I'm not asking you to justify your vote. I want to understand your mindset.
Well, I can only speak for myself, and we all probably have our own unique "mindset" and factors that we consider in level of importance when voting for a President. Here are a few of mine in order of important....
#1 - What Kind Of Man/Woman Does He/She Appear to be?
I look at the family he/she has raised, the length of his/her marriage. I think this speaks volumes. This is one of the reasons I admired Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman this go around. One of the reasons I didn't admire Newt Gingrich.
#2 - His Experience
-- I generally prefer a Governor who has run a state, over a senator or a congressman/woman. I think it's important to have that under your belt, though probably not essential. What has he/she done outside of politics. Is he/she a career politician, or has he/she succeeded in other areas. This is one of the reasons I like what I see in Mitt Romney. He is a proven leader and an American success story in his own right. His work bringing the Salt Lake Winter Olympics back from the abyss was impressive, and his success in business on an international scale is important hands-on experience that he can bring to the Presidency in today's global economy.
#3 - Is He?She Someone who Can Unify The Country And, More Importantly, The Congress?
I actually had great hopes for Obama, once he was elected (though I did not vote for him) to bring the country together. However, what he appeared to do is tear it even further apart. This was a disappointment for me and, in my opinion, one of his greatest failures. While he is an immensely likable man, I don't think he has proven to be the greatest leader. We need someone who means business...who means make the tough decisions and get the country to come onboard business. Obama has not proven capable to have that kind of power. In short, he is no Ronald Reagan.
#4 - How Would He/She Represent the USA To Foreign Leaders?
I have full confidence that a President Romney would make America proud around the world. I think he has the stature, charisma, and temperament to be effective in Foreign Affairs. I think he has the potential to be Reaganesque in that area and, unlike Obama, he will be forceful, but diplomatic, and not apologize or make excuses for the USA. He will negotiate from a place of power. We need to get back to the concept of "Peace through strength".
#5 - How Will He/She Handle Some Of The Social Issues Of Our Time?
I understand that Mitt Romney has had to campaign a certain way to gain the nomination -- this, unfortunately, is politics. That said, my gut tells me that he will govern as a moderate, and far more liberal than people would ever expect when it comes to social issues. I fully expect him to remain fully committed to a "pro-life" stance, and that is fine with me. I do not believe that he is, or that he will govern as "anti-gay", but I don't necessarily expect him to jump on the pro "Gay Marriage" bandwagon either. I do, however, believe that he would endorse a move toward "civil unions" and I also believe that, should congress strike down the DOM act, that he wouldn't fight that either. #1 thru #4 are so much more important in the bigger picture that #5 sort of pales in significance -- at least in MY personal life when it comes to voting factors.