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Published: Thursday, Feb. 16 2012 10:31 p.m. MST

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David King
Layton, UT

"Romney is holding a fundraiser at the Little America Hotel Friday evening that costs $1,000 a person or $2,500 for VIP access to the candidate."

I'm no campaign manager, but I'd like to offer Governor Romney some advice (he doesn't need to give anyone $2500 to meet with me). Mitt, we know you're rich. We know you're successful. Good on you. You've worked hard. But politically speaking, you have a slight image problem with some voters. They think you're "out of touch" with average Americans, or sheltered from the difficulties of poverty. Charging $2500 for the privilege of meeting you doesn't help that image. I know other politicians do it, but you're campaigning as an "outsider" of Washington. What could be more "outsider" than treating the citizens as your boss instead of your employees? Voters are the majority share-holders of a country, not entry level paper pushers. You should be asking for the privilege of our time, instead of the other way around. You want the support of the common man? Have a rally he can afford to attend.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Interesting photo. Huntsman looks thrilled to be hanging out with Mitt.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'You want the support of the common man? Have a rally he can afford to attend.' - David King | 12:06 a.m. Feb. 17, 2012

I would have to agree.

$2,500?

That's about 3 MONTHS of my pay.

But this does not seem to be a concern, for Mitt Romney.

** 'Taking heat over his $10,000 bet, Mitt Romney responds with the story from his LDS mission By Jamshid Ghazi Askar Published by DSnews - 12/12/2011

** Mitt Romney downplays $374,000 in speaking fees as Not Very Much By Ryan Grim & Luke Johnson Huffington Post 01/17/2010

And his actions, would support this:

** 'Study: Romney plan raises taxes on poor families By Stephen Ohlemacher AP Published by DSNews 01/05/12

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Venturing that Mr. Romney's visit to SLC definitely does not have the magic it once had.

David King
Layton, UT

@Pagan

As I mentioned, many politicians are guilty of this. I offer you a friendly warning, that this is not an issue someone supporting Obama wants to make a big deal out of. This headline comes from just this week:

*'Occupy 90210' to Protest Outside Obama's $40K-per-Plate Campaign Fundraiser in L.A.- LA Weekly- Feb. 15, 2012

My problem is not that Mitt Romney or President Obama participate in this kind of fundraising. I just wanted to point out that it is difficult to have the image of being for and understanding average Americans while doing so.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'*'Occupy 90210' to Protest Outside Obama's $40K-per-Plate Campaign Fundraiser in L.A.- LA Weekly- Feb. 15, 2012

My problem is not that Mitt Romney or President Obama participate in this kind of fundraising. I just wanted to point out that it is difficult to have the image of being for and understanding average Americans while doing so.' - David King | 10:07 a.m. Feb. 17, 2012

David, you can do as you wish. The article involved Mitt Romney and, while you can do as you like, you did choose to point out the difficulty of relating to the average working American...

on, an article about Mitt Romney.

As for bringing Obama into it...

** 'Proportionally, President Barack Obama and Mormons give the most By Tori Ackerman Deseret News 01/30/12

'After all the talk about Mitt Romney's taxes last week, the New York Times took a good look at checkbooks and charitable giving of Romney, Newt Gingrich and President Obama. There were some interesting comparisons.
Proportionally, President Obama gave the most to charity...' - article

...I am fine with that, as well.

David King
Layton, UT

@Pagan | 10:21 a.m. Feb. 17, 2012

I brought President Obama into the discussion because I would like to see you be consistent in your criticism. If you condemn Mitt Romney for a $2,500 a plate fundraiser, which you say is 3 moths of pay for you, will you condemn President Obama for $40,000 a plate? If my math is correct, that would be roughly 4 years of your salary. I, too, can cite newspaper headlines that makes it look like Obama is callous towards those struggling, like this:

*Obama jokes about 'shovel-ready projects'- USA TODAY- Jun. 13, 2011

and then I could say something like, "Joking about the failure of your jobs policy as millions of Americans struggle? Shows, lack of concern."

But this statement accomplishes NOTHING if I don't hold the candidates I support to the same standard. Nothing but division, anyway. Will you judge Mitt Romney and Barack Obama by the same standard? Let's not make this a partisan mud-slinging contest. The principle I pointed out in my original post is that having these costly fundraisers makes politicians look out of touch, no matter who it is.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'But this statement accomplishes NOTHING if I don't hold the candidates I support to the same standard.' - David King | 11:06 a.m. Feb. 17, 2012

But you do not.

So, I will concede charging $2,500 or $40,000 per plate is more than I can afford. In this regard, 'yes' I would agree with you.

Now, we go beyond looking at the tree, to the forst.

Obama donated MORE in charity. I have already supported this: 10:21 a.m.

Obama supports tax breaks for the middle class:

** 'Obama sees make or break time for the middle class By Ken Thomas AP Published by Dsnews 12/06/11

While Romney's plan, targets the poor:

** 'Study: Romney plan raises taxes on poor families By Stephen Ohlemacher AP Published by DSNews 01/05/12

The dinner, while one example...

pales, in comparison, with the whole picture.

And, not to make too fine a point...

you, posted about about politicians being 'out of touch' in regards to an aricle about Mitt Romney...

...before I even posted anything.

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