Romney fails the character test

September 14, 2012

When running for the highest office of our country character matters. Everyone running for president has released at least eight years of income tax returns — except Mitt Romney, who has submitted only one full year. Why?

If the GOP presidential candidate has nothing to hide, the American people have a right to know if a potential future leader's finances are in order and there are no improprieties.

Mr. Romney is being given credit for his business experience. However, being a good businessman has nothing to do with being president of the United States. People put a lot of importance on the economy, but the office requires much more than that.

The president must surround him or herself with competent people who can be trusted to run the various branches of government. But Mr. Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, is a tea party extremist and right-winger who couldn't find the truth if you gave it to him.

Mr. Romney also has no foreign policy experience, and his budget plan would set the country back to the George W. Bush era. Not surprising, since he is being advised by leftovers from the Bush administration and pushed further to the right by the conservative wing of the Republican party.

Keep digging deeper and you will find many more faults with this candidate. One votes for the Romney-Ryan ticket at one's peril.

Robert Stanton, Lochearn

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