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I first became aware of Mitt Romney over a year ago, when I heard him interviewed on one of the talk radio shows I listen to all day. I noted that he was articulate, concise, bright, and what he said was conservative. I spent a long time trying to figure out how someone like this managed to get elected as governor by the same state which elects Ted Kennedy over and over to the Senate. I am still trying to figure that out–it defies logic, and I am one who is used to thinking outside the box.
As the primary election got closer, I started to pay close attention, being a political animal. One by one, I eliminated candidates on the Republican roster for one reason or many. I spent the last month literally agonizing, on the fence between Romney & Thompson. But, each time I heard Mitt Romney speak, I was more impressed. He exudes character. He responds to his detractors, who have been fairly snide in their various attacks, innuendos & accusations, with respect and humility. I note that his sons, who seem to really love and respect their dad, are active in the campaign. As a mom, that is significant to me–I see several other Republican candidates who have adult children who are largely missing from the picture. One of Romney’s strengths is that when he talks about family values, you can see right before your eyes what kind of family values he means. His family exemplifies it perfectly.
I am a conservative, evangelical Christian. I want the most conservative candidate, and faith is equally important as conservative philosophy in a candidate to me. I will honestly admit that I was concerned about the Mormon issue– there are many pre-conceived notions of the doctrines of that church in evangelical circles. I watched the Faith speech several times, and I was very glad that Romney gave it. My sense was that he is as sincere in his faith as I am in mine. I started to consider that this country was founded by people who were fleeing religious persecution; it is a profound irony and tragic to me if this wonderfully accomplished man is disregarded by some Christians because they disapprove of the church he attends.
As for me and my house, we will vote for Mitt Romney. I believe he will be good for America.

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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