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Published: Sunday, Sept. 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

He can't get into important issues much because he has to stay close to the social issues that keep the tea party mad and frothing.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

Mitt needs to get VERY specific about what he wants and intends to do if he's put in the White House. Otherwise he's asking us to buy a pig in a poke, to use the old adage.

Further, he needs to release ALL his tax returns going back to his days at Bain (not just letters or "summaries" from his accountants -- release the real and complete tax returns which were filed soon enough so forensic accountants can examine, evaluate and report on them) so we can see what type of a man he is and how he handles his finances. He admits that he has had his taxes audited on occasion -- he needs to disclose why he was audited, the results of the audits and whether he receied any tax amnesty from the IRS -- again so we can see what type of a man he is and how he handles his finances. He also needs to discuss whether (and how) he benefitted from the dodgy tax evasion schemes he set up off-shore.

He is asking the people of the United States to hire him; they deserve to kow what they would be getting if they did.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

I don't usually agree with George Will (except when he talks sports), but this column is an exception. Good questions both candidates ought to answer.

one old man
Ogden, UT

How can anyone tell us what he stands for when he doesn't know himself?

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Whoa, wait a minute. Got the wrong link here. I never agree with Krauthammer. But Will's column in today's paper was excellent. MY MISTAKE!

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

Please, fellow citizens, if you are undecided, listen to both sides of the issues with an open mind and don't allow yourself to be buffaloed by partisan points of view and that ignore important facts.Krauthammer is right.This is Romney's chance to talk directly to the American people.The Obama admin.and his intimidating mass media support system have done everything to dodge the major historic issues of our time where Obama has obviously failed miserably. Coming Foreign Policy and economic choices by our president will change the course of this nation dramatically.Sooner or later a president has to take responsibility for his actions or for his inaction.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The "Krafty Hammer" would have one think that America really wants to go back to the Bush "Neo-Con" view of foreign policy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether it is an unsophisticated analysis or not, it does not matter, I think the majority of americans want to reduce our military presence in the Middle East. If Romney advocates something else I don't think it will fly nor do most of his campaign advisors.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

louie
no america wants to go back to a capitalistic country, with freedom and pride in this country. obama can not lead. we need a leader and mitt is the guy.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Charles has it all wrong. On an emotional level, Romney is just plain stiff. His negatives are all over the place. Going bigger is not going to move the needle other than pump up the base.

But if you treat this like a job interview, Romney has some very strong positives. He doesn’t need to bash Obama to win this job. He can acknowledge that Obama is a good guy trying to do a hard job, but that he doesn’t have the skills to change the game, and Romney does.

Romney needs to go in and talk about reinventing government. He can talk with credibility about looking at an organizations core values and strengths, and cleaning out those things that the organization is doing that is noise, is waste, and is unproductive.

Romney can go in and talk about how to refocus an organization on serving its customers better, at a lower cost. Government is a service all Americans use, and we all can see plainly it is in dire need of some rethinking and re-engineering.

Romney can talk about budgets, with credibility.

Focus on strengths, not attacking Obama. People want to vote FOR someone.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

To UtahBlueDevil 11:00 a.m. Oct. 1, 2012

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Romney needs to go in and talk about reinventing government. He can talk with credibility about looking at an organizations core values and strengths, and cleaning out those things that the organization is doing that is noise, is waste, and is unproductive.

Romney can go in and talk about how to refocus an organization on serving its customers better, at a lower cost. Government is a service all Americans use, and we all can see plainly it is in dire need of some rethinking and re-engineering.

Romney can talk about budgets, with credibility

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Actually that's not what his experience entailed. He had othing to do with budgets. His expertise is in taking over companies, burdening them with debt, raking off exhorbitant management fees for the benefit of his company's executives, gutting the companies, costing the companies' workers their benefits and jobs, and then taking the companies into bankruptcy. Granted there were one or two that were treated differently, but what I described was/is his main modus operandi. That is NOT what this country needs.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Mitt isn't capable, isn't prepared. This is shaping up to be public flogging.

He hasn't said one thing of any import or value yet.....why, or better HOW- can he start now?

Sorry, there is no going back now. He's lied, flip-flopped, awkwardly tap-danced himself into a formidable corner.

The nation will not elect a man who himself doesn't know what the heck he's talking about.

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