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Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

After running on a pledge to repeal "Obamacare" for the last two years, Romney decides that there are parts of it he wants to keep, namely coverage for pre-existing conditions. Either that or he was lying.

He apparently also wants to keep parts of Dodd-Frank after promising to repeal it.

He now says his tax cut, the centerpiece of his economic agenda, is not really a tax cut, because he will close so many loopholes that taxes will stay the same.

He says he will cut government spending by 3% of GDP, but only says he will cut funding for NPR and Planned Parenthood, which taken together account for about 1/1000th of 1% of GDP.

Yes he looked "presidential", but I still don't see it as a win. If I were a conservative, I'd see it as a betrayal.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I was very impressed by Romney's debate performance. It was truly a game changer. I liked the fact that he corrected Obama and stated that Romney's health plan does indeed cover pre-existing conditions. I also was pleased with Romnney's promise to restore the $716 billion in Medicare funding. I liked that each time Obama tried to hammer Romney on his $2 trillion in extra military funding, Romney did not back down. Romney knows that we need a strong military and we could use the extra $2 trillion in defense spending.

I also liked that Romney clarified several times that he would not cut taxes for those in the high income bracket and that those in the high income levels are doing just fine now. Romney is not the same as Bush, despite what anyone tries to say. The Bush tax cuts added heavily to the deficit, but Romney promised not to support any tax cut that adds to the deficit. Altogether I think Romney gave a very surprising and strong debate performance.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

Romney played a part and, unfortunately, people did not see through it. Romney, as always, was not truthful and flip-flopped on just about everything but, unfortunately, people did not see through it. Romney bullied just about everyone in sight (including the moderator) but, unfortunatly, people did not see his actions for what they were -- the same lack of compassion and honor that led him to assault a young boy and hold him down to cut his hair when he was in high school (showing a long pattern of behavior and lack of concern for anyone he perceives to be "less" than him, and an overwhelming desire and determination to get his own way regardless the consequences of what he does).

His "misstatements" (in other words lies) are now the subject of numerous campaign advertisements. I hope people see and heed them, because they show exactly how much Romney is lacking in character and honor.

Republicantthinkstraigh
Anywhere but, Utah, Utah

I just hope Romney wins so we can go back to the good ol' years ya know 2000-2008. Country was at peace, deficit was being reduced, wages were increasing, and best of all healthcare was made possible for millions of more Americans. That dang Obama ruined it all... Wink, wink.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Furry1993 Ogden, UT
"Romney played a part and, unfortunately, people did not see through it."

It was Obama's task to show the voters where Romney was wrong,flip-flopped, or misstated the facts. Unfortunately Obama was suffering from the effects of the high elevation in Denver, at least according to Al Gore, and forgot why he even bothered to shop up at the presidential debate.

Whose fault is it if Obama was asleep at the switch?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Re:FatherofFour

On Romney's website he lays out his tax proposals. Romney's repeal of the AMT would've reduced his 2011 taxes by $674,000+ alone. Romney won't even name one measure he would take to make up the difference for his own tax liabilities.

Romney says he would cover pre-existing conditions, but ONLY for those who've had continuous coverage. If you lost your job and benefits for a period of time, pre-existing conditions would not be covered.

Romney and Ryan campaign strategy is merely to peddle lies and shift positions with the wind.

Republicantthinkstraigh
Anywhere but, Utah, Utah

Oh he will Rifleman. Obama was in a lose lose situation. If he had called out Romney on all his lies he would have looked arrogant and would have heard it from the right. But now, be assured the gloves will come off especially when it comes to foreign policy. Romney wants to go to war just like Bush and all his cronies. America does not need nor want any more pointless wars. Romney can't hide and mislead forever, his true colors will be exposed by Obama, you can count on it.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Truthseeker SLO, CA
"Romney and Ryan campaign strategy is merely to peddle lies and shift positions with the wind."

If true why didn't Obama challenge Romney and bring these points during their presidential debate? How can you ever expect a president who can't stand up and face Romney to stand up to North Korea ..... or Iran?

