The United States of America is preparing for general elections this year. In the United States, there are two major political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. In this year’s general elections, both the Democratic Party and Republican Party dominate the political arena as it has always been since time immemorial. The Republican Party has attracted quite a number of candidates in the presidential race. Currently, there are four candidates, who are looking forward to win the party’s nomination for the Republican Presidential candidate. They are Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gongrich, and Ron Paul (2012 Republican Candidates 1).
Mitt Romney is the populous candidate of all. In the recently held primaries in the Puerto Rico (on March 18, 2012), Romney managed to gather four-fifths of the votes. His victory at Puerto Rico was his 19th win in the Republican Presidential nominations undertaken so far (2012 Republican Candidates 2). Romney is a good candidate based on his performance record as the Governor of Massachusetts since 2003. When he was elected the Governor of Massachusetts in 2003, he was faced with a big fiscal deficit in his county. Romney performed exceptionally well in reducing the deficit. He introduced cost cutting measures in his state by cutting down on expenditures (Fitzgibbons 1). He also introduced new methods of raising revenue to the county government. He introduced 33 new fees, raising the total number of fees in the county to around 80. Even though some individuals criticized Romney’s approach to cutting down the deficit, his approach performed exceptionally well by the end of the year 2003. The state of Massachusetts was able to raise US$501 in new income, the highest that was recorded that year (Fitzgibbons 1).
During his term as the Governor of Massachusetts, Massachusetts was able to operate under substantial amounts of surplus income. This explains why he is so populous among the voters than other Republican candidates are. In addition, Romney does not entertain the tax increase subject in his presidential campaigns. He is opposed to the idea of increasing tax as a way of increasing government revenue in order to meet the increased government spending. In many of his campaigns, Romney constantly states that the problem with the United States is not that the revenues are limited, but is that there is a lot of overspending. He says that if elected as the president of the United States, he would ensure that the national budget is always balanced. That is, the available revenues meet the required expenditures. He says that he would achieve this without placing a heavy burden to the taxpayers.
Romney seems to making a lot of sense in his campaign. It is true that a balance in the national budget can be achieved without placing huge financial burden to the taxpayers. Americans are already remitting substantial amounts of taxes to the federal government, but they are yet to receive value for their money from the public services offered by the government. If Romney can be able to employ the same tactics, which he employed in Massachusetts in 2003 effectively, then the American economy can achieve much more than what it has achieved to date. Among other achievement, which has made Romney populous include reduction of unemployment in Massachusetts from 5.6 to 4.7 percent, and increased medical coverage of Massachusetts’ residents by 98.1 percent by the year 2010, compared to a national coverage of 83.3 percent (Fitzgibbons 4). If the Republican Party was to win the November 2012 elections, then Mitt Romney is best suited for the position of the president of the United States.
Rick Santorum is the second populous Republican candidate in the presidential race (2012 Republican Candidates 3). Santorum’s campaign speeches mainly concentrate on criticizing the campaign promises of his colleague, Mitt Romney. In many occasions, Santorum has criticized that Romney keeps on talking about the Obama medical care program (Burns 2). He tells voters that Romney is likely to repeal the Obama health care program. Based on this, since he is opposed to the Obama’s care program, Santorum is continuously discouraging delegates from voting for Romney during the primaries. However, this does not seem to work because in almost all primaries, Romney has managed to defeat Santorum.
It would have been better if Santorum had developed original campaign promises, as opposed to taking the promises of other candidates, looking at their weakness and negative sides, and then using these in his campaigns. He should look at what the Americans need and what need to be changed, and then make his offer to the American. Santorum should leave it to the American to analyze the offers made by the candidates and make their choices depending on their analysis. By constantly referring to the weak points of the campaign promises made by other candidates, it does not make Santorum any better than his opponents. In fact, it is a sign that he actually has nothing to offer to the Americans.
For Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, I think they should leave the platform to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. This is because they are not populous among the delegates as well as the voters. If they were, they would not be having very few number of pledged delegates compared to the two main candidates. This implies that the number of pledged delegates should be equally distributed. The reason for their little popularity is probably that they do not have performance records that the American can easily recognize.