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Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

The move to remove Barack Obama from office has been going on for almost four years. The mess he inherited was really bad and anyone achieving that office was taking a major risk that success would be hard fought and take a considerable amount of time. Considering that Republicans opposed him at every turn, upset that he was elected when they expected to stay in office perpetually, and spent a considerable sum of money to make him essentially "unelectable" so any Republican could win in 2012.

Well, after the worst selection of possible candidates (the A-team apparently wanted no part of 2012), the nominee is Mitt Romney. It was supposed to be easy for him considering the anger and hostility generated by the Republican media machine. Republicans thought it would be a cake walk to the White House and Obama had no chance whatsoever.

Leading up to the first debate, it looked like Republicans were hanging on by their fingernails. Now, with the first debate over, they are estatic and feeling they have it in the bag. However, there are three debates still to come. It's too early to be doing victory laps and saying "Romney Won!"

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Romney acted forcefully. That's about it.

If like strong and wrong he's your man.

Romney has allready begun to run from what he campained on. No tax breaks for the rich he says now. No major changes to healthcare, he says his goals are the same he just want a different means of getting there even though Obamacare is based on Romneycare.

He can just stand there and say he likes puppies, it's equally relevant to him claiming he wants a strong defense, healthcare for everyone and a balanced budget.

If he was talking to school children he would be against broccoli but wouldn't a have a detailed menu in hand.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

When he was in "business," Romney (for his own personal benefit and that of his company) destroyed a lot of businesses with which he dealt. Given his record, and the fact that he can't tell a straight story to save his life . . . and stick to it instead of saying just the opposite if THAT would be to his benefit) I don't understand how anyone would feel safe trusting this country to him. I know I sure don't.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

27 lies documented in 38 minutes of public speaking equates to Which Romney rising up?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Finally he moved to the center and leaving right wing. Smart man.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Romney is flip flopping. His etch-a-sketch was on full display earlier this week.

A few months ago, he was a radical right conservative tea partier.

On Wednesday, he was a moderate Republican.

Just as his campaign adviser predicted months ago.

We'll see how long this lasts. I doubt the radical right in Congress will stomach much more of this before coming unglued.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Following Obama's poor showing in Wednesday nights debate the mainstream media have gone back to their tried and true methods of covering for Obama.

Read several of the posts above. Notice how they like to pretend to be victims.

In other words, its NOT Obama's fault that he hasn't done much good for the country. Its the fault of the mean Republicans. We've heard this song before.

The latest twist (invented by the mainstream media)came yesterday when they started telling the Obama cheerleaders to just claim that Romney lies. If they tell the same lie over and over and over.....a few voters are bound to believe them, MAYBE!

Paloma10
Ventura, CA

I am not even going to discuss the content of what Romney had to say. I found his behavior bullying and rude, not in character of a member of the LDS church. I would shudder and correct my children if they ever behaved in such a manner. Appalling, truly appalling. I suppose I am not surprised of someone who would strap a dog to his roof and pin down and cut a young man's hair. Those are profound indicators of a bully and he has certainly proved that standard. I am a member of the church and will not be voting for Romney. I had hoped he would make us proud, such an opportunity lost.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Romney won the debate. He won the hearts and minds of Americans who listened and watched. They saw Romney as a man who was fully engaged in what he was doing. They saw Obama frowning and looking at the floor. They heard Romney tick off point after point of sensible ideas to fix things. The heard Obama lie time after time about what Romney had just said.

Those who watched saw Obama for what he is - incompetent and ill-prepared. They saw Romeny for what he is - a leader who came to the debate prepared to discuss the problems and to offer solutions.

Obama followed things up yesterday by claiming that unemployment had dropped a full half point - after announcing the weakest month of job growth this year. He thinks that we are stupid. He's playing us as if we were fools. Who needs that kind of "player" in the White House? His "games" have cost millions their homes. His "games" have kept at least 23 million unemployed, yet he claims that he is our salvation.

We're not in kindergarten. We are Americans who can tell when a man is lying to us. Obama is lying.

Salsero
Provo, UT

Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah

"Romney won the debate. He won the hearts and minds of Americans who listened and watched."

Huh? Where does this generalization have any basis in fact? From where I sat (and the people around me) words were spoken, some flash, some disappointment, an over-all poor "debate" when considering the format, and a lot of untruths.

Looking at the debate from an unprejudiced perspective, the format of having two (and I mean, two - deux, dos, due) minutes to answer a question is absolutely ludicrous. There is hardly enough time to formulate an articulate response much less express it. Also, one person provides their answer, the other person responds, and it's done! What is this? We end up having to wait for the fact-check to know if what was said is true or not.

Romney is loved by many who hang on his every word. The same is said about Obama. The surrogates and so-called pundits put in their two cents, but they all have an agenda. Truth and honesty are not part of that plan. Deluding the voting populace into favoring one side or the other in order to win is key.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

A lot of comments and thoughts here or there about Romney bullying Lehrer. But do people also realize that in a debate where both people are allowed equal time to speak that President Obama talked four minutes longer than Romney. Romney had interrupt Lehrer to get his points across where Lehrer interrupted President Obama at times, but also let the President talk much longer (and perhaps to President Obama's detriment). I thought Lehrer losing control of the debate so to speak as a good thing because it allowed more depth to the debate. Instead of packaged segments on topics, both candidates argued in much more detail. Romney definitely used that to his advantage and he also seemed to realize that Lehrer as a partisan liberal would undoubtedly favor the President if given the chance. I thought he was "assertive" rather than rude and to me the debate was enjoyable, not because "Romney" won or whatever but because topics were explored in depth with less of the media/moderator filter.

Chumpley
South Jordan, Utah

I think the debate really showed that Obama is the empty chair that Eastwood talked about.Ever since 2008 I have had a hard time finding any content in what the Pres. has to say. Without the teleprompter Mr. Obama is without words, and to Paloma 10 I dont feel he was rude or a bully. We need a strong man in the White House that has comand of himself and is a leader.The economy has struggled and the common sense items we need here like energy independence is a NO Brainer. North Dakota has plenty of oil we need to be using it instead of buying from overseas. The USA needs to take care of itself for once, and get our house in order. We need a strong but smaller more efficient goverment.The States do know what their needs are more than the Feds do. What does federal sales tax on a home have to do with healthcare anyway? Just another way of a sneaky administration trying to pull the wool over our eyes and more money out of your pockets. The Romney team is definetly a better choice this time.

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