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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Etch-a-sketch Romney:

ROMNEY NOW: We can be a partner with China. We don’t have to be an adversary in any way, shape or form. We can work with them, we can collaborate with them, if they’re willing to be responsible.
ROMNEY THEN: [W]e should not fail to recognize that a China that is a prosperous tyranny will increasingly pose problems for us, for its neighbors, and for the entire world. [2/16/12]

ROMNEY NOW: We’ve seen progress over the past several years. The surge has been successful and the training program is proceeding apace. There are now a large number of Afghan Security Forces, 350,000 that are ready to step in to provide security and we’re going to be able to make that transition by the end of 2014.
ROMNEY THEN: I stand with the commanders in this regard and have no information that suggests that pulling our troops out faster than that would do anything but put at — at great peril the extraordinary sacrifice that’s been made. This is not time for America to cut and run. [11/22/2011]

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

"During the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney was every bit the statesman. On foreign policy issues, he was well informed, earnest and gaffe-free. He refused to take the bait of hypothetical questions or Barack Obama's continual attacks. "

He was completely out of his element and looked like he was lost.

He was uniformed and completely wrong on many occasions, and that's when he wasn't lying or completely changing what he said just days before, as truthseeker points out.

He refused to answer important questions, hypothetical or not, those questions should be addressed not run away from, that is not leadership.

Not enough character or substance to lead America to anywhere but the devastation brought about by the republicans since their hero reagan started giving it away to the 1%.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Romney outclassed Obama and out smarted him. He made Obama look petty, foolish and unpresidential.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

Romney sputtered, repeatedly said he agreed with Obama, and didn't seem to know where Iran and Syria lay on a map. Watching conservatives try to spin that as a "victory" for Romney has been hysterical.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Campaign Romney - Obama and this Administration's failed Foreign Policy!

3rd Debate Romney - I agree with the President, I agree with the President, I agree with the President X 12.

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shows Romney's complete and utter lack of Integrity.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

"Syria is Iran's route to the sea." - Mitt Romney, October 22, 2012

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Romney "looked Presidential" at the cost of "looking clueless".

He offered nothing bold. His neocon supporters wanted Romney to say "bombing" is the way to stop Iran. Instead he said we're just a couple more sanctions away from stopping them. Weak.

He's lucky the President answered first on Syria. Romney probably wanted to say "we should arm Assad's opposition", but the President correctly pointed out that you can't just haphazardly arm rebel groups, as some may use them on Israel. Romney had no choice but to sputter his agreement. Weak.

Ford DeTreese
Provo, UT

I must say that I find Mountanman's viewpoint fascinating. Now I know what it is like seeing the world through the camera lenses at Fox News. But on to more relevant matters. . .

I've been thinking about President Obama's uncharacteristically flat performance in the first debate. I think he was caught totally off guard that Romney would have the chutzpah to lie so blatantly and to change his positions from what he had been saying for months (even years in some cases). I think he was dumbfounded by the audacity of this slippery etch-a-sketching eel. By the time the second debate rolled around, though, he knew what sort of man he was dealing with.

Quite amazing that so many Americans are so gullible, even after all the evidence we have of who Mitt really is (basically no one has a clue).

RRB
SLC, UT

Obama could not argue with facts, so he chose personal attacks. He looked as Presidential as an Internet troll.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm pretty sure Reagan didn't flip half his positions to that of Carter. For instance, whatever happened to Romney not liking setting timelines but now being just cool with withdrawal by the end of 2014?

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: LDS Liberal Farmington, UT

I noticed that you didn't mention the latest RCP electoral vote count:
Romney 206, Obama 201.

It is only going to get better between now and Nov. 6th.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The connection between WiMi and St. Reagan is limited to the passed on selective amnesia ronnie seemed to have so much of later in his presidency.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah
Re: LDS Liberal Farmington, UT

I noticed that you didn't mention the latest RCP electoral vote count:
Romney 206, Obama 201.

It is only going to get better between now and Nov. 6th.

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You keep parroting what you hear on the radio Rifleman.

Go to the website,
it Really Clearly states;

Obama = 281
Romney = 257

270 needed to win.

But keep cherry-picking, whatever makes you feel good.

Noodlekaboodle
Salt Lake City, UT

@Rifleman/LDS Liberal
The good news is you are both right. If you look at the RCP website it shows that states that are pretty solidly with one candidate would have Romney up 206-201. If you look at the toss up states Obama would have 281 electoral votes if those states go the way they show, but the lead is slim in those states. Romneny would have 244, and they show Virginia's 13 votes in a dead heat. Really, all it means is the race is too close too call.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

What I have yet to hear or read much about is the importance of being a world leader, one who is capable of having the respect of our allies and major countries. With the Obama administration we clearly have made a step forward. Indeed his popularity is still very high in western and eastern Europe, not to mention Asia and Japan. Most of Romney's rhetoric has been reminiscent of Bush, hardly a reason for the rest of the world to celebrate.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Indeed [Obama's] popularity is still very high in western and eastern Europe, not to mention Asia and Japan. Most of Romney's rhetoric has been reminiscent of Bush, hardly a reason for the rest of the world to celebrate.

10:00 a.m. Oct. 25, 2012

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Agreed!

I recall during the Bush years, Canadian Capitalists exploited American hatred abroud by selling "Vacation Kits", so Americans could disguise themselves as Canadians so they could travel Europe and other parts of the world without fear or feeling threatened.

Who wants to go back to that?

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