By Kelsey Byard
It’s no secret that many Republicans feel that the pickings for the 2012 presidential candidacy are slim. The party itself has been going through a period of great regrouping since the 2008 elections, in which Democrats gained both the presidency and a great number of seats in both houses of Congress. This regrouping has seen factions emerge within the Republican Party ranks, including the ultra-conservative/libertarian Tea Party, and this has created tension within the Republican circle. Despite this fragmentation, many conservatives are hopeful that the party has what it takes to unite, and that 2012 is their year to reclaim the White House, and the man that many of them are looking toward to lead them to this victory is former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney’s political career began in 1994 when he challenged incumbent Ted Kennedy for his seat in the Senate representing Massachusetts. Romney would ultimately lose to Kennedy, receiving 41% of the vote, and retreated back into the world of business and his faith, telling his brother he never again wished to run unless he could win. This winning opportunity came in 2002 when Romney was elected the 70th governor of Massachusetts with 50% of the vote. This win catapulted Romney into the political spotlight, and gave him the confidence he needed in order to pursue the highest office in the land, not once, but twice.
Coming from a business background, Romney tends to view political issues through a business lens. This is to say that he adapts his political theories to a world that is ever-changing to find the solution that works for a particular situation. For instance, when Romney was running for governor of Massachusetts, he had a more liberal stance on abortion and gay rights, stating that he wished to ensure civil rights for all and protect a woman’s right to choose. However, this attitude has changed in the past few years (notably during his tenure as governor) to align with more conservative values, an action critics claim is simply an attempt to gain support among Republicans. Either way, Romney fails to touch on the issues of abortion and gay rights on his website, which may be a strategic move to keep from drawing fire.
One issue that Romney does largely touch on though is healthcare, particularly repealing “Obamacare,” which many claim is hypocritical seeing as President Obama based the plan on Romney’s own Massachusetts healthcare system. It may not be though, as was previously explained, Mitt Romney changes his views based on current political situations, and has said that he feels that each state should have the right to choose whether or not to adopt “Obamacare.”
Overall, Romney is about less-is-more government, and believes that there should be less government interference, specifically pertaining to economic issues. When it comes to taxation, Romney wishes to simplify and cut taxes so that citizens will have more money to invest in the market. In his mind, a flat tax will make it so that all Americans are paying the proportion of their income they can afford, and thus create balance so that Americans can afford to invest more in the market. Many Americans feel that this would turn around the economy, and thus place their faith in Romney. The question is, however, will his confidence and the faith of his supporters be enough to take control of the White House come this November? It’s a question only time and the primaries can answer.Tweet