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Published: Wednesday, May 2 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Joe Moe
Logan, UT

This is good news for Romney. Coming out of a bruising primary season, having far less campaign cash, and, of course, not being the incumbent with a bully pulpit and name recognition. He's got his shot.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Instead of seeing polls everyday until November, could we talk about issues?

St.George, Utah

Ann is wonderful, joining Mitt in his TV interviews. She must be assisting in creating these exciting poll numbers. The $1,000 shirt she was wearing certainly proves what a valuable asset she is to Mr. Romney. Of course Ann is just like every other wife and mom in America!

Kearns, UT

Considering Gallup had Romney ahead a short week or so ago, and the last CNN/NBC polls both had Obama up by 5+ points, seems like Mitt had a tough couple weeks.

These polls likely mean nothing for November, but considering how "bad" things are according to Republicans, you'd assume the challenger at this point in time would be showing stronger, as Kerry was in 04.

That means one of two things: The majority of Americans aren't buying what the Republicans are saying about Obama, or there's just no confidence in Mitt Romney being able to do anything but take us back to what put us in this mess.

Romney had his shot, unfortunately for him and his party, he had to sell out to just get the nomination, and his chance to beat Obama in a middle-centered national showdown went with away.

Draper, UT

Ironically enough, although this race may be close in the polls, it couldn't be more opposite coming from a political point of view. The President wants more communism (pure and simply put, that's what liberalism boils down to - "spreading the wealth", government run everything and gutting the military is pure communism). Romney wants more capitalism. The choice voters need to make is clear. Which way do you want this country to go. Through out the race card, ignore the red herrings of who got Bin Laden and toss the whole economy/jobs/whatever. It's communism versus capitalism and the fate of our country will be determined in November. (Come on Capitalism!!!)

Cache county, USA

Hey Thornbirds, if you had $250,000,000 in the bank, would you shop at Gap?
Didn't think so.

Montesano, WA

What these polls do not show is the undecided voter numbers. Over the past 60 years the undecided has voted for the challenger. If you take the 15 percent of those calling themselves undecided it gives Mitt a 15 point lead which really puts him at 61 percent to 46 percent Obama. So if these numbers hold true to November it will be a victory for Mitt.

Salt Lake City, UT

In the end what matters most are the 10 or so swing states (ask Al Gore how much the popular vote matters), most of which were won by Obama last time (North Carolina Virginia Arizona Florida Ohio Iowa Missouri Nevada Colorado New Hampshire and Pennsylvania from RCP). Obama won all of those except Arizona and Missouri last time.

RCP has the other states as lean/strongly for one of them and Obama leads 227-170 among those (the only slight quirk in those is Romney leads in Indiana, a state Obama won very very narrowly in 2008).

If Romney wins Arizona and Missouri (reasonable to expect) Obama's lead would be 227-191. Romney would then need 79 more electoral votes or Obama would need 43 more between: Colorado (9) Florida (29) Iowa (6) Nevada (6) New Hampshire (4) North Carolina (15) Ohio (18) Pennsylvania (20) and Virginia (13).

PA is probably the easiest for Obama to get and that would leave him needing only 23 more delegates, as such, Florida is an absolute must-win for Romney. It's no surprise that Obama's making Ohio State and Virginia Commonwealth campuses big stops this weekend.

In Stitches
Provo, Utah


And Michelle Obama looks just as lovely in HER designer clothes. Both women live in an income bracket above the majority of Americans. So? So did JFK and FDR. And yet they are touted by the Democratic Party as heroes. What is your point???

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"That means one of two things: The majority of Americans aren't buying what the Republicans are saying about Obama, or there's just no confidence in Mitt Romney being able to do anything but take us back to what put us in this mess."

I guess you're referring to Bush when you talk about "what put us in this mess". Let's see...

When Bush was president, unemployment averaged 5.4%, national debt was below $10 trillion, deficits were below $1 trillion, and health professionals could object to performing abortions for religious reasons.

Now we have 8%+ unemployment, national debt reaching $16 trillion, annual deficits over $1 trillion, and medical professionals with morals being forced to leave the profession or else face lawsuits.

We sure got change! Isn't it great?

I see what you mean about voting for someone who will take us "back" into a mess. That's exactly why I'm not stupid enough to vote for Obama in November. Romney "might" be a mess. Obama has proven to be a mess!

If there are problems with this comment board, it's In Stitches' fault, because he was the last to comment before me.

Spanish Fork, UT

61 - 46 Victory for Romney? I doubt it, since 107% is impossible to get in any election.

