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Published: Tuesday, June 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Orrin Hatch does have a record -- he just doesn't want to talk about it. It's a record of earmarks, bailouts, and debt. A record of saying one thing, then doing another. Saying he wants to balance the budget, then voting 16 times to raise the debt ceiling $7.5 trillion. Saying he doesn't like TARP, then voting for it. Saying he's conservative at election time, then voting with Ted Kennedy.

It is time for Hatch to go.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Larry, your numbers are wrong but then again who is watching, right? Mitt Romney gave the Commonwealth of Mass. one of the lowest job growth rates, 47th, the 2nd largest labor force decline, scared off 14 percent of manufacturing jobs, and piled more debt onto the state than previously, but who is watching? Walker's numbers are very similar.

one old man
Ogden, UT

If Utah voters are looking for results -- GOOD results -- we all need to vote for Scott Howell to replace Orrin.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

I agree that Hatch's ads ought to feature some regular people instead of Bangerter, Hansen, and Garn. I feel that is a stractegic error by Dave Hansen and is play it safe campaign. Other than that, Hatch has done a good job over the years. Way more good than bad.

Terry Wood, are you kidding me?

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Gov. Scott Walker made the tough choices in Wisconsin for the sake of long term financial stability in his state. He had a lot of opposition, but moved ahead, and was rewarded by the voters last week by winning his election.

Similarly, Liljenquist made the same sort of tough choices here in Utah - for the sake of long term financial stability in the state - in spite of serious political opposition. He has the courage and skills to make those tough choices in the U.S. Senate as well, to help pull our nation back from the brink. Liljenquist is committed to actually solve the problems, regardless of whether it hurts his own political future.

In contrast, Sen. Hatch’s votes have become calculated moves to give the right appearance, or to gain favor with certain people, or to preserve his own power. Hatch is hiding from the public (refusing to debate Liljenquist on TV) and hoping to ride to re-election using left-over name recognition, big-name endorsements, mysterious super-PACs, and millions of dollars to buy lots of ads. These are the actions of a calculating politician, not a trusted statesman.

swede1952
Smithfield, UT

Yes, we in Utah are aware that Norm Bangerter, Jake Garn, and Jim Hansen support Orrin's re-election. However, where are the current politicians? How about Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz, Jim Matheson? I have NOT heard ANY of them exhorting the accolades of Orrin Hatch and they serve with him in Congress.

Why are we in Utah, 12 days before the primary election, NOT listening to a series of debates between the two candidates for the office of US Senate? Liljenquist is willing and has been for weeks. Hatch is in seclusion and says "he's too busy doing the work of the people of Utah" to be bothered with debates. I call Hatch's refusal a "cop out!" Do we want to hire a public servant based SOLELY on past performance. Remember, the 42 year old Orrin in 1976 is NOT the same 78 year old Orrin running in 2012. 36 years have come and gone.

It's time for a new Senator from Utah. It's time to retire the current Senator and hire a replacement younge

swede1952
Smithfield, UT

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"It's time" to retire the current Senator and hire a replacement who is younger, energetic, with the necessary knowledge, business acumen, and vigor to better serve the people of Utah. That man is Dan Liljenquist. Vote Dan on June 26th!

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