There are four categories of Mormons when it comes to presidential politics in 2012.
First, there are the Mormons who support Mitt Romney for the wrong reason – that he's a Mormon. I was sitting in Costco one day, having lunch with my girls, when a guy I know stopped and said “hi.” This guy is a facebook friend of mine, so he knows where I stand. And we chatted for a few minutes, and he said, "Well, I guess I'm going to vote for Mitt Romney. I mean, he's a Mormon after all." I proceeded to lay into him and tell him that was the wrong reason, and then I went into detail the reasons I support Romney – why I was able to get past Romney's imperfections, and why his strengths drew me to him.
Second, there are the Mormons who support Ron Paul. Of the Mormons who are engaged in politics, I think there are a fair number who are drawn to Ron Paul's commitment to the Constitution and the abolition of the fed. My brother falls into this category, as well as other LDS facebook friends of mine. I personally like Ron Paul's commitment to the Constitution myself, but I can't support him because I don't like his ideas on foreign policy, I don't see that Paul would have the ability to get the support in Congress to get anything done, and I think his approach is too radical.
Third, there the Mormons who just don't like Romney, but are not necessarily attracted to any of the other candidates either. I only know one person who falls into this category, and it is my father-in-law. A few years back I was reading Turnaround, and had it with me when I was with my father-in-law. He asked me what I was reading, and I showed him, and asked him if he wanted to borrow it. He said something that really bothered me, and I think it is a problem across the entire GOP electorate. He said, “No. I don't like Romney, and I don't want to know anything good about him.” I didn't engage him further, because frankly I am a little intimidated by my father-in-law, but I have thought a lot about what he said, and I believe his attitude is common in the GOP. He (and others) have their opinion, and are unwilling to learn anything that might change their mind.
The fourth and final category is Mormons who support Romney for the right reasons. I like to think I fall into this category. I have researched the candidates, and find that all of them are imperfect, but the one who I think is most qualified is Mitt Romney. He has the private sector credentials. He has the conservative positions. He has the leadership experience. He has executive experience. He has a record of success in every enterprise he has ever led. He has the intelligence. He has the demeanor. He has been preparing for the most important job in the world for a long time, and he has taken it seriously. He has policies and plans ready for when he takes office. No other candidate, in my opinion, combines all of the attributes necessary to be a good President of the United States as well as Mitt Romney does.