of key Republican groups, including a large Hispanic population. Florida is also unique because it is the first primary where only registered Republicans can vote. Romney’s ability to win Florida big clearly illustrates that he has the ability to coalesce these groups on a state wide basis. He’s done it a microcosmic level, the only candidate that has done this thus far, and based on this, I am confident he can do it on a macrocosmic, national level. That’s what we need more than anything; someone who can bring the party together.
I’ll admit it; I love Newt’s big ideas and vision, Santorum’s compassion for the sanctity of life and for manufacturing, and Paul’s insistence that we truly shrink government and audit the Fed. Romney has had issues with his stances on life and “Romneycare,” but he is the only candidate that can unite the party . Above all, he will give our party, and all its groups, a seat at the table, which will define his presidency. Let’s be cognizant that Ronald Reagan, a unanimous favorite of conservatives, also had issues when he ran from California, including pioneering no-fault divorce.
My girlfriend always reminds me: “Sometimes you have to put your big boy pants on and make a decision.” It’s my time to wear those said pants.
It’s decision time here in Colorado and I hope we can make our decision based on who best can beat Obama. For me, the answer is clear. That’s why I believe in Mitt for 2012.
Karthik is serving as the Legislative Aide to a state representative from House District 14(Colorado Springs) after recently completely his tenure as Staff Assistant to the Centennial Institute, a state based think tank located on the campus of Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colorado. He has been accepted and will pursue his higher education aspirations at the University of Colorado with a combined Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor program. He has voluntarily reassigned to the 1/157th Infantry Battalion Colorado Army National Guard in order to pursue his aspirations of deployment. These views are solely his and not reflective of any other organization.