Well, times have changed. I guess joining the workforce will do that to a person. (And working in an industry so reliant upon the economy.) Not to mention just living in Manhattan has forced me to think about issues that were perhaps not so apparent to me before.
I think Hillary said it best when she declared at a rally, "There is so much at stake." During her famous first display of public emotion, she also said, "When we look at the array of problems we have and the potential for it really spinning out of control, this is really one of the most important elections America has ever faced." With my limited experience, I have to say I agree.
To top it off, the wide array of candidates leading the race fascinates me. We've got a woman. A bi-racial man. A Mormon. A Baptist. It's never been such a diverse crowd. With each primary and caucus result I learn something new about our country. Each moment in this crazy contest speaks volumes about who we are as a people.
So, after spending perhaps too many hours up at night researching, reading, thinking, watching, feeling, talking--it is with great excitement that I choose to support Mr. Mitt Romney for president in 2008.
I would be lying if I said my being Mormon doesn't influence my opinion of Mr. Romney. Still, I have done my best to not fall into what I call the "blind sheep" category. While my lifelong experience with Mormonism does give me more motivation to support Mr. Romney, it is mostly because it gives me more faith in the good character that he advertises on TV.
But what really gets me pumped about Romney is his record as a businessman, his stance on the issues, his experience fixing things, his ability to motivate and unite, and his optimism for America's future.
I predict that Mitt will win the Republican nomination, and Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic (though I'd much rather have Mr. Obama). The fighting will be fierce, but Mitt will come out on top as our new president. Right now Mitt is in the lead on the Republican side, but we still have a long way to go.
I just found out that New York's Republican party doesn't allow non-Republicans to vote in the primary. Why did I register undeclared? Why? I'm pretty upset about this.
So I figure that if I can't vote, then at least I can help Mitt out by getting the word out about him. To many out there I think he is still an enigma. So, if you've made it this far in my post, check out this opinion piece I found in the Times. If you're still undecided, vote Mitt! If you've got a candidate you feel passionately for, I'd love to hear your thoughts.