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Published: Monday, Feb. 20 2012 6:31 p.m. MST

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JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

All the clamoring for a candidate who wears his religion on his sleeve has brought you Santorum.

That appears to be his main, er, make that ONLY focus.

This may be what you get when you let the right wing of the party choose your candidate.

This man will NOT get the moderate vote. Period.
And he will have virtually no chance against Obama.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Santorum: totally sane. Good job, republicans!

williary
Kearns, UT

This race is like watching the annual AFC West battle in the NFL; to see which below average team can claw its way to .500 and win the division!

This is turning into a throw-away year for Republicans.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Demurs....perfect word.
Romney is probably frightened to open his mouth....those trees in Michigan!
What is going on with Mitt?

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

There is absolutely no way that Santorum can win against Obama. If Santorum had his way we would all have 7 to 10 kids and home school them. I don't knock him for having those beliefs, I do find him intolerent for trying to force everyone else to believe that way. The Democrats are praying Santorum gets the nod because it will not be hard to expose his extreme narrow minded agenda.

gramma b
Orem, UT

Santorum is saying a lot of stuff that is going to come back to bite him in the general election. Romney is staying on a disciplined message, keeping his eye on the general election, where he knows the non-ideological people in the mushy middle are the ones who decide.

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

Re: Williary

Your comments are great! I could not agree more! The Republican candidates are a bunch of .500 teams. Average at best. I wish a legit division contender would come forward!

Re: Gramma B

Romney has no 'real' message. He's full of traditional one-line Republican cliche's. He struggles because no one really knows for sure what he believes in, even Romney himself is unsure depending upon the date and place he's asked to express himself.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

As I see Santorum move in his campaign, he is becoming more like the Huckster Huckabee was 4 years ago with not as much venom. He is picking up the religious part to persuade the right wing. However, the right wing has to decide if they want to win and get part of what they want in a Presidential victory or suffer the loss of those things significantly in the next 4 - 5 years. Religious principles are important and vital for our nation but our nation requires more than that for the next four years. The person has to be a leader. Santorum is not that leader. A leader brings with him or her people that share those vital interests in their special and technical areas. We have to have people with Constitutional, Integrity, Honesty and real character along with those special and technical areas to guide our country forward and not downward. I saw Santorum speaking about what Obama has done and what he Santorum will do. He doesn't have a way forward in the many complex and varied operations of the government. He knows buzz words and attempts to say things but cannot state his actions for the future in the multiple and complicated areas that the government has to deal with. The Obama Chicago bunch, not of the Lincoln kind he ended up with as cabinet members and advisors, has to be dealt a blow or our 200-year national convictions will go down the tube in the next four years, without a doubt. Santorum and Newt need to realize the Party is more important than their type of playing on the stage. The Republicans cannot win with a split and break in the flanks. They need a unified and solid front against President Obama who utilizes every ounce of government funds in a way to get his political message out afronted by our money and tax dollars.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'Santorum and Newt need to realize the Party is more important than their type of playing on the stage.' - JWB | 9:34 a.m. Feb. 21, 2012

Republicans put party before self interest's?

But, we have examples...

** The Rise Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo - 01/27/10

When Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 (From Dems) to a record 139 in 2007-2008. (From Republicans) - article

...putting PARTY over the well-being of this country!

And you expect Republicans to 'sacrifice', now?

Romney on tax breaks:

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

Obama on tax breaks:

** Obamas new budget: Higher taxes for the wealthy By Martin Crutsinger AP Published by DSNews 02/13/12

It is no wonder the Republican party fail to create American jobs...

and instead, would rather focus on birth control.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

We live in a world of video games, movie videos, and radio and television ads and series that portray life as fast and furious. If you can't come to a conclusion in 90 - 120 minutes, then it is not real. What is reality? A President using a teleprompter to make sure he is sending the exact message he wants to get out? A person who can speak openly and with frank discussions is really what we should have and answers real questions instead of those made up and the person selected a week ahead of time. We don't need ready made answers as if it was a press conference with people who make their living asking specific politically correct questions. The press does not like someone with convictions and principles as they can't be as showy as ones on their stage for a time. The press knows what sells with glitter and gold. I remember last week when the Santorum big money guy stated his comment to Andrea Mitchell and how she gasped when he stated his response. She wasn't ready for that kind of response, as none of us were. He was inappropriate, even for Ms. Mitchell. If that was one of Romney's endorsers, Romney would have been cut down to the bone. Evangelicals allow that to be in their mix of people as it is for their candidate Santorum, who they selected as their candidate, no matter what his big supporters say. And that supporter didn't even know what Santorum believed on contraception, which seems odd that he would be throwing out that kind of money to a man he doesn't know his beliefs.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Something...

"...Romney has no 'real' message. He's full of traditional one-line Republican cliche's. He struggles because no one really knows for sure what he believes in,...".

We know Mitt told the voters, in Michigan, that he believes in trees, cars and lakes.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I like Santorum but I think Romney is more of a proven and known leader especially with economics. Santorum was never a governor which concerns me alot. To be honest the only thing I REALLY care about is the economy and Romney is better hands down. Unfortunately Romney isn't going to win the GOP nomination because of air heads like Sara Palin who continually bash him because he isn't a pure conservative... which is a bunch of hooey but unfortunately alot of folks listen to Palin. Rush also doesn't like Romney and always bashes him. These ulra-right conservatives are good - and bad. People need to listen to Mitt and not go by what idiots like Palin say about him. To be honest I think one of the reasons Palin hates Romney is pure anti-mornmon bigotry. Palin is a crazy evangelical and most of these people hate mormons.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Nobody trusts Romney.
Good thing.

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