The term "paper tiger" comes to mind.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

@Furry1993

Obama (like Carter) cannot win based upon his own record; therefore his only chance is to make the opposition toxic. The O campaign has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on character assassination of Romney - promoting their own lies about Romney lying (DWS, Stephanie Cutter, Hillary Rosen and Harry Reid being particularly heinous in their behavior)

In the aftermath of a debate failure; O has no record, therefore he has no choice but to double down on the Romney is toxic strategy

At the debates; Romney(like Reagan)proved that the carefully planned hate fest promoted by Obama was not accurate - and it is obvious to everyone except the most strident O supporters.

At this point; screaming "Romney is a liar", even louder and shriller, in the face of O's monumental failure, will not make it true - it merely makes O supporters appear even more desperate.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Romney's claims:
"Get us energy independent, North American energy independent."
fact: Romney promises to undo new fuel efficiency standards which would increase oil consumption of 2 million barrels per day by 2025.

"I dont have a $5 trillion tax cut;
fact: eliminating the AMT, the estate tax and other tax reductions, would reduce federal revenue by $5 trillion over the decade.
There are not enough deductions in the tax code that primarily benefit rich people to make his tax cuts revenue neutral.

"All of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private, not government land;
fact: Oil production from federal lands is higher, not lower. The oil and gas industry is sitting on 7,000 permits to drill, that it hasnt begun exploring or developing.

"The presidents put it in place almost as much debt held by the public as all prior presidents combined;
False

About half of [the green firms invested in], have gone out of business;
fact: Three out of 26 companies who received loan guarantees went out of business.

There are numerous other examples of Romney not telling the truth in the debates.

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

Excellent article. Obama and his partisans can only blame others for his dismal record and accuse them of lying. They consider Mitt to be a liar if he doesn't go along with their lies about him.
Obama couldn't get away with it when standing next to Romney because Romney is to well-informed.The real Romney, caring, polite and highly competent, not the buffoon or devil incarnate depicted by the Obama campaign and the mainstream media.We also saw more of the real Obama, head down and no teleprompter to read.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

60 million saw for the first time the two men toe to toe. No teleprompter. No fuzzy friendly Obama media. Just two men talking about issues.One was presidential and the other was an embarrassment. It was SOOO sweet to finally see BO exposed for the phony he is!!

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

this photo says it all. Romney looking at Obama and Obama looking down like a whipped dog. How great it is to expose an imposter.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

patriot said: No teleprompter. Just two men talking about issues.

Well almost..... one gentleman had notes even though it was agreed that NO notes could be used.
One man either changed all his plans and ideas the day before the debate or lied and continued to lie throughout the debate. Like Carl Rove said "A lie told on TV, becomes the truth."

I do agree Obama was to reserved, he should have called him an outright liar....many times!

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Happy Valley Heretic

"One man changed his plans and ideas the day before"....

HA!! Say what? So let me get this straight. You are very concerned that that darn Mitt Romney had the nerve to NOT talk and act like team Obama had painted him out to be for the past year and how dare he be himself!!! How dare Mitt not state the policies that team Obama painted FOR HIM for the past year. My goodness sake - what is the world coming to when candidates actually speak their mind? Even worse - Mitt dared to CORRECT Barack on all the mis-information that he and his team of political hacks had been broadcasting over the past year. Now we can't possibly expect Barack to actually know the issues himself for heaven sake? I mean the man has a teleprompter for a reason so he WON'T have to know the issues - HIS OR ROMNEY'S. Yes yes - since Barack stood their looking angry and confused like a man who had forgotten his wallet in a super market check out line we ought to just cut the guy a break. After all - he is the "chosen one" right???

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Oh patriot, Your guy used notes instead of a teleprompter, he changed his mind again about what he is going to do again and it has nothing to do with how Obama painted him, even Obama would have a hard time keeping up with mitts ever changing "ideas." Obama was to much a gentleman to call the governor a Liar which is what he really is.

"Mitt dared to correct" Nope mit hoped that foolish people wouldn't look it up like yourself, and take him at his word.
What's truly disheartening is mitt is either a hardened liar or actually ignorant of the things he has said recently and as governor. Too bad for mit there are so many recordings of his acrobatic maneuvers in consistency for all who care to watch.

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