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Published: Thursday, Aug. 11 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Saint George, UT

The most feared man in America is Grover Norquist.

When we get into the next war, which we most assuredly will, we will not be able to raise taxes to pay for the war.

The re-Publican position is to repeat the "war off the budget" mistakes of the Bush Administration.

Who or what will get sacrificed in order to pay for the next war or series of wars since we will not be able to raise taxes to pay for the war?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Governor Rick- the tea evangelical-Perry has the core in his pocket. Give him an amen because the billionaires will pay Karl Rove to keep their tax low.

Prospect, KY

Interesting - you'd think an article about the debate would at least say something about each candidate - something they said that was noteworthy. I'm not sure, did Dr. Paul attend the debate? Not worth even a paragraph? There's journalism for you.

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

This article mentions six of the eight candidates. It did not mention Herman Cain or Ron Paul (who is leading the Fox News Poll of who won the debate). Good job Ron Paul, you won a debate that you apparently didn't even attend. This article found time to mention two people who did not attend the debate and have not officially stated they're running. Interesting.

Brigham City, UT

Unfair how much brains and talent Gingrich has-----more than all the others combined; from a history professor too.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

The non-tea party, non-left wing analysis:

The winners in order:

#1--Newt Gingrich--shows some teeth, great zingers against the press and who can't love that?!
#2--Ron Paul--no chance of winning, I think he knows it, so he can say anything
#3--Dean Cain--like Paul he gets to say whatever he basically wants without much worry
#4--Mitt Romney--all he needs to do is be solid and not make any gaffes and for the most part he did it
#5--Michelle Bachmann--fumbled and stumbled a bit but didn't destroy herself, obvious favorite of Fox News
#6--Rick Santorum--I can't tell the difference between him and Pawlenty, either by look, politics or presentation
#7--See Santorum but appeared more desperate, seem to can't take it that he's not the most popular person in Minnesota.
#8--Jon Huntsman--I could say he was #1 because his positions appear to the great and seemingly unrepresented middle. But that's not the game here. It's the Iowa Straw Poll and you could tell his answers weren't tea enough--poor guy should run as an Independent third party candidacy--mostly because it would be fun.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

#7--Tim Pawlenty. See he is forgettable...

Salt Lake City, UT

Michelle Bachman still wishes the United States had defaulted on our debt.
I guess that's politics. Stick to a talking point, even if its ignorant.

Roosevelt, UT

Unfortunately for this country Mitt has had a 2 year headstart on campaigning. It might take the Texas governor to knock him off his podium.

Currently he has run under the radar and were he to go toe to toe with Huntsman he would be a distant second.

The field needs to be pared down yet seems to be increasing in size.

Mitt is maintaining he will not raise taxes, he should check the internet as the happiest people on the earth are those paying higher taxes. When the tax rates increase there is less reason to take money out of a company. The higher tax structure then rewards people for investing in business.

The current tax structure rewards those who take money out, selling off assets or laying off people. That might be why Mitt the corporate raider says he will not raise taxes.

As governor he said the same thing but then increased user fees up to 600% to increase revenues. Instead of doing away with the 1600 billion dollar debacle Bush tax cuts he will protect those and balance the books of the country on the backs of the aged with cutting medicare coverage.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

First of all, above I should say Herman Cain not Dean Cain (the Superman guy)...sorry Mr. Herman Cain.

Secondly Doug 10, I think your wish will come true pretty soon. Pawlenty, Gingrich and Santorum have no legs and will be gone by Iowa caucus. Cain will eventually be gone too, might resurface as a VP candidate though I think the first choice of somebody will be Rubio maybe followed by Christie. I'm not sure how much money Huntsman has, I know his father/family is loaded but he can't last too much longer with this support. I mean if he really wants to entertain this pipe dream of being President he needs to run as a moderate third-party candidate and maybe get somebody like Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson or Joseph Lieberman from the other party to be his VP.

Bachmann is in it for the long haul. Guiliani might jump in but he won't do well. Heck he might be a good VP pick, if not for large ego, for Huntsman on a third-party centrist ticket.

