After coming up short in the Republican primary of 2008 and the presidential election in 2012, Mitt Romney is eyeing a third attempt at being elected to the office of the presidency. The former governor of Massachusetts admitted that he is once again making a run for president after declaring that the United States is worse off on both domestic and foreign fronts since President Obama took office seven years ago.
Romney lost all but one battleground state in the election and finished with a depressing 332-206 in the Electoral College. It could be attributed to the Republican’s kerfuffle of a primary, troubling grass-roots campaign, or simply one of the worst strategic campaigns in modern American politics. Nevertheless, he didn’t resonate with the people, especially the millennials and those on the fence with moderate political views. Even some Republicans stayed home on November 4th in disgust of yet another weak presidential candidate.
Disregarding his campaign’s faults, Mitt Romney wasn’t as wrong about America has the polls showed on Election Day in 2012. He was right on many areas of debate. He was particularly accurate in his analysis of U.S. foreign policy.
“He has been proven correct on a lot of issues, certainly domestic policy but (also) foreign policy,” said CNN contributor Jason Chaffetz on CNN this Sunday. He seemed like a visionary explaining the potential threats from Russia and other belligerents conspiring against the United States.
Romney stated in a debate against incumbent President Obama that Russia is our biggest geopolitical enemy. Some may believe that the golden age of Cold War espionage is over; however, Russia still remains a threat. For example, in the last three years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has increased his nationalistic stance and has attempted to rebuild the old Soviet Empire.
The current turmoil in Eastern Europe has proven that Moscow’s belligerence and non-compliance with U.N. and U.S. rhetoric is on the rise with Russian troops occupying the border near Ukraine and Russian aircraft interfering with NATO operations in the area.
Putin’s increasing actions of forced nationalism represent Russia’s weakened regime and state of affairs. However, the current administration, led by President Obama, has not dialed up its rhetoric in the geopolitical battle against Russia. They are seen as a weak threat against the U.S. and have been put on the back burner by Obama and his intelligence advisors.
Romney was not so insightful on his other foreign policy predictions. He gave a statement detailing his view that if the current POTUS was re-elected, the nation of Iran would have a nuclear weapon on their hands.
As of now, Iran has not gone nuclear, insofar as they have a working weapons-grade manufacturing centrifuge. Moreover, chaos in the Middle East and the turmoil that ensues is on point with what Romney stated would happen.
In Romney’s first debate he said to President Obama, “If you are re-elected, we will see a middle class squeeze and wages going down.” Spot on again, Mr. Romney. Even though his comparison of the United States to the crumbling economy of Greece was a gross exaggeration at best, debt has risen to 18 billion dollars. The national has risen to nearly the 20 billion dollar deficit prediction he gave in foresight of the end of Obama’s second term.
Even though he was right in naming this as the worst recession recovery in 70 years, Obama has proved him wrong on his facts and figures of decreasing unemployment. Last year the country witnessed the best job creation rate since 1999.
Romney promised to take the unemployment rate to below 6 percent. However, that was beaten by President Obama in December with the employment rate resting at a less than ideal, but promising 5.6 percent.
He also said that he would pave the way to create over 12 million jobs. By current calculations, Obama will see that figure beaten by the end of his term. In just two years the economy has expanded to put 5.2 million more jobs on the market for Americans to grab and could meet the mark set by Romney by the end of his term in 2016. However, the right political wing has still defined Obama’s time in office has one of the slowest economic growth rates in modern times.
One of the fiercest debate topics in 2012 was on healthcare policy. Both candidates threw jabs at each other in an attempt to solve a problem that has plagued administrations as far back as when President Nixon was in office over 40 years ago.
Romney told voters that almost every American family would see their healthcare costs increase to around $2,500 per year from Obama’s policies. Current figures do not fully estimate Obamacare’s effect on the average family. On the other hand, luckily for Obama, a Kaiser Foundation survey calculated that costs for employer-based plans rose on 3% last year, far beneath what Romney predicted.
Obama’s charging call, “If you like your health plan you can keep it,” proved to be a blunder for the President. Millions of Americans have and will lose their current health insurance plans under Obamacare and that is where Romney was right again. But, where millions lost their plans, millions more were able to sign up for healthcare plans – many of whom did not have coverage beforehand.
A hopeful Romney feels vindicated at eyeing a third run for the office. Americans have seen that all was not false for his promises and predictions. Though, he will have a large mountain to climb and a valley to traverse to be player this election season.
His biggest contenders on the Republican side will most likely be former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, son of former President George H.W. Bush and younger brother of former President George W. Bush. As well as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who is resonating with the minds and hearts of the growing libertarian youth base.
Romney faces a grand field of potential candidates, many of whom declared their interest during the RNC event last Thursday. As 2016 approaches, Mitt Romney will have to decide whether his foresight should guide him towards being the Republican challenger for president or if he should stand back a bit longer and let the cards play out further.
By Alex Lemieux
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