As things stand, reading into the small print, it seems like that Romney will eclipse others in the frenetic race for the Presidential Republican nomination.
He does appear to have had higher standing and more political experience than the others. Having stood as 70th governor of Massachusetts, 2003-7. He has also governed Michegan so has lots of leadership expertise in view of the average US citizen. High accolades from leading univ Harvard, leading to big jobs in management consultancy, and having been on the steering committee for 2002 Winter Olympics, stand him in good stead and look good to put on his profile page. He has curiously enough a religious Mormon background, not being the only candidate to have religious affiliation. This maybe influenced him to try to clean up issues in troubled times, such as elimination of deficit in Massachusetts. Better health care concession plans, he would presumably claim, came as a direct result of his intervention?His politics tend to conservatism.
A major meritorious factor in his campaign is the fact he ran for the same Republican candidacy in 2008, winning a lot of support and primary seats, just losing out to J Mc Cain. Petitioning puts him in the hot line for the candidacy. At present he is favoured in Nevada. Florida shout for him, and so does a lot of the Mormon church. On Tuesday he won overall in Oiwa polls and wins in polls at present in Nevada.
Richard Santorum also has governing experience having led Pennysylvania until 2007, and is a maybe close runner to Romney. He is trained in business like Romney, being from a lower profile univ, Pennyslvania State Univ, and has an MBA from Pittsburgh Univ. He has been a lawyer, but having held such an influential role in a sometimes notorious profession, does not always attract support from the public. One claim to fame is his experience in House of Representatives. Santorium holds more strongly conservative views than Romney, being against gay marriage and birth control. Like Romney he states he wants to clean up things financially, having previously voted in US for tax cuts and hopefully better welfare. Help for disadvantaged kids has also been on his agenda in the past. Some people dislike his views on Iran, calling them ‘hawkish’. Until the last few months he was at bottom of candidate list in terms of attracting support. Then Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri started to back him. But how consistent is this? Can his ratings drop again, and he be overcome by Romney’s rise to the top? Although it is true he recently won Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota, and gained primary seat support in Alabama and Mississippi.
And then another reason why Romney appears to have higher ground is that some say Santorioum is fishy and has turned in past to dubious money franchises to get money. Some hate his strong anti gay stance. Saying he negates democracy as some people will. British policy as it goes now, promoting same sex marriage and angering more genuine church leaders, would sadly support his antagonists. Romney attacked him for moral statements against child abuse, for Santorium appeared to stigmatise Boston, going for just one area. Romney said he marginalised his critique; child abuse is not good, but is universal. This has been called scandalous talk by Santorium.
Third candidate in the race is Newton Gingrich. He has less political leadership experience and has been involved more in writing and political consultancy. Until 1979 he represented Georgia as a Congressional District leader, and served in House of Representatives until 1999. He has academic teaching experience. They say he ended democratic majority in House of Representatives and caused some welfare reform to come about. Budgets were balanced, with him there, they claim. He has resigned from Republicans in the 90s due to poor public opinion regarding the Republican stance.
As with Romney Gingrich states he is religious. Roman Catholic since 2009. He was raised Lutheran and practised as Baptist. Yet he has been divorced, twice, that being a situation in life ideally strict Christian church does not recommend. His present marriage dates from 2000. Overall he does not seem to mount a full challenge to the front runners, having had less political input in his past, at least in higher areas of political arena..
Final candidate is, ex Texas Representative and a man who has stood for President before three times. He criticises US and foreign policy; but will this stand him in good stead?
Paul has medical knowledge and experience and served in US Air Force until 1968. He has published many books. But will his age and lesser roles in politics get him the top role he desires? Unlikely.
It seems Romney will win going by output we read in the current polls.
But what results from his likely election is unclear. US is in a mess like Britain. Whoever wins, it is to be hoped they keep their word and exemplify and carry into practive better, more reliable parts of their policy. Or things will get even worse.