It will come down to Romney, Perry and Bachmann. Palin sits this one out and plays king/queen maker.

Springville, UT

And my question to each of these candidates, what would you have done? How would you have handled the problems that the Republicans handed to President Obama? I'll even give you the benefit if hindsight. Along the same lines, what is your plan for moving forward? Don't just give me the same old "cut taxes" line, which has proven to not work based on the experience of the last 10 years. It is so easy to stand up there and take shots, but not only do these candidates have no specifics, they have no ideas. None.

Durham, NC

I rented a car with XM yesturday, and listed to most of their speaches they made. What was disappointing in listening to them is once again it was plaining clear that none of them I heard were giving you something to "vote for", more they were trying to build the "vote against" campaign.

We have had Obama media covering him now for 4 years. We pretty much understand what the guy stands for and against. We get it. We don't need you all to tell us more about him... zingers and all.

What I want to know is what you are going to DO.... how hard is that. Romney claims he is going to bring integrity back to government... because Obama hasn't. He failed once to mention what he "would do" to bring integrity back. How hard is that?

I don't need them to tell me about Obama - I need them to tell me about them.

I didn't hear Ron Paul though, and I think I would have liked to. He has some good logical ideas.


Wow, I wish all it took to advance my career was to sling insults and blame at the current holder of the job I'm gunning for.

Kudos to Pawlenty for calling out Bachmann: "She's got a record of misstating and making false statements". Indeed. Someone could write a book. And should.

Kaysville, UT

Romney has a great track record of balancing budgets. That is what the U.S. needs now. My vote is for Romney.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Ron Paul got the loudest applause by far. This was because he had something of substance to say and could think out of the box. The establishment hates him but the people love him. I think it would be a rigged election if anybody besides Ron Paul wins the nomination. Perry is an evil globalist and he may have the money, but he hates freedom and is financial backers hate freedom as well.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

why do you perpetuate the lie? I'm no fan of Bachman, but there was NEVER any chance we would have defaulted on our debt. there is more than enough revenue each month to pay interest on the debt, military salaries, SS, medicare and medicaid, with about $35-40B left. EACH MONTH!

those of you questioning why there was no mention of Ron Paul (if you support him) should be thankful. I watched about 30-45 minutes of the debate and saw no one LESS qualified to be president than Mr. Paul. It was not his non-traditional economic and fiscal ideas that turned me off to him, but his total naïveté concerning Iran that scared me. Mr. Paul would be a threat to our security. The only person I can think of in history to compare him to in that regard would be Neville Chamberlain.

Sugar City, ID

Why is Gingrich still running? For years actors got paid by the tobacco industry for smoking cigarettes during a movie. Newt is getting paid to push for the repeal of the Dodd-Franks bill and no tax increases on the rich. Actually are all getting paid for the latter. When asked if they would reject a budget deal that cut spending 10 times more than it raised revenues, all raised their hands vigorously. Mitt Romney almost raised both hands. Nothing but more gridlock can be expected by this bunch. I agree with Mitt Romney on his stance on abortion, marriage and each state administering its own health care plan (providing it has one) including individual mandates. But I dont think he has a clue why Mormon recorded 3 Nephi 6:12. Also, I do not think the federal government can use the 10th amendment to allow states to practice slavery or exterminate Mormons.

South Jordan, UT

Ron Paul and Newt did the best in my opinion as they usually stuck to the topic came across as genuine. Ron Paul struck a chord with me. Romney did ok. The others seemed too scripted and had things they wanted to say at all costs and there was too much "I did this and this and this".

one old man
Ogden, UT


How about hearing exactly what they plan to do? How about a detailed plan from each of them for solving the problems they slap Obama for? How about putting it all in writing so they can't weasel out of it later?

Three cheers for the people in Iowa who gave Romney pieces of their minds the other day. We need more patriots like them.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

glad to see the little o defenders are out en masse. keep drinking the Kool Aid. the empty suit is about to go down. any of those on stage last night are better than the organizer and chief. send o back to chicago in 16 months. i only wish it was sooner.

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