Fred Thompson and I are in sync on the biggest issues and challenges facing our nation. So even though he has left the race, the finish line hasn’t moved. Fred Thompson’s short list of the biggest issues and challenges faced by our nation today still stands as a good measure for those still in the race.debate

  • The ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism
  • The unresolved economic threat of entitlements
  • The need for lower taxes to ensure our nation remains economically competitive and innovative
  • The need to secure our borders
  • The need to support families and to protect our children from the harder edges of culture
  • The need to remain engaged in the world while remaining true to America’s principles

Just a cursory look has narrowed the field pretty significantly. First, if you’ve read here much, you should know by now there will be no Democrat at the top of my list; socialism just doesn’t solve these issues and in the financial cases doesn’t even acknowledge them as issues. That leaves the list of candidates under my consideration as either those running as Republicans or those on the long list of fringe candidates. Ron Paul running as a Republican is sort of a weird situation, but I quit thinking of him as a potential way back last spring. And Rudy Giuliani? Well pro-choice and pro-domestic partnerships… I said I wasn’t going to consider Democrats.

So realistically, using this elimination process, I’m looking at Mitt Romney, John McCain and Mike Huckabee. The next step is to look at who is the best fit for addressing the list of biggest issues and challenges in our nation today.

For expediencies sake I’m going to set John McCain off to the side on shelf. Due to frequent modulation on issues, I may have to restart my analysis each time he opens his mouth. If neither of the Mitt Romney nor Mike Huckabee pass muster I’ll pull John McCain back off the shelf for a look see. So for Wally, the field has narrowed to two; Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.