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Published: Monday, July 9 2012 12:55 p.m. MDT

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DonO
Draper, UT

These poll numbers are not surprising. The reason Obama is "holding his own" is that Romney has articulated no clear plan for how he would fix the mess we're in. Obama continues to blame Bush for all our woes and, so far, Romney is doing nothing more than blaming Obama. The economy is Romney's only hope for victory. If all he can do is point fingers, he's political toast.

HS Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Both candidates have a plan and as the race heats up they'll each be forced to explain it. For Romney, he believes in more supply side economics and cutting spending. For Obama, he believes in additional stimulus and increased taxes on the wealthy. The differences can not be more stark. I suspect Romney does not want to discuss the details of his plan due to the limited support indidated in most polls.

don17
Temecula, CA

When it comes to presidential elections the true kickoff is the week of the Conventions(End of July-Beginning of August). Just because Bill Kristol(a arogant politico) thinks things should be moving now is a miscalculation. Cable news and TV needs action now and Kristol has to have something to say!

Mitt Romney's candidacy didn't start until the Republican primary was in hand. Romney started off 9 points(Rasmussen Polls) behind Obama in April and leads today by 2 points. In swing states Romney is behind by 2 points. Some of those states had Romney behind by double digits, but now all those states are in competitive range!

Also, President Obama has Joe Biden as a running mate already! Joe just said on ABC June 27th that the United States is in a Recession!

Mitt Romney has not picked a running mate. There will be a bump in polling when it does happen.

Then at the Convention Romney and the VP will articulate the Economic Policy going forward and use the campaign war chest to go after Obama when it counts in the fall!

Lastly, Obama will have to deal with continued economic failure!

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Obama is definitely the coolest candidate, but he has failed on every statistic by which the economy is measured. He is now running on personal attacks on uncool Romney and does not want to discuss the economy, the stimulus which was supposed to bring unemployment below 5.6%, the $5 trillion deficit, international perception that he is weak, failed crony capitalism, a White House staffed by lobbyists, an incompetent meandering DOJ, shovel read jobs and the percentage of the nation that is employed (below 60% for the first time since the Depression). His answer to everything is Bush, the tsunami, Arab Spring, ad nauseam, but never his failed policies.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

Say it ain't so!!

People don't believe politicians?

What a shocker.

Doea anyone really believe either of these candidates 1. Have a desire to change our bloated inefficent govt 2. Can reduce our bloated inefficient govt?

I'll leave it to you to figure out who to associate with which.

The bottom line is that nobody believes that politicians in general do anything but find ways to buy themselves votes so they can gain power.

We need to elect someone who understands the problems we face and does NOT want to be President. Then you would probably have someone motivated to do the right thing for a change.

It is hilarious to read both sides pontificating above about which politician has essentially be successful in deceiving the electorate into voting for them.

It is just the lesser of two evils really.

People need to wake up and systematically vote both parties entirely out of office over 2 election cycles so we can completely cleanse the filth running this country.

The current politicians love it when we are divided...then we can be controlled more easily because we are fighting each other instead of them.

williary
Kearns, UT

I'd like to know from the author asking for a big move, what exactly would a "big move" be? Serious question. It sounds great, but is that option even the slightest big realistic? Doesn't seem like it, even if either side had the votes. Anything that "big" would most likely cause even more questions than answers.

Obama has proposed some "big" concepts, that mainly revolve around increasing taxes for the rich and more stimulus to get people working. Would certainly improve the unemployment rate, yet no doubt add to the deficit.

While Romney hasn't proposed anything even in the "big" ballpark, just proclaiming he'll do what Bush did, and hope it turns out better. We saw where that took us; high unemployment and high deficits. Tax cuts that increased the deficit, and didn't contribute to jobs.

I'd love to hear what this "big move" is that will lower unemployment, lower the deficit, and basically produce a unicorn running across a rainbow to catch the leprachaun at the end.

And please don't waste time saying the anwer is cutting taxes. Didn't work, hasn't worked, won't work.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Grocery stores make money from people buying food. Half or more of the purchased food comes from people with government checks.

With a sixteen trillion dollar debt. How long could could a grocery store stay in business if government can no longer provide to the people?

EJM
Herriman, UT

Why doesn't anyone talk about term limits for our Congress? If you want change you need to "force" our elected officials to know that their shelf life is limited. Then, and only then, will we stand a better chance of electing people who seek to serve the common good.

sailhardy
BOSTON, MA

Well, we know the President is not very interested in the American Middle Class, except at election time. Remember he handed the portfolio for watching out for middle class interests to Joe Biden, which was, in effect, tabling us. He went whole hog over his healthcare bill, but could not convince one Republican to support it, or his highly touted, and apparently ineffective overhaul of financial services. He has further divided a divided country, and he shows he has learned nothing thus far on how to get along with his Repiblican opponents. His predecessor, George W. Bush, made more traction with Democrats than Obama. Romney? Not the most exciting candidate in American history, but it is time for a change to someone who knows unemployment is bad for people, and bad for families and bad for our nation. Obama does not seem to care very much, and that is worrisome. Likable? Sure. Effective. Not at all.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

The war rages on between Democrats and Republicans while we all sit on the edge of our seats hoping that one party or the other will save us.

