By: Julie Moorhead ’14
The Republican Primary elections seem more like a battleground now that the race has only four candidates. If you ask me, there isn’t a better combination of characters to add comedy and drama to the elections season as it continues to raid the political airwaves. Newt Gingrich is the loud, rash and controversial candidate that shows no fear when criticizing his fellow competitors. Mitt Romney is the wealthy, subdued front runner whose words always seem so plastic. Rick Santorum seems to be the good-old fashioned Christian man who seems to be the voice of reason within the party. And Ron Paul is just sitting in his own corner shooting down any claim that goes against the constitution. I wouldn’t be afraid to say that this is one of the most colorful groups of republican primary candidates that I have seen.
Romney is well ahead of the competition after his comeback win in the Florida primary on January 31st, and he believes it. After the announcement that he had won the primary, Romney proceeded to speak like he had already won the nomination. “I stand ready to lead this party and to lead our nation,” he said, adding that his leadership, “will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity.” If you were to ask me to pick a name out of the diverse group of personalities that would be best for the nomination, I would pick Romney, simply because he is the one who seems the most electable. I wish I could really pick out bits of each candidates view and personality, like Ron Paul’s ability to stand his ground, or Rick Santorum’s level- headedness, but you can’t have everything in life, can you? And that includes a perfect presidential candidate.
I think all of us, democrats and republicans alike, can agree that our country is in a rut right now. Our national debt is at its highest, and our job rate seems to be at a plateau. It is obvious that we need a change and that change needs to come in November of this year. I am afraid that the lack of enthusiasm for any of the four candidates still in the primary may cause this country to return to where it was four years ago, when President Obama first took office. It is still early in the primary, and things could turn very quickly in terms of the front-runner. As long as the candidate who is chosen is strong enough to turn this country around, I am okay with whatever may happen with the nomination.
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