Hundreds rally for Sen. Mike Lee despite low approval numbers


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  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    Hundreds rally, and millions think he's no good for this country.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Liberals conveniently forget that Obama and his senate followers are every bit as much to blame for the government shutdown as any Republican was... if not more so. All they had to do was agree to the latest Republican compromise (something not in Obama's and Harry Reid's vocabulary ) and agree to live by the same mandates ObamaCare is forcing upon the rest of us, rather than exempt themselves from it. That seems plenty reasonable to most reasonable people. That's all the Republicans were asking Obama and democrats to do before the shutdown happened. Even before then, they simply asked the democrats to delay the ObamaCare mandate for 1 year while obvious problems with it were given time to be worked out and corrected. Again, something completely reasonable, but flat-out rejected by the democrats.

    As such, Democrats could've easily avoided the government shutdown, but wouldn't do so... knowing that the media would blame the Republicans no matter what, and also that there are plenty of low-information voters (just read the liberal comments about this article) who would buy-in... just like they usually do and so did again. Sad.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    @ Commodore (and other liberals):

    News-flash... just because something is technically legal doesn't make it right. There was a time when slavery and women not being allowed to vote were both legal and technically constitutional... just like ObamaCare currently is That didn't make any of those laws right. It was people just like Mike Lee who had the fortitude to stand against the prevailing attitudes and got those unjust, but technically legal laws changed.

    Thank goodness there are now politicians like Mike Lee who don't follow the seductive and wispy winds of socialism which has lately become more popular because of all the freebies the government is giving out... at taxpayer expense and with money that isn't properly accounted for. Obama and his minions are adding record amounts to our almost unfathomable record-setting federal deficit that will be a scourge to our children and grandchildren to have to deal with.

    Keep up the great work you are doing Mr. Lee. Doing the right thing often isn't the most popular. That's why doing so deserves an even greater amount of respect. And there are still plenty of right-minded people who support you.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 6:25 p.m.


    I believe that if God had given rights to people, he would have given the same rights to all. In the attributes of God, fairness would be one of the top. Yet to all appearances, the only thing God gives is life. It comes without any guarantees and no specials.

    The collective rights that you despise are the only rights you have. Everything you do is done with the permission of the collective of people that you are part of. However you only have those rights so long as you allow similar rights to others.

    I don’t have any idea of what you mean when you criticize socialism. As an individual you would have total freedom to do very little. As an American citizen, as part of collective of like minded people, you have access to the world.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    Thank you Ultra Bob for Quoting the document, our Constitution, that you obviously have a different interpretation. I believe in God-given rights and the protections afforded me in the constitution of those rights. You only believe in 'collective' rights as defined by government, which is the very thing our founding fathers came here and started a revolution to get away from. Our founding fathers did not believe in Socialism. They did not believe in Fascism or communism. They believed in the freedoms as defined by our founding documents, none of which espouse socialism or the collective rights that you want at the expense of individual and god-given rights. In my extremism, I fear for the likes of those who want power to enforce their 'collective' rights. Cambodia comes to mind for those who want to 'cleanse' nations of the right to express an opinion different than the collectivists. I feel sorry for you! Mike Lee is standing up against socialism and collectivist thinking and the power brokers can't take it. He is the Jefferson Smith of our day. God bless him!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    He does have the backing of two housewives on facebook.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    I went mainly to see what the turnout would be like. It was indeed well over a thousand and maybe doubling that. I walked around trying to find anti-Lee posters. I did not see any but the news said there were about a dozen so I must of missed them somehow. The enthusiasm for Lee was very apparent. The rally itself was amazing considering it was organized only a few days before by two housewives on facebook with no apparent organized political affiliation. The support I saw for Lee was very similar to what I see in my neighborhood and at work in spite of what the polls say. I suspect that Lee will do better than what the media says.

  • Libby Layton, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    I wasn't able to make the rally on Saturday, but I want to say that I fully support Senator Lee and the Tea Party. Senator Lee is one of the few leaders in Washington that is fulfilling his campaign promises and standing up for the right. Obamacare is proving to be a disaster and it needs to go away.

    Layton, UT

  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Shame on the DN for inaccurate reporting of the number of attendees! I was there and there were, at the very least, 1500 people in attendance. I expect such dishonesty from the trib, but not from the Deseret. Shame on you!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    The Des News probably won't print my blogs because they are part of the media establishment that is committed to destroying this country.

