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Published: Monday, Sept. 17 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

This 60+ individual has not seen such drama and ineptitude from the Republican Party before....
Unless you want to talk about Richard Nixon's Watergate mess.

Eugene, OR

It's amazing how many people here continue to carry Romney's water. The same people who complain that Obama blames Bush are busy blaming Obama and the "liberal media" for the fact that their candidate is crashing and burning. There's no way it could be Mitt's fault, right?

Man, these forums are going to be fun to read after Obama wins.

Sandy, UT

So Mitt Romney's campaign has no use for those who (he claims) don't pay taxes?

Bold words for somebody who won't prove that he himself pays taxes!

Provo, UT

No worries Republican friends. If you want news that is always pro-Republican instead of neutral you can always go to Fox or am radio. Then you don't have to be frustrated when the news isn't going Romney's way. All is well in Fox-land.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Republicans thought they had it in the bag after spending hundreds of millions of dollars to vilify and demonize the president since before the election of 2008, thousands of hours of anti-Obama rhetoric by wingnut talking heads, untold efforts to whip-up the Republican base into a partisan frenzy, and get the Republican members of the Senate and House to do nothing to enhance the defeat of the president even as they worked to make life in America more difficult for Americans as "proof" that Obama is a failure.

They thought even a two-toed sloth had a better chance of being elected president than President Obama. And when Mitt Romney bought the Republican nomination in a year the Republicans didn't put up their best and brightest, they assumed they had an easy win.

Then Romney began his campaign and Republicans began to worry. All the money they spent. All the anti-Obama propaganda they generated. All their efforts for naught! So now what is their strategy to win? Why, decrease voter turnout by making bogus claims of voter fraud and passing laws to keep likely Democratic voters from voting. It's genius! Like stuffing the ballot box.

Salsa Libre
Provo, UT

According to Mitt Romney, anyone who takes money from the government and collects Social Security, Medicare benefits, or pays no taxes because of low income AND support the Democratic Party are government freeloaders and lack responsibility. He stated that 47% of the electorate are Obama voters and they are "worthless" tax cheats and parasites on the rest of America's "decent" people.

So, what about those people who vote Republican and collect Social Security, Medicare benefits, or pay no taxes because of low income? Are these the Real Americans Sarah Palin used to refer to? Must be. Desparate times calls for desparate measures. Nothing is so telling as saying that half of the U.S. population is a bunch of do-nothings living off the labor of "decent, hard-working Americans."

The things a man will say who wants to be president and hasn't a clue how to achieve the office.

Hayden, ID

The only people who believe Romney’s campaign is “muddled” have partisan mud in their ears! Clap your hands over your ears and chant. “I can’t hear you”, while ignoring the downward spiral and plight of our country!

Durham, NC

"What I get from this artilce is that Romney is more frugal than Obama is, even though he has gotten more donations over the past few months."

That is one way to look at it. Or you could view it as Romney is holding back, didn't want to try to make a push during the conventions where both were getting lots of free air time. It looks like Romney is looking to play a huge 4th quarter. It might work... it might be too late by then.

Bottom line though, is I do know where he has been spending heavily.... North Carolina. And he is winner here by 3 to 4 points. We have been bombarded with so many adds that unless its football where ad time is expensive, I don't watch TV. I get at least a dozen robo calls a day as well.

I really doubt this has anything to do with fiscal abilities. It is more about either trying to get out and hold a lead, or make a big push near to election day. We'll find out in November which strategy worked.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

You must admit that Romney has failed to have the bold conversations with America when it comes to spending, business taxation/regulation and illegal aliens.
He's afraid to tell it like it is.

