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Mitt Romney accepts GOP nomination for president, makes his case: 'Need jobs, lots of jobs'


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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 1, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    LDS Liberal,

    The blame game:

    * George Bush
    * ATM machines
    * Congress
    * Didn't know it was this bad

    Leaders get things done! No excuses. What was Paul Ryan's lies that you were posting about?

  • onewhotries Richmond, VA
    Aug. 31, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    Oil prices, like jobs, are controlled by the upper 3% of the wealthy.( Fires,acts of nature also).
    Mitt Romney's declaration of creating thousands of jobs are the jobs the wealthy businessmen and women held back in order to squeeze the President. "He will be a one term president".
    It will be difficult the next few years, regardless who gets elected. Mr. Obama found that out when he sat behind that Oval office desk; so will Mr. Romney, if he's elected. In fact, I wonder just who will he, Romney, listen to and serve; God, Country, which includes all Americans, or the big bucks that poured so much money into the campaign? And lets not forget; foreign policy, allies, etc..

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    Romney: "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise...is to help you and your family."

    And in one sentence, delivered as a laugh line, the nominee signaled his surrender to the know-nothing wing of his party that celebrates ignorance over inquiry, faith over reason, and believes the planet is 6000 years old and rape has contraceptive properties. A full-fledged assault on the environment is sure to follow a Romney inauguration.

    You can have a healthy, functioning natural environment without a human economy. You cannot have a healthy, functioning human economy without a healthy, functioning natural environment, at least not for very long. I challenge the readers here to provide one historical example of a culture that was able to survive after exhausting its resource base.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Of course he is accused of not detailing all the itty bitty points of his plans when and if he become our next president. However he pledged to do all he could do to right the wrongs of government and to get this nation out of debt, joblesness and substandard education. Honoring a pledge in Mitts honest soul means keeping ones word. Of such a man one could safely trust. He is a rare good man - and most qualified to be president of the United States.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    @ SLMG - Your from Australia, nobody really cares what you think. When your vote matters over here in the promised land, then we will listen. Until then, G-Day and watch out for Rock Fish.

    @ LDS Liberal - You had no idea that the POTUS has control over gas prices, you mock this. Well, when your unsung hero has the opportunity to sign into place a pipeline construction, producing more oil for the US and create 200,000 plus jobs and DOESN'T. That is assuming some control over it. It tells me his plans to create jobs and make things easier on the people of America is 100% False and a lie. The Canadians basically gave us a self serve pump to their oil and he said "NO".

    @Turuthseeker - Why would we want anything to change. So we can have a president that people trust. Don't blame congress, they were doing those things to protect you. Unlike the Democrate way to say let's do this to see how it turns out and we will try to fix it when it doesn't work and fail, then we will blame someone else.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    Aug. 31, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    "Promises, promises,I'm all through with promises, promises now..."

    Wow, another election year and more promises. It's always about hope and change, or change and hope, and another four or eight years go by and nothing gets done. And for some reason everyone blames the president.

    Unfortunately, so many people buy into the hype that a candidate will get into office and enact sweeping changes in government, and then it never happens. Why? Because no matter how much a candidate WANTS to change government, it fights tooth and nail NOT to be changed. And the reason behind that fight? We the people.

    We ARE our government. And just like it frightens people, change is frightening governments as well. People and bureaucracies like their ruts, their routines, even if nothing constructive ever happens...until the mindset of the masses can be changed so they get involved...and even then it's a struggle, but gets done.

    But regardless of who gets elected, it's unlikely things will change at all, because it's just too hard to get away from that mind-numbing reality TV show to make a difference.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    "for the first 2 years of Pres. Obama's administration, his party had control of both houses of the congress."

    Jan 2009(Obama sworn in)-Jan 2011(House switched to Republican control)

    Democrat Al Franken (the 60th vote) was embroiled in recounts and not seated until July 2009.
    Ted Kennedy was ill and essentially stopped participating in March 2009 and then died in Aug.
    Kennedy's replacement was sworn in Sept 2009, then Feb 2010 Republican Scott Brown was seated.
    Democrat Robert Byrd died in June, his replacement was seated a month later.

    All told, Obama had 60 votes for 4 mons. and 1 week, not on a contiguous basis. Congressional records reflect that the Senate was in session for 72 days during that time.

    Love gridlock?
    Then why would you want anything to change?
    I guess you'll be voting for Obama then.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    I had NO idea that the POTUS had such control over the Gobal Market (gas prices).

    You give a single man way WAY to much power.

    I think you've made him more a King or a God,
    issuing edicts and commanding this, that and the other thing --
    other than what he really is --
    a Legislative Exucutive
    who can't do anything Congress does or dosen't put in front of him to sign or Veto.

    BTW - He is only Commander in Chief of the U.S. Military.
    He gave the order to take out Bin Laden, which was done - Mission Accomplished.

