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Published: Sunday, Dec. 11 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Good for you. Now we can include you in the 25% of Republicans who like him.

David King
Layton, UT

"I am confident that he, better than anyone else, can turn our economy around."

Statements like this worry me, because many seem to believe the President runs the economy, or that only government can create jobs or prosperity. Blame or give credit to Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, the bank bailouts, the stimulus bill, the loose monetary policy of the Federal Reserve for the state of economy, but the President doesn't deserve as much credit/blame as we are prone to give.

Certainly Romney has admirable qualities, but there are concerns. These are mine personally:

-shifting positions on several issues, at politically expedient times (abortion, gay rights, individual mandate, climate change, bank bailout)
-his top donors are banks and Wall Street types (money is powerful, will he be strong and stand against another bailout if he's been paid off by the bankers?)
-talk that would likely lead to a trade war with China
-talk that will almost inevitably lead to war against Iran (we have neither the money nor the man power for another war)

Esquire
Springville, UT

Well good for you. And because he is a fantastic role model and is actually solving enormous problems dropped in his lap by the Republicans, which everyone knew approaching the 2008 election, I'm supporting President Obama.

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

Thanks for the laugh, Kathryn. Your description of Romney is amusing, and a good joke. You clearly have "bought" the package Romney wants to sell; unfortunately that's not the real Romney. The REAL Romney cares for, and works for, himself only. He will say and do whatever it takes to get what he wants, and has shown that he will say the exact opposite with the next person or group to whom he speaks for the same reason. He's a politician -- nothing more, nothing less. And if you want to know how "good" he his for people, just ask the people who worked for companies taken over by Bain Capital (people that he harmed in the take-overs and their aftermath where his wealthy sponsors profited and the "little guys" suffered). The idea that he can turn around the economy is laughable at best.

I love my country and want the best for it. That is definitely NOT Romney. I wouldn't support Romney for any office. He would just make things worse. No, thanks.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Your argument was great. It makes me want to vote Obama.

isrred
Logan, UT

Role models don't devastate thousands of American families by eliminating their jobs so that the "role model" can make his hundreds of millions of dollars.

goatesnotes
Kamas, UT

So I'm curious. . . if not Romney, who? Obama. Really? I'll personally take Republican X over Obama any day.

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

To goatesnotes | 9:48 a.m. Dec. 11, 2011

the only Republican worth beans is Huntsman. The rest would just make things worse than they are now.

Personally, I'm planning right now on voting for my border collie, Jillyan. She's a far better candidate, and far better for the country, than any of the others.

Ok
Salt Lake City, Utah

Mitt Romney has many serious flaws. He lacks morels, he is less than honest and he is quick to pull the trigger. He may serve on the cabinet, but he should never be allowed to serve as president in charge of the controls. He would damage the United States and many other countries.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Kathryn, which one?

SUNNY ALL DAY
Saint George, UT

When I read Furry's comments, I thought it was Furry just being Furry.

Then I looked at my puppy and suddenly realized Furry is onto something.

My puppy is loyal, caring and giving.

She is a job creator.

When someone is talking she looks and listens.

She is a proven problem solver.

Just as Republicans love the mantra "anyone but President Obama", the same thinking can be applied perfectly to the shrinking list of Republican hopefuls.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

I'm for Romney moving to La Jolla, California. He can help the economy by continuing to enlarge his, already, large home. The construction industry will be forever grateful. I'll "bet" he buys lots of groceries for his large family, and is an overall hefty consumer of many California services. They will love having him there!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Cool story!

But as Hunstman said, Romney is nothing more than a panderer, who will say ANYTHING to be elected.

No thanks! I don't want that as President!

Mr. Bean
Salt Lake, UTah

@David King:

"-shifting positions on several issues, at politically expedient times..."

Then you certainly wouldn't want to vote for either Obama or Gingrich, who've switched positions as many times on serious issues you claim Romney has.

"-his top donors are banks and Wall Street types..."

Gingrich was paid $1.6 million by Freddie Mac for absolutely nothing of value in return. Called graft and corruption. So, you wanna vote for him?

"-talk that would likely lead to a trade war with China"

Here's the Gingrich position on China: 'supported GATT and WTO, which allowed China to import slave-labor-made goods resulting in a $273 billion trade deficit with China which cost millions of U.S. jobs.'

"-talk that will almost inevitably lead to war against Iran..."

Everyone running for the White House maintains severe that sanctions against Iran for its nuke program are required... which is the truth.

Fess up, you hate Romney for other reasons that you'd be embarrassed to list.

Miss Piggie
Salt Lake, UTah

@Ok:

"Mitt Romney has many serious flaws. He lacks morels..."

Lacks 'morels'? Are you saying he lacks mushrooms?

If you want moral flaws try Gingrich:

He admitted to adultery while his wife was on her sick bed with cancer... Adultery with... (I'll give you two guesses who).

He had to pay a $300,000 fine for misconduct while in the Congress.

He was paid $1.6 million be Freddie Mac for financial advice... as a history professor??!! Give us a break!

There's you some 'morels.'

"He may serve on the cabinet, but he should never be allowed to serve as president in charge of the controls."

Sounds like you're talking about Gingrich, right? Except Gingrich should serve no place in government. He needs to go back to his teaching profession in some high school someplace.

Neanderthal
Salt Lake, UTah

@The Real Maverick: "But as Hunstman said, Romney is nothing more than a panderer, who will say ANYTHING to be elected. No thanks! I don't want that as President!"

You'd prefer an adulterer, then? Or, a guy who had to pay $300,000 in fines for misconduct in the US House of Representatives? Think about it.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Romney honest? I dare you to google "Fact-check Romney" and then come back and rewrite your letter with explanations about why he said what he did.

Obama will win handily.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The anybody but Obama crowd has ended up with an anybody.

David King
Layton, UT

@Mr. Bean
I'm not a Gingrich or Obama supporter, so I stick to what I originally wrote. There are more than two candidates in the race, and I happen to support one of the others. Ron Paul has been consistent, married to the same woman for 54 years, and always adhered to Constitutional principles. I'm not embarrassed to list any reason why I wouldn't vote for Romney. If you think it's a religious thing, you should know I'm LDS and love the LDS faith. My problems with Romney are entirely political, and nothing to do with his personal life.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

To make a meaningful bet, shouldn't Romney had bet 10 million instead of a paltry ten grand since he is in the top .01%?

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