I have been heavily engaged in observing and commenting on the first in the nation presidential caucus. Last night, about 120K Iowans went to schools, churches, community centers and even people's homes to discuss and then vote on those running for the office of President of the United States. My own caucus experience was outstanding and for the most part everyone seemed to get through the process without much stress. Iowa nice is a real thing, particularly on caucus night.
After observing the candidates for months and getting to talk to them individually, I chose to endorse Rick Santorum. I won't bother you with all the details of the decision, but I will say that Santorum is by far the most consistent conservative running. I do, however, want to share some of the process by which I came to my decision.
I had continually fielded questions about the weaknesses of the candidates and why we could not find Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan is dead, but his views, principles and ideals are not. They live in all of us who believed in what he believed in. Reagan meant what he said and said what he meant. He could communicate and he could get people to do things they would not otherwise do. That is a leader.
For those who do not remember, it took Reagan 16 years to obtain the republican nomination for president. His best and most compelling speech is arguably the one he gave in October of 1964--A Time for Choosing. That speech is also as compelling and relevant today as it was nearly 50 years ago. Bold colors, stark contrasts--that's what he said needed to be done by republicans to make sure the American people had a clear choice. His words were as much about preserving the exceptionality of America as it was about the Goldwater campaign.
After spending a lot of time with Rick Santorum, I see a lot of Ronald Reagan in him. Once people get to know him a little better, they will all come to the same conclusion I did--this man needs to be the next president of the United States.
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