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Published: Sunday, Oct. 7 2012 10:24 a.m. MDT

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ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

That's all this guy does. No leadership or governing, just campaigning. No budget, no plan. A total clueless empty suit.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm less interested in whether or not Mr. Romney has a "soft" side than I am interested in knowing why he won't share his tax returns, why he decided that the only way to do well in last week's debate was to sound like a Democrat throughout the debate, and then why his campaign said _after_ the debate that he didn't really mean most of what he said during the debate.

I don't need my president to have a "soft" side, but I sure as heck expect him to be honest.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

When the president dressed casually Fox News attacked. Romney appears super casual to spin his soft-nonBain Capital side for the 47%.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

The backside to all this new razzle-dazzle is that Romney is still the Romney we all know and love. He is still "severely conservative" and still wants to lower taxes on the wealthy, get rid of the estate tax, lower capital gains taxes to zero, increase the defense budget significantly, eliminate programs like PBS while keeping subsidies for Big Oil, kill off Medicaid, cut back on Medicare to where it will be unrecognizable, and adopt Paul Ryan's plan for Social Security.

So what is different! Just because he can look straight into the camera and deny what he said just last week with a sincere look in his eyes isn't proof that he has suddenly become moderate. He remains "sincerely conservative" beholden to the Right-Wing fringe, a Grover Norquist acolyte trying to convince people not to believe what they heard him say a week ago.

And perish the thought that people get upset about what he said about the 47%. He "apologized" for that statement, but never explained what percentage of the American population he still considers to be slackers and moochers.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I wonder which focus group turned up the need for Mitt to show a "soft side", as DN puts it. I guess this also means that the "severely conservative" governor is now to be forgotten, along with the desire to "double the size" of GITMO and get our foreign policy direction from Israel, right?

JWB
Kaysville, UT

What people forget is that any CEO has to make the big decisions, and that is not done on the Jay Leno or David Letterman shows, it is done in the White House.

This President doesn't make those decisions and blames anything on the previous 200 years, whether Republicans or Democrats. He eagerly blames President Bush, whichever one, and not Clinton, too often.

We need a President who may show a soft side but will make hard decisions. Our freedoms of over 200 years have been backed up by a country of strong beliefs on how to hold those feelings and defend them from outside forces, which may be inside our borders.

The President isn't one that acts the current President. He has motives and has shown us his course for 4 years. We cannot afford another 4 years of the same type as it will actually be worse as he will think he has a mandate from voters to set his beliefs with Constitutional authority as he will appoint more Supreme Court justices and persuade Congress, Senate especially to do his will.

He is not a benevolent person. Community organizer, maybe, but not Presidential. Vote for Romney.

peter
Alpine, UT

To the AP and DN, this election is not about how much cash obama can raise on the campaign trail. It's about a free nation under decline because of an entitlement mentality that liberals/progressives have foolishly promoted for too many years that will ultimately create another third world nation out of America. Journalism is dead.

Salsero
Provo, UT

Just listen to the man. Close your eyes, open your ears and just listen.

Then, ask yourself: "What did he say last week?"

If you're partisan, it makes no difference what he says or anyone says, you've already heard what you want to hear. Critical thinking is not important for making a judgement because the judgement has already been made, and that judgement was made along strictly partisan lines.

Romney's tactics are directed toward so-called Independents. However, even these "undecided" people have probably already decided. They just don't want the hassle of arguing with the partisan flacks who are making all the noise.

So does Romney's "softer" side makes any difference. Probably not. It will only call more attention to what he has said in the past and how it contradicts what he is saying now. And it will further confuse people who know that he has promised his conservative base to do what they want if he is elected.

Remember, Romney went through a long, difficult, and acrimonious primary where he essentially made a blood oath to be "severely conservative".

Finally, Paul Ryan is waiting in the wings. That says it all.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

I assume when they talk about Romney's "softer" side they are talking about his ever-shifting ever- contradictory statements and lack of consistency.

wrz
Ogden, UT

@Blue:

"I am interested in knowing why he won't share his tax returns..."

Romney's returns are available... He tells us they are stored right under Obama's college transcripts and other secreted records.

"... why he decided that the only way to do well in last week's debate was to sound like a Democrat throughout the debate..."

You mean reciting excuse after excuse? I don't think we heard that from Romney.

"... and then why his campaign said after_ the debate that he didn't really mean most of what he said during the debate."

Like a good Democrat, you're making things up,

"I don't need my president to have a 'soft' side, but I sure as heck expect him to be honest."

Then you don't want a Democrat. They wouldn't know the truth if it hit them in the face.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

@salsero

I have no problem with Which Romney pandering to a new favorite constituency...

morning, noon and night.

That's what he does...

That's what he has always done...

That's what he will continue to do.

Conservative icon (Louie Gohmert R-Texas) documented this fact early in the campaign...

