PRINCETON, New Jersey (Reuters) – As Republicans scramble to find a strong candidate for the 2012 U.S. presidential contest, a group of Iowa Republicans met with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday to urge him to enter the race, despite his stated disinterest.
Half a dozen businessmen from Iowa, which holds the vital first nominating contest in the U.S. presidential race in February, met with Christie for about 2 1/2 hours over dinner at the governor’s mansion to discuss entering the contest.
Democrats must be worried about President Obama’s re-election in 2012 because they are already demonizing every, single, Republican candidate who appears. And, they repeat the mantra that “there is no front-runner in the Republican party” and, “gosh, golly, gee, Obama is SUCH a likeable guy…..”.
Well, maybe Obama is a nice guy. But, you know what? There are a LOT of conservative politicians who are pretty likeable people, too. There are a lot of voters who like Mitt Romney……..apparently $10,000,000 worth in Vegas. Pawlenty is a conservative whom even the Democrats in Minnesota voted into office. Then, there’s the effervescent Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. The Republican party is well stocked with likeable people. And, if Chris Christie enters the race, that just adds to the glitter of the conservative candidates.
Personally, while I want to like my President even as I approve of his choices, likeability should not be the primary attribute of the President. Experience, character, strong moral values, AND an appreciation for all that America stands for and the ability to defend our country should be more important. I believe President Obama still lacks these qualities and is doing irreparable harm to our country and our children’s and grandchildren’s futures. I believe that we need to elect a President in 2012 who is a strong leader with high moral values.
However, if likeability is the main criteria, Republicans are well represented with Romney, Bachman, Pawlenty, Palin, Johnston, and maybe Chris Christie. With all these candidates, and Obama’s abysmal record, what’s not to like in the Republican roster?