It's been a rough week for Mitt Romney. The Republican presidential candidate has seen his poll numbers sag and been hit by campaign gaffes like the leaked "47 per cent" remark.
Did the GOP pick the wrong candidate or shall this too pass? Two Republicans make the case.
This is part of our U.S. Election 2012: Canadians in America series – expats talking about life and politics south of the border.
The case for Romney
Carla Swanson, from Saskatoon, lives and works in Big Lake, Minn.:
Americans need a president who knows how to rebuild the economy.
That's a job Mitt Romney understands. He knows how to take a failing business and turn it around. Right now, America is like a failing business. The debt is increasing at a crippling rate as most Americans watch their personal wealth decreasing. The job market remains anemic, and we have a record number of Americans on food stamps.
Does Mitt Romney care enough about people? Most Americans don't want the government to provide for them. They want to be able to provide for themselves through a successful business or a good-paying job. A thriving economy with plenty of jobs will do more to alleviate poverty than any government program ever could. Getting Americans back to work, relieving the nation's debt, and restoring home values is the kindest thing any President could do for the people of the United States right now.
Regarding foreign affairs and national security, Mr. Romney believes in peace through strength. We have seen America's influence in the world fade during the past four years, and the consequences of that. Our enemies don't care how nice we are; they care how powerful we are, and they are always on the lookout for any signs of weakness.
Mitt Romney is an excellent choice as the Republican presidential candidate because he knows how to fix the economy, and because he understands America's place in the world.
The case against Obama
Meredith Miller, from Toronto, now lives in Pittsburgh, Penn., and works in communications for a health-focused non-profit.
Whether or not Mitt Romney is the strongest candidate for the Republican Party shouldn't be the focus right now. What people should be considering is who is the right candidate to lead the country for the next four years?
The fact of the matter is, President Obama has not succeeded in turning this country around during his time in office. When referencing the economy and TARP in February 2009, the president said: "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."
During his first term in office:
- The President has added $5-trillion in new (national) debt. More than George W. Bush added during his eight years in office.
- He passed an $862-billion stimulus that has failed to keep the unemployment rate from rising above 8 per cent, as it was intended to.
- He pledged to cut the deficit in half during his first term in office, which has not happened.
- 18 million more Americans are now receiving food stamps since he took office.
Elections are a time when the country assesses whether the current President has improved the overall state of the nation, and has delivered on their campaign promises.
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what change a Romney/Ryan White House would bring, and holding them accountable four years down the road should they be elected. Is Mitt Romney the best candidate for the GOP? Who knows. Do his proposed plans hold the key to putting this country back on track? There's only one way to find out.