Yesterday, Mitt Romney officially entered the 2012 race. He has to be considered a front-runner to obtain the GOP nomination. I say not so fast. Let me start by saying I do think he is the Republicans best shot at being competitive in 2012. He is a very strong fiscal conservative who know about turning around a deficit into a surplus. I still believe that the budget and job creation will be the biggest issues that decide the nominations and ultimately the next President. As a Governor, he managed to fix the budget and create a system for job creation.
Of course, those who do not like Romney are focused on his Heath Care bill that he signed into law. This law included the dreaded mandate that conservatives are so opposed to. He has to be able to weather the initial firestorm that the Tea Party is ready to throw his way. I think this issue will go away. As time moves on it will become harder to focus on “Obamacare”. The focus of people will shift back to our budget deficit, debt ceiling, and unemployment. When the debate shifts back that way, Romney will stand out.
The issue I have with Romney is that will he stick around for the whole fight. During his last run, he didn’t run the greatest campaign as evident by how much money he went through. However, he was still right in the race only trailing McCain. He had made it through the drama of his flip-flops and was poised to take the nomination down the stretch, but he pulled out. I will always think had he stuck around he would have won the nomination. Plus, Palin would never have gotten the VP nomination, and the Republicans would have stood a better chance in the General Election. He didn’t stick around and the rest is history.
Let’s see if he is willing to stick around for the whole fight, or back away when things aren’t going exactly to plan. If he does, I think he has a great shot at winning the nomination. Who knows, maybe he would pick Herman Cain as his running mate!