As I noted last week, I've been officially "undecided" about who I'm supporting in the Republican presidential primary for a few weeks.
I originally wanted Mitch Daniels to run, but he didn't. Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Jim DeMint, John Thune, and Mike Pence also all declined to toss any headgear into a circular hoop. I liked Tim Pawlenty, but he melted away after the Ames Straw Poll. I met Governor Perry at the RedState Gathering and was very impressed, but he's hit some road bumps during the past few months, and as anyone who's read this blog for awhile knows, I took a two month ride on the Cain Train.
So, after the roller coaster that we've all been on this year, I thought it was wise to reevaluate the candidates. I'm starting from scratch.
(Note to the Ron Paullowers: The only candidate I'm not willing to support is Ron Paul, because I am just never, ever going to agree with his foreign policy positions. Trying to change my mind is a complete waste of time.)
I've been reaching out to friends working on different campaigns and people I respect to hear why they support specific candidates, but I also want to hear from you. Post in the comments who you're supporting and why. Lobby for your candidate. I'm open minded. You never know, you might actually give me the article or argument that sways my mind.
A few notes:
- Give me facts and details, not gossip and insults. Posting links to back up your arguments will be greatly appreciated.
- I'm pro-life, pro-Israel, a strict constructionist, and think the federal government meddles in way too much stuff that the states should handle. I support our military, think the UN is a corrupt and useless waste of money, and want our country to have a strong and clear foreign policy. I support gun rights. I think we need to throw the current tax code in a chipper shredder and start over. Make arguments that appeal to me on these issues.
- I'm a big believer in supporting the "most conservative candidate who is electable." The polls have been all over the place, and I'm not convinced that we're really down to a two-man race, but there's a point where reality does have to kick in.
- Yes, I'm aware that Gingrich has been married three times. Talk about something else.
- Yes, I've heard of Romneycare. I'm also of the opinion that, contrary to the opinions voiced elsewhere in the blogosphere, Mitt Romney is not the devil and will not singlehandedly destroy the entire Republican party if he gets the nomination.
- Cain supporters are not a monolithic group and are not all going in the same direction. I'm a free agent and under no obligation to support a candidate just because someone else is.
- Endorsements from other politicians I haven't met doesn't help me. I know what an endorsement means in Florida because I know these people but a list of New Hampshire state representatives or South Carolina tea partiers or Iowa ministers is completely useless to me.
So, here I am...
...an undecided voter who (1) will definitely vote in Florida's primary next month, and (2) has a solid audience of conservative voters around the state.
Come get me. Make your argument.