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Published: Saturday, June 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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swede1952
Smithfield, UT

Barbara, what Utah needs is a Senator that is forthright, attentive to the needs of constituents, and is NOT indebted to lobbyists, PACs, and liberal, aristocratic east coasters. Orrin Hatch's entire 2012 campaign to date has delved in half-truths and name-dropping. It is NOT a "done deal" that Orrin will be the next CHAIRMAN of the Senate Finance committee. That's hype! As many have previously asked in these columns, what good is SENIORITY, if that seniority is NOT used to benefit constituents? In 2012, Orrin is for Orrin, and that's it. In this instance, SENIORITY becomes a liability!

Hill AFB and it's foreseeable future in Utah is a scare tactic that Orrin seems to "discover" each time he faces re-election. How well have your research Orrin Hatch, Barbara? If you had, you would know that Hatch is a BIG government spender, he has restricted personal civil liberties with the Patriot Act, he voted to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg, America's most liberal justice, to the Supreme Court. And it goes on and on.

I don't see Orrin as a nice man with grandfatherly attributes. I see a politician completely out of control.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Scott Howell is the best person to replace Hatch.

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

No, sorry, Barbara, but I think you're mistaken. During the debate, Sen. Hatch was arrogant, patronizing, and rude. He frequently interrupted during Liljenquist’s time slots. His 'compliments' were condescending. He was evasive and didn't really answer the important questions. He refused to accept any responsibility for any part of our nation's crushing debt, even though his votes have helped to cause it.

Hatch used to be a good senator. But when politicians stay in D.C. too long, the toxic Washington culture begins to infect them, and they start to compromise their principles. Their motives change. That has happened to Hatch, and now his primary motive is to keep his power.

He is spending our children and grandchildren into oblivion, but wants us to believe he's the hero who can save us from our nation's terrible financial problems -- the very problems he helped to create. His "seniority" is meaningless because he's become part of the problem in Washington.

Dan Liljenquist will do just fine as our new senator, just like Hatch and Jake Garn did when they were new senators 36 years ago.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

No, we don't.

Scott Howell will be the best for Utah.

Bifftacular
Spanish Fork, Ut

"Experience... Seniority". The only arrow left in Sen. Hatch's quiver and yet so effective for so many Utahns who can't quite bring themselves to vote for someone else in their lifetime. And yet, I never hear ANY specific discussion of what all that actual experience (better word "longevity") has done for Utah lately. So I'd like to pose two questions to any Hatch supporter out there that would care to respond: 1) What has Sen. Hatch done in the past 10-12 years that has made a significant positive difference for the union and/or for Utah? Please be specific. I'm looking for bills he's sponsored or co-sponsored or leadership he has shown that had reduced the debt, kept spending under control, lowered taxes, etc. 2) If seniority is SO important, what are we going to do as a State in 6 years when Hatch is gone for sure? How are we ever going to overcome that challenge and what is it about 2018 that makes it a good time to have a new Senator but not 2012?

Apricot Tree
Brigham City, UT

Liljenquist sounded like an angry 14 year old in the debate. I wasn't surprised. He was trying to be bold, but just looked like a jealous little brother.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Utah is the "sucker" capital of the nation. Why? Because we believe people who "sincerely" tell us something, particularly if those people couch their statements in "church terms".

Orrin Hatch "sincerely" tells us that he will save Hill Air Force Base. Many Utahns believe him - without checking his statement of how military bases are evaluated.

Orrin Hatch "sincerely" tells us that he will "stop" Obama Care. Many Utahns believe him - without asking why Hatch was not able to prevent Obama Care from happening in the first place.

Orrin Hatch "sincerely" tells us that he will protect our liberties. Just this morning, I accompanied a grandson to the gate at the airport. I "got" scanned. I failed the scan. I was probed. Hatch took away our liberties.

Orrin Hatch "sincerely" tells us that he will protect us from deficit spending. Many Utahns believe him - as if he hasn't been part of the problem for THIRTY-SIX YEARS!

We are gullible.

Orrin Hatch is counting on our gullibility.

If you believe him, you'll vote for him.

He's counting on it.

RagnarL4
Kaysville, UT

Another Utahn who looks to her Senators not to protect her freedom, but to wrangle as many favors and divert as many funds as possible to her home state.

How sad!

This is exactly what a socialist society degrades in to: a society based on need rather than achievement where he who can convey need the best, or navigate the favor market best, wins.

Actually, the only proper thing to expect from a politician is to defend rights, real rights, not pretend rights (there is no right to a good or service provided at the expense of your fellow man). Mr. Hatch has failed to stem the socialist tide over the past 36 years. Often he has actually advanced it. A sure bet is a rare thing. But in the case of Mr. Hatch, you have a sure bet: total ineffectiveness against socialism and the society of need.

Dan Liljenquist's great crime is this: in Utah, he WAS a force not just to stop but to reverse the society of need. For the first time in a long time, I'll be casting a vote for a candidate, Dan, with my head held high.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Correction. NO--- Utah does NOT 'need" Hatch.
He needs his job to line his pockets, and the pockets of all the people he did deals for.
Nobody heeds Hatch or anyone like him.

By the way...saw him when we took guest to see the Tabernacle...and there he is...with tons of make-up on.

I guess he was expecting lots of photo ops. He got 'em alright....

Mormonson
Bountiful, UT

It is easy to say based upon small amounts of information that my opinion is such and such. However, there is a 36 year long record that can be researched and analyzed for facts. That is too much work for the average American though and I'm afraid it is not our politicians' fault. There will be no recovery until Americans get a lot smarter.

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