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Published: Monday, March 26 2012 1:36 p.m. MDT

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I hate politics. Bash the other guy to death then turn around and support him. It reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live skit where the news anchor goes on and on and on ranting and raving about something then stops and says... never mind. Mitt WILL kill Obamacare and isn't that the only thing that really matters in the end?

justaguy
Out There in, WI

Santorum is saying that because Romney is the only things standing between him and the nomination. He’s using the same tactic Gingrich used at the debate when CNN moderator John King asked about the allegation that he had asked his wife for an “open marriage”. It worked for Gingrich; the media pretty much backed off that issue. Maybe it will work for Santorum. I’m not saying I’m a Romney fan but I do think there’s a certain amount of desperation with Santorum as the numbers close in on him more and more.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@patriot
"Mitt WILL kill Obamacare and isn't that the only thing that really matters in the end?"

Assuming he's elected and he has the house and senate and is able to get past a Democratic senate filibuster (we had to get 60 to pass it, Democrats will sure as heck not let that get taken away without Romney needing 60).

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

I understand how we got the Tea Party, but these people are scary: no ideas, no compromise, just threats and inane arguments. I feel like a lot of former Democrats did in 1980 - I didn't leave the party, it left me. It's going to seem pretty insincere when Santorum and Gingrich endorse Romney in 4 weeks.

I don't love Romney but I think he could be the perfect person to look objectively at Obamacare since he understands better than the others what works and what doesn't work. He also understands how to work with both parties and diverse groups. What we don't need more of is politicians who say my way or the highway...

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Not yet, but the competition is tough.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

santorum is desperate. he stands no chance. Mitt will clobber obama.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

A far better question: Is Obama the worst Democrat ever?

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Worst - hardly. Working really hard to go that direction, yes. In his former life, he tried to be a principled leader of all those he was voted to represent, right and left, without compromising his standards. To become president, he has had to take silly stands that not only pointless, but things he knows as a very smart man he will not be able to deliver on.

As Patriot says, if all he accomplishes is repealing Obamacare, he will in fact be one of the worst decisions we could make. Voting in someone who is simply against something is a waste of four years of presidency. If Obamacare is wrong for the country, I want someone who isn't simply against something, but actually brings something to the table that solves the problem. If Obamacare was the wrong bandaid for the soar, simply ripping the bandaid off and leaving the soar exposed doesn't solve anything - it in fact makes the problem worse.

I hope to have an option to vote for someone who will actually be "for" something, not just against something. If Romney is simply against things, then yes, he could become the worst Republican.

Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

Mitt started out this campaign by focusing on the things he is capable of and believes in, his strengths and achievements, and what he believes he can accomplish as President. But over the course of the debates he has been pulled into negative campaigning due to...mainly...having to defend every little thing he says, and countering all the charges and accusations made by his opponents. Perhaps he was a little naive in believing a campaign based on issues would be successful, but I think that is how it should be. By the time opposing candidates in any type of election spend all their time and money saying things about their opponents, we as voters have learned little about the ideas and views of the candidates themselves. I sometimes go to vote, wondering what a particular candidate actually believes in, or hopes to accomplish. I support Mitt Romney, and I hope he is eventually the candidate, and that the rest of the Republican candidates, and the Party, will support him completely.

djk
blue springs, MO

I would say the worst republican in my life history is Nixon. The list of worst democrats would be a long list.
NO Mitt Romney is not even close to the worst. He is a man of honor and integrity. The democrats and liberal media are doing their best to slam him down. Hollywood moguls and other celebrates are trying to bash him because of his values. truly not hollywood standards.
so Mitt is the best since Bush and Regan ! Our country needs Mitt Romney as president and Ann as the classy first lady.
of course the democrats will do all they can to knock him down. santorum a man whom would ruin our country because of his mouthing off gingrich i just do not trust him, paul well he must be smokin something daily to think he can be a good leader.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

patriot ponders "Mitt WILL kill Obamacare and isn't that the only thing that really matters in the end?"

