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Published: Saturday, Jan. 21 2012 2:00 p.m. MST

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A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

Gingrich: admitted REPEAT adulterer (capable of being forgiven but not able to rebuild the required trust soon enough).

Romney: faithful to his wife.

Gingrich: largely a career politician.

Romney: NOT a career politician (and, no, running for office repeatedly does not make you a politician. Think about it: if you run and lose do you have the authority to make the laws, lead, govern, etc? No.).

Gingrich: censured and 'fired' by his own political peers (federal House of Representatives).

Romney: never censured or fired by his own political peers (Massachusetts state House of Representatives, etc).

Gingrich: prone to shoot his mouth off and later regret it.

Romney: measured, tempered and even-keeled.

Gingrich: self-made millionaire 'guilty' of practicing capitalism like Romney but hypocritically doesn't decry his own pursuit of wealth.

Romney: self-made multi-millionaire and relatively quiet about it (he allows other to 'the pursuit of happiness' as they see fit).

Gingrich: focused primarly on beating Romney.

Romney: focused on beating Obama.

Gingrich: worked for Freddie Mac (which CLEARLY helped bring about the Great Recession).

Romney: worked for Bain (Staples, Domino's, Sports Authority, etc) which helped create over 110,00 jobs.

Gingrich: flash.

Romney: substance.

Please, please LOOK!

Springville, UT

@ A Guy With A Brain, pure spin. Pure spin.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

If Romney loses here in SC, it could get ugly and long.

West Valley, UT

Gingrich is ahead down south because the hard core southern folks are having a hard time getting behind a moderate Mormon candidate.


Classy move, post a picture of the presidential candidates and leave out the #2 candidate. Ron Paul

Average, SE

If either Gingrich or Santorum win the nomination, I will vote for a Democratic candidate for the first time in my life (unless there is a good alternative on the ballot as an independent). Only Romney or Paul are worth voting for in the general election (for different reasons). I still can't believe Gingrich is supported by so many Republicans - what ever happened to supporting morality, honesty, and integrity? Paul and Romney have all those traits (and if you don't believe that Romney does not have integrity, you don't know him; integrity is a measure of character and morality in personal life, not of never changing your beliefs - that's dogmatism).

Roy, UT

I got a kick out the the guy who totally uninformed states, it's ok to give millions to a "Christian Organization" but to give it to a "Mormon Cult Organization" is wrong? When will people educate themselves to the truth of the matter? It's so funny how after I talk to "Open" Christians about my faith they understand we (Mormon People) are Christians just like they are! It is so frustrating, he doesn't trust Romney because he has this hidden MORMON Agenda? Yet all the other candidates have those supporting them calling Mitt's beliefs a "Cult" without knowing the facts and thousands and possibly millions follow them blindly not knowing the reality of what Mitt Romney believes! To steal a phrase from Newt, "I am appauled that these kinds of attacks from Main Stream Christendom is taking place!" It's a joke!

Las Vegas, NV

We shall see what kind a fighter Mitt is. Regardless of the outcome tonight, Mitt needs to show more passion in defending his record

Woods Cross, UT

If Mitt loses tonight, it is essentially all over for the Romney campaign. Newt will sweep through the South, take Texas and Mitt can't take California after the Prop 8 battle. Anti-Prop 8 people will register as Republicans just for the chance of voting against a Mormon.

Iowa, Iowa

Mitt has long known that South Carolina would be a hard state for him to win. No surprises here. Newt isn't even on the ballot in Missouri, Virginia, and others, so we will see how far this goes.

The Politics of Listening
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

I guess they like dogs there.

Several years ago Romney strapped, in his words, "the beloved family pet," Shamus, a high strung Irish setter, in a cage on the top of a car for a 12 hour trip to the family's lakeside lodge. Not surprisingly, this arduous exposure to the elements caused Shamus to defecate in terror, thereby soiling himself and the car. Despite the dog's obvious acute distress, Romney merely hosed Shamus off with water at a gas station and merrily continued the 12 hour trip.

Romney, likely our next president if the GOP prevails, ignored the obvious, more humane choice of strapping luggage, instead of the "beloved family pet," to the top of the car.

Al Thepal
Salt Lake City, UT

If Newt wins the Republican nomination I will probably write-in Romney in the general, or if Paul runs as a third party I may even vote for him. I simply cannot vote for Obama and I will not vote for Newt. Both are equally distasteful. I was able to vote for McCain as the lesser of two evils. Newt is not a lesser evil then Obama.

Crazy Heart
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Newt Gingrich is winning because millions of Americans like you are standing up
to the liberal media and the moderate Republican establishment.

Conservatives don't want Mitt Romney leading the Republican party.

We want a serious Reagan conservative who will go toe-to-toe this year against Barack Obama.

Newt Gingrich is now ahead in many polls in South Carolina, despite millions and millions of dollars spent by Mitt and his friends in negative ads.

Newt's message is still resonating because he is offering a positive agenda of less government, less taxes and less spending.

As Speaker of the House, Newt pushed through a conservative agenda starting with his Contract with America.

Speaker Gingrich cut taxes, restrained spending . . . and forced Democrat Bill Clinton to come to the table. They even reformed welfare and led the nation to four successive balanced budgets.

Unliked Mitt Romney, Newt has consistently been pro-life. Romney says he's changed, but Romneycare allowed patients to get tax-funded abortions.


Lest we forget, Romney lost to Fred Thompson 4 years ago in SC. Yes, the actor. SC was uphill from the beginning for the Mormon candidate.

Looking at the exit polls surveys, South Carolinians clearly care more about a candidate's religious beliefs, and whether they announce themselves as a "conservative." (Seriously, do even "conservatives" even know what that really means anymore?) rather than the real issues and a leader's character.

All we can glean from today is that it'll be a long nomination process and a three-man race (Paul will fight to the end). Who knows, maybe Utah's vote will actually matter this year!

Alabaster, Alabama

I believe that Mitt will win fairly easily. Remember that Newt is not on the ballot in several states. The few people that I have talked to in Alabama, all non-Mormons, are either undecided or say that they will vote for Mitt.

I also believe that Florida will go for Mitt. All that Newt's win in South Carolina does is put the front runners back to "0 to 0" at square one.

Colorado Springs, CO

I've been a Republican all my life. South Carolina just prove to me that there values aren't important in a candidate. Should Gingrich win the right to fall election. I'll vote for no one. This nation is at a cross roads. I've earned my right to vote as a Veteran. The Republican Party fired Gingrich that should be enough said.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

Esquire | 3:53 p.m. Jan. 21, 2012

Spin? Everything that I said is just "spin"?

Good grief.

And you can vote, too.

How long, Lord, how long?......

Layton, UT

I'm sad. Bummer, but people have a right to their choices, even if I disagree with them.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Romney? More like "wrong-knee," or wrong FOOT, as in he got off on the wrong foot.

Las Vegas, NV

Ok Mitt suporters, stop being sore loosers. Mitt was beaten badly in the debates on top of very poor handling of the Tax issue, didn't have good response for Bain Capital and offshore accounts. These are Mitt's strength but he fumbled badly, common Mitt we know you are better than that.

I'm glad Mitt lost so he can show us that he deserves our vote.

You have to give it to Newt, he did a great job this week.

What happened tonight was the best thing that Mitt can ever hoped for. Go Mitt!

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