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Published: Tuesday, May 31 2011 7:02 a.m. MDT

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JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

Romney is an effective flip flopper. Calling Out the President for passing a similar health care plan that Romney did is quite a hoot. More flip flopping on his positions than Flipper the Dolphin except for Flipper is more likable.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Those are cheap shots Romney. No vote from me for one that has no foriegn relations experience yet portends to give advice to a man that has achieved more good in the middle east than the last 3 presidents put together.

Thanks republicans for convincing the middle east that Obama is a secret Muslim. Your lie is actually helping a lot.

Jared
Gainesville, FL

Mitt Romney is campaigning, of course he going to make strong statements. In any case, he's pretty accurate with his assessment (in my opinion, take from it what you want). Pres. Obama had nearly a supermajority in the Senate and House for two years and still did not get much done, particularly for the economy. Other than a couple bills, Pres. Obama is simply an extension of Pres. Bush's presidency (except for instead of 2 wars, Pres. Obama has 3 and the 3rd hasn't been authorized by Congress like it should be).

Re: John... To flip flop you have to change your positions on issues multiple times (e.g., against the Iraq War then for the war {the flip} then against it again {the flop}). What issues has Mitt Romney flip flopped on? Again, these are issues that he was for or against, then was against or for, and now is for or against. The whole flip flop mantra was obnoxious during 2004 - Kerry didn't deserve the label (mostly) except for with the Iraq War where he did change his position multiple times.

Cedarite
Cedar City, UT

Can't the campaign nasty-fest wait until 2012? It's so undignified, repetitive and tiresome. And frankly, aggressive snarking will make Romney just look like a persistent nag since his image has always been more professional than ranting FOX pundit style.

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

Oh my heavens. President Obama has pushed the debate about our broken healthcare system forward to the point that some real needed change may continue. He sustained the cause and achieved the bringing to justice of Osama Bin Laden. He helped save Chrysler and General Motors. The economy is slowing creeping in the right direction (he promoted several inititives to pull it out of the deep hole it had fallen into). Hi is respected around the world by most pro liberty nations. He is a good family man and care about the poor and needy. Is he perfect - no! Has he been as ineffective as Brother Romney portrays him to be - no! I like Mitt Romney and I might vote for him if he shows any real leadership qualities (like he did with healthcare in Massachussets), but for now I see the best leadership in Pres. Obama

Cedarite
Cedar City, UT

Jared, Romney flip-flopped right in this article. He has previously accused Obama of "throwing Israel under the bus" by not supporting Arab dictators to keep Isreal safe and then in this article claims Obama didn't do enough to support the "Arab Spring." That is a major contradiction.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Big talk. But what I would like to know, how would Romney have react to the Arab Spring. He says Obama was flat-footed, but he never says what he would have done differently. It is easy to take the shots, but I have never, ever seen Romney give specifics on anything. It is easy to tear down, but is Romney avoiding specifics so he himself won't be torn down by others, particularly in his own party?

To Jared and others, like Romney, simple Google the question, "What has Obama done." Some of the sites will give you some indication. I find Obama to have been immensely effective. You may have policy differences, which is fine, but you cannot honestly say he has not been effective, even with a blatantly obstructionist Congress. And Romney has flip-flopped - Republicans will gleefully point it out. The Democrats won't have to lift a finger. Trying to deflect it by bringing up Kerry, even if true, does not change the fact he has indeed been a flip-flopper.

I'm OK with changing positions. I'm not OK with attacking and then not saying what you would have done differently.

Esquire
Springville, UT

I will add this, Romney implies that he would have intervened in the Middle East. Is that what we want? More wars? More U.S. soldiers in other countries? More entanglements in a part of the world where our past entanglements have caused a lot of heartache? Or is it best to let the people in those countries have self-determination as much as possible without unnecessary or excessive outside intervention? It is a tough balancing act unless you want to militarily occupy the world. Again, what would Romney actually do? Let's hear it!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

By appealing to the vocal minority of Far-Right-Wing --
Mitt Romney just lost the silent majority of the Moderates and Independants.

My only guess is another major Flip-Flop coming if he wins the neo-radicalized GOP nomination.

