The media’s focus on the presidential campaign and the candidates’ frantic pace may give one the impression that the first primaries are next month €” in reality, they are almost a year away. The frontloading of the primary process and hurried fundraising have triggered a presidential campaign that will last more than two years. For centrist Republicans like myself, we can take solace in the fact that several of the major candidates support the values of the Republican Leadership Council (RLC) €” namely fiscal conservatism, engaged foreign policy, responsible environmentalism and social tolerance.
Several of the candidates are good representatives of these ideals. Republicans are fortunate to have such a competent and qualified field of candidates. For this reason, I have decided not to endorse any candidates at this stage. I want to see the candidates discuss the issues and develop in their plans for America’s future.
The RLC has plenty of work to do in recruiting and supporting strong candidates at the local level and encouraging the candidates to discuss the issues. I do not want to compromise that important work by endorsing one of the candidates too quickly.
I look forward to all two years of the presidential campaign, but will be saving my endorsement until the race is given a chance to unfold.