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Published: Saturday, Dec. 3 2011 7:00 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT


*'Mitt Romney steers clear of Ohio health, union issues' - By Dan Sewell - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/25/11


*'Mitt Romney reverses himself, supports anti-union law' - By Philip Elliott - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/26/11

'FAIRFAX, Va. A day after he refused to endorse an Ohio ballot measure that limits public employee union rights, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he is "110 percent" behind the effort.'

Zero to 110% in 24 hours.


*'Mitt Romney pledges opposition to gay marriage' - CBS News - 08/04/11


'It's also notable because Romney was not always such a strong opponent of gay rights. In 1994, he sent a letter to a gay Republican group saying he would be a stronger advocate for gay rights...' - Same Article

Salt Lake City, UT

*Mitt Romneys wealth raises new questions By Jamshid Ghazi Askar DSNews 08/15/11

'Romney owns between $250,000 and $500,000 in horses.'


*'Romney campaign battles Dems, Press over issue of transparency' - By Barrett Haake - NBC News - 11/17/11

'There it was this morning, on the front page of the Boston Globe, a headline no campaign ever wants to read: Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records.'

Salt Lake City, UT

How about on the jobs:

*'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...'


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

Estimated result?

*'How Many Jobs Depend on the Big Three?' - By CATHERINE RAMPELL - NY Times - 11/17/08

'In both cases, there would be major short-term shocks to employment; depending on which scenario you use, a contraction of the Detroit Three would result in direct and indirect job losses of 2.5 million to 3 million in 2009.'

3 million American jobs....


Salt Lake City, UT

*'Romney campaign battles Dems, Press over issue of transparency' - By Barrett Haake - NBC News - 11/17/11

'There it was this morning, on the front page of the Boston Globe, a headline no campaign ever wants to read: Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records.'

*'Mitt Romney raises $18.25 million, but Republicans worry it might not be enough' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 07/07/11

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

7 days later....

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

West Jordan, UT

To really get to know Newt Gingrich you need to read an article on him in the September 2010 issue of Esquire Magazine. His second wife, Marianne, gives some real insights into his life.

West Hills, CA

Pagan: Is there anything, or anyone, that you are for and support? You only post negatives about people and what they do, have done, or propose to do.


While business credentials is a good quality for a president, you shouldn't approach the office completely through the lens of a CEO. There are a lot of things in addition to the bottom line to consider, namely that every decision you make affects real people. A president should be a consensus builder who can make a quick decision when he needs to. Also, a president is not just the nation's chief executive, he's the Commander-in-Chief. I can't think of any candidate more in-tune with world affairs than Huntsman. He has both the foreign policy and executive credentials to lead the country in this increasingly globalized economy.

Las Vegas, NV

Great insights to these two great leaders. This had been tough week for Mit but whoever comes out of the Primary gets my vote.

Danbury, CT

I never thought I would say this so early on but Romney is finished. He's toast. His campaign looked unassailable a few weeks ago (albeit stuck under 25%), but somehow he has disappeared. He has run his second campaign more cautiously than the first. He has been bereft of ideas - real break-through thinking on any topic. I always thought he would be the turnaround guy, but he has yet to articulate how he would reform the broken down US government. We have only heard platitudes and generalities from the man. Very sad.

And Huntsman has even less of a chance. He should have stayed in China.

Orem, UT

Romney is a real leader. Jon Huntsman is not. That is the essential difference between the two.

Salt Lake City, UT

Having dealt with both Romney and Huntsman - I'd back Huntsman. Romney has a tendency to run over people and force issues, sometimes turning people off and pushing them away. Huntsman has an incredible ability to get diverse groups of people to work together. He brings out in others compromise and civility. If we want a president who can cross the political aisle (like Reagan did) and bring down the current level of vitriol and divisiveness in this country, it's Huntsman.

the boonies, mexico

When a person studies and defines past executive abilities and leadership skills there is really only "1" candidtate in this race of now 7, and that is Jon Huntsman.
Mitt Romney being a savior of the Utah olympics? Give me a break please, the hundreds of volunteers and staff remaining after the greedy, lazy former heads were let go were the real people that saved our bacon in the olympics, not "flopper Mitt". As for the Bain thing, where did the cash come from to start this Co.? Daddy of course and that is the extent of his CEO background.
On the other hand one just needs to look at what & how the 2 individuals left their respective states after leaving as govenor. How are things in Utah citizens compared to the rest of the nation today? How is Mass doing in comparison? That should answer all questions as to which one is more qualified to be the commander in chief of our country today!
I'm a life long former democrat(now independent) and Jon will get my vote providing the radical right wises up and votes him into the nomination.

