Monday, January 24, 2011

Republican Candidates for the Presidency in 2012

It is critical that we make Socialist President Obama a one term President in 2012. That will only happen if we nominate the right Conservative Republican candidate to get the job done. We should have learned our lesson with John McCain. Of course, it is early and some will fall away in the next 12 - 18 months; but here is this Blogger's take on the field we see today.

Many believe that Mitt Romney is the front runner; but I fear that Romney is a RINO because of his support for ObamaCare when he was Governor of Massachusetts. Romney has also changed from being pro-choice to pro-life. So while Romney otherwise has good credentials, he must be viewed with suspicion. Mike Huckebee is a good guy; but is not tough enough to deal with Obama's dirty Chicago style politics. Tim Pawlenty was a successful Governor in Minnesota, but God he is boring. Newt Gingrich is the smartest Republican politician; but he may have too much baggage. Sarah Palin is right on all the issues; but she may be too controversial and the media is out to destroy her. Haley Barbour is too good old boy and Southern. Rick Perry doesn't seem all that bright. Chris Cristie is a too much of an "in your face" kind of guy and the unions will do anything to keep him from winning. Rudi Guiliani is pro-choice so he will never get the Republican nomination. Ron Paul is too cranky and old. Bobby Gindl, the Republican Governor of Louisiana is too young. So who is left?

The most Ronald Reagan like Republican politician is Jim Demint, Senator from South Carolina. Demint is right on all the issues and he is a very smart, personable, likable guy. Demint is fighting all of Obama's Socialist Schemes and is serious about cutting federal spending. John Kasich, just elected Governor of Ohio, has the credentials to be President of the United States. Kasich father was a mail man. He is a blue collar Republican who could attract Reagan Democrats. And, the rising star is Bob McDonnell, the new Conservative Governor of Virginia. McDonnell, former Attorney General of the State of Virginia looks good and thinks good. Barring any scandals that surface, my guess is that one of these three Republicans has the best chance of beating Barack Obama in 2012.

Who ever the Republican nominee for President turns out to be, the Vice President and running mate should either be Marco Rubio, just elected Senator from Florida, or John Kasich, the new Governor of Ohio assuming Kasich is not the Presidential nominee. No Republican President has been elected in this century without carrying the state of Ohio. And, we all know the Florida story. Rubio is smart, articulate, Hispanic and Catholic with good state government experience. Kasich was in charge of the Budget Committee when he was a Congressman and was there when the budget was balanced when Bill Clinton was President. Both Rubio and Kasich come from blue collar parents, which will be important related to attracting Reagan Democrats and Independents.

We must sweep the Socialists, including the President, out of office in 2012 and 2014. If we nominate the right Republican candidates we can do it. We must elect Conservatives that support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, term limits, real education, energy and health care reform, a strong national defense, including securing our border and fighting Terrorism, the right to bear arms, the sanctity of life and family values that are the foundation of our nation. This is the platform supported by the majority of the American people and the only way to restore economic growth and job creation in our country.

Most important, we must elect Conservatives who will adhere to the Constitution, as written by our Founding Fathers, not as contrived by the left wing media, Socialists in the last 98 years, our current or former Presidents, Congresses, or the Courts. We must take back our country in 2012 and 2014. We can do it. We must do it to preserve our freedom, our nation and way of life for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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