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  • greenman108 Petaluma, CA
    May 24, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson says that oil should be around $60-$70 a barrel based on the fundamentals of supply and demand." The rest of the price is speculation.

  • greenman108 Petaluma, CA
    May 24, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    dad of 5 sons:
    oil is a commodity. if you want to , go ahead and tell your Congress member to have the US commodities agency
    stop speculators. Most the price increase is about speculation. Surely you are not against a little good old fashioned capitalism, are you? Good luck getting any R congressmen to stand up to the commodities gambling.

  • greenman108 Petaluma, CA
    May 24, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    dad of 5 sons:
    oil is a commodity. if you want to , go ahead and tell your Congress member to have the US commodities agency
    stop speculators. Most the price increase is about speculation. Surely you are not against a little good old fashioned capitalism, are you? Good luck getting any R congressmen to stand up to the commodities gambling.

  • greenman108 Petaluma, CA
    May 24, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    "He ended the project after two years because of a lack of enthusiasm from politicians to sign onto a civility pledge."
    wow! Such a sad commentary. We have a long way to go as a society. On the other hand, I am guessing a lot of members of the church that Romney is a member of will be voting for him because of his membership. I remember my daughter saying, when she was about 5 years old, when I was watching a basketball game on TV, and she came in and got on the rug and was doing some distracting entertainment there: "Which one are we, dad? I can understand a mere child choosing a team to root for based on identity politics, but it looks to me as though a lot of people vote based on cultural identities and not the issues, as if the membership in the same tribe, clan or church suffices to define the candidates. That's true in Nigeria, for instance.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    May 24, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    "He ended the (Civility) project after two years because of a lack of enthusiasm from politicians to sign onto a civility pledge."

    What did he get, three politicians to sign up? What a surprise that they wouldn't get behind something as basic as civility. I stopped calling them "Civil Servants" years ago.....

  • Scott5 Quiet Neighborhood, UT
    May 24, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    I am not sure where the Evangelicals get off bashing the Mormons. Wouldn't this Harold Camping who predicted the end of the world over the weekend be considered an Evangelical?

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    May 24, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    I thought the baptist made the movie The God Maker?

  • Theeng2 Holladay, UT
    May 24, 2011 4:36 a.m.

    If Mitt and Huck run together that may be enough to swing the Southern vote.

  • Mosely Salt Lake City, UT
    May 24, 2011 2:13 a.m.

    If Romney can get the Southern Baptists, and then the Evangelicals, that would be a HUGE coupe for his campaign. I'm still skeptical how high a percentage of those votes he will capture, but it could be amazing for him.

    Now he just needs to get the Wall Street and GOP Elite on his side believing that he can: A) Unseat Obama, and B) Get us out of the economic mess we're in. He's a shoe-in. Those are the only tasks he really has to deliver on for success.

    So he needs to keep from showing his angry temper, and annoying side. He needs to show how presidential he can be (because when he's on, he's amazing), and play his cards right with a few key player, supporters and primaries.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 23, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    If the Southern Evangelicals bury the hatchet with Mitt and his religion, and back up someone with the likes of a Jim DeMint of South Carolina for his V.P. running mate, then all the king's horses and all the king's men will not be able to stop decent people from re-entering the White House again.
    It can happen. Please don't discount all Evangelicals as ignorant Mormon-haters. I know many who voted for Mitt in the last 2008 primaries, just here in So. Cal.
    I believe they (Evangelicals) are taking a second look at this possibility.
    It will shake the Obama attack machine to the core.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    May 23, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    One guy backs him and this makes this news put let go gaga? Mitt will lose in the South again like he did in the last election.

  • B Logan, UT
    May 23, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    @Pagan

    It's okay to say why you believe in a particular political point of view. But don't be a propagandist for the administration. We are not pulling out of the financial meltdown. We are wallowing in the mire. The administration's one accomplishment is getting bin Laden and that's great, but it's still the economy. Obama is weak there. His ideology won't allow him to do what needs to be done to help the problem.

    And by the way, if the Southern Baptists/Born Again Christians do decide to get behind Romney (Huntsman is a non-factor) then Obama better start making plans to move back to Illinois sooner rather than later.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    May 23, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    @ pagan,
    "Obama is pulling us out of the financial meltdown" What? are you talking about the real unemployment rate is around 18 percent, the reported unemployment is at 9 percent, the rate of growth has been only 3 percent. When Ragan, pulled us out the carter's economy the rate of growth was 8 percent. when Clinton was presdent it 6 percent. the 800 billion stimulis package failed Obama has added over 14 trillion to the national debt, Social security and medicare are broke. Gas is over 4.00 dollars per gallon, there are more people on food stamps to day then two years ago, Shall I go on praising Obamas achivements? Mitt is the best chance for America!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 23, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    Tom in CA ---- "Romney/Bachman 2012???????????????"

    That's as frightening as Trump/Palin.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    Romney is good a buisness?

    That's great.

    Obama is pulling us out of the financial meltdown, repealed DADT, pervent another 9/11 and killed Osama Bin Laden.

