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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 21 2012 1:40 p.m. MST

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

This time around for Mitt, the economic issue may have come too early. - Article

Don't think it's JUST the economy.

Changing stances:

** Mitt Romney steers clear of Ohio health, union issues' - By Dan Sewell - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/25/11

** Mitt Romney reverses himself, supports anti-union law' - By Philip Elliott - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/26/11

Abortion:

** Romney Maintained Massachusetts Contraception REQUIREMENT That Mirrors Obamas Rule' - By Igor Volsky - Think Progress 02/07/12

Gay rights:

** Mitt Romney pledges opposition to gay marriage' - CBS News - 08/04/11

Then:

It's also notable because Romney was not always such a strong opponent of gay rights. In 1994, he he sent a letter to a gay Republican group saying he would be a stronger advocate for gay rights... - Same Article

Mitt Romney has spent so longer pandering to anyone who will listen...

you don't know WHERE he will end up on issues.

How can you support someone, if you don't know they will support you, tomorrow?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Mitt Romney reminds me of a passage of scripture regarding the lack wisdom --

While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties..., I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and SIXTH verse, which reads: "For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Like I've been saying from the beginning of the primary, Romney has 2 main problems:
1. He's Mormon--not a "true Christian" in some conservative's views.
2. He's not a "true" conservative--too many flip-flops.

I'm not surprised at all that Santorum is doing well acmong conservatives, only that it took so long for him to get everybody's attention.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Another thing I would like to add, is that the White House is not soley responsbile for Romney's woes:

** Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 07/17/11

** Cult of Mormon comment leads Newt Gingrichs Iowa political director, Craig Bergman, to resign - By Tad Walch Deseret News 12/14/11

** Rick Santorum-backing pastor plays the Mormon cult card By Joseph Walker Deseret News 01/20/2012

** Rick Perry backer decries Mitt Romney, Mormons' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar, Deseret News - 10/08/11

(Robert) Jeffress described Romney's Mormon faith as a 'cult,' and said evangelicals had only one real option in the 2012 primaries. ... Asked by Politico if he believed Romney is a Christian, Jeffress answered: 'No.'  - Article

A deeply entrenched anti-Mormon bias in the Republican party.

Of which, Obama is NOT a part of.

Many claim 'liberal bias' against the Mormon faith (I have mentioned I think Mormonism is a Judeo-Christian faith) and yet, to date, Obama has said...

** President Obama's purported 'weird'-Mormon strategy against Mitt Romney will backfire, pundits say' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 08/10/11

...zero.

williary
Kearns, UT

The news just keep getting better for President Obama.

He's seeing a recovery to the Depression the Republicans started. A trend that severely hurts Mitt.

And now he sees Rick Santorum and his 200 Electoral votes taking the lead!

Call it a belated Christmas gift to Democrats everywhere.

Actually Americans everywhere. Given the choice between handing the recovering economy back to the party who caused the Depression, or letting the man who has helped it ease its way back from the edge continue to work, it's an easy choice. And one that is benefiting Americans who aren't just the 1%.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Santorum does not have a chance. He will alienate too many who are not conservatives. The economy is still lousy and with gas prices going up, will do worse in the next few months. The actual unemployment rate is upwards of 12 to 15 percent when you factor in those who quit looking for work and are no longer counted.

worf
Mcallen, TX

White House's moves hurting the country:

* One third of our countries debt has come in the last three years.
* Obama has spent more money than all other presidents combined.
* Unemployment has sky rocketed in the past three years.
* Michelle is still skiing in Colorado on our dime.
* Fourteen trillion is not one third of fifteen trillion. The commander adding five trillion to the debt is a third.
* Wasting billions on solyndra, Finnish auto plants, vacations, and Mexican auto plants, are hurting our country.

If this is a close race, we're in trouble.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

The writer nailed it: "Mitt Romney can be taught to sing from the conservative hymnal on these issues, but he sounds out of tune on them. He's happy enough to represent social conservatives on these issues, but it clearly isn't the reason he got into this race," Dougherty writes.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"* Obama has spent more money than all other presidents combined."

That's false.

"* Unemployment has sky rocketed in the past three years."

That's false. Unemployment has been declining for two years and he inherited a 700k jobs lost per month status January 2009 so no matter who was president unemployment was going to go up the first year.

"* Wasting billions on solyndra, Finnish auto plants, vacations, and Mexican auto plants, are hurting our country."

As opposed to Romney who thinks we wasted billions on GM and Chrysler.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

worf | 2:35 p.m. Feb. 21, 2012,

George W. Bush, doubled the national debt
Ronald Regan, tripled the national debt
Unemployment has gone DOWN, from 10% to 8%
Bush took 1020 vacation days. That's almost x3 years, on our dime
Bush raised the debt ceiling...x7 times.
Bush took America into two wars he couldn't pay for:

** Audit: US can't account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds' - By Tarek El-tablawy - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/27/10

So, continually citing Obama's contrabutions to the debt only hurts your side.

Bush, Doubled the debt.

