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Mitt Romney attacked on his home turf by former supporter Rick Santorum

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  • AST Orangeville, UT
    March 17, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    When Romney was governor the state was being ravaged by having to pay health care costs for people without insurance. The Massachusetts provides the best proof we have that trying to legislate responsibility won't work. I resent the implication that Romney has no soul and that Santorum does.

    The current fiscal crisis being ignored by the current administration and many GOP incumbent appropriators. It will take someone with proven executive skills to understand the problem and turn it around. What Romney brings to the table is his experience in starting and building businesses and successful businesses create jobs. The only way the Democrats know how to create jobs is for the government to hire more bureaucrats who produce nothing but higher taxes and more regulations. The conservative attacks on him by the tea party groups are unfair, judging him more on where he lives than on his actual views. Having seen Santorum as a Senator, I have very little confidence in his ability to achieve consensus or revive the economy.

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    March 17, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    Interesting comments. Lots of bashing. Lots of misinformation. The article was simply pointing out the world of politics today in the GOP. Upstart is attacking the old school. Nothing new here. One is trying to move up by dragging down his opponent. Old school politics: 101.

    Intriguing in all of the comments, however, is the unsubstantiated, illogical attacks on the President. There is a lot of hatred out there in our society and it appears today in the writings. Wow. Sad in a way. Very sad.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 16, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    kmh,
    Santorum got re-elected two the senate. That is more than we can say for Romney and being governor. He only served one term. Santorum was in the senate for 12 years.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    March 16, 2011 1:00 p.m.

    I lived in Massachusetts for not quite two decades. I moved from Massachusetts a couple of years before Romney became governor. During my time in the state, a conservative revolution took place. Western conservatives probably don't think it was much of a revolution, but it was. I saw and rejoiced when the local school boards lost their fiscal autonomy and became subject to the Selectmen of the towns, and the Selectmen were limited in how much they could raise taxes. Before that change, school boards could increase their budget, and the Selectmen had no choice but to raise taxes to pay for the increases.

    Romney became governor of Massachusetts at the climax of that revolution. If you think the health plan in Massachusetts is bad, just be glad a more liberal person wasn't governor when the plan became law!

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    March 16, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Romney was a conservative governor in a very liberal state. In fact, I was surprised he was elected governor, because he wasn't part of the liberal establishment. He did what he had to do to get something done -- compromise.

  • Mike in Texas Allen, TX
    March 16, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    Funny, the one thing that Mitt has done for the people is the very thing that will hurt him the most in republican circles. As a liberal I can think of a lot of reasons not to support Romney, but his courageous attempt to reform health care at the state level is certainly not one of them.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    March 16, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    I would like to take this moment and call for a moratorium on all social issues. No more government debate of immigration, health care, gay marriage, social security or abortion until we've gotten our downward-spiraling economy back under control.

    Issues like jobs and debt are on the verge of destroying our way of life and people want to waste time debating social policy. Quit squabbling over minor issues and demand action from both parties before it is too late.

  • kmh Junction, Utah
    March 16, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    Santorum lost re-election in his own State. He will be nothing but a side show in the upcoming election.

  • lookbeyond Moab, UT
    March 16, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    Mitt Romney has more qualifications to run for President than any other I have seen! He can learn from MA healthcare program....implement the good...change that which isn't working! He knows how to manage a dollar....he knows how to organize and get things done, and he will certainly be able to downsize government so that we no longer operate in the "red"....no pun intended! Look what he did for the Olympics!!!
    Mitt is a good man....he is not perfect and makes mistakes like everyone else, but I believe him to be honest, hard working, and one who believes in America and the Constitution of the United States of America.....and I don't think he has a hidden agenda like some! God Bless America.....God help him get elected if he is the man to get this country on track again and to stop socialism!!!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 16, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    The leftist liberal progressive media will do anything and say anything to discredit a good candidate like Mitt Romney. He has the credentials to begin to financially turn this country around. He has done that in big business time and time again. No one else even comes close to having that experience. The currant administration is crushing this country economically with massive debt and spending. Mitt would bring free enterprise back and create jobs.

    Wake up, America!

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    I hope all republicans and tea partiers remember who and what they are fighting against-not themselves. This next presidential election will be tough enough to beat Obama and his damaging, ridiculous policies and agenda. Infighting and disunity won't get far in the public eye. Santorum just lost some clout in my book.

  • J in AZ San Tan Valley, AZ
    March 15, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    Whose life RU living wrote:

    "If a person is able to organize and implement a strategy to persuade the majority of a nation's views to elect them to be president, I would think 'hey this person might know a thing or two about being a leader.'"

