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Schenck leads anti-abortion activists in prayer at a news conference about their reaction to the killing of Tiller, at the Supreme Court in Washington

It’s funny how small the world is.  This morning, a blog post from the Rev. Rob Schenck–a conservative evangelical whose ministry to Capitol Hill I believe my mother-in-law has supported for years–popped onto my screen.  It’s well said:

That’s a question I’m asked a lot these days. I presume it’s because most of the people that ask find him an appealing presidential candidate, but they also worry about his being a Mormon.

I’ll give a quick answer—then elaborate.

I think a lot of Mitt Romney. I definitely find him a very appealing candidate—and I don’t worry a bit about him being Mormon.

These are not simply gut reactions. I have good and well-developed reasons for both positions. If you care to know more, read on:

First, I traveled with the 2008 Romney presidential campaign. (As I did with other candidates.) Seeing the Romney operation up close, I was more than impressed. It was the best-run political machine, period. I saw the Obama operation up close. I saw Huckabee. I saw McCain. Nothing came close to Romney’s. The professionalism, discipline, organization, and quality of people that surrounded Romney were simply superb.

Second, I saw the Romneys themselves up close and personal. I saw them behind the scenes—even had a glimpse at their private family life. They are a big, loving, utterly devoted family. They struggle with everything any other family struggles with, but they are completely committed to one another. As an evangelical, I’ll admit it—we have a lot to learn about family life from our Mormon friends!…

There is a final reason I find Mitt Romney appealing, notwithstanding the brouhaha over his healthcare initiative in Massachusetts while he was governor there. It seems Mitt Romney is a man for our times. He is first of all a deeply moral man, committed to his (one and only) wife of 42 years, devoted to his five sons and to his multitudinous grandkids! As far as I observed, he meets and exceeds what are commonly deemed to be Christian virtues. He is also very self-disciplined. And—here’s the big one—he’s kind of neither a “conservative,” nor a “liberal.” He’s a fiscal disciplinarian—what I personally think the country needs, right now.  (Not to mention an enormously successful business developer and owner.)Oh, I’ve grilled him face-to-face on the sanctity of life and marriage, and he passes those tests with me, but let’s face it, this isn’t yesterday, it’s today. Young voters—Tea Party members—and so many others aren’t defining themselves politically like they used to. Whoever the 2012 candidates are, they’re going to have to appeal across the partisan divides or they won’t win. I’m convinced that Mitt Romney will be one that can make that reach.

This is not an endorsement of Mitt Romney for president. It’s simply an explanation of why I think that wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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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4 Responses to So What Do You Think of Romney?

  1. Susan says:

    I been waiting for someone to recognize Mitt Romney truthfully. It was refreshing to read this pastor’s comments because they were first hand and not slanted by word of mouth spin. Thank you for posting this!

  2. Nate says:

    There are many great candidates running for the republicans. None of them is perfect. Mitt Romney has more of what we need more than ever than any of the rest of the field. There are things to question about his record. There are concerns that will need to be addresses by many voters, but in the end I believe he will win the nomination and the majority will gel around him just like we had to do around McCain last election. The difference, however, is I believe Romney will defeat President Obama and he will be a huge success as president in the eyes of most conservatives. I can’ t imagine him spending like George W did. I don ‘t think he will waiver on social issues or national defense.
    If I am wrong and T-Paw or Palin or one of the others wins the nomination, I will jump in line and support them to the hilt. We can’t put up with 4 more years of Hope an d Change.

  3. gene hand says:

    Nate’s comments are very thoughtful and accurate.
    Like Mitt has said ” the next president needs to understand the business world. He fits !
    The pastor’s comments are uplifting and insightful .

  4. Stan says:

    Reverend Schenck and others have witnessed first hand what kind of man Mitt Romney is and unfortunately we can’t all have the previlege of having that one on one time with him but those who know Rev. Schenck will feel his conviction and understand what Mitt Romney is all about. Personally I believe Mitt Romney is enough of a fiscal and social conservative to get the nomination and acquire the support of the independents to defeat President Obama. Go Mitt!

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