    Every other "Failure" of this President and too this Contry can be directly blamed on an inept Congress.
    Which is precisely in-line with their No. 1 goal and objective.
    Fail America.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    Claudio: January 17, 2012 Regular Gas: 3.39 per gallon. January 20,2009 ; 1.84 gallon. Lundburg Survey. Yes a January to August comparison does not line the time up exactly, just a general trend when it is so high currently. Gas prices in the United States could be lower if we had a well rounded active American energy plan that included developing our resources. In the United States, more natural gas and nuclear power plants would lower oil fired power plant usage needs. as would increased coal usage and even other energy souces including green ones if they were cost effective.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Truth Seeker? One thing that I noticed is that for the first 2 years of Pres. Obama's administration, his party had control of both houses of the congress. His agenda was carried through and they passed the largest tax in my memory (Obama care, declared a tax by the Supreme Court) and they did it when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D calif) said we had to pass it to find out what was in it! Maybe this is the truth you seek. I for one have found that the more gridlock that the federal government experiences, the better off my business is allowed to run.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Ute and Don,

    You cannot compare gas prices in January (when they are traditionally lower) to gas prices in August and July (when they are traditionally at their highest). That's apples and oranges.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    You lefties are almost as funny as Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair much to the same way Obama has filled us with empty promises. Clint Eastwood talked to a empty chair for 10 minutes. Obama has talked empty promises for almost four years now. Why would you want to hear more from Mitt when you are already use to hearing nothing from your fearless leader. And by the way, congress can't work with anyone who is not doing their job and has the take my ball and go home mentality. Your worried about Mitt, yet you are alright with a President who is caught on a hot mic secretly stating to President Puten that after the election he will have more ability to do what he wants. This shows you that he is hiding something and knows if he did it now it would not get him re-elected, this is the guy you want again? Do you know who Pres. Puten is, the guy is not all there upstairs. Be smart, vote for Mitt.

    President Obama flat out does not know how to do his job!

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    .Romney can't be too smart if he thinks America was better off at the end of W. Bush's presidency than America was at the beginning of the Bush presidency. It just goes to show that Romney has no real understanding, plan or capability just a lot of hot wind to blow and he will say or do anything to help himself to what he wants. He is looking more like a disaster than a solution. With Romney America could be right back were it was at the end of the Bush presidency, or worse. America may be better off with the devil it knows this time around.

    Aug. 31, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    don 17 and ute alumni:
    Where are your gasoline price comparisons for the date George W. Bush took office and late August 2008?
    Gas price here was $ 1.279 in January 2000 when GWB took office and slmost tripled to $ 3.789 in late August 2008 during the Republican presidency.
    Gasoline prices are NOT as high now as in August 2008 when GWB was president.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 4:13 a.m.

    To all the the deficit hawks. How can we get out of debt when our monetary system is debt based? It is impossible to do.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:43 a.m.


    Cache county, USA

    Nay, nay..
    Sounds like a bunch of goats on this comment section.

    That is exactly what the Republican Convention sounded like so it follows that the comments should sound the same.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:42 a.m.

    The Republicans are a gullible race. Bain LLC took a bunch of sows's ears, turned them into 66 billion dollars personal profit, and everyone declares it a magic genius as if it spun straw into gold. No kidding, when Romney started talking about the unemployed and creating mores jobs, the first thing that came to my mind was exporting the unemployed to China.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:31 a.m.

    I agree that some are getting really picky when they were sold on so little four years ago.

    Of course, if anyone really wants to know more Mitt's plans, you can always go to his website. There is quite a bit of information there.

    Those of you who want specifics from Romney probably don't want a specific quote about your dear leader's plan for a second term. It was in a Time article yesterday and he said, "Where Republicans refuse to cooperate on things that I know are good for the American people, I will continue to look for ways to do it administratively and work around Congress."

    I don't care what party you are-that should scare you to death! When did one person get to decide what is good for the American people?

    Go Romney!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:21 a.m.

    President Obama promised Hope and Change or Change and Hope. He has had his 4 years of non-producing jobs and financial security in exchange for a Healthcare plan he shoved down the Congress' throats with dire results not only for the elected Democrat officials in Congress but also for every citizen.

    For tonight's speech, Governor Romney has told people in many debates, and campaign gatherings what he plans to do. He is a tactician that is waiting for the Obama/DNC next week. You don't show all your cards to a President who hasn't shown his suit to anyone. To have had the Geithner Secretary of the Treasury did not help and forcing the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority leader in their tasks did not either.

    This President has spoken down to us every time he speaks to us. He has downgraded the office of the President of the United States of America by his commercials and his tactics from the Chicago group.

    We still have a good country that has a better process than any other country in the world. We have elections that are valid and identify those who vote for candidates.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:15 a.m.

    We might have been able to see a wonderful tribute to Mitt in a video produced for the convention. Instead, the party leaders decided to roll out some decrepit comedian, instead.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:40 p.m.

    "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise...is to help you and your family."

    That's the real story of the election. I have to laugh at you people who are demanding more 'substance' from Romney's speech tonight. As though 'Hope and Change' and 'Yes we can!' are packed with specifics.