    [The Deseret News? Committed to destroying this country? And you can’t see yourself as extremist?!]

    ray vaughn
    Ogden, UT
    The good news is that Mike Lee finally appeared before a group of voters in Salt Lake County. The bad news is that this was not a town hall type meeting where people would be allowed to ask him questions.

    [Agreed – or on KSL or the Deseret News, or BYU, or any of the local media outlets. You know – their trying to destroy America and all (see ThomasJefferson above)]


    RE: Open Minded Mormon. Are you open minded to reading Ezra Taft Benson's quotes on socialism and marxism?

    [Are you open minded to listen to LDS General Conference just 3 weeks ago?
    “And, to be perfectly frank, there have been times when members or leaders in the Church have simply made mistakes. There may have been things said or done that were not in harmony with our values, principles, or doctrine.” ~ Pres. Uchtdorf Oct. 2013]

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Nov. 4, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    The only Senator doing more for America right now than Mike Lee is our own Ted Cruz.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 8:06 a.m.


    Mike Lee, and all the other 'tea party' congressmen and senators, won their respective elections. Their voice was sent to Washington to be heard, not silenced by the imperial democrat leaders.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    After reading the comments, I have to conclude that there weren't jsut hundreds or thousands of people at the rally, but millions! And isn't it amazing how some think being a patriot means tearing down the country and anyone who has a different opinion?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 6:35 a.m.

    I will support Mike Lee in the next election in spite of the fact I disagree with him on almost everything and the fact I especially dislike the Tea Party.

    Reason being I am grateful to him for this avid and strong support of gun rights. When his defense of the second ammendment was needed, not only did he vote the right way, he was a leader of the movement that defeated those who would chip away again at these important rights to defend ourselves.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Nov. 4, 2013 4:41 a.m.

    I'm glad I looked at the comments so I could get the truth about the rally, sorry I couldn't make it. Keep up the good work Mike!

  • JapanCougar Apo, AP
    Nov. 4, 2013 4:38 a.m.

    The Tea Party is on a collision course with failure. They are the #1 reason why I have moved from being a Republican to become an Independent over the past 2 years. The Republicans stand NO chance of winning another major national election with the tea party cliniging to it like a tumor. Extremism will not attract more voters!

    Senator Bob Bennett was an excellent senator--bright, articulate, and moderate. He actually had credibility and was unfortuately unseated by the Utah Tea Party. Outside South Jordan, Senator Lee lacks credibility (other than with Ted Cruz).

    I would hope that more Republicans will see that what the Tea Party did with the government shut down essentially is a boost to the Democratic party and was a huge boost for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.

    I hope for a quick death to the Tea Party.

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    @ Play by the Rules,

    To use your own words "are you open minded" to consider that the only officially approved form of government by the LDS church is the United Order? I want you to also consider that there are good mormons that live under and support socialistic governments. Places like UK, Canada, Norway, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, and others come to my mind when I speak of such socialistic governments. It really does not matter what form of government you support as long as it allows freedom of religion. I do disagree with the early brethren of the church that are on record saying something along the lines of " You can't be a good mormon and a socialist". To the contrary, you can be a good mormon and a socialist as long as that form of socialism is not the radical type espoused by Hitler (National Socialism) and Stalin (Totalitarianistic Socialism).

    Now, does the Constitution of the United States allow for a socialistic government? Yes, absolutely. Look to Social Security, medicare, and other social safety nets of this Country as evidence of its progression towards becoming a social democracy.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    RE: Open Minded Mormon. Are you open minded to reading Ezra Taft Benson's quotes on socialism and marxism?

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    UGrad, actually I come from a Democrat party family and don't have tea party affiliation but I have lived in liberal states and have seen the underbelly of the unions and democrat party which is extremely disturbing. They have demonstrated repeatedly that the end justifies the means morality doesn't matter. Dino Rossi won the governorship in Washington State only to be overruled by Democrat judges and King County election officials. Don't take my word for it read the book by John Fund that explains it. Right now Mike Lee is being singled out for his efforts to delay the ACA and many Democrats are more than happy to attack him. Always liberals get the first, middle and last word on every issue and its been that way for years.

  • UGradBYUfan Snowflake, AZ
    Nov. 3, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    I am of the same mind as Basketballgirl75. Mike Lee does not represent the majority of Utah, nor the Republican party

    New to Utah - You talk as though DN is some radical, left-wing, paper. It is one of the most conservative papers around.

