Bense Supports Romney

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

One of the men hoping to be the Republicans' presidential nominee in 2008, has picked up some local support.

Former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense has volunteered to be one of Mitt Romney's statewide campaign chairmen. Bense thinks Romney offers a change that voters will welcome.

"I declare my intention to run for president of the United States."

And with that, Mitt Romney's hat went into the 2008 presidential campaign. The former Massachusetts governor needs to make up ground against the better-known Republican front runners John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.

Former speaker of the Florida House Allan Bense thinks Romney can do it.

Bense said, "Running for president is like anything else; you're a salesman. You're selling yourself. I just happen to like the produce he was selling."

Bense is volunteering to be one of Romney's three statewide campaign chairmen. He admits Romney's has his work cut out for him, especially here in the panhandle. There are religious obstacles.

If elected, Romney would be the first ever Mormon president. During his 1994 U.S. Senate campaign, Romney said he supported same-sex marriages, and during that same race, Romney expressed moderate views on abortion.

Mitt Romney said, "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country."

But Bense says Romney has gained wisdom with age.

"As a young person, I wasn't nearly as strongly pro-life as I am now. I really do think as you have children and your children begin to have children, you begin to value this thing called life, and I think that has made him become a believer in terms of being a pro-life person."

Bense believes people are looking for a fresh voice in Washington and he says he will recruit voters, raise money, and build a statewide team to help make Mitt Romney that voice.

There's no word yet on when Mitt Romney's campaign trail will hit the panhandle.

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