    You've just described Mr. 'Voting Present', Barack Obama. how's that working out? Political skill is not executive ability and never has been.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    March 15, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    Obama has nothing to run on so he will just sit back.... Well what do you want him to do for Romney? He gave Romney a compliment last week and republicans accused Obama of tainting Romney.

    Yes, we will watch republicans change thier positions again on everything and Obama will be re-elected.

    Deficits didn't matter Cheney said - now it's all that matters.

    Everyone should be personally responsible and buy heathcare insurance Romney put into law - but now that's communism.

    Spending is necessary to protect Americans from being killed - but not from dying.

    The me-party will not save the repubican party.

  • Rutland vs. Medfield Seattle, Wa
    March 15, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    Republicans should politely exorcise those who associate themselves with "Tea Party" beliefs and force them to register as a third political party. Tea Party influence is a bad thing for Republicans as the nation as a whole will begin to tire of the Tea Party rhetoric. The gains of 2010 attributed to the rise of the Tea Party will simply not be there in national elections to come as a centrist nation refuses to elect far right candidates with "Tea Party" beliefs.

    For Mitt Romney, Orrin Hatch, or Jon Huntsman Jr. to feel they have to give audience to Tea Party representatives in an attempt to convince them that, "hey, I'm like you" is just wrong and should not be. True Republicans are losing their voice as they are shouted down by those under the false belief they are part of a grass-roots conservative movement.

    Gentlemen: Stick to your true beliefs. Real leaders always do.

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    March 15, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    JNA: there are plenty of Democrats who oppose elective abortion. The highest-ranking Mormon in government, Harry Reid, is personally opposed to elective abortion--and, in fact, in his talk at BYU a couple of years ago, he described how those in his party respected his position on abortion.

    If Mormons allow themselves to have a "wake me up when somebody changes their position on abortion" political stance, Republicans will continue to take the Mormon vote for granted while passing all sorts of legislative nonsense. Want to invade a country on false pretenses? "Abortion!" Want to give $13million away under the table to keep a contractor quiet? "Hey, look over there, abortion!" Want to pass HB 477? "Better not vote for the other guys, because Abortion!"

    Furthermore, the LDS stance on abortion recognizes that in some cases abortion may be a viable choice in cases of rape, incest, or when the life or health of the mother are endangered. Many prominent Republicans oppose the rape or incest clause, and in fact in the last presidential campaign the GOP candidate openly mocked the "life or health of the mother" clause.

    So, which party is more incompatible with LDS values?

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 15, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    @JNA

    I walked away from the Republican party years ago and never looked back. It doesn't mean you have to become a Democrat.

    Seriously. No one should have to put up with a Huckabee. No one.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    March 15, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    " Maybe enough anger between Mormons over right wing political issues will allow Democrats to appeal to LDS voters"

    then there's that pesky little abortion thing.

    Change that plank, and I walk away from the Republican Party without a problem because I am ashamed of who has taken over the Republican Party. But I rather be ashamed than turn a blind eye to a party that thinks it is ok to take the life of an unborn child. I just can't stomach it, so I put up with the Sarah Palins, Mike Huckabees, et al

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    March 15, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    He said what we're all thinking.

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    March 15, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    Excellent transition from an internal Republican quabble to impeachment memes.
    Gr8Dane - if you were less rhetorical and more specific, you might even be taken seriously.
    And FDRfan, I don't know how to respond to your premise of using Fredettes' "like" or is that an Idaho thing? Who is this TJ you speak of?

  • working class Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see if Mormon political solidarity is finally broken. Maybe enough anger between Mormons over right wing political issues will allow Democrats to appeal to LDS voters. This would be good, but it runs the risk of electing more tea party crackpots, which neither we nor the country needs.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 15, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    if the GOP eats each other alive for a year Obama can just set back and watch... and then get re-elected. Obama has nothing to run ON so why not just let the opposition run the show for you and stick a fork in each other. Obama is a GREAT polititian and a TERRIBLE leader. America NEEDS a leader.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 15, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Romney needs to run on his Olympics record. I think most can agree that the Salt Lake Winter Olympics ran extremely well and his leadership was solid there. Other than he should run on being reasonable. We need somebody to cater to the middle, the people fed up with extreme politics, with extreme politics of just making the other side look bad to get elected in the next cycle. As for Romneycare in Mass. No big deal to me. He tried something, it didn't work, move on. But at least he tried something...

