Mr. Romney first came to the national stage as the turnaround man for the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. His deft handling of the bribery mess and deficit is a case study in successful management. He served as governor of Massachusetts for one term, ending in 2006. There, he worked with the Legislature to enact a law that required every citizen of the state to have health insurance, and provided state aid for those who couldn’t afford it. As president, he said he would push states to enact their own health care solutions. He would aggressively pursue alternative energy and energy efficiency. He supports merit pay for teachers and more educational choices for parents and children, ideas that deserve furtherance in Washington. The next president will need to transcend the stunting polarities that bedevil Washington. As the Republican leader of a Democratic state, Mr. Romney had to reach across partisan boundaries. Mr. Romney’s father, George Romney, served as governor of Michigan in the 1960s, a tie that strengthens his understanding of Michigan. He knows that this state’s job losses and struggle to find a new economic footing are the “canary in the mine,” as he rightly put it, for the nation as a whole.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney certainly has the credentials to run the country. He is a former Massachusetts governor who turned that state’s economy around and proved to be a more than able leader.
His ties to Michigan and Oakland County are obvious.
He is a former Bloomfield Hills resident who attended Cranbrook Schools from 1959 until his graduation in 1965. There were hints of an interest in politics, apart from his father’s political career, even back then. The younger Romney, at Cranbrook, was part of a select group that participated in a world affairs seminar focusing on global issues.
Romney is the first candidate for president with Michigan ties since the late Gerald Ford.
If elected, he would be the country’s only Michigan-born president.
His interest in Michigan has been strong, probably stronger than any other GOP candidate….
But there’s no doubt whom state Republicans should vote for – Mitt Romney.
Newspaper endorsements aren’t what they used to be, but these papers serve very Republican areas and make pointed arguments for Romney, strengthening his position with GOP voters. Independents and Democrats can vote in Tuesday’s contest, but the exit polls will tell us whether Michigan’s Republicans favored Romney, McCain or Huckabee.