Phoenix, AZ

Obama and Romney are equally poor choices in presidents, but left or right wing, Romney seems to be kicking himself in the face over and over which makes his supporters doubt who he is. The recent video, 47%, is a clear example that he needs a shift in direction and hire a new staff. I hate to vote Obama, but with the choices given my vote is for him this year.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He has a message if you want to contribute 50 grand.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I would like to see a Republican get up and say, "In theory 47% of Americans don't pay income tax, but in reality, everyone who works pays a 12.5% flat tax. That is social security. You think that it is social security, but it goes into the same pot as the income tax goes. It is income tax, but it is just a different name. We Republicans want you to pay less of this income tax, we want it to be truly a social security tax. So we are suggesting that you have individual retirement accounts, so that you have some control over your social security."

I would like to see a populist Republican instead of these limp wristed folks who don't want to give any details for fear that the Democrats are going to demagogue them over it. ("Ending medicare." "Pushing granny over a cliff.")

Salt Lake City, UT

SS, if I had to guess, I would bet that you do not pay federal income taxes. Be that as it may, you realize that Romney is saying he will not raise taxes, in fact, he is going to lower them. I know, he also says he will get rid of some "loopholes", but nobody knows which ones.

All the same, I share your concern that people are not paying federal income taxes. (Of course, as another poster already pointed out, could that include Mitt, himself? Who knows? Not us, because Mitt won't let us see.) But, anyway, I'm all far people paying higher taxes. I think all of the Bush tax cuts need to expire, not just the ones on the rich, but all of them, as well as the payroll tax cuts. We need to start paying our way again.

As you can see, I am against Grover Norquist's plan, which Mitt signed up with.

Springville, UT

Let's face it. This election is over, and Romney is never going to be President.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

One wonders if mit is part of the 47% who pay no income taxes?

A recent IRS report showed that 20,752 households that reported earning more than $200,000 in 2009 paid no federal income taxes. About 1,500 of those tax-free Americans were millionaires.

A lot of people who pay no income taxes are using the loopholes and deductions designed for them, as low income, hard working families. The same deductions which mit used to pay less (percentage wise) on his taxes (that he has released) than most average Americans, as constantly defended by the far right as "legal." So why is it, that when poor, working or retired people use the legal means to reduce their tax burden, they are freeloaders?

Eden, UT

Half of these comments, in support of Governor Romney, blame the press. If you listen to Rush Limbaugh, the press is a constant whipping boy for everything that goes wrong on the Republican agenda. Do you think all news media walks to the beat of the same drum? How did President Bush get elected, or President Reagan,etc? If the Republican Party could escape from the death grip of the Tea Party, they would not be in this free fall from middle America's support.

Clearfield, UT

SS Are you joking. It's not about paying income tax It is about owing income tax. 47% don't owe taxes because of the tax code. They itemize deductions which include tithing, mortgage interest or they don't have enough income to owe the IRS. There is a big difference between not owing and not paying. People are so blinded by their hate for Obama it is sickening. I am a republican and my party is going over the edge of a cliff. You don't win elections by insulting voters. Romney needs to stop the smear campaign and start articulating a clear message before it is to late.

Kaysville, UT

Many who comment bring up the problems with Romney based on the bias reporting from the media.

The President brought up the Hope and Change 4 years ago and all he had to do was hold his events in the stadiums of the United States of America and talk. He learned well how to speak after listening to people for 20-years speak ill about the America we live in.

The United States of America is about principles that our Founding Fathers and many since have brought to our country. We have not been a rich country, as far as money, all the time. We have been rich with ideas, desire to do better than our ancestors as they looked at the Statue of Liberty on their way into the country during every generation.

We have lost that image even though some people still want to come here. Our entitlements with handouts that aren't earned have changed what our Founding Fathers had a vision about.

This President has not provided a budget to us. Budget is the basic part of what our government has turned to, getting $ to handout.

47 percent don't hold the President to his job.


Like we are taught in school- if you want to know the facts you should go to the original source. Romney's message is there for the world to see on his webpage.

Springville, UT

@ MFFL, you can see the character of your guy from his private fundraiser remarks just released. I'm sorry, but not every supporter of President Obama is not dependent on the government. I found his various remarks to be offensive and they reaffirmed my view that he is in another world than that of the vast majority of Americans. No more being governed by Wall Street, in my view.

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