Friday, September 9, 2011

GOP Debate Assessment: Romney won.

Going into this debate [on Wednesday night] I was really looking forward to how my governor Rick Perry would do. My heart was with Perry, but my head said Mitt Romney, at least in this debate, looked like our best candidate to face and defeat Obama. Mitt Romney clearly won this debate as he looked and sounded confident and very presidential. While he was very strong in attacking president Obama [what we need], he did not try to destroy the other GOP candidates [mainly Perry] when he disagreed with them.  One of the main things that stuck in my mind is when he was asked about Perry's trying to advance making a requirement that 13 year old girls in Texas  get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus [HPV] that causes cervical cancer.  Mitt could have blasted him but said while he disagreed with Governor Perry, he thought his heart was in the right place.

That gracious remark impressed me.  It showed  Governor Romney to be a genuine nice man.  You can't discount that. A lot of people who  vote who don't follow politics as much as we do, vote for the nice guy, the one they like.

Also, while Romney had the ill advised Romney care in Massachusetts, he is the strongest candidate in saying that on the first day of his presidency, he will issue an executive order granting all 50 states waivers to Obamacare, in effect destroying it.  I haven't heard any other candidate say that. So, while you would think his venture into mandating health insurance in his state would be a devastating liability, his strong response against Obamacare nullifies that.

While I think Romney showed he was the most presidential, Newt Gingrich showed he was the smartest man in the room.  It is a shame he has so much baggage he just cannot win, either the nomination or presidency. But I sure am glad he is in the debates and hope he stays in the debates to keep everyone else honest and especially to keep the media questioners in line.

I think Michele Bachmann seems to have fallen out of the first tier of candidates and I know it is early, but I think her chances to win the nomination are nil.

Ron Paul seemed to have outdid himself in nuttiness.  I ask again, why is he running in the GOP race. He is not a Republican, he is a libertarian.  Along with Huntsman, these are the two RINO's in the race. He was the clear loser.

Rick Santorum and Herman Cain did creditable jobs, but have no realistic chance at the nomination.

This is obviously a race that is going to come down between Perry and Romney. I believe either man will defeat Barack Obama. So, we must pick the man who will have a more certain chance at victory. We cannot take a chance in this election. 

This will be an exciting race and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.  Whoever emerges will get my support.  This election is too vital to sit out just because we may not get 100% of what we want.  I will say once again as I have in previous posts: Whoever does emerge as the GOP nominee must strongly consider Marco Rubio as their running mate.  That will be the winning ticket!


bradley said...

Could not agree more---- as the lesser candidtes drop out they must put their full aggressive support behind whoever is the candidate---- I think a Romney /perry ticket could win BUT rubio would DESTROY biden in a debate of vice presidents

Big Mike said...

Wow, would that be exciting to see Rubio in against gaffe a day Biden. The two RR's Romney/Rubio could win in a landslide.