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Sen. Tom Coburn: Mitt Romney best equipped to solve problems facing our nation

BY SEN. TOM COBURN Published: March 4, 2012

I'm proud to support Romney because he is a leader. What Romney has done in his 25 years in the private sector is precisely what we need a president to do in Washington. Romney has done hard things. He has turned businesses around, told people hard truths about what needed to be done, inspired confidence and overcome excuses. Romney is not a career politician or a career legislator. As a former governor and business leader, he is an executive who knows how to use executive power.

My endorsement is in no way an instruction on how Oklahomans should vote. Yet having served with the other candidates, I do know something about the field. Each candidate has admirable qualities. However, on too many occasions I have seen each behave like career politicians rather than leaders. The most important test for anyone in public life is what they do with power. Too often, the other candidates displayed political expediency rather than moral courage and rationalized poor decisions that put Republicans ahead of the republic.

Just last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said we are about to go over a massive fiscal cliff. We can't afford to elect a career politician at this decisive moment in our history. We need to elect a leader. I'm confident that leader is Mitt Romney.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, is Oklahoma's junior U.S. senator.