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Published: Wednesday, March 9 2011 10:36 a.m. MST

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MoJules
Florissant, MO

I really would like to want to vote for Romney, but I would like him to clear up two things.

1. As a member of the Mormon church, how could he have been pro Abortion?

2. He feels he has room to put down Obama care, but Romney care is also flawed, he needs to really find out or listen to the people in his state about that. And he has to be willing to say, this and that were wrong, if not, he doesn't stand a chance.

3. Let's hope that when the Evangelicals come to Utah, they will let go of the religious differences and consider the choice, if Romney is the front runner, they have to choose between he or Obama. So do I, but I would like Romney to address these two things.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Must we endure daily stories about Mitt Romney for the next year? Sheesh. The primaries don't start for months, and the election isn't for 19 months.

American First
Merced, CA

They are throwing everythting AND the kitchen sink at Romney, his hair, his wealth, he's not wearing a tie, he drove a pick up truck to a fundraiser...He's the PHANTOM MENACE!

BYU 99
Garland, UT

Mike Huckabee was the frontrunner a few weeks ago but he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. He said that the actress from the new Star Wars movies was glamarizing having a child out of wedlock. Mitt is the favorite but MoJules is right about the evangelical vote. I will be very surprised if Obama is re-elected since his administration is "celebrating 8.9% unemployment" according to Romney's article that talks about the Obama misery index. I'd love to see Sara Palin run on the ticket but it is still early.

sergio
Phoenix, AZ

It seems the Deseret News has a personal interest in promoting Mitt and keeping him in the forefront of political media. Is this true, or is it just a slow news day.

dinosaur jr.
Alpine, UT

Is Romney paying the DesNews? This is seriously old. Romney would be a terrible president.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

Romney is a mystery for two reasons: 1) he has outstanding businessman on paper but really lacks any SPECIFIC language to describe how and what he would do to turnaround the country (Newt has better ideas), and 2) his flip flops on social issues eg. Gay Marriage and Abortion, and his healthcare plan. I can think of ways for him to explain these but have yet to hear him talk in a way that is really authentic and thoughtful.

The biggest surprise to me was reading the Forbes article last week about Clayton Christensen who is arguably the smartest, most objective person around regarding healthcare reform and he says he has yet to talk to Mitt. WHY???!!!

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington DC, MD

Romney is a CFR puppet that does the will of his globalist masters. Mormon in name only just like Hatch,Reid, and Beck.

Gentile
brookings, SD

This article means it must be a slow day at the desk.

gmak
Spanish Fork, UT

I actually think that Romney might not be a bad president. But he has a lot of explaining to do about flip-flopping.

HOWEVER, I think that anyone who takes the presidency after this is going to have an uphill battle. So much damage has been done, it's not going to be a quick turn-around no matter who gets in.

Mr. Bean
Nuevo Leon, Mexico

@MoJules:

"As a member of the Mormon church, how could he have been pro Abortion?"

It's a sin to bring a child into this world with serious birth defects such as spina bifida.

"He feels he has room to put down Obama care, but Romney care is also flawed..."

Government health care is an issue relegated to states to deal with such as Mitt's Massachusetts. Federal personal mandated health care is unconstitutional which I'm sure is Mitt's position.

"Let's hope that when the Evangelicals come to Utah, they will let go of the religious differences..."

Don't count on it. From prior action they seem to have a vendetta against Mormons.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

Mo Jules
Speaking of clarification, do you understand the Mormon position on abortion and how it differs from the official Republican platform?

rvalens2
Burley, ID

If the Republicans want to lose the 2012 election Romney is their man. They don't seem to have learned anything at all from the 2008 election?

Huckabee
Romney
Gingrich

Will all be losers for the Republican party. They need someone new who doesn't carry any of the baggage these guys do.

I like Palin but feel she would be better off as the party's VP. My preference would be Ron Paul. He might not have the panache of the Romney but I have come to trust the man. He reminds me of Harry Truman.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@MoJules

"1. As a member of the Mormon church, how could he have been pro Abortion?"

Being pro-choice and believing in adhering to the law as interpreted by the Judicial Branch doesn't make one pro-abortion.

Capt. Smash
Bountiful, UT

He is just like Herbert you can't trust him he looks like a BMW salesman.

Resolute Voice
Salt Lake City, UT

The only con that matters. Religion.

We can delude ourselves all we want but religion matters in 12 to 17 states. Romney cannot win the nomination without the south and midwest. The Evangelicals will never vote for a Mormon even if it means Obama for another 4 years.

Neanderthal
Nuevo Leon, Mexico

@rvalens2: "Huckabee, Romney, Gingrich, they need someone new who doesn't carry any of the baggage these guys do."

If you want baggage, Obama's your man. He made alotta campaign promises that he has totally ignored and he has reversed himself on many issues such as the Iraq war and closing Gitmo. And his government health care is a real killer. Any Republican should be able to run against him, including Sarah Palin, and win.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

Mo Jules
Speaking of clarification, do you understand the Mormon position on abortion and how it differs from the official Republican platform?

Clorinda
Layton, UT

MoJules, Romney was never "pro-abortion" he simply said he would not interfere with a woman's right to choose. eastcoastcougs, you are not listening. Romney has outlined a 64 point plan on what he would do to turn the economy around, but do you honestly think the press and the media are going to include his ideas in their news reports? No, because policy is boring, sound bites zing.

To find out any politician's ideas or policy you will have to do some digging. Romney has explained his position on Romneycare vs. Obamacare "ad nauseum" but no one is listening because his perfectly acceptable explanation doesn't fit the current narrative. The day he signed Romneycare he made it clear that it was Massachusetts solution not to be imposed upon the rest of the United States. He said every State should come up with a plan suited to the needs of that State.

The reason politicians have to write opeds is because it is the only way they can state their views and policies without having them hacked up into sound bites. Why would Romeny give the Boston Globe an interview?

Rutland vs. Medfield
Seattle, Wa

Romney is not my choice. The man who currently holds the office is. There is not a single politician out there that is better qualified, nor likely to beat President Obama in the next election. He's still my guy.

As for Romney's past stance on abortion, the far right evangelicals consider the Mormon church pro-abortion (pro-choice, if you will), because as a matter of policy (and humanity) there are circumstances where an abortion may be the appropriate course of action.

As a former resident of the state of Utah, I understand there are a lot of Mormons that simply don't get that.

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