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Romney likely to pick a running mate that will please Conservatives

Published: Thursday, April 12 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I don't understand why anyone would not vote for a presidential candidate just because they are Mormon. Also I don't understand why anybody would or should vote for a presidential candidate just because they ARE Mormon. Both are wrong.

Spanish Fork, UT

Pragmatic is right. And if a person is a good person, principled and moral then whatever helped be that way is not a bad thing.

As to the VP... I had been quite sure it would be Rubio, but his youth could be a problem. But he's very bright and principled. But, I'm beginning to think Mike Huckabee might be the best person to add some seasoning to the Romney rhetoric and stir up the base while being practically immune from the far left attacks -- they are all old news whining. Could have a RH positive factor winning the day for a better economy and reducing the assault on Freedoms. And I'd want him to appoint Ron Paul to be the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. That would be fun.

mama bear
riverton, utah

LOVE LOVE LOVE Paul Ryan. It would definitley show where they are heading. Daryl Issa of California has not been mentioned but seems to be cleaning up Washington with some integrity and accountability. Condeleeza Rice would be an excellent choice. She has high positives, she is smart, would give a bounce for international affairs. Besides she is a women and African- American which is two gropus he needs to imrove on.

David King
Layton, UT

When will we admit that the Paul Ryan budget is neither bold nor passable? Most estimates have us running deficits until the mid 2030's under his plan. Do you really think we should wait until four or five presidents from now to stop spending more than what we take in? It also has received zero support from Democrats. Why? Because it not only refuses to cut defense spending, but increases it. If you want bi-partisan support for cuts, you have to look at everything, not just the entitlements. The Paul Ryan plan is at once too timid and too partisan to make real progress on deficit reduction. It's time to hear some proposals that cut defense spending and make the entitlements solvent, something that will get Republicans and at least a few Democrats on board. Our fiscal sanity depends on it.

Cache county, USA

I agree with first comment.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

@ mama bear

I too like Condeleeza Rice, but she unfortunately is tainted by the Bush Administration, and she'd be attacked for her role in the unpopular Iraq War. I could see pundits drawing visions of how Romney was "going backward" to the Bush years and policies. Plus, she was a professor, and that flies in the face of Romney's narrative that Ivy League professors are bad for the country (yes, I know, Romney has the same education as Obama in Harvard Law).

Romney is indeed weak in international affairs, so someone who has experience there would be helpful.

One of the challenges, however, is if Romney picked a conservative to drum up the GOP base, he'll offend the very constituents he needs -- from women to Hispanics (on immigration)to moderates.

The most pragmatic move is to pick another moderate... Jon Huntsman. It will never happen, but really his mix of moderate politics and international experience would make the ticket very competitive and show Romney isn't beholden to GOP extremists.

Should Romney pick a strong conservative, his electability is sunk! Women, Hispanics, and moderates will go for Obama.

Far East USA, SC

"I don't understand why anyone would not vote for a presidential candidate just because they are Mormon."

I agree with you.

But the realities are that people DO look at a persons religion, or lack of religion in the voting booth.

Why else did those on the right go to such great lengths to paint Obama as a Muslim? Or, why was Rev Wright an issue?

Certainly there are many that would not even consider voting for a Scientologist, a Jehovah's Witness or a Muslim for president.

Heck, an admitted Atheist would similarly have no chance.

In the end, many, if not most of those claiming that ones religion should not be a factor would use religion as a factor. And they have every right to do so.

Kaysville, UT

Paul Ryan, Sara Palin, Karl Rove or even giving Dick Cheney new life with his new heart would be alright with me.
No matter who Romney chooses, he won't get my vote, not that it matters in Utah.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

"He should be picked because he is Hispanic".

"She should be picked because she is black".

"He should be picked because he is from the south".

"She should be picked because she is an attorney".

Did anyone stop to think that maybe a presidential or vice presidential candidate should be selected based on their ability to lead while upholding the Constitution (you know, that little thing we like to call the law of the land)?

In what year did we all decide to turn elections into a popularity contest or a beauty pageant?

Layton, UT

Throwing out Rubio because he might be criticized for experimenting with religion as a youth? Oh the irony...

