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Published: Tuesday, June 21 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Hmmm.... Sounds logical.

romney helps guide the Olympics. So naturally he's be a great President...

Loa, what about his health care plan that supports abortions? What about the tax hikes I mean fees he instituted?

Of course, these lil facts aren't being reported by AM radio.

Springville, UT

I would bet the house that if this wealthy Massachusetts politician was not LDS, you would not be a supporter. I would also bet that if President Obama was Republican and he followed the exact same policies, you would be a fierce supporter.

Somewhere in Utah, UT

Loa Don -- if you want to support someone whose opinion changes depending on the people to whom he is speaking, and someone who is nothing more or less than a typical (generally less-than-honest) politician, that is your choice. Personally I want a better candidate. That's why Jon Huntsman is my choice.

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

As I understand it, Mitt Romney contends that the health care law instituted in Massachusetts is different from the national law because it was done at the state level. He has no problems with an individual mandate, the idea that government can require people to purchase services from a private industry. Big government at the state level is still big government. Don't forget his initial support for the bank bailouts. Now, all this doesn't mean Mitt Romney is a bad candidate, but don't vote for him hoping that he will do something about big government. There are much better candidates if you just want to reduce the sixe of government.

Cedar Hills, UT


I bet the farm that if Harry Reid wsa not Mormon I still would not like his agenda.

I would vote for Mickey Mouse over Obama.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Loa Don Glade,

You'd vote for Romney, says you are OK with Obamacare, higher taxes and additional gun controls.

Romney didn't win the GOP nomination because he was a RINO - too Liberal.

Me thinks you're a Romney supporter strictly because he's a Mormon, and not for his Left-leaning, New England Republican style political ideologies.

Look deep within yourself as to why you're voting for someone.
#1 Be honest with yourself.

Springville, UT

KM, what do you think is Reid's agenda? Reid is closer to Romney's true politics than the rest of the GOP group running for President. Even so, Reid is not the issue of this letter or my comments. Stay within the GOP, and I still say that Utahns would ignore Romney, the Massachusetts liberal Republican, but for his religion.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mitt Romney on Job creation:
From 2003-2007 job growth: 0.9%.
In rankings with the rest of the country:
MA was 47th in Job creation when Mitt Romney was there.
- Think Progress Travis Waldron 06/02/11

Sorry, 0.9% improvement for ONE state...
does not give me reason to think he will do better with 50.

Heck, he didn't even run for a second term in MA.

Sorry, Obama has done better at being President than someone who ran one.

And Mikey Mouse is more popular than most of the GOP candidates KM.

*'Poll: Less than half of GOP primary voters satisfied with 2012 field' - By Mark Murray - NBC News - 06/15/11

Obama, 2012


What are Romney's economic policies?

Does he adhere to " trickle-down"?

Does he support the tax cuts for upper levels of income?

Does he support a low capital gains tax rate?

Does he support an estate tax?

Does he support less regulation of the banks and financial institutions?

If the answer to these questions is "yes" then we will just return to the Bush years.
No thanks.

Clearfield, UT

Re: Pagan

Nice copy paste of your post yesterday.

At least Romney's record on job growth is positive.

Obama on Job creation:
From 2008-2011 job growth: -2.0%
Worst unemployment rate in 14 years
-Telegraph.co.uk - Nov 7, 2008

And Mikey Mouse is irrelevant to politics.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Romney is a job destroyer, not a creator. His M.O. for getting rich is simple: buy a company, fire half the workers so the cash flow statement suddenly looks amazing, then flip it at a big profit. Check out the story of his acquisition of Ampad. It's heartbreaking.


From February 2001, Bushs first full month in office, through January 2009, his last, the economy added just 1 million jobs. By contrast, in 2010 alone, the economy added at least 1.1 million jobs.

Mitt Romney: this is the slowest job recovery since Hoover. It breaks my heart. I want to get us back to work." (By Hoover, Romney meant President Herbert."

" We compared the number of employed Americans at the start of the recovery to the number employed at the end of the 23-month period. Then we calculated the percentage increase (or decrease) in employment over that time period.

By this measure, there were two recoveries weaker than the one were currently experiencing -- the one from November 2001 to October 2003, under President George W. Bush, and the one from July 1980 to June 1982, under presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The George W. Bush recovery is especially striking, since the economy actually lost more than 700,000 jobs during the first 23 months after the recession ended."

Cedar Hills, UT

Leave it to the biggest partisan hacks on the comment boards to tell everyone else why they would vote for a candidate. Thanks for your consistency, Esquire and LDS Lib.