Obama, has not.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The numbers are not the only indication of the economy. The President ensured his Obamacare plan didn't kick in until 2013 and beyond. He didn't want that to impact on his running for a second term. He doesn't ever get a budget through so he can say if there are problems it is the Congress that caused it. He has much to do about the economy with a Secretary of the Treasury who didn't pay his income taxes until he was caught in the Senatorial hearings. The Czars that Obama has didn't go through the vetting process so we don't know about their agendas. This President is about as political as any President has been since Lyndon B. Johnson who worked for decades to get to his position and cunning at that. The President was able to take down one of the strongest political women in the US when he got Hilliary Clinton to back out of the Presidency. He has many tools and people at his beck and will with debts owed to him for their part in the past 4 years. He doesn't do anything without his advisors giving him pros and cons to every move he makes, even the contraception issue. Switch and bait is usable in politics and he has done it with many experts advising him, even the Chicago Group he has at a distance from DC but has full teleommunications and access directly to the White House. In 2000, the Ford Explorer and Firestone tires became the hot issue in the Democratic Convention to overshadow that timeframe with a controversy. Ford survived and that may have been good for their overall PR as they didn't take any bailout money. Things happen and it will be interesting to see what happens in this year's conventions of both parties. Ross Perot knew he would cause damage to #1 Bush in 1992 by his moves to take away 15 percent of the Republican votes and in reality Bush lost the election.

SammyB
Provo, UT

There is a general inability in mankind to perceive media manipulation. When it is overt they can, therefore people feel their antenna is up. But the subtle manipulation is very effective. Imagine George Washington running for president today. His shy reserve would be taken as rich arrogance. The press would have a field day with him because he couldn't be bought.

Fox News is actually more negative toward Romney than the other news orgs. with the constant subtle implications, most of which are false, like; he governed as a moderate, (check the record) he can't energize the base, (watch the crowds at his speeches) the establishment and media is shoving him down our throat (statistics show more than twice as much media bias against him as the next highest candidate) and I could go on and on with the subtle twists designed to make him distasteful to a very impressionable and fickle populace.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Romney will have to call it quits soon - the GOP base doesn't want him. Too bad - Mitt is a a really smart guy - he would have been a good president and certainly gotten us out of this Obama sink hole. Mitt is a CEO - not a politician and that is his problem. To win an election you have to be able to connect with voters emotionally and Mitt just can't do it.

DonO
Draper, UT

The GOP continues to shoot itself in its vital organs. I mean, Rick Santorum?? He has all the depth of a backyard kiddie pool.

Altogether now:

Happy second term to you,

Happy second term to you,

Happy second term Mr. Obama,

Happy second term to yoooou!

Mick
Murray, Utah

1/3rd of the money spent by our governemnt over the past 200+ years has been spent by BHO in 3.5 years.

We are headed for a situation like Greece. Who will bail us out?

williary
Kearns, UT

@worf

You sound like the Repubs on the campaing trail. Just because you say it, doesn't mean it's not factually incorrect:

In 3 full years on the job, the Unemployment rate has gone from 8.2%, February 2009, to 8.3%, February 2012. In the midst of a Depression, the unemployment rate is right where it was at when W. high-tailed it out of office. Good thing the Stimulus didn't work right! I believe 23 straight months of private sector job growth, with the last 7 being 6-digit growth per month.

Every dollar President Obama has spent doesn't even come close to the 2 Unfunded Wars, and Unfunded Prescription Drug Plan that George W. Bush piled on to the debt. Add to that the fact that this President has spent to help save American jobs that Bush lost, instead of trying to avenge his fathers failure.

But I don't expect the facts to be enough to sway you!

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

SammyB
Provo, UT

"to a very impressionable and fickle populace."

Have you looked around you on Sundays? Have you watched the 'change of views and beliefs' as new revelations pass over the past few decades?

Look at home first before pointing your finger at the general populace.

SammyB
Provo, UT

The reason Mitt can't connect with the voters emotionally is 3-fold:

first, he is Mormon and no matter what some say here, that is a very real issue.

Second, the press is constantly saying that and it has become self-fulfilling prophecy. During 2008 when he was seen as too conservative by the media and fellow-candidates, the live audiences at the debates picked him as winner every time and were enthusiastic about him.

Third, media bias with proven negative phrases is giving people a dark feeling about him. Although Mitt flip-flops less than both Gingrich and Santorum, that label is constantly used and believed by those who don't search. Yes he has changed his mind in the past ten years on a few issues after studying them, but originally he was like Reagan, moving toward conservatism with age. He flipped but did not flop.

Grandma Char
Kaysville, UT

We still have a long time until the election. I do not believe our economic picture is rosy. Obama said on Feb 14: "As the economy strengthens, global demand for oil increases"..and this is his explanation for the high gas prices. However, it does not match up with the information that the Saudi's are cutting back production because of global recession.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Oh Ho! Now Romney has found still one more thing he can blame on Obama.

This is getting tiresome. Why not man up, take a long look at all our government's policies, and place wherever and on whomever it belongs? But that would mean admitting that conservatism and conservatives like Reagan, Bushes, et al are not infallible.

Yet it any candidate would be brave enough to do so, maybe we could start solving some of our problems.

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