    RE - did you have any insurance before "Obamacare"?

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Nov. 3, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    snowyphile: "Democracy can't be delegated. We need to amend the Constitution to make the citizens the fourth and ruling branch of government."

    Yes, let's amend it so that the citizens elect officials to represent them in congress assembled. But we'll need to explain that when a candidate or party loses an election, that doesn't mean that elections should be thrown out. Since the last elections a year ago, Tea Party extremists have been screaming bloody nonsense, rattling sabres, and promoting the idea of armed revolt led by their angry war god and under the banner of a selectively read, wholly mystified, constitution.

  • UGradBYUfan Snowflake, AZ
    Nov. 3, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    New to Utah
    Why do you say that the "liberal democrat posters" skew this article. I am not a liberal Democrat. I am not for big government. I just see honest,hard-working people that can't afford healthcare insurance. I see people who are working full-time and multiple part-time jobs that can't make ends meet because they pay $1000 per month for insurance, not to mention the ridiculous pharmaceutical prices that Americans pay.

    If you want to write off people as being "Liberal" because they disagree with you, you have that right. But honestly, that is what many of the tea party Republican politicians are doing and it is driving away many of their constituents away

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    Do these words describe the words and actions of Mike Lee?

  • UGradBYUfan Snowflake, AZ
    Nov. 3, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    I am another, like Bob K, that believes Lee and Cruz have tried to tear down something that is an attempt improve healthcare. I also believe that their "stand" was a form of hostage taking as their "stand" was against a legitimately pass law even though they didn't have the votes to legitimately overturn the law
    I cannot see how fighting for our current healthcare system takes courage? I have been paying over 1/3 of my income for health insurance. I know a number of people that work full-time but they can't afford to buy healthcare insurance that is offered by our employer so they are on medicaid. How is that a functioning system?

    What they are fighting for is to keep their campaign financing from the large pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies, whether they believe that or not.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    Based upon the reports of the media there are millions of conservative people who would prefer the kind of nation that Mike Lee is committed to create.

    Based upon my experiences of life in America, the words and meanings given to the founding documents in the public schools of my time and the conversations I have with people like me, I cannot reconcile the nation of Mike Lee with the concept of America.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Why does the DN seem to have this animosity toward Mike Lee? Is it that they fear Obama? Or could it be that they are hoping to replace Mike Lee with Democrat Scott Matheson? Just wondering.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    AS usual the 50 liberal democrat posters skew this article. I have seen the same thing happen in liberal states I've lived in but it is surprising in Utah. Dan Jones and Associates Poll has about as much credibility as the Huffington Post or Nation Magazine liberal slant.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    Senator Lee should stand up and tell everyone he does not have to have the insurance that is being stuffed down our throats. Why is he being commended? He is no more above us than anyone and does not deserve all these special things over and above us. All of them should be put at our level and things would change might fast.

  • RE Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    My Obama Care: $800+ per month $11,000 deductible and after detectable is paid my copay is 30% Mr Lee keep fighting!! I can't afford my Obama Care!!

  • ray vaughn Ogden, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    The good news is that Mike Lee finally appeared before a group of voters in Salt lake County. The bad news is that this was not a town hall type meeting where people wold be allowed to ask him questions.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    I would have gone but had better things to do... clip my toenails, watch reruns of the Jersey Shore, make snarky comments on the DN website yada yada yada.

  • leavingRparty boise, ID
    Nov. 3, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Constitutional Conservatives Compromise? The argument is that R don't hold the senate.Reagan didn't hold the senate or the house when Foley was Speaker. Reagan addressed the public and found congress did not represent the people & he won on that issue. Congressmen tend to lean to their own understanding. They are to take the pulse of the people they represent.Older congressmen simply are not able to make paradigm changes. I am 73 and willing to let younger minds deal with the eroding constitution, and countering the increasing power of the administrative branch of government. Aging politicians,are a problem for what we are dealing with. The majority of Americans are behind Lee and Cruz and the 18+ others trying to represent constitutional law. Do your own due diligence in forming opinions, don't just follow luminaries or columnists. They are not smarter than we are when it comes to the politics of this great nation. If we want to remain free, we have to think like free people and that avoids just following leaders who may have lost their way due to age and habit.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    There were millions there...

    I saw it on Drudge.

