Comments about ‘Mike Leavitt's new role heading Romney transition team puts attention on former Utah governor’

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Published: Monday, June 4 2012 7:15 p.m. MDT

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A Scientist
Provo, UT

Bad move to surround himself with more Mormons. With Huntsman and Romney both in the race, and Reid in the Senate, it already looked like a move for the Mormon Church to take over the Government.

What? Doesn't Mitt know anyone qualified except Mormons?

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Hey seniors, Leavitt has his cross-hairs on you. Say so long to medicare and hello to an early grave.

LiberalEastCoastMember
Parkesburg, PA

Why not just measure the curtains while he's at it. Crass to be sure.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "A Scientist" we can only hope that the LDS Church can take over the government. I would much rather have people who value freedom and trust God than most of the yahoos that are in government right now.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Redshirt
"we can only hope that the LDS Church can take over the government."

That would be unconstitutional.

TobyF
PROVO, UT

@LiberalEastCoastMember
This is possible because of legislation pushed by Barack Obama. It allows the government to change over more easily.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

It was Leavitt who was responsible for bringing Romney, a fellow Mormon working as a successful venture capitalist in Boston, to Utah to take over the scandal-ridden 2002 Winter Olympics, and he's not in prison yet along with the rest of the crooks?. After 2008, America is fed-up. All the GOP care about is more big guns for the hunters, subsidies for the Koch Brother's and their "Rich and Famous" friends. That's "welfare for the rich" government, subsidies to big business, pork-barrel Pentagon contracts to weapons makers, huge tax breaks for wealthy individuals, and most recently, colossal contracts for reconstruction to politically connected companies like Halliburton. Bureaucrats and politicians in Washington DC reminds me of "Elite Showdogs" that is an invitation-only e-mail list of long-time breeders, K Street and Wall Street exhibitors and judges that are judicial activist's. These politicians in Washington DC wear a GPS collar attachment to be found faster, so these K Street and Wall Street exhibitors can walk them around using a chain in circles until their dizzy enough to cave into them and give them what they want.

My truthful outsider views.

Chris from Rose Park
PROVO, UT

@Brother Chuck Schroeder and Marxist

I respectfully disagree with your statements. I come from a single parent family where my mom never made more than $20k to raise us four kids. Although I do not subscribe to all GOP ideologies, I agree with a most of them when compared with Democrats. I will tell you as a GOP subscriber, that it is not all about "welfare for the rich" and throwing the elderly under the bus. For me, it is about decreasing the size of government (especially Federal). Growing up, I felt the government funded programs were grossly flawed. There were good things but, I felt the system was bloated and unpersonalized. From who I talk to that support Republicans, we believe welfare should largely come from families, communities, and churches rather than the federal government. Republicans, do in fact, love their neighbors like Democrats. We believe help is best done a different way. My largely Republican community helped support me through financial and family struggles so that I am now starting a career after college graduation. Republican leaning philosophies has taken my siblings and I from poverty to self-sufficiency so we can help others, but not through government.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

re: RedShirt

"we can only hope that the LDS Church can take over the government."

SLC is similar to Tehran in terms of Climate, topography, & 1 other thing which escapes me (ROFL).... will you settle for that?

don17
Temecula, CA

Mike Leavitt, past Governor(Executive)and Cabinet Secretary in the Bush administration working in two departments seems like a good choice for leading up the transition prep team if it is needed! It is not presumptious to BE PREPARED! Unlike the current Administration! As far as too Mormon being a reason to disqualify Leavitt lets look at it rationally. Leading up the Romney Vice-Presidential search Beth Myers. Key spokesperson for the Romney campaign Ed Gillespie. Key Advisors and Campaign Chairs: Tim Pewlanty(ex Gov Mn), Tom Ridge(Sec/Gov PA), John McCain(Sen.AZ), Nikki Haley(Gov SC), Chris Christie(Gov NJ) none of which are Mormon! The list could go on almost endlessly! But as Mitt Romney says " it is the Economy!"

The Obama Administration has failed: Unemployed people 23.5 million, people on food stamps 47 million, yearly deficit 1.4 trillion dollars, debt 15,723,000,000,000.00 dollars. 36 House bills passed to help the economy, jobs, reduce regulation, small business stuck in the Democrat controlled Senate! Many passed by a bi-partisan majority! Obama's budget this year defeated 414-0 in the House and 99-0 in the Senate! Obama failed!

