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Reader Deborah — a South Carolinian who’s just decided to vote for Governor Romney passed along this link, which she aptly dubbed “cool-headed arguments [that] may help thinking people who are still undecided.” With all the ugliness — for instance, see here and here — that has been in this race recently, it’s nice to see sound, temperate argumentation like this:

Mike Huckabee has become a bit of a conundrum for me. As governor of Arkansas he meets my leadership experience hurdle. I’m being told by HSLDA leadership that he is a Christian and has their endorsement, which should make him my hands-down favorite. But I see a fair amount of disparity between what I’ve heard in his campaign rhetoric and his record as Governor in Arkansas. He says he’s for lower taxes, but he raised taxes in AR. He says he supports homeschoolers and that they should be left alone, yet he signed into law a bill that imposed new restrictions on homeschoolers in AR. There are numerous other discrepancies upon which others in blogs and emails have elaborated. One very insightful article was written by Mary Pride and can be read at Another site that provides pretty extensive analysis on Huckabee is I think the underlying issue is that Huckabee doesn’t seem principled enough for me. It seems to me that he is more calculating and interested in telling people what they want to hear, or what he thinks will propel him to victory, than in telling people those things that are principles on which he will not waver. I am concerned that, if elected, he would calculate and do whatever is the most expedient at the moment on important issues rather than standing firm on core principles.
That leaves me with Mitt Romney. I know there are many Christians who will not vote for Romney because he is a Mormon. To me that’s as foolish as voting for Hillary Clinton just because she’s a woman. I doubt any of those same Christians who won’t vote for Romney voted for Bill Clinton when he was running because he is a Baptist! I also doubt they wouldn’t vote for George H. W. Bush when he ran in 1988 and 1992 because he is Episcopalian, which is hardly what most of us would call a gospel preaching denomination. Say what you want about Mormon doctrine, of which I’m not in the slightest agreement, but I have yet to meet a Mormon that is not a person of high moral conviction and integrity, which, unfortunately, is more than I can say for many Christians I’ve known over the years.
While no candidate ever perfectly matches one’s personal criteria, I have to say Romney comes the closest for me. He is strong in his faith and his faith has driven him to develop strong core principles with which I agree. He is consistently pro-life and steadfastly strong on marriage and the family; believing that marriage should be defined as being between one man and one woman. As a conservative Republican governor in the liberal state of Massachusetts he demonstrated the ability to remove their 3 billion dollar deficit, balance their budget, created a 2 billion dollar rainy day fund, and lower taxes while doing it. He has principled convictions on education, marriage and the family, our military, keeping America strong, stopping illegal immigration, and continuing the fight against radical Islam; all of which are important to me and with which I am in agreement with him. Finally, and probably least important, I find him highly elect-able. He’s solid on most conservative Republican issues, likeable, has a presidential demeanor, and for the all important female vote—is handsome:)!

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About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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