Friends say Mitt Romney not as stiff or robotic as media portrays


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  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    @SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    The only problem voting for Mitt is you never know which Mitt you're voting for.
    Tax/Mass. Mitt?
    Olympics Mitt?
    DC Mitt?
    T-Party Mitt?
    The Mitt who served in the Military?
    Sorry, that's right. He did not serve in the Military.
    Trust fund Mitt?
    East Coast elite Mitt?
    Corporate welfare Mitt?

    The point, of the election, was to get a different guy in the WHITE House?
    The more things are supposed to change, the more they end up staying the same.

    BO: just a community organizer
    BO: communist/socialist
    BO: Muslim in Christian clothing
    BO: verbally shuns intelligent/"rich" people but vacations with "them"
    BO: never had a real job, met a payroll, managed anything
    BO: never served in military
    BO: degrades the US at home and abroad
    BO: bows to foreign leaders
    BO: hobnobs with Chicago elite
    BO: talks but does nothing
    BO: promotes cradle to grave entitlements
    BO: won't release college info
    BO: collegiate peers never met him
    BO: surrounds himself with radicals
    BO: abstained from many Senate votes
    BO: added trillions to debt

    Some people never will change.

    NEXT election: get someone DIFFERENT in White House!

  • ECE Ferron, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    I have always said if the people who are unsure of Mitt could actually meet him the chances of him earning their vote would increase ten-fold. In my experiences of engaging with Mitt and his family they are incredibly cordial, personable and genuine. He is actually a pretty funny guy, hes not afraid to crack a joke or tell a story if the occasion permits.

    Mitt Romney is a man of Integrity and anybody who has actually met him on a personal basis would have a hard time saying that isn't true.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Aug. 20, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    As a convert to the church since 1975, I myself, sometimes to this day, still feel somewhat put off by certain members of the church who appear so "perfect", because they strive to keep up the Father Knows Best appearance. Let's face it, most of us don't look like Ward Cleaver and Donna Reed.
    However, if you have a long LDS family tradition of this, then it seems normal.
    To the comedians and public at large, (including myself), it appears otherwise.
    That's just a fact, that I find many people in the church, particularly in Utah, as well as others outside of the state, with that long LDS tradition, manage to maintain.
    It's not a bad thing. It's just a fact.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    Mr. Romney will make a great president------and yes I do believe he will uphold Obamacare. Our great country will keep the good parts and throw out the bad in Obamacare and it will stay in tact. If states can do a better job with healthcare, Mr. Obama has already said they can do their own thing.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Aug. 19, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Ahh is the poor young man having the same thing done to him that they did to Al gore, Bob Dole, Kerry etc......

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    The only problem voting for Mitt is you never know which Mitt you're voting for.

    Tax/Mass. Mitt?

    Olympics Mitt?

    DC Mitt?

    T-Party Mitt?

    The Mitt who served in the Military?

    Sorry, that's right. He did not serve in the Military.

    Trust fund Mitt?

    East Coast elite Mitt?

    Corporate welfare Mitt?

    The point, of the election, was to get a different guy in the WHITE House?

    The more things are supposed to change, the more they end up staying the same.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 8:04 p.m.


    I'm a little tired of people blaming his LDS faith for his decisions. Wouldn't any religious President follow the values he's been taught? And by the way there are millions of non-LDS, even non Christians who are against gay marriage, abortion, etc.

  • dlw7 LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    Mitt Romney came to Utah prior to the Olympics of 2002. He took an organization that was deeply in debt,had major problems with venues being finished, no sponsers, etc and pulled it out. The Olympics made money, lots of money. In fact enough that some of the venues received residuals for a few years later. Maybe he can do that for the United States of America. For sure, he can't do any worse than our present President. It appears that the Democratic Party will be stuck running Obama in 2012 and this country CANNOT survive another 4 years like the last 4 years.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    The same charges of "stiffness" were launched against Al Gore.

    If the "stiffness" is reflected in an inability to relate to people in lower socioeconomic classes, then it's a problem.

    But Mitt is a huge disappointment. He's revealed ignorance at times, and of course, he supports Republican economic policies. He's proven himself to be a chameleon and therefore inauthentic on many issues--even going so far as joining the NRA claiming he likes to hunt--squirrels(?)

