Listening to Mitt Romney, it’s apparent what he values. Even before America learned about the murder of the American ambassador in Libya, Romney rightly condemned the apology-first policy of the American embassy in Cairo. Further, in the face of withering press criticism, he bravely and rightly reiterated his critique of the administration’s botched response after we learned the tragic news of the Al-Qaeda orchestrated murder of Chris Stevens and his former Navy SEAL bodyguards. Perhaps President Obama only cares about Navy SEALs when they advance a campaign talking point.
Domestically, Romney is equally on point and more relevant than the president. Campaigning in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio, Romney is speaking substantively and compellingly about fixing our stagnated economy, growing jobs, boosting America’s domestic energy supply, and restoring a sense of confidence about the country’s future.
Thus despite the tremendous political advantages normally associated with Oval Office incumbency, misplaced priorities and self-inflicted wounds cast grave doubts on the President’s electoral fortunes. Gallup and Rasmussen polls, which show the race in a dead heat, portend a fight-to-the finish race, circa 2000.
Many unknowns will determine the election’s outcome, but the contestants’ priorities reveal everything Americans need to know. Barack Obama offers more celebrity-studded schmoozing masquerading as governing, while Mitt Romney offers the maturity of a proven leader who understands that speaking alone accomplishes nothing. To borrow from Abraham Lincoln, a president who spoke sparingly while saving our Union, when the horse you’re on leads you astray midstream, you get a new horse.