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

Hopefully, for the well-being of the United States and its people, this transition committee will not be needed.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Re: Chris from Rose Park
PROVO, UT
@Brother Chuck Schroeder
Although I do not subscribe to all GOP ideologies, I agree with a most of them when compared with Democrats.

Reply: I respectfully disagree with your statements. Could we just for three minutes put aside our conservatism, our liberalism, our Republican or Democrat party affiliations, our race and gender and all the other superficial things that separate us?. I am not here to make excuses for the shortcomings of George Bush or for Ronald Reagan nor am I a shill for Mitt Romney and claim allegiance to no political party. No organization owns my vote, I will give it to whoever I feel will serve the nation best regardless of the letter next to their name. The toll that the GOP government has taken on industry in this country is nothing less than insane. It's time to recognize the signs of disaster by now and how long they'll put up with politicians who think their time in office and political capital is best spent on reducing the size of soft drinks, an attorney general who sues states for exercising their constitutional rights.

#1 Champ
Salt Lake City, UT

Smart choice. Utah was ranked the #1 managed state in the union when Leavitt was Governor. That is the exact person to 'transition' our next president.

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

Good choice. Glad Mitt ignored the anti-Mormons who are conspiracy theorists.This is America. A Mormon can hire a Mormon, a Catholic can hire a Catholic and so on. So are you people saying he should disqualify any friends just because they are Mormons? Why that would be an act of religious bigotry!

patjan
Flower Mound, TX

Mark Levin (radio host)is very aginst this Leavitt appt.and said today that Leavitt is the most liberal republican and this is very serious. Does he not know that Leavitt was governor of Utah, that Utah is very, very conservative, and that for many, many years it has balanced it's budget? Where does he get this information from? Even Rush Limbaugh was saying similar things. The media is howling. If the republicsns come out like this against the people Mitt chooses, Mitt Romney will not win this election. From what I know about Leavitt, he is a very conservative person. So, where did they get this bogus info?

Wanda
Salt Lake City, UT

I was ecstatic when Leavitt got 'bumped' upstairs, i.e., got a job in Washington, and left Utah. I was equally ecstatic when Huntsman was governor, since he looked, acted, and spoke like an executive. I had hoped Leavitt had retired to somewhere??? never to be seen or heard from again politically, but, no here he is like a (bad) boomerang. It is people like Leavitt who give Utah/Mormons a bad image. I support Romney, but this move puzzles me. Surely he can find someone else--anyone else more qualified, more articulate, and less 'Utah down on the farm' than Leavitt.

Laie Girl
Laie, HI

Getting a little ahead of himself, isn't he? Last I checked there needed to be an election.

liberate
Sandy, UT

@Chris from Rose Park

As a lifelong voter for Democrats, I appreciate your comments.

I particularly enjoyed the Clinton presidency when we had a balanced budget, welfare reform, positive legislation, a booming economy and general global stability. I don't believe we've had a quality president since then. I'm seriously considering voting for Romney, not because I believe everything he espouses (or at least says he does), but because I think he can get things accomplished, much like Clinton did.

And comments such as yours are the type that make me more comfortable with the thought of voting for Romney and having him running the country. Good on you.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

re: WestGranger 4:35 p.m. June 4, 2012

Bigotry? Certainly not. Sectarian nepotism? possibly.

don17
Temecula, CA

To: Laie Girl: This is proper proceedure practiced by both parties prior to the election! You have to be prepared for the day after the election if needed! Obama did it, as did Bush, Clinton ect.... Or is it just that it is Mitt Romney? Be Prepared. It is not an easy thing to transform the entire Executive branch all the Cabinet positions, National Security, Ambassadorships ect.... Doing things at the last minute without a plan is not the Romney practice. Being ready, deliberate and informed is much better than the current policy of last minute gaffe's and no plans at all. Obama's team was very slow to fill Cabinet posts and Ambassadorships, as well as other key positions including U.S. prosecutors ect...

Mitt Romney is thinking ahead and acting like a leader, and preparing to do the job if elected. You know why Presidents are given a 100 day honeymoon when they get into office? It is to get the team ready to go! What a novel concept to BE PREPARED ahead of time with a plan! Plans and organization breed success! Tens of Millions of Citizens need a successful President! We're directionaless right now!

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