Republicans Set Hopes on Romney

Dianna Albanese, Viewpoints Editor

Over 50,000 people, including the media, delegates and elected officials, gathered at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida from August 27th to the 30th for the 40th Republican National Convention.

Candidate Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, and running partner Paul Ryan, US Representative of Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, were in the spotlight as Ann Romney, Chris Christie, John McCain, Clint Eastwood, and many more spoke for the Republican party. Several admirable Republican figures chose not to attend the event, such as George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, and Dick Cheney. The convention theme was “A Better Future.” Each day of the convention had its own specific theme: Monday’s was “We Can Do Better,” Tuesday’s was “We Built It,” Wednesday’s was “We Can Change It,” and Thursday’s was “We Believe in America.”

A primary concern of the convention was to put down claims that made Romney out to be an elitist and to enhance the image of his business career. Romney previously supported a woman’s right to decide, however is now opposed to abortion, unless it involves rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. Regarding Afghanistan, Romney believes that the decision to keep U.S. troops in this country should be in the hands of the military’s top influences, and that our country should not make commitments this large in the future.

Cutting taxes, national catastrophic funds, and economic stimulus packages summarize his plans for the budget issues in America. Romney is against the labor bill known as the Employee Free Choice Act, suggests a cut in corporate taxes, and encourages trade and commerce with Asian countries. He believes these ideas will strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the lives of Americans.

The presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012. Who will you choose?