Sen. Jim DeMint

As a conservative Republican fighting for changes in the United States Senate, I could not agree more. Our federal government has gotten too big and we need to do something about it ... now. Our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could see how corrupt the "favor factory" also known as the United States Congress has become.

Too often, I have seen career politicians who have spent their lives in government turn to government to fix the very problems that government has created. This makes no sense. Mr. Romney has spent most of his life outside of government. His background is in business, where he helped to start and manage national and international companies.

Mr. Romney has proven time and again that he can get the job done. When the nation needed Mr. Romney to save the failing and bankrupt 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, he stepped in and took over. Mr. Romney served for over three years with no salary and his leadership resulted in one of the most successful Olympics in history.

Now more than ever, we need a President who will welcome new ideas and know when to take charge — someone who will call on America's strengths and provide leadership for the new generation of challenges we face.

I believe that the 2008 presidential election represents a time of great decision for America. Will we fall for Sen. Hillary Clinton's slick socialism sales pitch and watch our country follow the same path of decline we have seen in Europe? Or will we choose to reaffirm the commonsense values of freedom and enterprise that have made America unique in the world? Mr. Romney will call on America's strength and character to solve problems and secure our future. He will restore America's leadership at home and around the world.

Mr. Romney believes, as I do, that there is not a single challenge America faces that we can't overcome. But to get there, Republicans must first make changes in "our own house," because change must begin with us.