  • Kimber Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Nobody would feel like the government is trying to "shove healthcare reform down their throats" if they were someone that didn't have it and were losing their home and/or declaring bankruptsy because of medical bills. These are the realities in our country and it's time to face it. If you have a good plan nobody is "shoving" anything. If you don't, you will have a chance to get one...simple as that. And if you just have "sour grapes" because your party wasn't the one to help with this issue....maybe you need a little humility.

    A Volunteer for the Affordable Care Act
    (And Proud and happy for it)

  • BH Tremonton, UT
    March 15, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    This article was quite disappointing. In summary I would describe it in two sentences. Big title. Little substance.

  • KnitWitt Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    re: atl 134 at 11:34

    "so hey... if this state thinks it can do better... go for it."

    I think this state of Utah "can" do better - and I think we should go for it !

    At least this way we can keep all the pork in our own state . .

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    March 15, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    please write---i am tired of being referred to someone else's writing as a substitue---

    santorum just states the obvious but romney already knows---

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Sounds like politics. Let's hear some ideas. No bumper sticker, or one liners. WE need ideas.

    We saw what happened when people voted based on, "Yes we can". Turns out that we can, but, it's worthless. We saw what "Change & Hope" brought us. Now we are left with little change and fear.

    We need a real leader, with real ideas. Enough with these petty attacks. Share your ideas and be prepared to answer tough questions.

  • Jared Gainesville, FL
    March 15, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Actually, the economy is front and center, not health care. But let's not let facts get in the way of political attacks.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    March 15, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Who cares, sounds like he is just whining that he isnt Mitt Romney.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    March 15, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Left of center media (which is most of national press corps) wants to cause division among Republicans, and so they'll take any little comment or criticism one prominent Republican may have, and blow it up entirely out of proportion in order to foment discord, disharmony, and cause controversy which sells ink (or bandwidth these days). This is a nothing story. Rick Santorum will be one of the first people to praise Romney should Romney succeed in capturing the Republican Nomination for President...

    Obama is absolutely ruining this nation. His foreign policy is more than weak -- it's shameful. Obama is the first President in our history who has legitimized the murderous dictatorship in Iran by officially recognizing its title of the "Islamic Peoples Republic of Iran." He legitimized a murderous dictator in shaking the hand of Aminajhad...(not to mention Hugh Chavez). He's piling on crushing debt, with no sense of urgency about it all. He pushes massive income redistribution, ruins the dollar by printing money in the basement, and cutting natioanl defense and giving Russia a nuclear advantage for a photo-op. It's shameful. He needs to be replaced and any GOP out there is better.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 15, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Mitt Romney, Tell Rick Santorum, the Tea Party and the Republican Party where to go and choose someone like Evan Bayh as a running mate and run on a 3rd party. Get Jimmer to endorse you on his Facebook and TJ to write campaign songs for you. If Facebook can bring down an Egyptian dictator it can help you bypass the money machines of campaigning. The American People are not as stupid as the right assumes nor as dependent on handouts as the left supposes.

  • Whos Life RU Living? Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    To J in AZ,

    If a person is able to organize and implement a strategy to persuade the majority of a nation's views to elect them to be president, I would think "hey this person might know a thing or two about being a leader."

    Nah, thats not real leadership! Leadership is being a principal of a school!

    Oh that makes sense! (no it really dosen't) Impeach! Impeach!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    "if the State of Utah had its own health care legislation similar to that of Mass when Mr. Romney was Governor, I would ten times rather have that system than have what the current Federal Government is trying to shove down our throats."

    They're practically the same thing. Also, Obamacare allows states to opt out of it if they can create their own plan that doesn't increase the deficit or premiums and covers at least as many people as Obamacare does so hey... if this state thinks it can do better... go for it.

  • J in AZ San Tan Valley, AZ
    March 15, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    People who have never run a business, had military command, or served as a mayor, elected county executive, governor, or been a principal of a school or president of a college or university should never be considered as qualified to be President of the U.S. no matter how worthy their political positions. Santorum is a strong conservative, but he doesn't have any more management and leadership experience than Obama did on the day that he was elected.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    This headline is an exageration. The one statement attributed to Santorum isn't much of an attack. He just said what every other politician and pundit is saying: that Romney's healthcare reform in MA may cause a problem for him in campaigning for the presidency.

  • KnitWitt Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    I am almost a tea party type of person myself, but if the State of Utah had its own health care legislation similar to that of Mass when Mr. Romney was Governor, I would ten times rather have that system than have what the current Federal Government is trying to shove down our throats.

    I think we have too much of Federal Government and not enough of State's Rights.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    Tea party candidates may be surprised if moderates, being the majority, find their voices.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 15, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    These losers always attack the ones they are most threatened by. I think they all know that Mr. Romney is the one they should be afraid of.