Diary

Challenge to GOP Candidates

I’m a conservative and I’m voting in the Florida primary on Jan 31st. Right now, Newt has my vote. If you want my vote, you’re going to have to earn it. You won’t get my vote attacking other Republican candidates. Everyone has baggage, and every candidate has drawbacks. I understand that. I’m well aware of Newt’s drawbacks and past scandals. Frankly, that’s not what I care about in this election. I care about electing a leader who can turn this country around and restore the liberties and entrepreneurial spirit that made our country great.

I want to be inspired. I want to believe that you’ll stand toe to toe with Obama and fight for conservative principles. I need to know that you’re with us, all in, 100%. Prove to me that you deserve my vote—not because the GOP establishment said so or because you raised more money—but because you can take the fight to Obama again and again. Convince me you have the passion and energy and conviction to turn this country around.

You won’t win my vote by attacking other Republicans. Attacking other GOP candidates isn’t helping you. If anything, that’s more likely to turn me away. Don’t waste millions of dollars on negative TV commercials attacking each other—that’s only doing Obama’s job for him—and it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. If you can’t win my support without attacking other conservatives, you won’t get my vote. Remember what’s at stake here. I want a candidate who will take the fight to Obama.

If South Carolina demonstrated anything, it’s that the American people don’t want to be told what to do. We won’t vote for someone because the party leaders tell us to, and we won’t vote against someone because of smear campaigns. I want a strong, inspirational leader who can turn this country around. Inspire me!