Circling the Wagons for Romney; Republican Party Unifies to Take on Obama

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Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

No punches were pulled in the fight to land the Republican Party's presidential nomination this cycle. Social conservatives, Tea Partyers, libertarians and moderates split to back their favored candidates in the primary campaign, but now the dust has settled and Mitt Romney has earned the nomination. From the floor of the GOP convention, it's clear the party faithful have for the most part set aside past differences so they can realize the common goal of ousting Barack Obama from the White House.

We have a diverse party with a lot of different opinions on the best way to further limited-government conservatism, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told The Washington Times Wednesday. But we're all united and enthusiastic about the opportunity we have here to replace a president who doesn't believe in the principles of limited government and free enterprise with someone who does.

Ed Gillespie, an adviser to the former Massachusetts governor, echoed the sentiment. When we come out of Tampa, this will be a unified party behind Mitt Romney going forward. The former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman told The Washington Times that the party platform adopted on Tuesday, has conservative principles and reflects input from a lot of people in the party. The policy document is solidly pro-life and pro-traditional marriage and calls for Obamacare's repeal, reform of entitlement programs and the adoption of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.

Only Rep. Ron Paul remains outside the fold, with the Texas Republican declining to pass his delegates' votes to the frontrunner. …