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Published: Thursday, Sept. 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT

If Willard were the least bit honest, he would admit that he "shot before he aimed" and retract his remarks. Of course he won't.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Well, of course....
Has Romney ever done it any differently?
He acts and speaks first, then thinks later....... then delivering a different message.
Mitt is a perfectionist at this behavior.
Whew, a scary behavior, tho, for the leader of our country!

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I like to think Romney has better sense than to try and make this a political issue, especially while the violence is still raging. I know there are no shortage of conservative members of his party encouraging him to make the remarks he made yesterday. I hope today's comments show Mr. Romney is using his head rather than his political advisers in addressing this problem.

Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

Gov. Romney's remarks evoke Ronald Reagan's famous challenge at the Berlin Wall ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!") Reagan was criticized for the remark, even by his own advisors, who counseled against it. Reagan was lampooned in the media, who were convinced that he "shot before he aimed," and was leading the country into WWIII. Hindsight has shown that his remarks were courageous and entirely consistent with American policy.

Gov. Romney stated that we shouln't aplogize for promoting freedom, and criticized those who would appease terrorists. I think that stand is courageous and on the right side of history.

Salt Lake City, UT

It is now being reported that the egyptian embassy was not allowed live ammo to defend themselves as per state dept policy, as per marine corps blogs......the truth is proving that Obama is incompetent and that stories like this are cover for the POTUS incompetence

Salt Lake City, UT

@Uncle Gadianton
He politicized a tragedy and lied/was wrong about the attack he was making since Obama Clinton and the embassy all condemned the violence. The only statement that didn't was the one Romney attacked made by the embassy and it didn't condemn the attack because that statement was made before the violence.

As for the speech thing, you can criticize an anti-religious movie while still asserting that there's free speech rights. Criticism is free speech too you know.

Colorado Springs, CO

He took a gamble, lost, and moved on to something else to blame the president for!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Uncle Gadianton,

Really! WOW!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Was it because he was wrong? or because it wasn't buying him any votes?

If he was right, if he had integrity -- he'd stand by his remarks regardless of the out-come.
He can't, he won't -- and that's why I can not support him.

Hayden, ID

Every time there is a story about Romney you same 4 or 5 liberals chime in and criticize him. You spin anything bad about your man Obama into something better than it really is and spin Romney the opposite direction. A new idea frighten you?

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

We are hearing rumblings about Mitt's advisors.
Who are these people and why do they advise him so? Or.....does Romney simply ignore their advice?
Conspiracy theory of the day...
Could there be advisors who are now being told to keep Romney from the Presidency?
Fred Koch, father of the Koch brothers, is the founder of the John Birch Society. The Koch brothers and like others are the major financiers of Mitt Romney's Republican candidacy.
Has Mitt Romney been unable to fill Republican expectations as far as conservatism?
Have these powerful individuals and their connections changed their mind about Mitt Romney for the Presidency?

Belching Cow
Sandy, UT

"He took a gamble, lost, and moved on to something else to blame the president for!"

Well, Bush is still being blamed for everything by the Democrats and he has been out of office for 4 years. LOL!!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Fred Koch, father of the Koch brothers, is the founder of the John Birch Society.


John Birchers?
No kidding, that explains a LOT!

I should've picked up that up on my Right-wing-Extreme-o-meter a 1,000 miles away!

Thanks for bringing that to light...
I'll be certain to use it as a sludge hammer on the ultra-cons.

Birchers...I should known....

Salt Lake City, UT

Romney needs a new foreign policy advisor. While he accuses Obama of going on an apology tour, it is Romney who is actually apologizing ("clarifying what he meant"). Not a good sign when your own party distances themselves from your remarks.

gramma b
Orem, UT

This reporter didn't have her facts right. After the attack on the embassy, the embassy reiterated the apologetic remark it had made earlier. Romney was correct. And, the headline is misleading. Romney didn't "tone down" anything. He just talked about something else. He has stood by his ealier remark, and he was right. You would think the DNews would not just accept evrything said by the AP as truth. It clearly isn't. And, where is the headline about Obama "shooting first" when he said Egypt wasn't an ally. He has had to walk that back. And, where is the mention of Obama politicizing the death of 9 servicement in Afghanistan to ding McCain during the 2008 campaign?

Cedar Hills, UT

this is Reagan vs Carter all over again. This is the Iran Hostage crisis weak response by Carter. Romney CORRECTLY pointed out that apology is NEVER the correct response but it is ALWAYS the response from team Obama. Sadly always. We now know that US intelligence has known since SEPT 4th that there could be trouble on Sept 11 - why is it that Obama never seems to know about this intel? Perhaps because he spends most of his waking hours on Letterman or other light weight liberals entertainment shows... or golfing ....or anywhere but where he ought to be. Always leading from behind. America is aching for a leader who will stand up and NOT apologize about how we may have "hurt the feelings" of mad man barbarians over a movie. I 100% guarantee JFK, Reagan , Bush, Clinton would NEVER have issued that weak and wrongful statement .... not in 100 years. If Obama didn't agree with the statement then by all means SAY SOMETHING!!!! HE says nothing. So predictable and so pathetic. Look at the world this apologize and appeasement policy has created. The middle east is ready to explode and Israel is left alone. Vintage Obama!

Danbury, CT

So sad to see after such a long drawn-out election, but Romney will never recover from this...

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

I have no idea why the Des News allows these extremely biased to the left AP stories to be printed. Romney did NOT tone anything down. He changed his speech to the economy, which Obama should also be heavily criticized for. This headliine is a pure lie.

Salt Lake City, UT

Under the Obama Presidency, 4 diplomats are dead including the ambassador to Libya. What are you doing President Obama: to secure the embassy compounds in the Middle East? Please don’t give me another lame excuse, that it was someone else’s fault. What are you doing to insure the security of USA diplomats in what were once considerate safe diplomatic sanctuaries, regardless of the extremist actions outside?

American Fork, UT

I love how our president handled yesterday. He condemned the violence, worked to secure other Americans in foreign lands, and mourned the loss of American lives. His opponent just tried to politicize the tragedy. No wonder the gap is widening in the polls, and our president is so favored when it comes to foreign policy.

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