Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Conservatives Will Survive with McCain!

I voted for Mitt Romney yesterday morning. Today, I see the delegate numbers for the three Republican candidates: John McCain with 613, Mitt Romney with 269, and Mike Huckabee with 190. In order to become the Republican nominee, the candidate must acquire 1,191. At this point, McCain is the clear front-runner.

Listening to the media and talk show hosts, like Rush Limbaugh, I felt that Mitt Romney is the true conservative choice. As a consequence of that thought, I felt a slight tinge of anger toward Mike Huckabee this morning for splitting the conservative vote with Mitt Romney, leaving John McCain with the moderate voters.

I now feel more secure that John McCain can represent my conservative views (at least a majority of them) if he is chosen as the Republican nominee. Other than the issues, his character is one of sincerity and honesty (as far as I can tell) and he is a true American Patriot.

According to Senator McCain, he is quite conservative. Below is a Table compares beliefs on some key issues according Senator McCain and Mitt Romney:

The Issue

John McCain

Mitt Romney

Health Care

Higher competition in insurance options and leverage innovation, and to reduce inflation in health care.

Reduce health care costs and slow “health care inflation.” 6 step plan including deregulation at the state level and redirecting funds from low-income health care to insurance at that level.

Social Security

Do not need to raise taxes, and some to personal accounts is okay, but something needs to change. He offers no hard theories on fixing the problem – just that he will offer a comprehensive bill when he is elected.

Privatization is not the solution – suggests option of voluntary personal retirement accounts. To fix the problem, he will not raise taxes, but put a surplus into personal accounts to earn a return instead of spending it.

Troop Withdrawal

No – the troops deserve honor and victory before they come (he admits past mistakes were made)


National Security

Top 3 objectives: defeat radical Islamist and extremists, break dependency on oil, and form a worldwide League of Democracies.

Top 3 objectives: unite America and our Allies around the world to achieve shared objectives (anti-terrorism, anti-genocide, etc.), strengthen America and rebuild our military, reinvigorate old relationships and maintain new ones and form Partnership for Prosperity and Progress.

Global Warming and Change

Believes that warming is related to human development, and will pursue a market-based cap and trade system to reduce gases and promote energy-efficiency.

Believes human development could have caused global warming, but does not need to wait around for consensus in order to react. Will promote innovation and technology change to reduce dependency on energy.

Illegal Immigration

Border should be secure, and government should aid in education of the immigration population (English, skills for young workers, assimilation, etc.), but he does say that spending is not the answer.

Illegal immigration not a source of strength – secure borders, implement document control, not aid those who are currently here illegally, and opposes current immigration bill (Bush’s).


Make Bush tax cut permanent, repeal AMT.

Make the Bush tax cuts permanent.

Roe v. Wade

Should be overturned – much more adamant than Romney on this.

Should be overturned, and each state impose its own abortion limitations.

Stem Cell Research

Strongly opposes it.

Supports it.

The Table shows that the only two categories where Senator McCain swerves away from the conservative viewpoint is on immigration and global warming (with cap measures). Immigration is important, but economic views on taxes, troop withdrawal, and national security, where he is quite conservative, are also key points.

One can't have it all..... I still believe that Governor Romney is the strongest conservative candidate (e.g. national security and building American militaries) but will survive with John McCain, however, I still plan to emigrate to Germany if Hillary Clinton is elected President!

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