Comments about ‘Sen. Orrin Hatch's camp confident in walk-up to state GOP convention’

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Published: Tuesday, April 10 2012 12:21 p.m. MDT

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one old man
Ogden, UT

Let's elect a good, honest, thoughtful YOUNG man to replace Hatch. Pete Ashdown will fill the job admirably.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

Lets see, where is Freedom Path mentioned, with their distortions about Liljenquist and Herrod? Perhaps they went positive because delegates were just as mad at Freedom Path as FreedomWorks?

I spoke to a delegate tonight that was planning on Voting for Dan Liljenquist in the Primary, but Sen. Hatch at convention. He has vetted both and decided Dan Liljenquist is the best of the top 3.

Some seem to not realize they were not bound delegates and are supposed to vet the candidates.

bikeboy
Boise, ID

Putting RINO Hatch back MIGHT be the best thing for Utah, thanks to the perks that seniority brings, back there in DC. But the best thing for America would be to replace him with a true conservative, a fresh perspective, and without the baggage that 36 years of "career politickin'" generates.

I'm in Idaho, and I ask my friends in Utah to give Senator Hatch the highly-pensioned retirement that he deserves.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Hatch and the Flip floppipng Mitt Romney would be a good pair. Hatch campaigned on the idea his predecessor had been in office too long, actually about half as long as Senator Hatch. This same senator feels fine about long stints at the government trough now though.

Senator Hatch also stood and said Planned Parenthood spent 90% of its budget on abortions, something he knew was a lie when he said it but still said it. It seems he does not let the truth get in the way of a good story.

I imagine that Utah will send him back to the trough so he can again beat his drum about how the country needs to balance the budget. That is as obvious as we all need to obey the law of gravity but for some reason his sales pitch has fallen short for decades.

I am confident this time will be different... as Senator Hatch has shown a willingness to work with others there...or perhaps not.

Daryl Acumen
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

Why are so many people so eager to make excuses for FreedomWorks? I mean seriously, what is that? "Dude, Freedom Path was mean too" ...are you serious?

FreedomWorks came into this state, encouraged their supporters to break party rules in an effort to manipulate our caucuses, paid for deceptive push-polls to manipulate delegates, lied to the press about their deceptive and unethical activities, polluted the media market with garbage, and people are actually sticking up for them? I even talked to one guy online who was trying to argue that "FreedomWorks has as much right to try to influence this election as any Utah voter because it affects the whole country."

I am sick and tired of hearing from all these FreedomWorks apologists. If you want somebody from Oregon influencing your elections, then move to Portland! We don't need interference form organizations who have no accountability either to Utah voters or to the state party.

Some people in this state need to decide what's more important to them, the state they live in or some Nanny PAC from Washington DC. For me, it ain't no choice!

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Why am I not surprised that an opinion "poll" (I use the term loosely)paid for by the Hatch camp would show HIM in the lead?

Why is it NOT OKAY for an outside group like Freedomworks to try to affect Utah elections, but its apparentally TOTALLY OKAY for Hatch to use "outside" money from lobbyists, super pacs etc. to further his campaign?

Double Standard??

Realism
Midvale, UT

Dear Fitness Freak,
Do you have any idea what you are talking about? Dan Jones and Associates (the organization who took the opinion poll) is a legitimate and effective polling organization NOT paid for by the Hatch campaign. And you really believe its fine for people who don't live in or care about Utah to affect it's elections? Freedom Works doesn't operate here. Their goal of getting Hatch out of office will not affect them negatively at all but it will affect you. Does that sound like an organization with your best interest at heart?

Do you anti-Hatch people realize what will happen to the State of Utah if Hatch does not get re-elected? Do you think that we got construction grants for road projects that employ thousands of people or that Hill Air Force Base is in Utah and still operating because we are a powerful, well-liked state? News flash, we aren't. The reason we have these things is because Hatch is a senior senator with power and influence. If you are really ready to give all that up for Utah, then you are being completely irrational.

ReaganFan
Salt Lake City, Utah

Senator Hatch votes conservatively 90 % of the time. How different would Dan's votes be from that of the Senator? Seems like if Dan were to vote differently from Senator Hatch, he would be voting against the conservative cause. So, if they are going to vote roughly the same, why not have someone in there with experience and who can actually get things done (as opposed to merely wishing that they could get things done).

sg
newhall, CA

How about asking Hatch why he voted in favor of the two Supreme Court justices that Obama wanted? Ask Hatch why he hasn't gone after Obama and the eligibility issue? Ask Hatch why he hasn't put pressure on Obama regarding the illegal 34 czars that Obama has hired without Congressional approval or oversight? Ask Hatch why he believes he's nothing like Frank Moss, the incumbent he replaced almost 40 years ago with his campaign slogan, Frank Moss is out of touch? Hatch is out of touch. Hatch is all about Hatch. His arrogance precedes him. Ask Hatch why he hasn't been at the forefront of exposing Obama for using executive orders to grab power that resembles a totalitarian government? It's time for Term Limits folks. We don't need power hungry career politicians. Remember, once he's done 'serving' the people, We the People will be paying for his full salary retirement for life. He should go back to work. And last, ask Hatch how much money he made from insider trading that he participated in throughout his Capital career? Hatch is a political crony.

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