Before the 2012 Presidential Campaign

I fully endorsed and supported Mitt Romney for president in 2012. He isn't perfect, by far. He was hardly my choice for the Republican Party nominee. However, he showed good judgment and leadership since receiving the nomination.

Key in my support is his choice of Paul Ryan for vice-president. Ryan is one of the most Reganesque leaders of the current political scene and has done arguably more than anyone else to present actual solutions for our budgetary problems. By choosing Ryan over a "safe," "centrist" (read: establishment-friendly) alternative, Romney showed willingness to listen to the Tea Party and to exercise his own judgment.

As for Romney himself, his experience and record made him a vastly superior candidate to Obama (which, admittedly, is rather easy to accomplish). He knows how to run a business. He has a record of creating jobs; Obama's record is of losing jobs.

That said, I tempered my endorsement by pointing out that I didn't have great expectations for Romney as a leader. I believed that Romney would sign anything a Republican-majority Congress gave him. If given a Tea-Party majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate (which didn't happen either), Romney would have walked the line.

After the 2012 Presidential Campaign

Romney's business and government positions required different skill sets than he would have used as President. For example, as a CEO, you may support outsourcing work to China if it helps reduce your costs. As a candidate for President, you certainly aren't going to support outsourcing to China. The Obama campaign exploited this fact, asking rhetorically, "Romney will be tough with China? Since when?"