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Letter to the editor

Romney wrongly portrayed

October 11, 2012

I am writing this letter in response to an opinion piece titled “Mitt Romney Unappealing to Voters” by Morgan Stippel, that was published in the Oct. 5 issue of the Student Voice. As I read through the article, several things stood out to me. First, the author claims that Romney is out of touch with the American people. This is a common fallacy amongst many Democrats and many Independents, but it is factually incorrect to say that Romney is “out of touch.” We are always told that Romney was “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” because he was born into a wealthy family. The fact is that every penny that Romney has right now was earned through his own hard work. We as Americans should look to Romney as a source of inspiration, a model of what the American Dream is really all about.

Secondly, Stippel’s examples of how Romney is inconsistent in his platform are, well, stretches to say the least. Regarding Obamacare, the difference between what Romney did in Massachusetts and what Obama did at the national    level is that Romney worked with both Democrats and Republicans to pass a comprehensive health care bill that worked for the state of Massachusetts. Obama, on the other hand, ignored Republicans (and the American people) and pushed Obamacare through without bipartisanship. As far as Romney “flip-flopping” on abortion, he made a change. I believe that when Obama changed his views on certain issues, he called it an “evolution.” So Romney “evolved” his stance on abortion from a complete ban to allowing abortions only in the case of incest or rape.

I disagree with the assessment of the 2012 Presidential Race. I believe that Romney will start to pull away from Obama in both the major battleground states and in nation-wide polls as well. I have a feeling that in 2012, people won’t give Obama the benefit of the doubt like they did in 2008.

Luke Affolter
Spring Valley, Wis.