  • kkodey Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    I would wager that if the UTES and that other school down south didn't both have a bye on Saturday, that there would not be a crowd this size....

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Those polls are just liberal propaganda.

    There weren't hundreds at the rally, I personally saw millions of people there.
    Mike Lee is one of the most popular politicians in Washington.
    He stands up for us here in Utah.
    He stands up for the average American.
    He is truly a thoughtful and intelligent politician, which is what we need more of in Washington.

  • CKS007 Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    One rally by a bunch of burned Mike Lee supporters still won't make up for the blunders that Mr Lee made in Washington. It's time for another person to be elected into this office. Someone who will actually represent the people and not a small minority of a party.

  • charlie24 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Thank you Mike Lee, for reminding the nation that people in Utah are more than happy to fight the federal government. This tactic has always worked so well for us in the past.
    Hopfully, there are more of us in Utah that would rather improve the health care system than simply shut down the government until an extreme position is accepted.

    Sadly, Mike is not at all concerned about all the hard working people that are not in a group insurance program that risk losing insurance the moment someone in the family develops a serious condition or those who already has a pre existing condition. Mike Lee could have gone his whole life without a thought about these people.

    We need leaders that can make improvements, not someone that is happy to chop the government to nothing. There are too many places in the world to move to today if you simply want minimum taxes and minimum services. They just are not attractive at all.

    Mike will not grow up. We need better leadership from Utah.

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    I find it extremely amusing that on one hand some Americans say " We support the Constitution", but their actions show this to be true so long as our politicians do what they think is right. It's along the lines of a LDS person saying " We thank thee of God for a prophet, as long as he does what we want him to".

    Here's a newsflash for the tea party and other hard core conservatives: Obamacare is constitutional and there's a constitutional argument for about 99% of everything you think is evil. I used to be ignorant, but then I actually got an education on the what the Constitution means and what it actually permits. Pretty much 99% of what the feds and state governments do is in fact permitted under the constitution.

    Many of you argue that you want to retake your country and restore the Constitution. That country never existed and that interpretation of the Constitution is not Constitutional. Why is that? One major reason ( there are others) is because you would be forced to pick and choose which Supreme Court rulings you want to accept. A republic is not a buffet; you must take it all.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:12 a.m.


  • micawber Centerville, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    I don't know if it was hundreds or thousands that attended the event. With a population of more than 2.8 million, I imagine hundreds of thousands of people support Senator Lee. Getting a few thousand to a rally would not be out of the question.

    I also imagine Senator Lee will be re-elected in 2016. He's a Republican incumbent and has not engendered ill-will with the more conservative wing of his party. And he has a long time to change his image. He's a smart man, I expect he and his advisers will figure out how best to do that.

  • BH Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    Mike Lee has demonstrated a lack of forethought, of planning, and being able to consider what may be best for the future of conservative goals, and a total lack of understanding of upholding the constitution of the United States of America. His amateurishly planned antics hurt the Republican terribly, and denied the country the opportunity to focus on the failures of ObamaCare. While surely, news is focused now on a failed launch of ObamaCare, Americans have a vivid image burned in their minds, of the Republican party being responsible for a huge failure.

    It is shocking how disingenuous this crowd of Mike Lee supporters can be. They claim to support Mike Lee because he is, supposedly, a defender of the Constitution. Yet, the article reports that a sign, of one of those there to protest Mike Lee, was tore from her hands by Mike's supporters. Now there is real constitutional freedom. Deny the rights of those you disagree with.

    Fortunately, as a U.S. Senator, Mile Lee will have to face all of Utah in his next election, not just a little enclave of extremists in one part of Salt Lake Valley.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    @mdp 7:55 a.m. Nov. 3, 2013

    The real truth is that Reid and Obama shut down the government to protect a bad partisan law born in darkness and deceit.


    Not true. The Senate amended (and cleaned up) the bill that the House sent them. The House, even though (or probably because) there were enough votes to pass that clean bill, amended its rues so the clean bill returned by the Senate could never e brought up for a vote. THAT is why the government shut down -- the far right leadership of the House caused the government shutdown, not the Senate, Senator Reid, or President Obama.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Finally someone who goes to Washington to represent American taxpayers and voters, as opposed to just fellow politicians and special interest groups. We have plenty there who talk a good game, and then push for the status quo of excess, tyranny, and a guaranteed recipe for failure. We need someone who will go against the grain, because the grain isn't working and is taking us further and further from freedom, sanity, and solvency.

