Judge the U.S. Candidates by Their Self-mastery and Openness
May 15, 2012
Op-ed by: Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University distinguished service professor and a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: U.S. presidential candidates
“While the presidential primary elections in the United States are not over, Mitt Romney is now almost certain to be the party’s nominee to face Democratic President Barack Obama in November.
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney built a record as a competent and moderate conservative, a political profile that suited him to the state’s electorate. But the Republican Party’s far right wing dominates the primaries, so Romney has worked hard to escape the “moderate” label by staking out very conservative positions. Now, as the party’s presumptive nominee, he must move back toward the political center, where the majority of voters are to be found.
So which Mitt Romney is the real Mitt Romney? And how can voters judge the two candidates?”