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Published: Saturday, Oct. 13 2012 9:56 p.m. MDT

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The Rock
Federal Way, WA

If you want to clean up campaigns you need to hold the advertisers accountable. At present libel and slander do not apply to "famous people". No where do we need accurate information more than in choosing our elected leaders. If a candidate or PAC lies then they should be sued.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

I find Jim Matheson's ads a little confusing.

He touts his failures...

He says he voted against Obamacare... well he failed and we got Obamacare.

He says he voted against the Obama stimulus... well he failed and we got the Obama stimulus.

We also got a trillion dollar deficit and a 6 trillion dollar increase in the national debt... all under the watch of Jim Matheson.

Jim has failed in his supposed attempts to protect Utah from Obama's reckless policies... and that is what he chooses to run on???

A strange record to be running on if you ask me.

Time for Jim to move on... he had his chance and he failed.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

If you are like me and are tired of the competing claims about Rep. Jim Matheson's voting record re: ObamaCare, consider the following:

For those that think Rep. Matheson helped fight "ObamaCare" when it passed, think again.

Look at what votes he made the last week prior that helped set up what happened Sunday March 21, 2010. For those that wanted the bill to pass, he voted against it, for those that wanted it to fail, he voted to suspend the rules so it could pass.

Look at votes 129, 130, as well as votes 159, 160, 162 and 163

He did the same thing months before:
Look at votes 881, 882, 884, 885, 886, 887

The legislature didn't redistrict Rep. Matheson out of the 2nd district. He lives in the current 2nd and new 2nd district. The new 2nd district and 4th district are reportedly both as republican as his current district. He chose to run in the 4th district because he resides in Utah and the US constitution doesn't say he has to run in his own district. Unless he moves, he won't be able to vote for himself this fall.

DEW
Sandy, UT

$3.5 Million add was a waste. Matteson has to go which he was and is lying too much.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

Howard S. There are over 400 serving in the house of representatives. One vote doesn't count for much. I have seen the ads, my opinion is they are both misleading. Political spin is nothing new. LBJ ran an ad implying that Barry Goldwater would start a nuclear war. It is up to the voters to make better choices. Utah used to lead the nation in voter turnout, now we are among the lowest. Wouldn't have amything to do with all the negative campaigning and extreme partisanship would it. Didn't think so.

Johnnyoh!
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Howard S! Don't confuse the voters with facts, Matheson's record of support of Obama is shameful, he belongs to the social progressives all the way, time for him to go, he has corrupted the system, and is giving the other 1% a bad name.
A progressive calling foul, oh brother!
Besides he needs to show Mia a little, if you will....LOVE.

isrred
South Jordan, UT

"Time for Jim to move on... he had his chance and he failed."

That's a fine position to take as long as you're also willing to apply the same standard to Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz. They were also there and "failed" on those things as well. Time for them to move on too.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Matheson voted for Nancy Pelosi.

Enough said!

slpa1
West Jordan, UT

@NeilT

"Utah used to lead the nation in voter turnout, now we are among the lowest. Wouldn't have amything to do with all the negative campaigning and extreme partisanship would it. Didn't think so."

I don't think so. What it has to do with is simple: Utahans (for whatever reason) vote overwhelmingly Republican. If I want to vote for a Democrat, my candidate doesn't stand a chance, and my vote means little. And, if I want to vote for a Republican - well, everybody is voting for the Republican, so my vote means little.

Utahans have figured out that their votes don't matter. So why bother?

mytymouse09
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I totally disagree with Matheson claiming he has more negative ads against him than Mia does; I get multiple mailings every week from the Democrats spouting negative statements against Mia. Matheson says in one of his ads, "I support Obama" -- enough said. Anyone who could support that poor example of a president will NOT get my vote!

Red Smith
American Fork, UT

Jim Pelosi, or Nancy Matheson. We can't tell.

Matheson = Pelosi/Reid/Obama

Matheson = Negative ads

Matheson = time for a job in the private sector.

Go Mia Love, a breath to fresh air for District 4.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

@mytymouse69

Thank you for your thoughtful comments regarding The President of The United States of America.

Utah Observer
West Jordan, Utah

I learned many years in Communication graduate school the following truism. "Some kinds of communication brought to the attention of some kinds of people under some kinds of conditions have some kind of effects." It all depends of your frame of reference, what you believe, what your core instincts tell you. From my perspective, this current race is between a good choice (Mia Love) and the best choice (Jim Matheson). For those like me who will vote for Matheson, we have our reasons and will act accordingly. For those who will vote for Mia Love, they have their reasons and will also take action. But I feat that consequence should she win.

I regret that this race has deteriorated into a negative fight from both sides. I point out that the Republicans see an opportunity to oust an Democrat opponent who has embarassed them for 12 straight years, winning in strong GOP districts. It's party politics that is at the fore front. It's too bad since Matheson has tried his best to not act that way. Mia Love is not his opponent, it's the GOP establishment that wants to drive the nails in Matheson's coffin.

Thomas Paine
South Jordan, UT

@The Rock

Actually, Mattheson voted AGAINST Pelosi being the minority leader.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

@Thomas Paine

Actually Mattheson voted FOR Pelosi as Majority Leader!

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

Look at it this way: any vote for Matheson is a vote for Pelosi. Hopefully BO will not be there so that side of the issue is of no consequence.

play by the rules
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

Look at it this way. Jim Matheson wasn't standing up for Utah when Obamacare went through. He did not even know where he stood. A strong opinion against Obamacare would have given him credibility. He lost credibility by not taking a stand. Agree with her or not you know where Mia stands on issues and that is truly refreshing. She has the support of our entire house and many of our neighbors.

DarkKnightLight
CENTRAL, UT

Bottom Line = If Jim Matheson wanted to continue as a Congressman for Utah, he should have switched to the Republican Party a year or so ago! Sorry Jim, too late now.

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