Mitt Romney beats Barack Obama in New Hampshire poll

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  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Feb. 17, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Who is the real Mitt Romney?

    I suspect the real Mitt Romney is a human being who weighs the pros and cons of positions and strives to make the right choice for a given set of circumstances, rather than blindly clinging to ideology. A guy who gives more thought to our nation's problems than what would sound good in a 5 second sound bite. I don't agree with him on every issue, but I have no doubt he is a smart guy who would provide competent leadership - something we haven't had in the white house for a very long time.

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:44 a.m.


    It may not say that others were polled but do you really think that if it were all Republicans, that 41% would vote for Obama? That right there should tell you more than just republicans were polled.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Bruce, You lost all credibility when you said, "I haven't voted for a Republican since 1988."

    As far as that poll goes, how deep does a pollster have to dig in the manure pile to find anyone who would admit they would vote for Obama over any other candidate?

  • the_beav SLC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    @ bodgerdlue | 6:57 a.m. Feb. 17, 2011

    I had the same question, but after re-reading I have to disagree. While Republicans are the only party mentioned, it never states that they were the only party polled.
    The poll would have likely talked to all political parties, but also ask their party affiliation for better clarification.

  • Bruce Angleton, TX
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    To a Guy With A Brain,
    You lost all credibility with me when you said,
    - willing to let all of America see his birth record and school records

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Mitt finally found a state where they haven't heard he flops on most issues. And he found a state where even Republicans will vote for him. He just has to figure a way to keep them in the dark for 2 more years til they can vote when it counts instead of in a poll.

    The national poll has Romney behind Sarah Palin in Republican polls.

    And before everyone has Mitt sitting in the whitehouse has anyone figured a way for him to get past Huckaby who is a Republican yet beat him soundly last time they were in an election?

    Before electing him on being a businessman and a good family man consider one of the worst presidents in history had those same credentials, George W.

    Mitt may be the best man but he needs to tell the country what he will do not what Obama has done wrong. Mitt has yet to bring one original idea to the government that will help the deficit, illegal immigrants or increase jobs.

    Mitt my vote is for sale and now you know the price. Do something now for the country.

  • bodgerdlue Kearns, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. The story states that"

    "The WMUR Granite State Poll shows "40 percent of likely Republican primary voters would vote for Romney," with the next-closest GOP candidate being former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani at 10 percent. Additionally, when asked to choose between a hypothetical matchup of Romney and President Barack Obama, 49 percent selected Romney compared to just 41 percent for Obama."

    That means of the REPUBLICAN voters (the only political group the story mentions) 49 percent would vote for Romney and 41 percent would vote for Obama. If 41 percent of Republicans in the state would vote for Obama if Romney was his opponent, then there is a problem. Again the story says only Republicans were polled.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    I would definitely vote for Mitt, because he is honest, has integrity, intelligence and a lot of experience in finances where we really need the help at this time.

    I too would like to know what his experience has been in foreign relations. Perhaps a help in that area would be a VP running mate who has the experience in areas Mitt might be lacking in. However, good common sense and the ability to learn very quickly what needs to be done in a given situation would stand him in good stead when it comes to acquiring the foreign relations expertise he would need. Obama didn't have any, either. Still doesn't, for that matter.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    I have a number of issues with the idea of a Mitt Romney candidacy, and none of them have anything to do with his religion (which happens to be mine, too). Maybe the most serious concern is that it's hard to tell where the guy stands on any given issue. The Mitt Romney who ran for governor of Massachusetts sounded a lot different from the Mitt Romney who ran for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Who's the real Mitt Romney?

    Mitt Romney gets a lot of press for his supposed economic acumen--I know the guy can run a business shrewdly and save a scandal-ridden Olympics; I'm not sure that makes him an economist--but where does he stand in other areas? Will he be any better than George Bush when it comes to foreign relations? Does he have any realistic ideas on education? Since he's sworn off his own healthcare solution as implemented in Massachusetts, what else (if anything) does he have in mind? Can he stand up to the Tea Partisans when they get carried away?

    And, for that matter, what are his economic proposals?

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    P.S. - If the best the Romney-haters can do is whine "But he's a Mormon!", either start looking at a candidate's talents and capabilities and what he can offer America or save yourself the embarrasment of looking like a fool and keep your narrow-minded bigotry to yourself.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    You gotta know this is just going to drive the liberals around here NUTS!.....

    The choice is yours, America; a guy with Romney's credentials or the guy who ran a community development center, has never had to produce one single dollar or go hungry, and in his only previous government experience at the federal level (Illinois senator) was actually 'at work' LESS than 180 days. Yes, look it up yourself. The rest of the time he was out campaigning for himself.

    And liberals wonder why we're deeper in trouble than when Bush was in office? Really?...

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:22 p.m.


    - Valedictorian at BYU

    - Baker's scholar at Harvard (go look it up)

    - Master's degrees in business and law

    - enormously successful in private business and now worth between $200 and $300 million (compare this to many of Obama's closest advisers who have never had to turn a profit or go hungry)

    - previous executive leadership experience as a state governor, including Massachusetts' Commander In Chief of state military forces

    - put aside partisanship prejudices/trash-talk by successfully campaigning/winning the governor's seat as a Republican in a heavily Democrat-controlled state LONG before Scott Brown

    - turned a loss into one of the few profit-earning Olympics (Salt Lake) in 2002

    - turned Massachusetts' budget from red to black while governor

    - volunteer service to community as a church leader for well over 5 years (Bishop and Stake President)

    - would give ALL his Presidential salary ($1.6 million total) back to the American taxpayers if elected (yes, he's on record as committing to this)

    - looks, talks and acts "Presidential"

    - understands committment (never divorced)

    - understands morality (never had an affair)

    - understands family (5 kids)

    - willing to let all of America see his birth record and school records.

    Romney: way > than Obama.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:00 p.m.

    Romney would do a great job as President.

  • Bruce Angleton, TX
    Feb. 16, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    I haven't voted for a Republican since 1988, but would vote for Romney if he wins the nomination.