By Logan Barker
With the US Presidential election nearing, I thought I would give you a brief overview of some of the GOP forerunners. Here is a bio of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. In this article, I also mention which candidate I favor in the election. Enjoy…
Religious Views: Romney is of Mormon beliefs
Abortion: A Romney spokesman recently described him as “firmly pro-life” however in June of last year he absolutely would not sign an anti-abortion pledge put out by the Susan B. Anthony List. He said he could not in “good conscience” sign it.
Marriage: Romney is for the nationally accepted definition of marriage, and can be quoted saying, “I believe we should have a federal amendment in the Constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman because I believe the ideal place to raise a child is in a home with a mom and a dad.”
Health Care: Romney is moving to repeal Obama Care. He stated that on his first day in office he will issue waivers to all states giving them the opportunity to opt out of the health care bill if they see fit to do so.
The Economy: Mitt Romney has a “cut, cap, and balance” take on the economy, which will curb federal deficit spending
Overview: Overall Mitt is playing the moderate field so as to reach a larger group which has been the tactic of most successful elected Presidents; however this is undesirable for those that seek confidence in a presidential candidates view. Not extremism but at least a definite statement of belief.
Religious Views: Newt’s current religion is Roman Catholicism however in the past he has claimed Lutheranism and Southern Baptist outlooks.
Abortion: Gingrich is anti-abortion and has signed an anti-abortion pledge. He voted for a bill that would have overridden a presidential veto of a procedure called “partial birth” abortion.
Marriage: Gingrich has expressed that he favors the traditional marriage views, being described as a man with a woman. He voted against making this law though, and has stated that he would rather make an amendment to the constitution involving the subject.
Health care: Gingrich has said that he would like to, “repeal and replace (the Democratic health care reform bill) with a pro-jobs, pro-responsibility health plan that puts doctors and patients in charge of health decisions instead of bureaucrats.” Which I personally favor.
The economy: Newt is in opposition with a lot of the administration’s current viewpoints, and he feels strongly that his ideas will push the U.S forward.
Overview: I see Newt Gingrich as a dynamic person rather than a static one. He’s very changing. Whether this is a positive for the nation or not is up to you. I see him as having very strong viewpoints and some which I personally favor. But as far the election goes he will have to rise to the plate, more so than he has already, to take the overall prize.
Abortion: Rick Santorum is completely against abortion. He wants to see it become inaccessible. He even believes the same for women who have become pregnant because of incest and rape, and he explained this rather well in my opinion. He said, “That child did nothing wrong. That child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of conception. And it is a human life.”
Marriage: Santorum believes in traditional marriage views. He believes much like Newt Gingrich and has voted on a lot of the same things favoring this principle. He has actually signed a pledge saying that he will uphold these marital views. Rick Santorum also voted in favor of the same constitutional amendment that newt Gingrich voted in favor of.
Health Care: Rick Santorum is judgmental of the Massachusetts health care bill, and has stated that he feels that a strong conservative is needed not someone that listens to governmental mandates.
The economy: Santorum believes in a system against raising taxes in this crippled economy, and he has stated that he would seek to reduce the corporate tax rate to zero.
Overview: Rick Santorum is by far my favorite candidate. I know that I am being opinionated, but as far as the views this country needs right now, he hits the nail directly on the head. The only thing I might call him on is perhaps his health care views, I favor Gingrich’s views, however his ideas are still innovative and unique and could be a complete game changer as far as The United States of America is concerned.