  • GrandmaJulie Layton, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    The liberal left (of both Parties and the Media) know they can get the results they want when polling by how they word the questions and in what order!

    I'm sure there were hundred (if not thousands) like myself who couldn't be there for the rally -as the care giver for my 98 year old mother I cannot leave her alone.

    Sen. Lee is one of the few in Washington who does the job they were elected, by the legal voters, to do! It is too bad that only one of Utah's current senators (Lee) has ever been willing to do his job.

  • Basketballgirl75 Provo, , UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Mike Lee does not represent the majority of Utah. He represents the extreme (and polarizing) right wing. It's interesting to me that these hundreds or thousands who attended this rally have convinced themselves that the polls are wrong and that the majority really does want Mike Lee. The extremists stick together and think they represent the majority. If he wins again, it will be because our caucus system is overtaken by the extremists who will vote for him to be the Republican candidate. This is why we need to insure that every vote is counted and not just the minority few who overtake the caucus system every few years. We had members in our caucus who got up and promised that they would vote for a certain candidate and then when the time came, they voted opposite of what they said. There is no honor in politicians.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    It's very easy to over-estimate the size of a crowd. But even if there were "thousands" there, that's still a minority. Lee ignores the feelings of the vast majority of his constituents so unless he does a radical makeover the man is political toast. As he should be.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    "Thank you Senator Lee for standing up and doing what's right."

    I'm not sure he stood up for anything. He did nothing! A great leader sees problems and confronts them by providing better alternatives. The sad part of this ordeal is that we would have still seen all of the flaws with the ACA without the government shutdown--the problems would have still been there. If both parties would have worked together earlier, people would have still been working and earning paychecks.

    Where was Mike Lee during the shutdown. Other than taking time out for some press coverage, he seemed to be MIA. It would be interesting to see how many golf tee times and other recreational opportunities were taken during his break. I am almost certain he didn't spend that time working on a solution to our budget problems.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    @Ricardo Corvalho "no compromise"

    Pop quiz: which side of the budget standoff said "I will not negotiate"?

    Clue: it wasn't Mike Lee.

    @one vote

    Mike Lee's strong stand against Obamacare is being vindicated by its disastrous launch, and the train wreck still to come.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    Funny that so many of you are trying to boost the numbers from a few hundred to over 1000. If Mike Lee had the backing in Utah that you all claim, he would have thousands at the rally and their wouldn't be a debate. As far as compromise and the constitution, the constitution was the great compromise. Upholding the constitution is doing what is best for the country not simply voting against everything the other party proposes. Mike Lee is far from a great Senator.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    Mike Lee will be re-elected in 2016, for two reasons:

    1. During the next three years leading the fight against Obamacare will increasingly become a huge political asset, not a liability.


    2. The Utah Democrat Party will nominate the usual snooty left-wing elitist who assumes that a majority of Utahns will gladly support gun control, abortion on demand, gay marriage, and other liberal dogmas to run against him.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Nov. 3, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    The real truth is that Reid and Obama shut down the government to protect a bad partisan law born in darkness and deceit.

  • snowyphile Jemez Springs, NM
    Nov. 3, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Mike Lee and Congress show our country has gone to the dogs. Democracy can't be delegated. We need to amend the Constitution to make the citizens the fourth and ruling branch of government. This will have to originate from the States because Congress isn't going to propose a reduction of its authority.

  • Spellman789 Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 7:30 a.m.

    He may be taking a stand, but he is not representing Utah as much as he thinks he is.

  • IMAN Marlborough, MA
    Nov. 3, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    100's of supporters in a blood red state? ~ Half the comments to this article so for are supportive of Mr. Lee. This appears rather underwhelming, as was his performance in Washington during the GOP manufactured shut down debacle.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    So I guess you are only a patriot if you support Mike Lee? Typical tea party.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Nov. 3, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Why do so many DN readers confuse their support for Lee with majority support for the man? The solipsism displayed here is monstrous.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    This rally, as with everything Mike Lee does, is an echo chamber - a small, increasingly irrelevant group of fanatics naively reassuring themselves that their extremely narrow and paranoid views are not only legitimate but are really shared by everyone in the world!

  • News enthusiast Orem, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Bob K: If you listen to Mike Lee on the Senate floor, you'll find that he does "Stand for something" as you say. He does this frequently, and always with a positive messsage. I'm disturbed that Lee detractors don't know his position, because they're too busy to listen.

