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Published: Saturday, Nov. 19 2011 6:00 p.m. MST

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Mesa, AZ

I am LDS and a member of the Tea Party where I live. I am for Ron Paul as he is the only one who understands the Constitution and Liberty. I don't get why so many LDS are for Romney? Is it just because he is also LDS? That is a ridiculous reason to be for Romney. He doesn't understand the Constitution or he would not have said and done some of the things he has said and done. None of the other candidates are right for us either.


Do you want to beat Obama?


Yes, LDS vote for him 'cause he's LDS. Just like they vote for Hatch. Romney is nothing but a flip-flopper. He was a liberal to get elected to MA and he will talk the conservative talk to get elected president. Who knows what he'll be then? It's anyone's guess. He isn't the one mighty and strong.


Romney was either dishonest in 2002 when he stated his political positions or he is being dishonest now. Either way, I can't support another dishonest politician - even if he is LDS. I'd rather vote for Obama (against my political positions), than vote for someone I believe is dishonest but is claiming to represent my political positions. I place a higher value on honesty!

Georgie Baby
Denver, CO

I can't wait to see the piece that has the headline:

"Conservatives remain wary of Tea Partiers"

TR 4 President

In the end, the Tea Party will vote against Obama, even if they have to stomach voting for Romney. And maybe being seen as at odds with the Tea Party will be a good thing for trying to get votes from non-Republicans.

Salt Lake City, UT

I am active LDS and find Mitt Romney to be about as phony as they come. He reminds me of the old skit by Groucho Marx where he plays a politician speaking to a constituent and proclaims loudly: "those are my principles and if you don't like them . . . well, let me give you some other ones." Mitt Romney will say anything he thinks he needs to say to get a vote. Some would claim that's just how politicians are. I'd agree to some degree. But Mittens takes it to a whole 'nother level. And it is very distasteful.

Having said that, the Tea Party is clearly not the answer for this country's needs. Superficial, self-absorbed, unwilling to step up and put anything of value on the altar: that's the Tea Party. Prove me wrong Tea Partiers. Identify one benefit you personally receive from federal, state or local government that you are willing to give up in the name of deficit reduction. I've made this challenge many times. Crickets is all I hear in response. I have no respect for the political judgment or selflessness of anyone who affiliates with the Tea Party.

durwood kirby
South Jordan, UT

To say that the Tea Party has a purer understanding of the Constitution of the United States truly worries me, both as an LDS person and as a citizen. It is because of the Tea Party mentality that I can no longer vote for any Republican without a clear indication that the candidate will be more committed to problem solving than ideology.

The Taxman
Los Angeles, CA

It looks like the Tea Partiers have some common sense after all.

Casa Grande, AZ

Romney was pro choice, pro medical insurance mandates and never served in the military. Perfect for the long time republican tradition of hypocracy. He's your man.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA


If you actually believe Obama is the poster boy for honesty, then I have a bridge in Tacna Arizona I would like to sell you.

safety dictates, ID

"Mitt Romney can be tea party one minute, and the next minute introduce Romneycare," the Massachusetts health care plan Romney pushed as governor.

What is the sin against the tea party here? Having compassion for the sick and injured? Recognizing that the tax payers were paying for emergency care via Medicaid? The tea partiers have demonstrated clearly that they will self righteously, ignore and pass by any wounded traveler on the road to Jericho. Any move to appease this group will definitely lose my vote. They brag about bringing down any compassionate conservative and may do so again but who has the most to lose?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I understand the desire to try to keep as many friends at as many points on the political spectrum as possible. But man, Mitt even makes Cain and Newt look like straight shooters, which they aren't. It's a little like "What do my people want to hear today? I need to LEAD them."

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

You can fairly criticize Romney for flip-flopping, but Gingritch is far worse. He was all for reforming end-of-life care until Obama proposed it, then he was one of the first on the "death panels" bandwagon.

He supported the individual mandate for health insurance for many years, again until Obama proposed it. Then he called it socialism, communism, etc,

He said global warming was a serious problem that we needed to address. He supported cap and trade policies. Again, when Obama proposed it, it became cap and tax.

The list could go on and on.

Spanish Fork, UT

I don't understand what the big deal is with Romneycare. Yeah, Obamacare was modeled after it, but the reason we hate Obamacare is because the Federal Government has no rights given to it in the Constitution to mandate everyone purchase something. The Federal Government can not make us buy insurance. However, individual states can mandate. Utah mandates we buy auto insurance, no one's griping about that. Romneycare is a health care plan in Massachusetts, it is not a federal plan. Romney signed the bill into law, but the bill was written by the Dems in the Mass St Leg. Romney opponents are quick to try to nail him with it, but the major difference between Romneycare and Obamacare is that Romneycare is within constitutional rights, Obamacare is not.

Brad Peterson
South Ogden, UT

I just don't see how the Tea Party can claim to be the enlightening wing of the Republican Party, when they go from supporting Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Gingrich in just a few months. Really guys? Either you are enlightened, or you are clueless to what presidential candidates stand for and how the elections work. I'm thinking it's the latter.

Mesa, AZ

To durwood kirby:

I didn't say that all Tea Party people understand the Constitution nor do they all understand what Liberty is truly all about. They want smaller government and better fiscal policies. It is people that have joined the Tea Party that have studied it and bring that knowledge to the Tea Party. We spend one meeting a month trying to teach people in the Tea Party about the Constitution and some get it and some don't. I could list my reasons for not liking the other candidates but DN would probably not post my comments.

The time will come when the government of these United States will be so nearly overthrown through its corruption, that the Constitution will hang as it were by a single hair, and the Latter-day Saintsthe Elders of Israelwill step forward to its rescue and save it............. The Prophet Joseph Smith
The Elders in the Church can't do this because they don't understand it.

Lehi, UT

The Tea Party is the single biggest threat to America today.

O-town, UT


I totally agree with you. The Tea Party is selfish, hate-filled, and anti-government, but other than that they are alright.

Holladay, UT

Politicians unfortunately have to represent their party's agenda almost exactly to get nominated. When was the last time a pro choice republican became president? To get elected you can't be in the middle. You either have to be extreme right or left, but the truth is no one is ever totally right or left, even if they pretend to be.

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