No Conservative seemed to notice...

or at least gave up playing whack a psuedo-conservative mole with Which Romney, of course, featured as the psudeo-conservative/severely conservative mole.

David
Centerville, UT

Democrats and the president have no plan and no budget. Obama has spent the past 4 years campaigning. He spent $90 billion on "green energy" loans to many companies that went bankrupt after contributing to his campaign. This should be investigated because it could be money laundering with tax payer's money.

Dems have failed to provide a budget for 4 years in the Senate! Obama's budget has failed to gather a single vote for 2 years in the House, and wasn't even brought to vote in the Senate.

Obamacare was rammed down our throats with no bipartisan support. The GOP were locked out of the room. Pelosi said Congress would have to vote for it to know what was in it. Well, $1 Trillion of increased taxes are in it. To soften the cost Obama has shifted over $700 billion from Medicare to help pay the cost.

How can anyone want 4 more years of this circus that is Obama?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

re:David

#1 More than 60% of the $90 billion you cited were funneled through state and local govts. for specific contractors rather than as tax breaks for specific companies. The money wasn't distributed primarily via tax breaks, wasn't primarily provided directly to companies, wasn't primarily spent on solar and wind, and wasn't spent at all on Fisker or Tesla. (as Romney has asserted)
In reality, more than 60 percent of it was directed to state and local governments and utility companies for energy efficiency, transportation and electrical infrastructure. Of 26 companies receiving loan guarantees, 3 went bankrupt. (factcheck, politifact)

2. Presidents provide the "outline" of the budget. The House and Senate create and develop a budget. Congress votes on the budget they create, based more or less on the President's outline.

3. Republicans and Democrats worked on healthcare reform in committees for many months. Republicans were not "locked" out of the room. Republican ideas were included and the framework was based on Republican past proposals and Romneycare. The $716 billion involves growth of Medicare spending over the next 10 years by reducing the growth of payments to providers.

Ali'ikai 'A'amakualenalena
Provo, UT

Even Bill O'Reilly faults George W. Bush for the continuing economic mess inherited by Barack Obama in his first two years in office. Then, again, he blames Obama for not getting it all cleaned up in the last 1 1/2 years.

So that's the issue: Obama didn't fix everything before the 2012 election. The role of Republican obstructionism is never mentioned ("make Obama a one-term president") or the Limbaugh edict to make Obama fail. Although it doesn't excuse the mistakes and errors of an Obama presidency, he has been vilified (Birther nonsense) and ostracized (Newt Gingrich and his "anti-colonialist mentality" nonsense) in ways had it not been Obama.

Those writing above who take a extremely vocal position against Obama probably would be saying the exact same thing about any Democratic president. However, some may be birthers and feed into that hostility. There are charges and shouting, but absolutely no discussion of salient points. However, at least there is consistancy in all their statements: They all, without exception, dislike Barack Obama.

The problem is that they show their anger with cliches and mindless talking points handed them through the wingnut media.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

To ute alumni 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7, 2012

That's all this guy does. No leadership or governing, just campaigning. No budget, no plan. A total clueless empty suit.

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You're right. Your comment perfectly describes Romney. That's all Romney does. He figures out what the person or group to whom he is speaking want him to say and/or wants him to be, and puts on that that personna. And then, if another person or group wants him to be the exact opposite, he flips and puts on THAT personna too. He won't give specifics about his budget or plan because some of his "supporters" might not like what he has to say. He tries to be all things to all people. Flip-flop Mitt. Etch-a-sketch Mitt. In reality he is indeed an empty suit; empty of honesty or honor or ethics. He is NOT what this country needs.

Alfred
Ogden, UT

@Truthseeker:

"More than 60% of the $90 billion you cited were funneled through state and local govts."

Yeah, but it's all gone, right?

"Presidents provide the 'outline' of the budget. The House and Senate create and develop a budget."

The President provides more than an outline. He provides details. Congress needs to know what the President wants/needs to run the government. Congress doesn't know. Congress can't go to all Government departments/agencies to compile details. The president (OMB) does it... and it's built from the bottom up.

"Republicans and Democrats worked on healthcare reform in committees for many months. Republicans were not 'locked' out of the room."

Yes, Republicans were in the room. But they got none of their ideas in the package. All, ALL Republican amendments were voted down.

@Furry1993:

"He (Romney) figures out what the person or group to whom he is speaking want him to say and/or wants him to be, and puts on that persona."

Barack played it smart... he rolled his program up into two words... 'hope & change.'

"He (Romney) won't give specifics about his budget or plan..."

Obama has no budget or plan.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Rule pertaining to the Romney "soft side": The smaller and more exclusive and more secret the audience, the HARDER the "soft side". If the GOP can't control all poor and middle class people, they can make friends with the rich ones by liberally scooping from the "meanness" barrel.

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