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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 4:15 p.m. MDT

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Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Shame on Hatch. He claims to want to rescind Obamacare but attacks Lee and refuses to vote to defund. He obviously is a GOP establishment member who lacks the will to take a principled stand. He is an example of a politician who has been there way too long and does not represent the majority of citizens who want to get rid of Obamacare.


And what has Orin done to prevent the current situation except collect all of the salary and benefits the congress has voted for themselves and exempted themselves from those laws and regulations they impose on us? Orin has done some good but his time has come and he needs to let someone else who really represents us to sit in that office.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

It is politically correct in Utah to trash the President in tea party fashion. That creates the dilemma of supporting the Cruz and Lee show that will trash any hope of a political comeback.

Murray, UT

Call it a day Orin, you have no fight left in you and you have basically become a Democrat voting for amnesty, going along with Obama on everything. What good are you to us? Lee is at least doing what he was sent to do. I will take him any day over you.

Kaufman, TX

According to other news reports, the drama queen statement by Senator Cruz to "speak until he can no longer stand", means until noon today. This is due to the terms of the agreement between Cruz and Sen. Reid prior to his taking the floor of the Senate.

Springville, UT

Lee and Cruz are on a dangerous fool's errand. America is much worse off because of them. Utah, please don't re-elect Mike Lee.

Old Enough To Know Better

When I see Ted Cruz one word come to mind STATESMAN" this man has more fortitude then the rest of the senate combined. God bless you Mr. Cruz!

Salt Lake City, UT

In my not so humble opinion Mr. Hatch is way past his prime and is addicted to the power of the incumbency. I think he does not, nor ever has had a sense of what most of us live through as citizens. He and his other 99 senators live in a well insulated cocoon of privilege and plenty. Government subsidized cafeteria, barbershop, separate pension, exclusion from the Affordable Care Act, huge staff and travel perks, the list is long.

I feel he is arrogant and imperial in his actions and at his age not really able to carry out the duties of a senator. He goes along to get along and has not earned my vote for several elections.

To whit, I applaud the filibuster, I know it is a failed cause but at least someone is standing up for a principle.

not here

If I may ask all of you people on here that wants the GOP to defund (as you call it ) Obamacare. If the GOP gets the votes to block it, and to defund it, just what are they going to replace it with? Oh that's right they have never thought that far a head. They have only had one thing in mind and that is if Obama wants it: it has to be bad. Oh and if any of you can answer the question please post what it is. And thank you.

Provo, , UT

Lee is an embarrassment to Utah. This political grandstanding gets nothing accomplished and further polarizes the parties and their abilities to get anything meaningful done. I agree with Hatch on this one.

Kaysville, UT

When Mike Lee went in for the jugular vein of Senator Bennett he went in with teeth and scalpel. He said every bad thing about the Senator in the caucus with all his minions saying destructive things about the Senator. Senator Lee didn't want to wait for 2 more years to take on Senator Hatch who is more tenacious. He went after the diplomat Bennett who has a good demeanor but was surprised by the carpet being pulled by the Tea Party activists of Glenn Beck and the Freedom people who thought they could take down Senator Hatch. Senator Hatch had 2 years to prepare for the onslaught.

Mike Lee has sat on the periphery for his time in the Senate. He has reached his half-way point when he will start his campaigning for Senator without a history of voting.

The people in Utah were misled by this man and took advantage of the caucus system through devious ways, though legal, I am sure as he is an attorney and respectable. He is drawing his own line in the sand and Senator Hatch should chill out. He has been a Senator almost as long as Senator Lee has lived.

Price, Utah

Cant wait for the vote. Don't care how sausage is made or laws only interested in who voted for what.

Layton, UT

The affordable care act is bad legislation. It is pretty silly to need to go to these measures to make a point but those are the rules. The act should be shredded.

Manti, UT

Obama care is a train wreck coming down the track. Home Depot just informed it's employees that part timers will lose their health benefits with the company. Government employees get an exemption from it. Large companies have petitioned and get an exemption from it. The unions have applied for an exemption from it. Everybody that has clout in Washington is asking for exemptions from it. If it's so good why do these Obama supporters now want out of his health program? One thing is for sure. All of use without a Washington contact are about to find out.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Has there ever been a clearer demonstration of the tyranny of the minority?

As someone recently said, the man who wanted to repeal Obamacare lost the last election.

You either believe in democracy or you don't. The people have spoken... get over it.

nampa, ID

Orrin Hatch is a nice guy, but too much of a politician. What does he stand for? What is he committed to? At least we know what Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are committed to--WORKING for us!

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

If Hatch is blasting another republican, you KNOW that guys if off his rocker.


This almost-senior-citizen wants the new blood to get in there and smash the status quo! I support Senators Cruz and Lee!


I am very pleased with Mike Lee.

I applaud his tax reduction initiative; finally someone wants to help responsible people to survive.

I applaud his efforts to secure social security for current recipients who paid for it, and for those individuals of younger generations who desire it.

I applaud his defence of the Constitution.

Hatch on the other hand has always been, in my observation, a slippery character who you cannot rely on to support conservative measures.

Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Jim DeMint, Jason Chaffetz, Senator Sessions, and a few score others who are less in the limelight, are the only ones worth anything in Congress; I place only a negative value on the others as congressmen.

Ted Cruz stated that he is NOT in receipt of, though eligible for, the Cadillac congressional healthcare plan, for which plan taxpayers pay 72% of the costs.

What hypocrisy for congressmen to force Obamacare on the nation and obtain exemptions for themselves. Truly they are referred to as "the princes of the people".

I would not vote for such hypocrites.

Let Congress vote for universal exemptions for all who desire it without fee or punishment.


not here asked - "If the GOP gets the votes to block it, and to defund it, just what are they going to replace it with?"

to "Not Here" from Colorado Springs, CO - Let me make this simple enough for you to understand, we don't want to replace Obamacare with anything. We don't want the Federal Government taking over health care and increasing our taxes to pay for their social engineering. I know this is a difficult concept for a socialist to grasp but I hope I have made it plain enough for even you to understand.

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