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Published: Friday, Aug. 19 2011 12:55 p.m. MDT

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christoph
Brigham City, UT

I recall a media interview in 2002 during the Olympics in which Mr. Romney said he works out about 4 hours a day. If we were all independently wealthy, I guess we could all work out that much each day.

Vince
the boonies, mexico

"A complete flopper" nothing more or less. Today one thing, tomorrow another, he tries to say what the wealthy want him to say, but deep down he would like the other side if the truth was known. I personnaly don't care for the man, but he beats all of the other repub candidates heads and shoulders. Whoever get the rep nomination is going to lose anyway. My vote right now goes to Ron Paul merely because he seems to be the "only" humble, honest man that has integrity that has announced so far. His problem is notoriety, intelligence and finances.

raybies
Layton, UT

This great article points out the subversive backhanded compliments that the media likes to give to those people it cannot get any dirt on... especially when it comes to their personal lives. If there's no horrific mess, and they don't agree with their politics, you can bet they'll play this sort of nonsense, claiming that he's not a real person, or he's a robot, or he's too good to be true. The innuendo is that you'll not trust him because he looks too good. Repeat the lie enough times and it really doesn't matter what the truth is--people just go by guts most of the time anyhow.

Good job on pointing out this nasty trend. Heaven forbid we elect a guy that has a little polish in his self-image, a healthy family life, lives by time-tested traditional values, and hasn't got a scandal to keep us "twittillated". We might actually have to discuss the issues with this guy. Heaven forbid.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'Friends say Mitt Romney not as stiff or robotic as media portrays' - Title

I don't care.

I DO care, about what Romney, has done.

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

How about US jobs?

*'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt' - By Mitt Romney - NY Times - 11/18/08

*'Mitt Romney as job creator clashes with Bain record of job cuts' - By Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News - Published by DSNews - 07/20/11

'Employees who lost jobs at Bain-controlled companies more than a decade ago say they still hold Romney responsible.
"I would not vote for him for anything," said Phyllis Detro, 68, who lost her job...'

*Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million By Ken Thomas AP Published by DSNews 08/04/11

*Mitt Romney: Corporations are people, my friend By Phillip Elliot AP Published by DSNews 08/11/11

No.

Mitt Romney could be a belly-dancer, for all I care.

Due to his ACTIONS, he will not be getting my support.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

Hopefully we will someday find out what he thinks about governing the country. I would like to see some substantive distance between him and Perry or Bachmann. When 2 or 3 people are in complete agreement, only one is needed. Would it not be cheaper just to draw straws for the Republican candidate?

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

But can he organize a community?

Kimball Woodruff
Salt Lake City, UT

It's just not fair that the media use their "stiff" camera filters whenever he's on camera. I actually saw the cameramen changing their filters before focusing in on Mitt during last week's debate.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'But can he organize a community?' - Carnak | 2:02 p.m. Aug. 19, 2011

Well...

*'Osama bin Laden Killed: 'Justice Is Done,' President Says' - By DEAN SCHABNER - ABC News - 05/01/2011

'Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight.'

I know he didn't kill Osama Bin Laden.

But Republicans claim that was George W. Bush.

From 2008.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Too many of us have the same impression of Romney. He is like that cardboard man on the garage door commercial that we all made fun of.
If the shoe fits..........

J-Dub
Salt Lake City, UT

If you have to actually PROCLAIM that you aren't stiff, then chances are your actions aren't getting the job done. And, as we all know, actions speak louder than words. And even more absurd is the fact that has to be asserted in a major publication. You can go around all day and tell anyone who wants to hear that you aren't stiff and awkward, but if you then say things like, I saw the young man over there with eggs Benedict, with hollandaise sauce, and I was going to suggest to you that you serve your eggs with hollandaise sauce in hubcaps. Because theres no plates like chrome for the hollandaise. (Washington Post, June 14th 2011) then you are defeating the purpose of telling everyone that you're not stiff and awkward.

