5 Reasons Why You Might Want to Vote for Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

Note: This is part one of a three-part series that will cover reasons that a voter may choose to support a specific presidential candidate. Parts 2 and 3 for Barack Obama and Gary Johnson will be available soon.

No matter where you stand politically, there are reasons you might want to vote for Mitt Romney in November. Mitt certainly has some unappealing points on his resume, but there’s a silver lining to every cloud. At least that’s what I’m told.

So here are a few possible reasons you might have for standing with Romney in November:

You believe a Republican victory is all that matters.

If you look for the people with the “R” beside their name and vote for them, no matter what, then obviously Romney is your guy, and your mind was made up before the presidential primaries started. I’d encourage you to consider candidates and issues more than parties and party lines, but that’s a different conversation for a different day. Vote Romney, and hope for the best.

You really liked Obama in 2008, but you aren’t crazy about him now.

A lot of people fell for the “Hope and Change” rhetoric last time around. Obama is a great politician, and beyond that, McCain was no better than Bush. The good news for you is that Romney and Obama aren’t really all that different. Sure, Romney is a Republican, so he’ll be a bit farther right than Obama on some issues, but Massachusetts Republicans don’t get to be governor because they’re conservatives.

He’ll take the Republican view on some social issues, and he might not want to grow government as much as Obama would, but the reality is that there are few differences between Romney and Obama. If you thought you liked Obama in 2008, you could probably like Romney in 2012.

You think Republicans are too conservative.

If you believe the Republican party as a whole is too conservative, the most effective way to get the party to move to the left is to support the moderate candidates it offers. If Romney loses, the GOP will get more conservative. If he wins, the party will move to the left with him. So if you want to see Republicans as a whole become more moderate, vote Romney.

You agree with the “Anybody but Obama” argument.

Obama has not been good for our country. It’s hard to make the argument that we’re better off than we were before he took up residency in the White House. (It’s also hard [and unfair] to blame it all on Bush.) Whether you voted for Obama in 2008 or not, it’s possible that you think a change is a good idea – no matter who it is. If you just want a non-Obama in the White House, Romney could be your guy.

You think Romney is the right guy for the job.

Maybe you like his executive experience. Maybe you like his “presidential” look. Whatever the reason, if you think Romney is the best man suited for the job, you should vote for him. Never violate your conscience to cast a vote. If you think Romney is the right guy, vote for him, no matter what anybody else has to say about it.

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