South Carolinians will go to the polls in a few weeks to determine who the next Republican nominee for President likely will be.
For months, candidates have been coming to our state time and again to meet and speak with us. With their visits, we've learned a lot about them and about where they stand on issues important to us.
A recently published CBS/New York Times poll shows that a majority of Americans don't want President Obama re-elected. Echoing that sentiment, a recent Gallup poll reveals more people disapproving of Obama's performance than approving it. Those polls demonstrate that Americans in growing numbers are opposing Obama's misguided efforts to reconstruct our nation. What Americans want is someone they can trust to reverse the wrong direction President Obama is dragging our nation by pursuing wrong-headed policies and programs like bank bailouts, the government takeover of health care, the Stimulus, and massive deficits.
I've looked for a trustworthy candidate who's consistently worked to stop Obama's disastrous policies and programs. That candidate is Michele Bachmann.
There's been lots of talk about choosing a candidate who'll be "electable” against Obama. For starters, Republicans need a nominee, like Michele Bachmann, who stands in stark contrast to Obama. Bachmann assembled and led 40,000 citizens to Washington to stand against Obamacare, a government program that a majority of Americans want reversed, and she's consistently opposed government bailouts. At the same time, other Republican candidates have personal histories of supporting initiatives like those Michele Bachmann has been fighting against.
During the push for Hillarycare under Clinton's presidency, Newt Gingrich supported Hillary's individual mandate to purchase health insurance. With the backing of the people of South Carolina, our state officials are challenging the legality of a similar individual mandate required by Obamacare. Even worse, the universal health care program that Mitt Romney developed when he was governor of Massachusetts was the model used for Obamacare.
In researching candidate records, the differences are crystal clear. Unlike other leading candidates who now rationalize to explain their prior records, her record is consistent. Coming from the Heartland of America, Michele Bachmann shares our values while she's always sided with conservatives on the issues of our day.
She understands that every time government grows, our individual freedoms shrink. She understands that growth in government spending has damaged our nation's economy and ravaged the retirement accounts of an untold number of Americans.
We need to pay attention to a candidate's record rather than to his rhetoric in considering electability. Michele Bachmann has won every election she's ever undertaken. In contrast, Gingrich was driven from office by his own contemporaries when he was House Speaker, while Romney has incurred a dismal "electability" record by losing 17 of the 22 elections he's pursued.
When we enter the voting booth next month, will we elect a nominee like Michele Bachmann who, like our own Jim DeMint, will remain independent-minded and committed to conservative ideals, or will we vote for one of the candidates who have track records of capitulation and compromise in order to claim "progress?" I'm confident that Republicans across the nation will follow South Carolina's lead in a few weeks when we choose Michele Bachmann as our nominee.
By: Kelly Payne
High School Civics Teacher
2 Groves Hall Lane Columbia, SC
*Editor's Note: Kelly Payne is a member of the Bachmann Tea Party Coalition.She also won Wal-Mart's Teacher of the Year award for her work at Dutch Fork High School.