The Agent of Change (Rep. Kay Granger)

In 1976, Ronald Reagan urged his party to raise a banner of "no pale pastels, but bold colors." That year Reagan challenged the Washington establishment and came within a hair of winning his party's nomination from an incumbent Republican president. But even if he lost the primaries, he won the party. For the last 30 years, the GOP has been a party made in Reagan's image: low taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong national defense.

Now, in 2008, our party again must choose between two very different candidates: both honorable, both experienced and both much better than the alternatives offered by the other party. But one profound difference distinguishes Governor Mitt Romney from Senator John McCain: Romney is an outsider. He has not lived his life or spent his career in Washington. He has worked in the business world serving customers and creating new jobs.  In this election, Governor Romney offers a Reagan-like agenda of bold colors: a plan to create jobs and economic growth, a pledge to make government more efficient and, most important, a promise to relentlessly pursue terrorists.

In the last 50 years, only once has a party been re-elected to the White House for three consecutive terms.  Not coincidentally, that was when the Reagan presidency was validated at the ballot box in 1988 and George H.W. Bush was elected.  What does this history mean to our future?  It means after eight years of Republican rule, the American people might be in the mood for a change.  That's why our party should offer a candidate of change: someone different, someone new, someone from outside of Washington.

Mitt Romney is an agent of change.  Whether it was turning around businesses, running the Olympics or transforming Massachusetts as governor, he has always found new and different ways of solving problems.  He leads with passion, persistence and principle.  And he not only does things right, he does the right thing.

I am proud to support Mitt Romney in this election.  His agenda of bold colors can win in November.  If the voters in November are looking for change, they need look no farther than Governor Mitt Romney.