NOTE: This gives general qualities and reasons why I support Romney but was written at the height of the Romney-Santorum duel, so there is contrasting with Rick Santorum.
7. Immigration. Romney has a solid record and platform addressing illegal immigration.
Rick Santorum says things that sound good, but as NY Times best seller and popular conservative pundit Ann Coulter explained, he has a record that has perpetuated illegal immigration, including voting against even the voluntary use of e-verify, and he has a platform that will continue to perpetuate the problem, which includes continued opposition to the use of e-verify.
6. Washington Outsider. This hardly needs any commentary. Rick Santorum spent 16 years as a Washington insider as a congressman (4 years in the house and 12 years in the senate), and since then over the last five years has remained there as a consultant to lobbying firms and other companies wanting a Washington insider's services. The executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington explained that Santorum "was a huge part of pay-to-play politics during one of the dirtiest eras in Washington."
By contrast Mitt Romney has never worked inside the beltway, and he has never worked as a consultant to lobbying firms.
5. Executive experience. Mitt Romney has experience running and rescuing billion dollar enterprises, including government enterprises, while Rick Santorum has no executive experience.
Massachusetts had the 11th largest economy in the nation, and it was doing worst than the rest of the country, ranking 50th in its increase in unemployment and bleeding fast when he took over. He balanced the multi-billion dollar Massachusetts state budget which had billions in structural deficit, leaving a $2 billion surplus. The year he left office, the state was 12th in the nation, in its improvement in the unemployment rate, which was decreasing and substantially lower than when he took office.
What better training and experience for a person to take over the multi-trillion dollar enterprise called the federal government, which is well over 15 trillion dollars in debt and sinking fast? This reason alone is more than ample reason, hands down, to support Mitt Romney over any of the remaining contenders as the future executive of the country.
4. Electability - The ability to beat the incumbent in a general election. There has been much ballyhoo lately about how Senator Rick Santorum is as electable as Governor Mitt Romney. To use Senator Santorum's not so eloquent words, "This is just crap!" And this is why:
There has only been one person in history to defeat an incumbent president, whose government experience was limited to being a legislator and senator. That was the Republican President Benjamin Harrison (1889-93), but he also had the credential of being a Civil War hero and General. He did such a poor job, that after one term the voters reelected his defeated predecessor, Grover Cleveland, to a second term. Since then, the country has never replaced a president with a senator having no executive government experience. But voters do like to replace presidents with governors, such as when Ronald Reagan defeated President Carter and Bill Clinton defeated President Bush.
While Santorum’s polling against Barack Obama improved a little for a short while, Romney has often tied or beat President Obama in the polls and still has a better polling average than Santorum. More telling, Romney has fared far better than Santorum in polls of battleground states and among independents.
From the previously mentioned executive experience, to the next credentials listed, Mitt Romney has a resume and the experience that makes him more electable.
3. Business and economic understanding and experience. Graduating in the top of his class in Harvard in both business and law, Mitt Romney went on to create and save many businesses. Having someone who understands business, jobs and the economy is near the top in my criteria for a desired presidential candidate.
2. Fiscal Discipline. In addition to keeping businesses in the black (profitable), Mitt Romney has demonstrated fiscal discipline in government. When he took office, he revamped the existing budget, balancing it, then balanced all four budgets during his term in office without raising taxes. And although some fees were raised and some corporate tax loopholes were closed, he also repeatedly cut taxes. Rick Santorum on the other hand has been roundly criticized by peers and others for enthusiastically over-indulging in seeking increased earmarks and spending.
1. Turn-around artist. The skill, ability, credentials and track record of turning struggling or failing enterprises around is Mitt Romney's most impressive and appealing quality. The action I most would like to see occur with the federal government, with its runaway deficit spending, and with the U.S. economy, is a fiscal turnaround. Mitt Romney has a spectacular record and ability turning things around. This needs duplicating at the federal level.