    Opposing views are always important to cover, by why is so much time given to the opposition when 10 non-supporters show up along with thousands of supporters. Do folks realize the Utah Democratic party organized a formal push to get non-supporters to attend?

    What folks forget, is that our freedoms have been eroded by our past two administrations by such a degree, that relative to where we are now, Lee's positions looks extreme.

    LEE IS COMPROMISING TO DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES, he is NOT COMPROMISING against the new normal, socialist agendas.

  • Brad Peterson South Ogden, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 2:27 a.m.

    Here's the biggest issue with Mike Lee: he can't persuade *anybody*. His supporters are a narrow group of far right Tea Party ideologues. That's it. He can't strategize worth a darn, he can't stand for something, he only stands against things.

    He's the Democratic Party's best friend. As long as he's in the Senate, he ruins the Republican brand, and Democrats get more votes.

    I looked and listened everywhere, and I haven't heard a single independent or Democrat persuaded by his antics. Zero. And I've seen many, many Republicans (myself included) who loathe the guy. That's not how you gain power or make changes in Washington. He needs to go in 2016!

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 12:51 a.m.

    Wanting to follow the Constitution, working for reduced spending, protecting individual rights, calling for integrity in Congress, standing for principle.... This what Lee stands for. What is extreme about that? Those who call that extreme are either deceived or genuinely against these principles. I was at the rally along with at least 1500 others, and I say "Keep up I the good work, Senator." The media, including the Deseret News continue to play down the good in Mike Lee which is deceptive. Polls show more people support Lee than Hatch, but we never hear negative things about Hatch.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 12:01 a.m.

    To the person who thought the rally should be in Liberty park, are you sure you didn't mean pioneer park?

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 12:00 a.m.

    How sad that the dozen protesters get more print space than the hundreds of supporters. But then mama told me life wasn't fair.

  • shafferscout Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 11:01 p.m.

    This was a great rally! I don't believe the recent poll numbers reflect that Utahans don't approve of their senator working to oppose Obamacare. I just don't see any evidence that Utahns or even most Americans support Obamacare. People didn't like the shutdown and the news media did everything they could to suggest that it was Ted Cruz and Mike Lees fault, which is what's reflected in the approval polls. Is important to stay focused on what really matters...your freedom...and not get distracted by the current political spin in the media.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    Obviously the Lee calling tree got out the "we love Lee" people who do not understand the radical extreme corner he has herded them into. The bitter tea party tide is over and but they will hold out to lose the house by their divide tactics, just as they caused the loss of the Senate.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    KSL has the number right. It says thousands attended and that is correct. People entered the park 100 at a time.

  • HaMMerHitz1 Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    I was at the rally as well. It was AMAZING!!! Every thing that people say evil about Mike Lee only makes me believe in him more. It shows that he is doing something to provoke the dormant leadership in Washington. Even those in the Republican Party who are part of "The Good Ole Boys Club, such as Orrin Hatch, are harassing him! Why? Because he is actually trying to do something that he said he would do if elected. I know that is an outdated concept in Washington, but an endearing quality to those of us who actually love and care for the man. God bless Mike Lee and give him strength to carry on!!! To those of you with different views there is an old saying I would like to repeat, "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone".

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    "Compromise" to a socialist (democrat or republican) means acceptance of any government program, no matter how much liberty is destroyed. Way to go mike! Can we get many more!

  • carpoolmom SOUTH JORDAN, Salt Lake
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    I was there and I can't believe they said 100's. 1000's would be more like it. Why even mentioned the detractors as they were not even seen and only heard for maybe five minutes and then left.It was wonderful to be around patriots who think a like. So sad that so many in Utah are apathetic to what is going on in Utah. I think those who vote Democrat are awake and wanting their type of government control but the Republicans would never have voted Hatch back in if they were awake. He is the problem. The establishment needs to go. He should have run as a Democrat. He's for big government and for all that entails. Our country is a mess because of him, Graham, McCain and others. Lee is a class act. Thank you again for doing what you promised to do unlike Hatch who promises things to get elected and then makes excuses so he doesn't have to do hard things.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    Thank you Senator Lee for standing up and doing what's right.