The truth of the matter is that all we can do is to vote for those we feel strongly will sustain the constitution, promote the general well being and work to preserve good ideals and possibilities for our fellow citizens.

But more importantly, it all begins with me and it begins with us. Someone once wisely expressed the notion that we are in for a major disappointment if we honestly believe that government is going to save us. If I am simply sitting around waiting for November's election results to determine my convictions and direction in life, I've already lost the battle. Unfortunately, the time honored saying has shifted in the past fifty years and now reads: 'Every man for himself and Government against all'.

Serenity
Manti, UT

I agree that Mitt Romney has not shown any kind of plans for the economy. His anti-Obama campaign is getting very old. Obama has no other stance except to denigrate Romney. He has nothing else to stand on because of his horrible record. But Romney, who is the epitome of fixing damaged businesses, says nothing about fixing the American economy. He must step up to the plate and start telling the American people just exactly what his plans are, or the people will start to think that he has no plans. I am a wholehearted Romney supporter. In fact, I would vote for a Martian rather than vote for Obama, but I think that Mr. Romney should take a stand on his own merit instead of the anti-Obama campaigns which he has been running. We know what's wrong with Obama. Now, what will Mitt Romney do?

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

I'm pretty sure that Romney keeps quiet about his economic plan because he's waiting for the right moment to reveal it. He wants a boost in the polls from it, and doesn't want to waste it so soon. However, I believe he will tell us soon.

Ex Pat
Salt Lake City, Ut

Alternator Belt Cut on Romney Bus
Thought this was an interesting story. Why don't you post things like this DN?

The Romney team today confirmed grass-roots reports that a campaign bus was sabotaged by an unknown vandal over the weekend.

The bus, which was being used for campaign events but not transporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was parked in Richmond, Va., when the vehicle was tampered with late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

As Mitt Romney mentioned to John McCain in December 2007, the economy would be the big issue for the next 4 years, Mitt Romney knew the data and the economy by experience. Anyone who had stocks in that time knew that was a crucial time. It hasn't changed with the President Hope. He and his Axlerod and tax non-payer Geithner didn't have a crystal ball and didn't know what was going on or correcting it. They didn't have an incumbent running against them so they just played the latest gimmicks that appeared to work, such as getting entitled people to the polls since they were going to lose their entitlements or at least the threat from the other side from fear tactics of the President's party. Mitt Romney doesn't have to spin anything and the Chicago group has been spinning for a year now to get the President re-elected and those players in Chicago on the rolls again for higher paying jobs. Hopefully, good people get out and vote and don't think that the other side isn't going to play their busloads of people going to the polls to get a win.

peter
Alpine, UT

In Illinois, Medicaid payments are 6 months late, forcing hospitals with heavy caseloads of medicaid/medicare patients to close, others to operate in the red. With the ACA looming to raise the rolls on government health care, an economy that continues to stagger, and 83% of the doctors considering leaving medicine if Obamacare is fully enacted, health care is bound to bust under the strain of demand and not enough supply. In theory, the ACA and everyother liberal idea sounds fair and wonderful, but in reality, these liberal ideas are unsustainable. Just look at SS and medicare.
Romney has a plan to pull this economy out of the abliss, and conservative talk shows are reporting some of his plan. But, you won't hear about it from the MSM because of their liberal stance on issues.
Obama only speaks in broad, repetitious generalities, and he's clueless about the economy, foreign policy, health care, and what freedom means and how to preserve it.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"tax non-payer Geithner" - You comments like this just crack me up. So should we call Mitt "the illegal hiring" Romney?

Then you have this... "83% of the doctors considering leaving medicine if Obamacare is fully enacted" - what prey tell do they think they will do for a living? Real Estate? Come on, these kinds of comments just make the whole argument look silly. 83 percent of doctors leaving their practices... that is just funny. What, money from United Health Care will not be as spendable after Obamacare?

"Obama only speaks in broad, repetitious generalities, and he's clueless about the economy, foreign policy, health care, and what freedom means and how to preserve it."

And Romney does? He served in the military how long? He has foreign policy from what - his mission? His economic experience outsourcing American jobs will help the average joe how... by delivering Pizza or working at Staples?

Give me a break. Neither of these men are all perfect or all bad. Silly comments based on the premise that one person is all bad, and the other is ready for sainthood are completely and absolutely worthless.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Having lived in Illinois for 9 years and knowing the Chicago type politics that keep those guys in office, locally and nationally, they rely on catering to special people, groups and organizations. It is a place where Labor Day parades bring out the Postal Employees in droves and all labor organizations in unity. Healthcare President Obama from Illinois as a legislator and then a U.S. Senator doesn't mention on iota about the Illinois Healthcare and only Massachusetts to link of Romney with that process. The President is always hedging on his words and politics by only what his Pundits want him to mention. He uses the video monitors all the time so he says what he is supposed to and not what is correct, honest or from a heart that said he was for change and HOPE. His people don't want what our Founding Fathers want, wanted or hoped for and they never will be. Hope is for people that want the basic U.S. Constitution principles and not changing them through Presidential selected and U.S. Senate approved Supreme Court Politicians that are supposed to Support and Defend the U.S. Constitution. We have lost sight

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