If ever a vote meant something, it is now. In the presidential race, polls show President Barack Obama in a tie with former Gov. Mitt Romney. By most accounts, Obama entered the weekend with a slight advantage in the only count that will matter on Wednesday morning — the Electoral College tally.
Responsible pollsters and pundits concede that it’s too close to call. One theory, which may bring comfort to Republicans, holds that pollsters are inadvertently skewing results by assuming a turnout similar to that of 2008. Critics explain that disproportionately high numbers of nontraditional voters — mostly 20-somethings and minorities — participated in the 2008 because they were inspired by Obama. They predict less enthusiasm this year from nontraditional voters.
We can say with confidence that one vote could make the difference in Colorado, a state that could determine the outcome. If this state is as closely divided as polls indicate, failure to vote could cost your candidate everything.
The Gazette’s editorial board respects whatever votes our readers choose to cast, but we hope they see the wisdom in our support for Romney.
Our board met with Romney two days before his first debate. We were impressed and endorsed him without the benefit of seeing his amazing debate performance. Unlike most politicians, Romney imposed no ground rules on us. He invited us to record audio and video of our interrogation. Obama declined multiple invitation to meet with us.
Like him or not, Romney may be the perfect person to lead our country out of economic misery and back in the direction of significant jobs growth and prosperity. Obama has never signed the front of a paycheck and became chief executive of the United States government having never served in an executive’s role a day of his life.
Romney has spent his life as a private-sector executive and four years as chief executive for the government of a large state. He has managed payrolls, created jobs and succeeded in almost everything he has attempted. He saved the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He built a personal fortune and annually spends nearly half of his income on taxes and charity. Romney is a proven winner who gets results. He is a husband, father and grandfather — a man of character.
President Obama is also a husband, father and man of character. But he had a full majority in Congress for two years and accomplished little of what he promised. He would cut the deficit in half, but doubled it. He opposed same-sex marriage; now favors it. He would fix the economy in three years, yet it remains in the dumps.
If you have not voted, we ask that you consider our recommendations. In addition to favoring Romney, The Gazette’s editorial board has favored ballot measures 1A, a small sales tax increase for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department; 5A, extension of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority tax; Amendment S, which updates state personnel hiring policies; and 1B, which restores two-term term limits for county officials.
Politicians and laws neither make or break us. But they do play a role in our lives, so we encourage all readers to vote if they are informed.
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