Independent
Henderson, NV

I'm not really sure if I'm a Romney supporter yet, but if you're trying to pursuade me not to be by pointing out that he laid people off to make companies profitable, suggested we let failing companies go bankrupt, or understands that corporations are made up of real people, it's not going to work.

He seems like an intelligent guy who would make a competent leader. His fip-slopping doesn't really bother me either, because it looks like his policy positions have progressively improved over time. I like the fact that he is an articulate speaker. I don't see the sense in holding his good looks against him.

CaliforniaCougar
Lake Elsinore, CA

I have been in the company of Mitt many times. He is very normal, engaging, funny, down-to-earth ... he would be an excellent President for our country.

A_Zion_State_O'Mind
FAIR OAKS, CA

Dowd is the stiff & so is Jon Stewart, phony putup jobs..everything they do is staged & they want to make fun of Mitt & Ann Romney? Good grief if the voting population buy into their argument this country deserves to go down the tubes. Let's see: a handsome couple who have raised their children to be productive citzens a couple who have been loyal to each other & tried to give as much as they could to the community & the best the Progressives can come up with, Romney is stiff, robatic. Obama said they were going to attack him personally. it has begun.

USA
Salt Lake City, UT

"Heaven forbid we elect a guy that has a little polish in his self-image, a healthy family life, lives by time-tested traditional values"

"a handsome couple who have raised their children to be productive citzens a couple who have been loyal to each other & tried to give as much as they could to the community"

Interesting, these descriptions also sound very much like President Obama and his family. We might not like his policies, but they have been a wonderful example of strong family life and values.

Independent
Henderson, NV

"Interesting, these descriptions also sound very much like President Obama and his family. We might not like his policies, but they have been a wonderful example of strong family life and values."

Very true. We don't hold it against President Obama, why should we hold it against Mitt Romney?

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

I don't hold that stuff against Romney, in fact I like that about him. I don't like that he's pre-signing oaths against gays and letting his religion run his decisions. I would consider leaving the country for 4-8 years if Romney gets in, especially if he pushes the White Horse Prophecy on this country.

Save the economy and strengthen the country I'm all for. Promote strong families I'm all for. Denying rights because YOU don't believe in them is not fair to the millions who do. Trying to make this country more aligned with YOUR beliefs is not right, it should be the majority's beliefs.

Moracle
Blackshear, GA

I like Mitt as a candidate, but after every TV performance, I find myself wishing he would relax and loosen up, a bit (I don't need news commentators to tell me he comes across stiff, I can see it myself). His eyes are blinking rapidly, like he is very uncomfortable, and I know that must put off some would-be supporters. He needs to come across as the sincere, down-to-earth person that he is, and even I can tell that he isn't pulling it off.

However, other past candidates have shown undesireable traits on camera: Obama looks smug and condescending, and Bush had a cocky, strutting gait, and some expressions that weren't all that complimentary.

The real thing though, that I wish Romney would do, is to say more about changes he would make other than the economy (which is his strong suit). Like: What would he do to turn this nation around from its downward spiral into socialism? What would he do to return us to our Constitutional moorings? What would he do to get us off foreign oil and even onto alternative energy sources? Iraq & Afghanistan; Iran, etc.

They all need fixing!

Mark B
Eureka, CA

"Stiffness" isn't much of a reason to oppose a candidate, and I'm sure Mitt would make a great neighbor, assuming one could afford to could live in his neighborhood. And it's nice if the president makes people comfortable, but good decisions are what count. Right now, Mitt's decisions seem too much as though they were checked out with the NAM or the Chamber of Commerce first. And no, corporations are NOT people.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

His decisions seem like they were checked out with the LDS at corporate level too seeing as he pre-signed away gay rights to marriage even though the majority of the country is okay with it. What's next? Pre-signing a cease to teaching evolution for our youth?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I'm sure he's a pleasant chap. Probably not someone i'd like to sit around and have a few beer with, but a nice chap. Votin' Obama.

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