Considering all the hoopla about Bin Laden in the press these last few days it honestly surprises me that Romney is still tied. I would have thought that Pres Obama would have received a bigger "bump" in the polls because of it. I was not, repeat NOT, impressed with the President announcing that his administration has entered into negotiations with the Taliban, to bring "Peace" to Afghanistan. Sure, they can't be affiliated with Al Queda anymore, but violent people are still violent. If killing Americans was only cool because Al Queda told them it was, then we wouldn't have to worry. But Islamic extremists don't just believe in killing Americans. They believe in killing anyone that doesn't share their beliefs. The Taliban isn't a political party. They are idealists that look down on us as "Infidels" and they won't be satisfied by any agreement that falls short of them having total control. This move by the Obama Administration should be exploited by the conservative right. I think it's a major tactical error by the current POTUS.


The point is Romney and his wife consistently try to relate with the middle class while, clearly, not being anywhere near it.

$1,000 shirt, never worked, but just as hard of a life as any other middle class mother right? Raising kids is just as hard as raising kids while working FT and having a low income.

The Romney's are a joke .... at least what they portray of themselves and how they try to relate to the middle class is a joke.

Salt Lake City, UT

KKB: "The President wants more communism...that's what liberalism boils down to..."


KKB nicely summarizes the GOP's problem. To keep the KKB's happy, the party has had to embrace positions that more thoughtful Americans regard as just plain silly and dangerous. (Birthers, anyone?)

If Romney distances himself from the uber-right rhetoric of the primaries to appeal to centrists(shake that etch-a-sketch, Mitt) then the KKB's of the right will feel betrayed, they'll howl even louder about "communism!" and they'll generally make the Romney look like the mousy and long suffering Aunt Eunice who hasn't the wit or the courage to dump the paranoid and abusive Uncle Lars.

There's no winning strategy here for the GOP. Romney simply won't be able to do it. One third of the GOP, the one third of the party that actually runs the show, is demanding Romney's alliagence for hardline, irrational positions that embarrass the other two thirds the party, and that alienate the majority of US voters.

Game over.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: williary Kearns, UT
"Considering Gallup had Romney ahead a short week or so ago, and the last CNN/NBC polls both had Obama up by 5+ points, seems like Mitt had a tough couple weeks"

Oh for heaven's sake!! Romney hasn't even got the nomination yet, he hasn't selected his running mate, Israel hasn't made their move on Iran, and we haven't seen the effects of the economic slow down that is in the news. Wait until mid-summer for the upcoming Obama train wreck.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I'm surprised that KKB put the election in such murky terms. Most people have only a vague idea of what communism is, so he should have posted that it all comes down to "good VS. EEEEVVVIIIIILLLLLLLL."


Romney is going to lose plain and simple. Ron Paul has a real chance, Romney has NO chance.

Fresno, CA

I read an article in the Fresno Bee the other day about how the CIA is resuming its bombings in Pakistan. When did we declare was against Pakistan? Candidate Obama ran on a platform of change. He promised to bring peace. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize because of his pretty speeches. I'm still waiting for the peace.

If our cause is so very just, why don't our Congressional Representatives have the guts to put it to a vote? It is not their "privilege" to declare war; it is their Constitutional responsibility. The Democrats complained bitterly about these wars when Bush was in office and yet refused to vote on them when the chance was presented. They refused to stop it all during Pres. Obama's first 2 years in office when they controlled everything. The only change we've received is MORE of the same. More countries bombed by us, more restrictions on our freedoms, more debt, and more unemployment. Obama took the problems of the Bush administration and magnified them.

We need more than just pretty speeches.

Colorado Springs, CO

I think Romney will actually win. However, this country will still be divided at close to 50/50, which means apparently close to 50 percent of us want communism (laughing). In all seriousness, this country has been divided for a long time, and if Mitt wins, let's see if he can keep his promise of bringing the country together. Not sure how he's going to do that without some compromise!

metamora, IL

LValfre: pfftt Hahahahaha . . . Thanks for that gut buster. I needed a good laugh today.

Farmington, UT

I'm looking forward to seeing what the Democrats feel are the accomplishments from the past 3.5 years.

The biggest accomplishment has to be the courageous call to defy Pakistan and kill bin Laden. That would have been a horrible mark on this presidency had it failed, but it didn't fail. Bold, gutsy call, and the world is a better place because of it.

Honestly, what are the next biggest accomplishments? What will the Democrats be touting about for the next 6 months?

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