Kudlow: Romney Most Conservative Candidate Since Reagan


Lawrence Kudlow made the case for Mitt Romney in a column in The Washington Examiner, saying the former Massachusetts governor might be the most conservative candidate since Ronald Reagan.

As the tough primary season ventures on, Romney has clarified and evolved his views into tough conservative positions.

On economic policy, for example, he would limit the government budget to 20 percent of gross domestic product, slash $500 billion in his first term and restrain Medicaid, food stamps and other entitlement transfers before block granting them to the states. His Medicare reform is nearly identical to the Wyden-Ryan approach. He’s for a true all-of-the-above energy policy that would take the regulatory handcuffs off drilling on federal lands. He would repeal Obamacare. And he has come up with a supply-side tax cut that would lower marginal rates by 20 percent across the board and drop the corporate tax to 25 percent.

Those are very conservative positions. One could seriously ask whether Romney isn’t the most conservative presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan. (Read More)

Kudlow acknowledged the Romneycare problem, but has been impressed with Romney’s calls for more economic freedom, and his endorsement of Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. He believes Ryan will have a place in a Romney administration, should Romney be the nominee and go on to win in November.

In related news, Romney has a huge lead in the primary polls in California, he also had a big lead in New York over his Republican rivals in a poll conducted earlier this month.

Update: Bill Quick linked and is underwhelmed by Kudlow’s argument.