    There's more to running a country than running a buisness.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    May 23, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    My choice right now would be Romney/Cain.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    May 23, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    Tom in CA 2:00 p.m.

    Romney/Bachmann 2012?

    Oh, I hope so. We'd be guaranteeing Obama a second term if that happens

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    May 23, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    What choice do the evangelicals have, Obama? I think DeMoss' endorsement will be much more receptive by evangelicals than in 2008 because of their absolute disgust over Obama. Romney is the only clear-cut Republican contender that is credible enough to defeat Obama. That is becoming increasingly apparent every day. I am sure they would prefer Huckabee, but that is not an option anymore. The other Republicans have not the gravitas to be a credible opponent against Obama. Obama is the primary reason why evangelicals will vote for Romney.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 23, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    SB's voting for Mitt?

    Take it to the bank...

    or

    Don't hold your breath...

    Past practice would suggest SB's making some kind of "promise" only to go back (flip-flop?) on the "promise" when it counts.

    What goes around, comes around?

    Time will only tell.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 23, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    Furry 1993:

    "You're not correct that Romney is the best qualified candidate -- the best qualified candidate is NOT Romney; it's Huntsman."

    Thanks for your opinion. We know Huntsman will have at least one vote.

    People in my house will be voting for Romney. I can see it now:

    Romney/Bachman 2012.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    May 23, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    To patriot | 12:56 p.m. May 23, 2011
    Cedar Hills, UT
    People better get past religion in this election because at the end of the day you have to either vote to give Obama 4 more years or choose another direction. Romney is the best qualified candidate so make your choice... 4 more years of socialism or jump start capitalism.

    -------------------------------

    In a way you're right; in a way not. You're correct that people had better get past religion or President Obama will win a second term. You're not correct that Romney is the best qualified candidate -- the best qualified candidate is NOT Romney; it's Huntsman.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 23, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    People better get past religion in this election because at the end of the day you have to either vote to give Obama 4 more years or choose another direction. Romney is the best qualified candidate so make your choice... 4 more years of socialism or jump start capitalism.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    "my blood still boils over Huckabee and his comments about the Devil, he knew the teachings of the church"

    You sure about that? I'm pretty sure that once a year there's a story in this newspaper about some study that showed that most everyone outside of Mormonism doesn't know much other than the very very most basic details of the religion.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    May 23, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    I don't particularly care whether a person lives his faith UNLESS he portrays himself as actively observant and, at the same time, violates the principles of his faith (in other words, acts the hypocrite).

    What I want to know is whether the person will govern as a member of a particular faith first and an American (serving all his/her constituents second), or will govern as an American first and a member of the faith second. There are a lot of faiths whose leaders are requiring their politican followers to act as members of the faith first, to the detriment of the interests of their constituents who do not follow the same faith or who do not actively live their faith. For me, the politician MUST be an American first, serving ALL his/her constituents' interests. I want to know which of the candidates will put the interests of all Americans first.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 23, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Any man who professes a religion had better live that religion, no matter who his audience is. In the last election, Mitt Romney thought that he was running for President. People saw him first as a "Mormon" and secondly as a candidate. He probably never realized how curious America was about his religion. He stood up for his beliefs without making people guess whether he was 'active' or not.

    This time, he is aware that he will have to wear two hats all the time. One hat is the hat of the candidate. The other hat is the hat of an "active Mormon". He is better prepared to wear both hats and to answer the questions about "Mormons" as he tells us why he is uniquely qualified to be the next President.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    May 23, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    It's time for REAL CHANGE and REAL HOPE in Washington. Let's put in someone who has had inumerable experiences in running a government and corporations, and not a community organizer - again. Presidential qualifications equals Romney. Thank you DeMoss for seeing that. Romney in 2012.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    May 23, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    Maybe those Baptists are aiming to 'Save' Romney...

  • seer kaysville, ut
    May 23, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    Funny how things come full circle. Is Mormonism a strange religion? Well....compared to what....Islam? My extended family is dyed in the wool, southern baptist who have always believed that the mere mention of "Mormonism" is a sin.

    After awhile, we just stopped speaking about any matters of importance (all the important matters eventually led to morality, politics, or religion). I guess I grew tired of hearing that my religion (Mormonism) was an affront.

    Now we may see evangelicals support Romney. Not convert to his religion....just support him. About time!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 23, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Qualifications instead of theology. Hmmm, novel concept that the evangelicals need to learn.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    May 23, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Romney vs Obama. A Mormon vs a Muslim in the Southern bible thumper's eyes. Most of 'em won't believe any facts about Obama's place of birth or religion, no matter who is saying it.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    May 23, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    I think that is great, my blood still boils over Huckabee and his comments about the Devil, he knew the teachings of the church and yet he spinnnned that off the road. But if Huckabee were to be running against Obama, I would plug my nose and vote for him. I don't care what religion he is, but I care that he attacked my religion.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    May 23, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Sorry, DN -- you're shilling for Romney again.

    The correct heading for this article should read: Romney's 2008 liaison to evangelical voters is again advocating for him. In other words, same-old-same-old where the Southern Baptists are concerned.