What matters in the end is finding a solution to rising health care costs. You don't believe Obamacare is that answer - OK - what is the answer? I haven't heard Mitt offer any solution to the problem.

Curious what makes you certain that Mitt will kill Obamacare? Because he said he would? Scary thing about Mitt is he is VERY comfortable with lying. He's hooked you, so mission accomplished.

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

When are Republicans going to stop being the "no" party and express some of their own ideas on to solve the health care crisis in the USA? People are suffering with the ridiculously high costs.I wish more voters would research Romney care more carefully instead of just accepting what the "talking heads" have to say. Romney was in a very heavily democratic state where he congress overrode his vetoes on Health care.They changed it even more after he left. Ther is also a difference between a nationwide and a state healthcare solution. After all, the core idea was conservative in origin! Newt Gingrich and the conservative Heritage Foundation among many others supported the idea of the individual mandate in some form.Even Ronald Reagan signed the Emergency Medical Leave and Active Labor Act (Part of COBRA) that required hospitals to provide emergency medical regardless of their ability to pay.

BigRich
Orem, UT

Patriot is right on. Aren't we all sick of politics? And to think we have so many more months to go. Pass the Excedrin. Santorum and Gingrich are reduced to labeling, name calling, and basically anything else that is desperate. So much for issues. And Mitt will kill Obamacare because there are a number of democrats who dislike it also.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Bush was worse.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

No not the worst. He lies the most of any GOP candidate I have seen. Most GOP candidates have the arrogance of never admitting mistakes ever, but Mitt tries to change his stance and act like it never happened. The ultimate flag pole politician--changes his stance with the wind of the day.

As for health care, I agree, let's allow the good folks in the health insurance industry determine what's a favorable price and coverage--it's worked so well for us now. Repeal Obamacare if you want, but what will you do to fix the problem? Health Care in my opinion is a fundamental right and people should not be denied coverage because they get sick and the profit margin isn't as good. Do private businesses get to control the water prices? No, why should the human essential of basic health be different. Single payer or government option should be used. That would allow businesses not to have to provide coverage for employees and make them more competitive globally.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

Santorum is absolutely right!

He is right about the media distorting what he said, and he is right that Romney is the WORST Republican to challenge Obama on Healthcare Reform!

And if you are not going to challenge Obama on Healthcare, you have a tough battle challenging him on economy, foreign policy, or even "social issues" (like the "war on women" battle over contraception coverage).

We must face the facts. Romney is a Moderate Republican, at best. Some people call that a RINO (how Mike Lee can maintain any sense of integrity endorsing Romney is a puzzle to me). Even Jon Huntsman is more Red than Romney!

So the contrast between Romney and Obama is just not that great. A vote for Romney is NOT a vote for real change! And if you don't support real change, then why not just keep Obama in another four?

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

I supported Romney in 2008. His campaign was focused, intelligent, and generally positive.

This time around, however, he has stooped so low in the mud to fill his sling, he has lost his own message, and lost track of how many times he has contradicted himself.

That is the result of the "anything to win" approach he is taking this time.

How the great have fallen!

bluejean
Farmington, UT

NewsFlash: Political Pundits spin the truth! GASP!

Ever get the feeling that a Santorum presidency would be four years of this event...on steroids?
He gets way too rattled. This is not good behavior for Pres. but great prep for his next gig as the newest member of the Fox News Lonely Candidates Club.

A1994
Centerville, UT

Santorum claims to be the most like Reagan. Reagan's 11th commandment was, "Thou shalt not speak ill of other Republicans." I don't care what you think about Romney, he is by far and away better than Obama.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

@ I M LDS 2

I don't get the radical right (or left) thinking and being a Mormon. If Mitt is a Moderate, then it is "at best" not at worst. I wish he were more moderate...

I guess you haven't been paying much attention to how deeply the far right Evangelicals hate Mormons.

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