    Will he be able to win the primaries when Romneycare provides state funding for abortions?

  • elle76 san jose, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    If you are not a Romney supporter now, you better be. Don't wait till your wallet hurts because soon it will be. Not only your wallet hurts but your family will be separated due to financial crisis. Don't wait till you lose your house, your pets, your dignity, your friends, your health, and your sanity. We are on a crisis right now. It is just a matter of time before anarchy sets in. If we don't turn this economy around, we are all screwed! Even our life will be in danger when it becomes survival of the fittest out there.

    You see, this is no joke. This coming election, our choice is between life and death. It is very important that we choose someone who can stop the bleeding. Our major problem is the economy right now. Mitt Romney is the only one with smartness and experience who can turn this thing around. He is a proven turn around king. You're familiar with the olympic mismanagement scandal, right? He turned it around and made our country proud. Add to this the state of MA. He saved MA from financial disaster. Vote Mitt Romney!

  • elle76 san jose, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is almost perfect. They can't find faults in him personally, so they label him flip-flopper. Why are you hard on Mitt when most of the politicians changed positions all the time? Look at Obama and the rest of the them, yet you don't label them flip-flopper, do you?

    This flip-flopping thing is kind of old. Why don't you do your research on the man and I'm sure you'll change your mind. I did mine. Look at me! I'm not even a Mormon. I'm Catholic and I have a lot of faith in Mitt Romney. He is the only out there who can turn around this economy. You better start believing in him, otherwise, we are all in the same boat. If this economy continues to nosedive, prepare to be laid-off and homeless. Many people are being laid-off as we speak. Don't ever think that you are safe. You better be on the side of who can fix our broken economy. Vote for Mitt Romney!

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    I, too, am LDS, and let me say it's refreshing, as a voter, to know there are some candidates who can have their bios read by my grade-school-age grandchildren. That said, it does not follow that the former Governor will receive my vote. Not because of his hair, lack of jokes, or other inane externals, but because I don't agree with his platform as a candidate. Pure and simple. Should his platform become something I feel comfortable with, and should I feel that he is sincere about doing all he can to move it forward if elected, perhaps I may change my mind. It is, after all my vote, and a secret ballot. No one will--or should--ever know.

  • elle76 san jose, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 6:33 p.m.


    You've been brain-washed by the media, if all you do is quote all of them. Please read about Mitt Romney and do your own research. Coming from Utah yourself, what a shame!

    What do you think comprised of a corporation? How do you think goods and services flow in this country? Who do you think provides services to people?
    Come on now! Think!!! Of course, corporations are made of people like you and I. Only stupid people who would excoriate Mitt for comment like that. You have to do a lot of explaining in order to be understood. I agree with Mitt Romney 100%! Corporations are made of people. It wouldn't exist without people. Hello! Where do you think you get your wages? Please don't demonize companies/corporations because without them, we'll all be starving and homeless. The government can't feed us all. We have to work in a corporation and get paid, in order to live. Get that!

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    I am comfortable the way I see Romney now. I know that we won't see a book, Sins of My Father and Mother, or a rolled joint hanging out of his mouth. What we have seen of Obama so far has been ugly and totally embarrassing for this nation. Mitt Romney is a breath of fresh air.

  • Virginia Hurley CAYCE, SC
    Aug. 19, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    Mitt Romney gets my vote. I believe he can and will turn this country around from
    the disaster obama has created. 4 more years of obama will be soooo disaterous and it amazes me that some people can't see that. obama makes no decisions, he lies every time he opens his mouth!!!!!! If not Romney, Perry one of those two hopefully will knock obama off the mountain.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    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.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 19, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    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?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    "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.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    Aug. 19, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    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!

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 19, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Aug. 19, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    "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?

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    "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.

  • A_Zion_State_O'Mind FAIR OAKS, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    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.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Aug. 19, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    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.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Aug. 19, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    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.

  • J-Dub Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    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.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Aug. 19, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    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..........

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 2:14 p.m.

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


    *'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.

  • Kimball Woodruff Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    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.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    But can he organize a community?

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 19, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    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?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    '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


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

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

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    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.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Aug. 19, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    "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.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    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.