    There is absolutely nothing that leads me to believe that four more years of Obama is a good idea. It would be like four more years of Jimmy Carter. There's no reason to inflict that kind of pain on ourselves.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:39 p.m.


    i don't really care what you paid for. it is documented that obama inherited $1.86 a gallon

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:36 p.m.


    Lundburg: Official report on gas prices used by every market in the United States. The Lundburg report lists the national gas prices every two weeks surveying over 6,000 service stations. Trudy Lundburg is considered the unchallenged expert in this field. Until today?

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:32 p.m.

    Not since Ronald Reagan have I been as enthused about a candidate for president as I am for Mitt Romney. The biggest concerns I have are the economy, deficit spending, out of control entitlements, government intrusion into our lives (i.e. taking over my health care), inflation, and energy independence. On all these concerns, Obama has failed and Romney has the best chance of turning things around.

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:23 p.m.

    Romney gave a great and solid speech! Who can doubt the country will be better in four years if we elect Romney? Who can doubt that four more years of Obama will put us further in dispair.

    I watched on Fox and for a network that caters to so many Christians their commentators act as if they have never read the Bible. Romney lives Jesus' admonition in Matthew 6:1-6. Yes, that is who he is! A man who quietly lives his faith. What a contrast from our self-glorifying current President and his Un-holy-Wood cronies.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:02 p.m.

    As part of their plan to bring leadership and new ideas to the 21st century, the republican party has given us a wealthy, older, religious white guy. I'm not sure the change does much to validate mormonism, because it's more of the same. Big deal around here, though. Although, apparently, our expectations mostly revolve around gasoline prices. Something over which presidents have virtually no control. Nonetheless, here we are. So, Mitt, tell us how. How are you going to fix it? Everybody wants a job, and apparently cheap fuel. Obama wrecked those things, so you can fix them. Right away.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    I am NOT a Romney fan, but I think he really missed a chance that would have really brought the house down.

    I was hoping he would promise to always salute the American flag and would show us how he would do that - hand over his heart.

    That would be a change I could really get excited about!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    Anybody with a brain realizes gas prices are mostly susceptible to speculation which the president has no control over--unless we want to return to the days that required traders to take possession of the commodity (in this case oil).

    Aug. 30, 2012 10:30 p.m.

    Bill Clinton's last year was 2000.

    Aug. 30, 2012 10:23 p.m.

    ute alumni: Here are the documented facts on the AVERAGE price of gasoline I paid for each year:
    2000 - $ 1.513 per gallon
    2001 - $ 1.347
    2002 - $ 1.324 (Bill Clinton's last year)
    2003 - $ 1.560
    2004 - $ 1.750
    2005 - $ 2.238 in T&C , $ 2.396 in Sienna
    2006 - $ 2.674
    2007 - $ 2.922
    2008 - $ 3.406 (George W. Bush's last year)
    2009 - $ 2.601
    2010 - $ 2.784
    2011 - $ 3.328
    2012 - No annual average yet

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:21 p.m.

    Nay, nay..
    Sounds like a bunch of goats on this comment section.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    How dare the Republicans speak about unity, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said:

    "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

    Republicans have shut down Congress, refusing to allow Obama's jobs bills, judicial appointments and even put the credit rating of the U.S. at risk in order to follow through on their goal of destroying Obama.

    Republicans are sore losers. Nearly the entire time Clinton was president they were on a witch hunt, spending $80 million of taxpayer money and numerous hours investigating he and Hillary. With Obama they went further and just frankly haven't even attempted to do their jobs.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    Allen# 2.

    Gas January 20 2009 1.84 per gallon.(Lundburg) Current 3.70 Nationally! Doubled!

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    While Ute alum is correct, it doesn't tell the whole story. And Mitt also tells the truth, but neglects to say that gas was at its highest under Bush. Politicians are good at that, leaving out all the information and only telling the part that helps them. I'm sure we will hear the same next week.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:55 p.m.

    obama entered office gas was $1.86. it has more than doubled. check your math

    Aug. 30, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    As a conservative Republican who voted for Barack Obama, I was disappointed that Pres. Obama was unable to get his Democratic majority to help him succeed.
    I was impressed with the entire Republican National Convention but noticed that Mitt Romney did NOT tell the truth when he said gasoline prices have doubled under Barack Obama.
    The AVERAGE price per gallon I paid for unleaded regular gasoline in calendar year 2008 when George W. Bush was president was $ 3.406 per gallon....but DROPPED to $ 3.328 per gallon in calendar year 2011.

  • ljeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:31 p.m.

    Romney's speech was a substanceless dud. I wanted to hear what he intended to do with social security and medicare. I heard nothing. An abosolute zero.

  • justme001 Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    Ute alum,

    When has Mitt given a good example on how he is going to "do it" as you say. He has not given any form of plan and has chance his stance on issues numerous times. No he has Clint open for him. Sorry not a clue is going towards Mitt right now.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    i feel a landslide and our C.O. will be back in chicago soon. great speech, but more important this gy can do it and the other guy hasn't a clue.