I'm sure some of you are just waiting on pins and needles to discover who I think the best ticket for the Republican party will be in 2008.
Well wait no longer my friends...here it is:
Governor Mitt Romney of MA and Governor Mike Huckabee of AR!!!
I found a site with some info to fill you in on both candidates and their positives that I feel will assist in their run for the nomination and for the White House.Governor Willard Mitt Romney (R-MA)
Born March 12, 1947
Resides in Belmont, Massachusetts
Mitt Romney is one of the few Governors from either party actively testings the waters for a 2008 run. Romney managed to become the Republican Governor of Massachusetts thought opinion polls indicate the novelty is wearing off on the liberal electorate in that state. Romney has been extremely effective at fixing the budget and has amassed a self-made fortune in the private sector. Mitt is also a Mormon which has been the focus of most of the media attention on him.Political Career:
Governor of Massachusetts 2002-
United States Senate Candidate 1994Education:
B.A., Brigham Young
J.D. & M.B.A., Harvard UniversityPolitical Stances:Abortion-
Mitt is personally opposed to abortion but has been pro-choice as Governor. It seems like that's the stance of every office holder in Massachusetts. Romney is currently in a fight with the legislature over cloning legislation he opposes.Taxation & The Economy-
This category is where Mitt really shines. He took a $650 Million deficit and turned it into a $700 Million surplus. Even better, he did so without raising taxes or borrowing money. This is exactly what the country needs right now.
Mitt sits on the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He has shown foresight by raising the possibility of an emerging threat to America from Asia. There's no reason not to expect he would be a hawk.
Based on comments during his 1994 Senate campaign, he would lean more towards gun control.Gay Marriage-
Mitt has been an out-spoken opponent of the Massachusetts legislature's implementation of gay marriage.Social Security, Immigration and the Judiciary-
As a Governor he has not had much of an opportunity to comment on these issues. I suspect he'll let us know about them very soon.Assets in the Primary:
Mitt is a Governor, that gives him a leg-up on the Senators trying to run. Mitt's opposition to gay marriage in Massachusetts will help him immensely and may even make him a heroic figure to the Republican base, the lone conservative battling against the Democrats in John Kerry's home state.
Mitt does not appear to have any skeletons in his closet. He is likely to remind many people of Ronald Reagan with his easy-going attitude.Assets in the General Election:
If he wins the nomination he could be the first Republican in 20 years to take a "blue state."
The electorate will not be happy about the deficit in 2008 but they will be even more unhappy about the prospects of a tax hike. This could make a national version of Mitt's economic reform of Massachusetts a very appealing prospect.
Mitt has a very laid-back and pleasant manner. Odds are this will be a sharp contrast to the Democrat candidate who is usually unpleasant.Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
Born August 24, 1955
Resides in Little Rock, AR
Mike Huckabee is from Hope, Arkansas just like President Bill Clinton. However, Huckabee is in many ways the antithesis of Bill Clinton. Huckabee was a Baptist pastor before entering politics. He served as Lt. Gov. to a Democratic Governor who was forced out of office because of a felony conviction in the Whitewater scandal. Huckabee recently gained national attention for his common sense approach to dieting. He has even more opportunities for national exposure now that he has become Chairman of the National Governors Association.Political Career:
Governor of Arkansas 1996-
Lt. Governor of Arkansas 1993-1996Education:
Ouachita Baptist UniversityPolitical Stances:Healthcare-
One of Huckabee's first acts as Governor was to create a health insurance program for those who could not afford private health insurance but do not qualify for medicaid. Huckabee is also outspoken about the need to reform Medicaid.Education-
Huckabee's education program introduced the public school systems to the foreign concept of actually focusing on English and math skills.Social Issues-
While Huckabee is conservative on most social issues, he has demonstrated an ability to frame or deflect those issues in a manner that will not alienate moderate voters.Taxation & The Economy-
Huckabee credits President Bush's economic policies with helping to improve the economy in Arkansas.Assets in the Primary:
Huckabee is a great position to simply dominate the issue of healthcare among the Republican field. He'll also have the advantage on education. While some of the other candidates (Brownback especially) will have the upper-hand among social issue voters, Huckabee will be able to make a strong showing.
The other Republican Governors who will be running appear to be Pataki, Allen, and Romney. Huckabee has had the luxury of governing in a less hostile environment than Romney or Pataki and thus has accomplished more of his agenda. Allen was term limited to a mere four years as Governor while Huckabee will have had ten to accomplish his goals.Assets in the General Election:
Huckabee doesn't appear to have any skeletons in his closet.
He can campaign on a strong record as Governor of Arkansas. He could campaign on successes in the educational system and healthcare as major issues. In many ways, a Huckabee '08 campaign could end up being similar to Bush 2000.
Huckabee has an attitude that voters will respond well to. He's a friendly guy, picked up valuable communication skills as a pastor, and is fun (he headlines a band called The Capitol Offenses).