ST
Layton, UT

I might have to disagree ...

I think Obama has been very effective at ruining our country!!!

Chris Bryant
SLC, UT

Mitt Romney is like a young tree in the wind, he will literally go whichever direction the wind is blowing.

No doubt, during the time when he is trying to get the GOP nomination, he will pander to the extremists in the tea party. If he wins, he will take on a more moderate tone to try and win the votes of the people with the real power in the country (independents and moderates).

As a side note, it looks like Palin will be tossing her hat into the ring. If palin wins the nomination, the Obama admin. will rejoice, because they would win re-election in a landslide.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Solidify the base, alienate the middle.
Interesting strategy, Mitt.

gizmo33
St. George, Utah

of course Romney accuses Obama of being ineffective. he wants the oval office. it doesnt matter who the president is Romney will make negitive comments about him. Huntsman will say negitive things about Romney. Obama will say negitive things about Romney and Huntsman and Palin and Bachman and Gingrich and they will all say negitive things about Obama and the Dems will say negitive things about the Reps.and the Reps will say negitive things abou the Dems. nothing new here folks. its an election. well Im gonna grab my fishin pole and go get some worms and head out fer a spell and maybe by October of next year something new might come out about the 2012 election that we havent already seen or heard.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

What's interesting to me is that Romney and Huntsman are the only two Republicans who stand a real chance of defeating Obama, and yet the GOP is so dominated by hyper-conservative evangelical Christians that neither of them have a prayer of getting the nomination.

Airplanes don't fly with only a right wing.

seer
kaysville, ut

I love how Mitt brings out the hate and vitriol of the left. It proves to me that he is the man to run against Obama.....his minion so hate Mitt!

IDC
Boise, ID

Can anyone argue that Obama hasn't been mostly ineffective? Neither Romney or Palin probably scare Obama but I don't see Obama as a good or effective president. Hopefully the republicans can give us a choice with an effective leader. Someone who belives in America and the American people. Our country is great because of the ideas and hard work of our people, not because of a few politicians.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

I think it is so funny that people here think Obama has actually helped the economy. If the economy is indeed recovering as the government claims (although keep in mind that declaring the economy to be recovering and the economy actually recovering are two different things), then it is DESPITE Obama, not BECAUSE of Obama. Economists already pointed out that his stimulus did no good to the economy; all it did was increase the debt by more than any Republican president has even come close to.

I know people will be asking for a credible source, so here it is:
"Economists Say the Stimulus Didn't Help" -CNN April 26, 2010

Can you twist that at all? I think that explains it quite clearly.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Sorry Romney.

The economy is turning, 50,000 troops out of Iraq, Libya on the verge of surrender with zero US troops, and Osama Bin Laden is dead.

*'Last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq' - By Rebecca Santana - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/19/10
'Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama's Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.'

*'Gadhafi asks Obama to stop' - By Matthew Lee - AP - Published by DSNews - 04/06/2011

*'U.S. job situation looks etter still' - By Jeff Thredgold - DSnews - 05/10/11

I admit, I still need to do research on Romney.

Like his healthcare ideas.

Obama 2012

NT
Springville, UT

Anybody BUT Obama in 2012

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'I think it is so funny that people here think Obama has actually helped the economy. (sic) ...economy actually recovering are two different things), then it is DESPITE Obama, not BECAUSE of Obama. Economists already pointed out that his stimulus did no good to the economy; all it did was increase the debt by more than any Republican president has even come close to.' - Riverton Cougar | 9:17 a.m.

Please don't tell me you are trying to perpetuate the myth that Obama signed the stimulus bill...?

*'Bush signs stimulus bill; rebate checks expected in May' - CNN - 02/13/08

'President Bush on Wednesday signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, calling it a "booster shot" for the American economy.'

And WHO doubled the national debt?

'Eight years in office, a $10.6 trillion debt' - By David M. Dickson - December 15, 2008 - Washington Times
'President Bush has nearly doubled the national debt during his eight years in the White House.'

Has Obama DOUBLED the national debt as Bush did?

No. He didn't.

And, Obama didn't sign the stimulus bill, either.

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