Salt Lake City, UT

There's absolutely no way I could vote for Mitt "I'm unemployed, too" Romney. The flip-flopped positions, saying whatever is relevant to the group he's in front of...a Romney presidency sounds like a disaster.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Mormon's don't smoke, but push this GOP hogwash, what would Romney say about this?. We don't need new cigarette labels that revealed photos, that don't do squat, costs extra money, is foolish and no one looks at them but the non-smokers. Get the tobacco companies through regulation to pay taxes on product's sold to americans and over 2/3 to third world countries, that'll hurt them more. The Patriot Act's money laundering provisions, where are they today?. The tobacco industry feared The Patriot Act so Rep. Michael Oxley removed a provision involving money laundering from the bill at the behest of the White House and GOP whip Tom DeLay, under pressure from Big Tobacco. More loopholes that allow qualifying Institutions to still serve as conduits for Tax Evasion that report nothing to the IRS for collection. Is this fair taxing to the poor and middleclass ?. Nail them all. WHO IN CONGRESS wrote a amendment to add this "BACK" into The Patriot Act to date?. Conservatives never see the elephant in the room now do they?. It's secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That's for BIG BUSINESS "ONLY" and their deep pocket's.

Sarah Palin 2012.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

It's obvious that Mitt Romney scares the non-republicans who posted today, otherwise, why would they try to tell us why Mitt isn't the proper REPUBLICAN candidate? They know that Mitt can easily beat Mr. Obama. Is that why they're posting? Or, are they really Republicans who only post like non-republicans?

Salt Lake City, UT

'Worst unemployment rate in 14 years' - Jash | 9:14 a.m.

Nice manipulation of the facts.

Obama hasn't been PRESIDENT for 14 years!

But, I'm glad you brought up unemployment.

Clinton: 4%
George W. Bush: 8%
Obama to date: 9.1%

Granted an increase in national unemployment is bad. Nobody want's that.

But, what happened when the Republican party had control of the Senate, Congress and Presidency from 2000-2006? Almost EXCLUSIVE control for almost 8 years?

The national unemployment rate, doubled.
Along with our 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.'

Great 'history', this Republican party has.

Othello, WA

I think Romney is a great candidate, but he would be about my 3rd or 4th choice. he is a little squishy for my taste, but his business sense is exactly what the country needs now. The foolish airhead we have in office now, is exactly wrong for the job.
I am always entertained by Pagan's cherry picked, lame, out-of-context and therefore foolishly meaningless quotes about Republicans. If you go to the BLS website, you can find average annual unemployment percentages. If you average those annual numbers, over the terms of their presidency, GWB and Clinton have the exact same average annual percentage. In no YEAR did GWB have anything close to 8% (maybe he did on the last day of his term, but not the year), and GWB faced far more difficult economic challenges then Clinton ever dreamed of. BHO hasn't had a day under 8%, and there is not a year in site, that he will be under 8%.

Cedar Hills, UT

Pagan - I like how you take Clinton's very best point in time of unemployment statistics, and compare it against Bush's very worst point in time. Under both, the average unemployment rate for their respective 8 years in office was just over 5%.

"Nice manipulation of facts."

I anticipate you'll counter that unemployment under Clinton fell consistently every year from about 7% to 4%, where he handed off to Bush, and that Bush handed off 8% unemployment to Obama, even though Bush kept it pretty steady at around 5% for his entire presidency until the last few weeks.

Any honest person will admit that numerous factors led to the economic meltdown at the very end of Bush's presidency, which were sown and perpetuated through several previous presidents and congresses, Republican and Democratic. But, there are few honest commenters on these boards, so we're reminded daily that it's all Bush's fault, or it's all Obama's fault that it's so difficult to overcome, as if the solution is so easy.

If recent history is an indicator, the best economic decisions seem to be made with a pragmatic Democrat president, and a bold Republican congress.

Unfortunately, Obama's not nearly as pragmatic as Clinton.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Hard to believe that rank and file Republicans and brothers and sisters here in Utah would fall in line for Mitt.

How can they support a man who flips and flops on issues because the political winds have changed?

Mitt is after all #8 on the Top Ten list of RINO's and has been listed as "the most pro-abortion and pro-gay rights Republican official in the nation for the last decade." He has been reviewed favorably by Boston's major homosexual newspaper. These hardly sound like family values or Utah values to me! I am shocked and dismayed.

Could it be that so many are for Mitt just because he is a Mormon? What will Jon Huntsman's candidacy do to Mitt's support? Sounds like trouble to me right here in Salt Lake City, Utah Valley and across all of Zion!

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