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Published: Sunday, May 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

A tea party fanatic?

cns
St George, Utah

The Republicans in the Senate and House -- including Sen. Lee -- are coming across as the party of "No" without offering any constructive alternatives to Obama and Democratic solutions to national problems. Example -- in the beginning Republicans spoke of repealing and replacing ObamaCare. Not it's just repeal. In the long run just being the party of No will not be popular with the majority of American voters

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Mike Lee has been very impressive so far. His focus on solid, practical, principled solutions to American problems is the right approach.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

He says "No" a lot. I am wondering if he can put forth some actual plans that have traction.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Senator Lee, and the other rare constitutionalists in Congress, here demonized or marginalized by Pignanelli and Webb, are a refreshing change! Why do P and W give the others a free pass to pick on the champions of constitutional government.

Only fifteen percent of the populace approve of our current Congress. Additionally aren't we supposed to be fighting for the Constitution of the United States? The senators and representatives swear to uphold it but rarely speak of it let alone uphold it. They appear never to have read it. Neither do Pignanelli and Webb speak of the founding document here, but Lee, DeMint and Paul do constantly and with knowledge. Yet they apppear to be virtually regarded without honor in their own country and men accuse them falsely and rashly.

In Eisenhower's cabinet was a fine man called Ezra Benson who warned us of our continuing loss of constitutional rights one chunk at a time. He was a watchman on the tower but, consistently, Mr P and Mr W must regard him as a right wing extremist.

Vive Paul, DeMint and Lee! Long live the Constitution of the United States and the remaining thread it hangs on.

SEY
Sandy, UT

"No" is a good thing in Washington. The best congressman the country has seen in decades was popularly known as "Dr. No": Ron Paul. Senator Lee would do well to follow his example. The problems we have come from too many in congress who are 'yes' men and women. Their sole reason for being where they are is to become re-elected and to accrue power, fame and wealth.

high school fan
Huntington, UT

They are the party of no simply because Harry Reid in the senate has said that republican house bills will be considered by that body and it is pretty clear that the president would not sign ant republican bills so the only thing left is to be the party of no.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Lee is one of the worst of the worst in the senate. He's a disgrace.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Why would anyone say "yes" to something that perpetuates the problems? I wonder if those who criticize those who say 'No', including Senator Lee's votes, are the same ones criticizing their religious leaders who say 'no' to abortion, gay marriage, war, debt, and social justice? Perhaps their religious leaders could 'build' bridges with all those constituents and change all those 'no' votes and accommodate them, and thus surely making our society more stable, civil, and good (not)!

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

We seem to agree he says No. Now how about the idea(s) to carry us forward. A specific plan for healthcare? Entitlement reform? I would like to see some specifics.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Lee was not my choice in the Primary, but he has done a better job of working for the good of Utah and of the USofA than the other two 'yes men' we sent from our state/district to the US Congress. (That would be Matheson and Hatch)

He has earned a favorable rating from me, despite his past employment with Energy Solutions. Keep up the good work Mike!!!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT
Mike Lee has been very impressive so far. His focus on solid, practical, principled solutions to American problems is the right approach.

10:21 a.m. May 12, 2013

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT
Lee was not my choice in the Primary, but he has done a better job of working for the good of Utah and of the USofA than the other two 'yes men' we sent from our state/district to the US Congress. (That would be Matheson and Hatch)

He has earned a favorable rating from me, despite his past employment with Energy Solutions. Keep up the good work Mike!!!

9:39 p.m. May 12, 2013

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Interesting how all the Mike Lee supporters ignore or easily forget Mr. Fiscally responsilbe foreclosed and short-saled on his OWN personal house.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Pignanelli and Webb seem to not understand the duty of the Senate. They repeatedly wrote about representing the people. That is nonsense. A Senator does not represent the people; a House Member represents the people. A Senator represents his State and protects the interests of that State. His duty is to see that the Constitution is followed so that government does not diminish the status of his State.

Mike Lee knows the Constitution. Mike Lee follows the Constitution. Mike Lee is doing his job.

LDS Liberal is swatting at gnats when he complains about a LEGAL transaction between Mike Lee and Mike Lee's bank. LDS Liberal would make us think that the bank was somehow forced into accepting the terms of that sale. Nonsense! For a short-sale to take place, all parties must agree on the terms. Of course that wouldn't matter to someone who uses innuendo to turn and twist things.

The difference in character is apparent between Mike Lee and his detractors.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

LDS Liberal: I don't know if what you say is true, but for the sake of commenting on your distributing the truth, let's say it is. Mike Lee is responsible for his life, including all of his mistakes. He may yet become embroiled in the corruption that ensues with the attainment of power, something that has tainted almost every politician in Washington. I think it is quite clear that corruption in Washington is, and has always been,at undeniably epic levels. The honors of men know no political boundaries. Yet, if I am to judge Mike Lee on his defense of the Constitution and his seemingly unrelenting focus on turning our country in the direction of limited government constrained by the Constitution and the rule of law, he has my support, despite some personal failings. If I were to choose between someone with a messed up personal life, but who revered the constitution, defended our rights, and promoted God as an engine of change, or someone that had a great personal life, but didn't support the aforementioned things, I would much prefer the former! The policy decisions in Washington affect me greatly, not so much personal policies.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT
For a short-sale to take place, all parties must agree on the terms. Of course that wouldn't matter to someone who uses innuendo to turn and twist things.

The difference in character is apparent between Mike Lee and his detractors.

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For a short-sale to take place, Mike Lee must have not been able to make his finacial obligations. Of course that wouldn't matter to someone who does not consider a man integrity to turn and twist things.

The difference in character is NOT apparent between Mike Lee and his defenders.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Democrats and RINO's have been running up the deficit in the country for the last 50 years or so.

They get upset when things don't go the way they would like.

Change is coming to the Senate in the form of young aggressive conservatives who will, (hopefully)begin to limit the size and scope of government.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

Change is coming in the Senate when Mike Lee is replaced. Mike Lee is the Carl Wimmer of the United States Senate. Fortunately, like Wimmer, he will be a short-term wonder replaced by a republican who can think and work with others. He never had the character, knowledge or experience to qualify as anything more than a footnote in Utah politics.

Republicantthinkstraigh
Anywhere but, Utah, Utah

Good to know that Reagan and both Bushes are RINO's. This whole time I thought they were true conservatives, who woulda thunk. That means a true conservative hasn't held the Whitehouse since when, Nixon? Too bad Romney didn't win, now he is a true conservative (depending on which day and what audience). Get some consistency. All I know about Republicans is they are consistently inconsistent. Unbelievable.

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