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    @play by the rules - Did you also believe the pollsters who had Mitt Romney winning the Presidential election? Romney lost by over 5 million votes. If Mike Lee and his supporters don't wake up, 2016 will be his last year as a Senator from Utah.

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    What a joke.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:27 p.m.

    "He's actually standing up for what is right," said Mike Brown of Bountiful. "He is keeping his oath to support and defend the Constitution."


    There in lies the problem....

    1. He isn't standing up for what is right, only what he perceives as right.

    2. as for the Defending the Constitution,
    How does shutting down the Government when you don't have the votes,

    over a law that was;
    1. Passed by the House
    2. passed by the Senate,
    3. signed by the President,
    4. upheld as Constitutional by the Supreme Court...

    Seen as Constitutional?

    If anything --
    That is UN-Constitutional.

    And this is why I fight and disagree with the Tea-Partiers and the their re-write and mis-interpretation of the Constitution...
    which FYI - as a Veteran, I have also sworn to uphold and defend.

  • Rhonda H. South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    I think his reference to "the establishment" means those in power who disregard and twist the United States' Constitution.

    'How dare he' not compromise on what is the legal law of the land?
    Compromising this is what has caused us to lose our moral leadership. Morals- and the Constitution- are not relative.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    WIsh Senator Lee would define EXACTLY what he means by "the Establishment?" Seems to me, it's anyone he disagrees with.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    The Salt Lake Tribune is also reporting several hundred at the outing. I was not there so I cannot comment on the number of attendees.

    I don't particularly care for Senator Lee's "no compromise" approach to politics. If both sides take such an attitude, we will continue to lose our moral leadership internationally and to create the type of predictable environment that allows business to invest in ways that brings jobs.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Nov. 2, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    Mike Lee should come on up to Liberty park and do a rally. Bet the crowd would be a little lest receptive.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    OK, Sen. Lee has less than 50% approval rating. The last time I checked, Congress in general had a much lower approval rating. I believe you also reported that Sen. Hatch was even lower than Sen. Lee. If so, you might include those numbers in your story. The Salt Lake Tribune had reported Sen. Hatch at 44% approval.

  • Pat Salt Lake , UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 6:12 p.m.

    I was not at the rally and I don't necessarily consider myself a Mike Lee supporter - but I am getting close. I admire his sense of integrity. He is doing what he campaigned on (no surprises here). He didn't make promises to win election and then do something entirely different once elected.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    Despite the fact that the media is doing their level best to convince us that Mike Lee isn't doing the right; MOST of us still support him.

    Mike Lee has something sorely lacking in D.C. - principles! No wonder he stands out in a crowd. He's doing what he said he would, voters (and the compliant media) just aren't used to seeing such "shenanigans".

    He acts, and votes, as if the political "parties" (and their hucksters in the media)aren't in charge.

    Shame on him!

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    God bless Mike Lee. There were over 1500 people at this rally. Yes we like Mike.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    YES, we attended this rally with a few thousand other patriots! It was exciting to see such a huge turnout for an event that was planned by a couple of moms last Monday. Too bad detractors got any press. They were all but nonexistent at this rally. It was 99.9% Mike Lee all the way! We out-cheered the 8 minute standing ovation that Texans gave Ted Cruz by about 3-4 minutes. Proud moment to be in that wonderful crowd of freedom-loving Americans! Mike came into the crowd shaking hands, giving hugs, and thanking everyone for their support right before he spoke. I got one of those hugs! Mike was brilliant in his remarks. He's very smart and well spoken!

    With all the corruption going on in this country right now, here is a man who is doing what he promised he would do when he got to Washington, D.C.....fight for our freedom and liberty, lead the charge for limited government, and defend the Constitution! He is one of the few statesmen in Washington who is honorable and fearless.

    Yes, we support Mike Lee! We need more just like him. We need to take this country back!

  • Bob K porland, OR
    Nov. 2, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Lee told the crowd that he's up to the task of "taking on the establishment."

    Folks, being against something, not for something, is pretty easy.
    If that is all you want, elect more Mike Lees, and watch them do their job as puppets of rich republican interests.

    No matter what flaws President Obama may have, I don't see how it is American or Christian to continually pull down the Country and refuse to pass positive legislation, in the hopes of making the democrats fail.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    Mike Lee does not have low approval numbers. Remember the pollster used has a spouse who is a Democrat member of the legislature. I counted thousands on hand and there were over 660 T-shirts given out! Why does the Des News dislike Mike Lee?