Last Friday, President Bush said, "This government does not torture people." His statement should be seen as precisely as true as President Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" and President Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook."

Which brings me to Mitt Romney.

Utahns generally support Romney's candidacy for president. Romney's views are really indistinguishable from those of President Bush, except in one particular: torture. By saying that he would "double Guantanamo," Romney has essentially suggested that his administration would torture twice as many people as the Bush administration. Ignore his subsequent clarifications about supporting "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mr. Romney has said, in effect, that if elected he would ignore the Geneva Conventions and trash the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

Sorry, but those aren't my values, and it's not what my church teaches.

Eric Samuelsen