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Allan West (R-FL), off the list of 20 published the other day. His first VP assignment could be borrowing some NRA members and leading a mob against those communists in the Congress he was talking about, assuming, that is, that he knows who they are and not just how many. Cheney could back him up, giving assurances that it was all perfectly legal.

Steamboat Springs, CO

Wait just a minute, I thought that Romney IS a conservative, or was he just "talking the talk" ?? Or, does your question imply that Romney isn't the conservative that he was portraying himself to be ? Will the "real" Mitt Romney please stand up!!

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"Did anyone stop to think that maybe a presidential or vice presidential candidate should be selected based on their ability to lead while upholding the Constitution (you know, that little thing we like to call the law of the land)?

In what year did we all decide to turn elections into a popularity contest or a beauty pageant?"

The answer to question number 1: No. See Democrat party and Barack Obama.
The answer to question number 2: 2008. See Barack Obama.

Maricopa, AZ

It's hard to imagine the American people being leary of electing a Catholic as president with the vast number of Americans who are Catholic.
I'm trying to think what religion would have been so dominant back then. And I wonder how they feel about it now.
Hopefully someday, all religions will receive equal respect in spite of their imperfections.

#1 Champ
Salt Lake City, UT

Mitt Romney should pick someone that will excite the republican base. I believe Paul Ryan would do exactly that.

Far East USA, SC

This is a balancing act.

If Romney brings in someone far right of him, he may "excite the base" but will alienate the moderates and independents. And those are the folks who will decide the election.

Unfortunately, what the GOP base wants, is not a winning ticket.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "JoeBlow" I hate to tell you, but it wasn't the right wing that started the "Obama is a Muslim" war. That was a was something that the Hillary Clinton campaign staff started, and Hillary fueled. If you want to see proof, go to YouTube and you can watch countless videos of Hillary fanning the flames.

Rev. Wright is an issue because of the things that he taught. Would you question the character of a person who sat every week in a KKK meeting? Think of it this way, Oprah left Rev. Wright's church becuase of concern with Wright's inflammatory sermons, and that was in the late 1980's and early 1990's. (NewsWeek "Why Oprah Winfrey left Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church.") If Obama sat in the pews of a pastor who preached hate (according to Oprah and much of the left wing media), why is that not significant to you?

Far East USA, SC


I think all politics is sleazy. Yes, Hillary started it because politicians will say and do anything to get elected. That goes for both sides. And the right was happy to continue it on. Dont make it sound like it was just a dem thing.

Who started it is not the point.

The point is that both the left and the right are happy to use religion in order to win an election.

You write
"If Obama sat in the pews of a pastor who preached hate..."

Ok, lets see how consistent you are.

And if Romney sat in the pews of a religion that excluded blacks from its high ranks

"why is that not significant to you?"

Here is my feel on your last point.

Rev Wright certainly taught some things that people can disagree with. And the most inflammatory make the news.

I suspect that most of what Rev Wright taught was fairly mainstream.

Just as
The majority of the beliefs and teachings of the LDS church are mainstream and acceptable to the vast majority of Americans. But what makes the news is the controversial stuff.

Neither are a big deal to me.

Roosevelt, UT

Rubio is young and he does not want to lose sohe might let it be known he wants nothing to do with Romneys campaign that can't attract its own party let alone some of the other party followers.

Paul Ryan has to be tossed as the VP would then overshadow the president. The president has to pick a great support person who is not too flamboyant (McCain missed the class on that one), who can support the presidents ideas 100% regardless if they have merit.

That means that even though are many names on the list there are few if any are qualified and fit the bill.

Unless gas goes to $7 a gallon and Yahoo and Google are wrong in picking the next presdent whoever Mitt picks will have the same job next Decemebr as Sarah Palin enjoys now.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "JoeBlow" during the time that " Romney sat in the pews of a religion that excluded blacks from its high ranks", did the LDS church teach people to hate the blacks? Yes there was a limit to what the blacks could do, but was hatred taught like Rev. Wright taught in his church?

If "most of what Rev Wright taught was fairly mainstream" why is it that Oprah left the church citing the continual hatred that came from him as her reason for leaving? Also, since when is black liberation theology mainstream? It seems like you are grasping at straws to justify Obama listening to hate speech for 20 years. Why would you want to justify hate speech?

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