Clearfield, UT

As between Romney and Huntsman, only Huntsman is a decent candidate for Presidsent. Romney isn't worth (Boston baked) beans.

Roy, UT

I'll take the CEO over the diplomat every time in the current U.S. situation...we need a strong hand that is courageous enough to do what needs to be done to turn this country around...that is Mitt Romney! End of discussion.

Holladay, UT

Huntsman isn't touting the pro-war, pro-torture line that Romney is. When will we learn that to be conservative means to resist war strongly, which used to be the republican party ideal 20-30 ago? Why did the republicans switch sides with the democrats with war?

How can someone reconcile the idea that our country is bankrupt and the #1 biggest expense is oversea military spending? Republicans want to cut spending, but aren't willing to touch the 4 trillion dollar wars pure hypocrisy to me. Saying our deficit is now 15 trillion, unnecessary wars has been the biggest contribution to our economic failure.

The Constitution doesn't give us the authority to run the world, nor to be the world police! Go research the CIA term "blowback", and you will understand why our current foreign policy is America's eventual end. Not only does it create enemies, but it bankrupts our children.

Utah! Open your eyes!

Centerville, UT

As the Bible says, there is a time and a season for all things. Huntsman seems like a very good diplomat and a nice guy. Romney seems like he isn't afraid to kick some you-know-what and offend some people. Right now we need the latter...badly.

Huntsman reminds me of the kids in college who were running for office. They were friendly with everyone around election time, but not necessarily friends with anyone. Huntsman has publicly distanced himself from his religion, which (let's just call a spade a spade) is why lefties in Utah love him. He is lukewarm. Most people don't respond to lukewarm, hence the dismal poll numbers. Huntsman needs to stick to diplomatic positions. He's not presidential material.

I think Romney will survive the Gingrich onslaught. There are too many clips of Newt saying things for him to last. Go take a look at Ron Paul's new ad.

O-town, UT

I don't think you can call Romney a leader (at least in politics). It's not leading when you change your opinion like you change socks for political convenience. It's called pandering.

@A1994, let me respectfully disagree with you about Huntsman. I don't like him because he distanced himself from his religion (I understand his line about being spiritual vs religious--you don't have to publicize piousness like the pharisees did or most GOP candidates do). I like him because he sticks to his beliefs about climate change, believes that the upper brackets can contribute more, and isn't pompous like Newt. We need someone who is willing to compromise and work with the other party and not hold everything up--it only takes on senator to put the entire nation on hold, it requires give and take on both sides.

Even though I don't agree with him on many economic issues, I think I could vote for him over Obama. Romney is qualified, but will say anything to get elected, and the rest of the primary field, is laughable to say the least. I can't believe the GOP is going to do itself in by nominating Newt--HA!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA


It takes a lot less space to just say:

You don't like Romney.
You love Obama.

We have long since got your message.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

What I find so funny is that when Governor Huntsman (remember - he used to be Utah's governor), he had approval ratings in the 80% range.

He is now treated by Utahns as a pariah. A former governor from a state "back east" is more popular. Proof of that is that the Deseret News can't give Mitt Romney any more page space - there isn't any left!


I'm surprised more Utahans aren't supporting Huntsman over Romney. Many of my fellow Mormons are not willing to even consider him because he's distanced himself from being a true believing Mormon. I like that Huntsman is honest about his unorthodox beliefs while still calling himself a Mormon. I also respect Mitt for staying true to his orthodoxy. At first glance, Mitt seems like more of a hot head while Jon is gracious and kind...but whatever. This article's attempt at highlighting the different "styles" of both men seems more like an attempt to make Mitt Romney appear the clear choice.

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