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Published: Friday, Feb. 3 2012 1:11 p.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

THe presence of hair, the pasted on smile...yeah it's troubling.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

The bad singing, the 'like' to fire people...

Mitt's 'perfections' are troubling.

Ms.W
South Jordan, UT

People have become so desensitized to what is "normal" anymore, they don' t know what to think when they see it.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Enough with the "Romney's too perfect" thing. Come on, these are the same people who joked that Obama supporters thought he was the Messiah? So what... being perfect works for Obama but not Romney? It's not Romney's perfection... it's Romneycare and politically opportunistic flipping of a lot of positions that bother republicans and its his totally out-of-touch nature when it comes to middle america tht bothers everyone else. Then a few are anti-mormon bigots. Romney being "too perfect" is not an issue.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

It's that people sense that he's not honest. Pretending to be perfect is just another dishonesty. He claims to be a businessman who creates jobs but just the opposite was true. He broke up companies and laid a lot of people off, companies that were successful BEFORE he got there. He was one of the origional corporate raiders. Why do we need that as president? Nope.

Mr. Bean
Salt Lake City, UT

@Hutterite:

@The presence of hair, the pasted on smile...yeah it's troubling."

You're talking about Newty, right?

wrz
Salt Lake City, UT

@Screwdriver:

"It's that people sense that he's not honest."

Then they need to check their senses for faulty wiring.

"Pretending to be perfect is just another dishonesty."

He's not pretending. 'Perfection' is the author's (female) word.

"He broke up companies and laid a lot of people off, companies that were successful BEFORE he got there."

You are delusional. Romney's company saved alotta businesses that were otherwise going bankrupt... which created or saved tens of thousands of jobs.

"He was one of the origional corporate raiders."

Not so. He was one of the original corporate savers.

" Why do we need that as president? Nope."

What we don't need is the guy currently in the White House who has not only lost jobs but run us into $5 trillion additional debt. And that was in just three years in office. Think what he could do with another four.

Mike in Texas
Cedar City, Utah

Most American's know that Mitt is far from being perfect. But for many moral expectations for him are higher because of his professed Mormon faith. For them it is painful when he demonstrates common political imperfections as he campaigns. It hurts when his campaign rhetoric shows a callous lack of natural empathy for the poorest among us. It hurts when he panders to the Middle Class because he knows where the votes are. It hurts when he is discovered to to have been using all the common tricks that the rich use to hide their wealth from prying eyes and perhaps from the tax man. It hurts when he is seen to bend with the political winds of the day.

In truth, Mitt is far from being too perfect as the author suggests. Probably,the best that can be said is that he is just another wealth privileged Wall Street backed politician occasionally prone to putting his silver foot in his mouth.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Kathleen missed the mark on this column. Sure Mitt has the "perfect image" but that's not what troubles people about him. He has several faults that hinder his candidacy, the first is that he has a rich boy stiffness similar to Al Gore that puts people off, it makes him seem out of touch with the average person. This is the side of Mitt that keeps making comments about money that just don't ring true, like his comment that he makes "a little bit of income" from speaking fees and it turned out to be $362,000!
Mitt's other major fault is that he is constantly shifting his stand on the issues, and it makes him look like he is so driven by political ambition that he will say anything to get elected.
Mitt may near perfect, but he is hardly a perfect candidate.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

The thing that really bothers me is how such a "highly-moral, devout Christian" like Mitt Romney can run a campaign based on lies and mischaracterizations of our legitimately elected President. The other thing that bothers me is that here in Utah, people are more than willing to overlook such an UnAmerican approach, they'll vote for Romney in droves.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Read the article by Frank Rich on who Romney is. The bottom line is we don't know who he is, he hides who and what he is, and he comes across as something that is hard to warm up to. It does not help he is notoriously inconsistent on the issues. Is this moral relativity?

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

What bothers me is the "gifts" of funding from Goldman Sachs and the pride that refuses to apologize about anything that the nation's military does with the blessings of its congress, a congress which has the support of 12 percent of the people only, and never seems to tire of wars and now justifies pre-emptive strikes and surrenders our fourth amendment rights without our consent.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

Mitt was a Bishop and Stake President, which means he spent many years counseling average, ordinary individuals and families about wide-ranging issues from finances to spiritual growth. He knows the problems they face. He knows what goes on in an average household. He knows how to help individuals and families achieve their goals. In other words, he's more in touch with real people than any presidential candidate in a very long time.

But Mitt is also committed to his religion, and will not (it seems) use church positions as resume' items. Should he? I think most people would be eager to vote for a president with so much one-on-one experience. Perhaps his campaign or some supporter should make the public aware of this extraordinary qualification.

Alfred
Salt Lake City, UT

@liberal larry:

"...it makes him seem out of touch with the average person."

Most politicians are wealthy and thus, out of touch with the average person. So what?

"This is the side of Mitt that keeps making comments about money that just don't ring true, like his comment that he makes "a little bit of income" from speaking fees and it turned out to be $362,000!"

So, what about Newt's $1.6 million from Freddie Mac for his 'advice' as a history professor? Chump change?

"Mitt's other major fault is that he is constantly shifting his stand on the issues..."

If you want to review a shifter's stance look up Obama's on Google.

"...and it makes him look like he is so driven by political ambition that he will say anything to get elected."

That's what politicians do... find what the constituency desires and emphasize it.

"Mitt may near perfect, but he is hardly a perfect candidate."

Please list those who are perfect candidates. And don't say Abraham Lincoln, who engaged in an unnecessary war that killed half million people.

@embarrassed Utahn!:

"The thing that really bothers me is how such a "highly-moral, devout Christian" like Mitt Romney can run a campaign based on lies and mischaracterizations of our legitimately elected President."

Maybe he should just use 'hope and change' which means absolutely nothing. Worked for the current White House occupant.

Mr. Bean
Salt Lake City, UT

@Esquire:

"The bottom line is we don't know who he is, he hides who and what he is..."

What you seem to be saying is, Romney had no serious flaws to discover and exploit, such as what we finally discover Gingrich has.

"...and he comes across as something that is hard to warm up to."

Tell us, what candidate is not hard to warm up to?

"It does not help he is notoriously inconsistent on the issues."

Well, Gingrich certainly is consistent on one issue... immorality and adultery.

"Is this moral relativity?"

To some people.

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