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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

msevigny Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 12:21 PM
If republicans want to have a future we have to get down to the basics "Conservative Fiscal Policy" and we need to reach out to young people, explain the difrances and we will win the argument. This past election I was fotunate to be in contact with several 20 somethings and explained what being a fiscal conservative was about as well as state rights and foriegn affairs and the importance of Isreal and they all voted for Romney...if every registred republican would set a goal of trying to reach 5 people in the next couple of years our part will grow and win!!!

Editor's note: A version of this piece first appeared at USAToday.com.

Dear Mitt,

I have awakened on November 7 to learn that your bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. In the midst of the disappointment that I share with you, I want to thank you for devoting years of your life to the wearisome task of running for president. Millions of Americans are grateful to you.

You have been one of my heroes for the past 48 years. I still recall vividly the valiant cross country race you ran at our Cranbrook Homecoming in October of 1964—a race...