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Election 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop at the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis., Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Real change. If I had to boil down my reason for supporting Mitt Romney to only two words, those would be the two.

I truly believe the election this Tuesday is about more than just the next four years — it’s about the next generation and the future we want to build for them.

We already know that the path our country is on isn’t the right one.

This past Friday, we saw unemployment tick up to 7.9 percent, higher than when President Obama came into office and far above the level we were promised the stimulus plan would deliver. Today, nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty, and the number of people on food stamps has hit record highs.

We simply can’t afford another four years like the last four years.

Fortunately, elections offer us the opportunity to choose a new leader and, with him, a new path. Governor Romney knows what it takes to effect real change – I’ve seen him do it before.

I served as Gov. Romney’s lieutenant governor when he led Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. When we came into office in the midst of a recession, Massachusetts was losing jobs, and the state faced a projected $3 billion budget deficit. Romney recognized the importance of bringing people together to address those challenges, so he made a concerted effort to work with the state legislature, which was 87 percent Democratic. By the time we left office, tens of thousands of new jobs had been created and unemployment had fallen below 5 percent. Massachusetts schools were the best in the nation.

Romney applied the same problem-solving skills to turn around the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and to launch companies like Staples and The Sports Authority that today employ hundreds of thousands of people all across the country. And when he is elected president, Mitt Romney will get to work on November 7 with the same commitment to problem solving and the same focus on job creation and economic growth that made him successful in both public service and in the private sector.

Real change will begin on day one of a Romney presidency.

I believe his economic plan will create 12 million jobs and jumpstart growth by championing small business, reining in government spending, pursuing energy independence, making trade work for America and ensuring every American has the skills to succeed. He will bring manufacturing jobs back to our shores, reform the tax code, get our country on the path to a balanced budget and ensure the 21st century is an American Century that ensures peace through strength.

The American people are what make our nation great, and we need a leader who believes in us and who will empower us to succeed and thrive. After all, our nation has always been one to strive for greater things – never to settle.

The choice this election is between four more years of the status quo and the promise of four more years that will be better than the last.

I know Mitt Romney, and I know that he is uniquely qualified to help lift our nation up during these tough times. He has the experience and the plan to deliver the real recovery our country has been waiting for.

In short, a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for real change – change that will get America back on track fiscally and preserve the American Dream for future generations.

We need Mitt Romney’s leadership to put America on the path to renewed prosperity and to restore the United States’ leadership in the world.

That’s why Mitt Romney has my vote.

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  • Travis

    Which Romney are you writing about? The severely conservative, the moderate or the progressive romney? Deserves a serious answer because he’s had positions on all three sides. “Real Change” – to be defined after the election.

  • MrLongleg

    You can’t trust a guy who changes his opinion on core issues as often as he changes his shirts.

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  • http://everydayscholar.tumblr.com/ Adam Mandeville

    This essay contains the same empty aphorisms that the Romney campaign has been using the entire campaign season. What does it mean to “champion small business”? How is he going to “rein in government spending” when his party has signed No Tax pledges or when he equivocates on how the tax code would be reformed or when he doesn’t even release his own tax returns? At least when Obama promotes energy independence, I know that he is funding green energy and increasing fuel efficiency standards, not destroying our environment with careless drilling. “Real Change” is just another empty phrase. If I were to choose two words for supporting Obama, I would picks words that represent policy decisions, such as “Gay Rights” or “Foreign Diplomacy.”

  • B. R. Fly

    A mealey-mouthed affirmation at best. This looks like a re-hashed Fox News talking points bulletin.

    Who exactly are you supporting when you say you support Mitt Romney? Who is he? There is only ONE issue that Romney has not flip-flopped and etch-a-sketched his way around in the last 10 years- THE DESIRE TO MAKE HIMSELF RICH. Everything else that matters, everything else that speaks to character and decency, everything else that would have an impact on public policy, he has ‘changed his mind’ on.

    Mind you, it’s not even an honest change, where he gets up and says, “I used to think this, now, based on this I think something else,”, No. It’s all lies and obfuscation and slight of hand. He says what he thinks the current crowd wants to hear, and everything that comes out of his mouth is designed with one thing in mind, the advancement of Mitt Romney. His lies would be a symptom of mental illness in someone who is not as wealthy as Romney is, and were he an employee of mine caught in so many lies, I would dismiss him for having no personal integrity.

    “I know Mitt Romney” says the author.

    Which one I ask?? How can he lead when he has no personal integrity? Where are we headed as a nation when a man like Romney, a known liar and a tax cheat, can rise so high? He was a dismal failure as a governor and people think he’s ready for the Oval Office? Not.

  • M W

    Why do you claim the stimulus plan didn’t deliver? Do you know better than the majority of economists?

    Wall Street Journal: 70 percent of economists surveyed said stimulus helped. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703625304575115674057260664.html)
    ABC News: Most on panel of economists “think the economy would be worse” without the stimulus. (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/economic-stimulus-minus-grade/story?id=9867659)
    USA Today: Surveyed economists said “stimulus package saved jobs.” (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/economy/2010-01-25-usa-today-economic-survey-obama-stimulus_N.htm)

    You think Obama did nothing about unemployment? Do you realize how incredibly quickly unemployment was rising? (Graph for your convenience: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet?request_action=wh&graph_name=LN_cpsbref3) The economy was in freefall – Republicans drove it off the cliff. Obama is towing the wreckage back up, perhaps slower than we’d like but it’s happening. Now Republicans are perched atop the precipice, pointing downward and screaming, “Look! it’s not back up here yet! Clearly we’re the ones who should be in charge again!”

  • nonaligned

    thanks for the “news flash” WBUR. I’m glad you saw it fit to post Mitt Romney’s former Lt Governor’s insights on this election. It’s amazing how Mitt Romney’s friends are so unified–all of their specifics are perfectly in line with each others’. Such spontaneous unity is surely remarkable and worth reporting on. I can’t wait to read Karl Rove’s opinion. I’m sure it will be refreshing.

  • Human Decency

    Why are you so wrong? Just curious. Defense through strength angers extremists and results in counter-attacks like 9/11. Try love and understanding some time.

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