I have been going round and round about the presidential candidates over the last few months trying to decide who I liked best and who I wanted to serve our country as Commander in Chief. I tend to like all of them and will be happy with anyone who gets the noination.
I really wanted to support Perry, but his campaign is very negative. It’s hard to support a candidate who just can’t say what he means with clarity. So I had to write him off for now unless he really begins to impress.
Romney is someone I go back and forth on. I do like him and believe him when he says he will repeal Obamacare, but I have serious concern about him as just being another status quo Republican, and his his past positions in MA are absolutely unacceptable to me as a conservative. A likable personality and strong general election polling just aren’t enough at the moment. Romney’s position in the polls is a reflection of his personal appeal and overall competence.
Michele Bachmann has actually impressed me more than I expected her to do. She certainly comes across as more articulate than I had anticipated, but her constant chants and canned lines drive me up the wall.
Anderson, the good news is, the cake is baked. Barack Obama will be a one-term president; there’s no question about that.
It’s that kind of statement that makes my eyes glaze over when she speaks.
Rick Santorum is a sincere conservative who complains all the time.
Jon Huntsman seems like a nice guy but just isn’t taking off.
I agree with Ron Paul on many issues, but he also holds several positions that are deal breakers. (His son Rand comes across as much more realistic while still adhering to his principals.)
I really love Herman Cain and appreciate the conversation about the tax code he has brought to the race, but I suspect when I’m listening to him that there are aspects he is not prepared for.
So that leaves me with one candidate left. If the election were held in the next couple of weeks, I would vote for Newt Gingrich. I know he has the knowledge and ideas that would best serve our country. There isn’t an issue he hasn’t thought through or a position he isn’t able to articulate with the utmost skill.
I have reached the point where I do not want style or gimmicks. I want substance, and I want someone who is capable of articulating why conservatism is the best option for this country. I want someone committed to making fundamental changes in our government. Perry might be conservative in his gut, but he can’t articulate why; Romney might be able to articulate conservatism, but I’m not sure he really believes in it enough to consistantly abide by it.
Obviously by the time the 2012 primary gets to SD, we will probably rubber stamp whomever has already been selected. I still think we are best served as citizens if we take time to learn about and evaluate the candidates and develope a deeper understanding of what matters to us as individuals.