“President Obama may have good intentions, but he is simply taking the nation in the wrong direction. Seasoned executive Romney would come to office ready to put the country on the course to more freedom and prosperity.” – Tampa Tribune
Mitt Romney For President
October 21, 2012
Mitt Romney is the man who can lead the nation out of its lingering economic doldrums and restore faith in the United States.
A successful executive in the public and private sector, Romney is a committed capitalist who understands that the nation's prosperity is driven by free enterprise, not government.
Under President Barack Obama's liberal and inconsistent leadership, the country has limped along, barely a step ahead of another recession.
The deficit soared, government expanded and the prospects of more regulations and taxes chilled corporate investment.
Romney understands a reformed tax code, one that closes loopholes but lowers overall rates, would help businesses and consumers. A growing economy can generate more revenue, even with lower rates.
It is only a slight exaggeration to say the president trusts taxes, federal regulators and unions while Romney trusts the marketplace.
Instead, he engaged in histrionic spending showdowns with an obdurate Congress. Now the nation faces a "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts. If compromise is not reached before the end-of-the-year deadline, the nation's military defense could be compromised and the economy could nosedive. So much for leadership.
Romney's record as a determined, detail-oriented leader who demands results strongly suggests he would find a workable middle ground in such conflicts.
When he took over the faltering organization charged with putting on the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he restored order and a sense of mission in a hurry. As governor of Massachusetts he worked effectively with Democrats.
You can trust him to fulfill his pledge to slash the overabundance of federal regulations. We expect he will tackle the growth of entitlement spending methodically, understanding caution is necessary when revising important programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
But we are reassured by Romney's history as a deliberate leader of strong conservative values who will listen to others and carefully evaluate the facts.
President Obama may have good intentions, but he is simply taking the nation in the wrong direction.
Seasoned executive Romney would come to office ready to put the country on the course to more freedom and prosperity.
The Tampa Tribune, with confidence and enthusiasm, endorses Mitt Romney for president.
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