BY BRETT TALLEY
Presidential Preview: Your Picks for 2008
In the last month, a host of politicians have joined the presidential race for 2008. The Record asked students to explain which candidate they’re most excited about; in the coming weeks, we’ll be running columns in support of all the major candidates. Don’t see your favorite candidate represented? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and make your opinion heard.
As the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has positioned himself as a top-tier presidential candidate for the Republican nomination. He brings an impressive résumé to the campaign trail, having extensive leadership experience and a lengthy record of accomplishments as an elected official and in the private sector.
As Governor, Romney closed a $3 billion budget gap he inherited upon first taking office. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney’s economic initiatives led to a period of economic growth and he balanced the budget during each year of his administration. As a fiscal conservative, Romney believes elected officials should be better stewards of taxpayer dollars and the best way to grow the economy is to allow the American people to control the money they earn. Romney sees simplifying the tax code as a means to grow the economy and enhance our competitiveness. Equally important is the need to stop the federal government’s penchant for borrowing, which he views as a burden on our economy, our currency, our foreign policy, and our future.
On the domestic policy front, one of Governor Romney’s signature achievements was signing into law a market-based health care reform that ensures every Massachusetts citizen will have health insurance, without a government takeover and without raising taxes.
On education, Romney believes the emergence of China and Asia on the world stage provides America with an opportunity to act boldly to reform our education system. In order to rise to the challenges of the global economy of the future, Romney champions education reforms that encourage math and science instruction, intervention programs for failing schools and merit pay. On family values, Romney believes in the sanctity of life and has worked tirelessly to protect the institution of marriage from activist judges in his state.
On foreign policy, Romney stresses the need to defeat the radical faction of Islamic jihadists through a strategy that integrates American resolve, international effort, and the rejection of violence by moderate, mainstream Muslims. Romney believes a successful outcome can only be achieved by exerting our diplomatic and military power to support modern Muslim nations that support trade, human rights and secular education.
Prior to his service as governor, Romney was well-known for his role in saving the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. With the Olympics facing a bribery scandal and major budget shortfall, Romney stepped in as President and CEO. In three years, Romney erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, galvanized community spirit and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11th attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in our country’s history. Before the Olympics, Romney enjoyed a successful career as CEO of Bain & Company, Inc., a leading management consulting firm, and also founded Bain Capital, one of the nation’s most successful venture capital and investment companies.
Governor Romney received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Brett Talley, 3L is president of the Harvard Law Republicans.