Sunday, October 28, 2012
Our presidential endorsement: Ready for change
◼ We invested heavily in hope back in 2008. Our 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney comes with an imperative for change. - Quad City Times
...This year, the Republican ticket is led by a candidate with a proven record of moderate governance, legislative leadership and compromise. Mitt Romney arrives at the presidency with global leadership experience and a track record of turnarounds.
No need to rely on hope. His record includes evidence of change. He changed the trajectory of a failing U.S. Winter Olympics. He changed the path of Massachusetts with a health care plan we admire, even if Romney is now less than enthused.
He picked a running mate who has specific deficit reduction plans, not just hopeful intentions. Ryan’s plan cuts too deeply in some areas and needs significant compromise, particularly on the future of Medicare, but these plans are in the hands of a presidential team experienced in compromise.
Our interest in Romney jelled into support through the debates, where we saw his leadership and pragmatic managerial experience shine through. He didn’t just say what ardent Republicans wanted to hear. In fact, he stated his unequivocal support for women’s contraception rights, knowing it would incense a huge number of Christian and Catholic voters.
Romney described himself in alignment with most of the president’s foreign policy directives.
What differs for us is his lifelong leadership success. We don’t begrudge his Bain Capital decisions, all legal and lucrative on behalf of his employers and investors. He made different decisions when he worked for the people of Massachusetts as governor.
We’re confident he’ll be as responsive to all Americans if elected president....
Today, we endorse a successful leader focused on economic recovery and growth and deficit reduction. We endorse a proven manager who won’t need on-the-job training. We endorse a compromiser who offers the best hope of breaking congressional gridlock.
Most of all, we endorse change.
We endorse Mitt Romney for president.