COMMENTARY | KEENE, N.H. -- Whom to choose?
It is a whirlwind for New Hampshire voters as politicians visit the state to entice Republicans and independents that they should challenge President Barack Obama in November. Candidates have put their thoughts out into the air, but who has grabbed my vote?
Each of the candidates has tried to promote himself as a true conservative, but that isn't what I am looking for. Unlike many other early primary states, independents can vote in this primary. As a moderate, I narrowed my field down to two candidates: former governors Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. However, only one of these candidates has proven that he is willing to stand by his word and has not changed his way to appease a group of voters.
Romney has been campaigning more like a salesman than an elected official. He has been willing to change his positions in order to brand himself more as a conservative. One example is his position on abortion. In 2002, according to his gubernatorial campaign site, he supported a woman's right to choose. However, in Saturday's ABC News/Yahoo/WMUR debate, he flat-out stated that he wanted Roe v. Wade to be overturned. It was a glaring change of position that makes it hard for a voter to believe who the real Romney is.
Sunday morning wasn't any better for Romney. During the NBC News/Facebook debate, Huntsman and Romney shared a verbal exchange over the former Utah governor's work as an ambassador under the current president. While Huntsman's response was extremely admirable and exactly what the moderate in me wanted to hear, Romney's response completely turned me away.
After Huntsman stated that he always puts the country first, Romney responded, "I think we serve our country first by standing for people who believe in conservative principles and doing everything in our power to promote an agenda that does not include President Obama's agenda." Huntsman's response was exactly what this election was about for most voters: "This nation is divided, [debate host] David [Gregory], because of attitudes like that. The American people are tired of the partisan division."
I am not looking for a president that is a hardcore "conservative." I am looking for a president that can do a better job than President Barack Obama. Huntsman has proven he will stand by his own values and will not change them to what he thinks are other people's values.
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