Does Romney have what it takes for GOP nod?

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    Oh the irony.....

    Utahns SAY they will vote for him in droves.

    One can only ask, Why?

    Politically - he's the biggest RHINO flip-flopper in all the GOP.

    Yet they voted OUT Senator Bob Bennett for same the thing - and not NEARLY on the same level of the "crime".

    There is no integrity using those confusing lines of thinking.

    One can only therfore deduct, that Utahns support Mitt Romney soley for his religion - NOT his political stand on issues or policies.


  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Re: JNA | 7:24 a.m. Feb. 21, 2011 Layton, UT

    It's refreshing to hear from such an esteemed presidential scholar. Now only that, it is probably just a simple omission on the part of JNA not to mention the other talking points necessary to support his thesis: illegal alien, secret Muslim, friend of terrorists, anti-American, foreigner, and apologist.

    I can't wait for the book!

  • Independent Woman West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Right on, Furry1993!
    And it is obvious that JNA has never studied US history, or s/he could come with at least a couple more on that worst list, such as Andrew Johnson.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    To JNA | 7:24 a.m. Feb. 21, 2011
    Layton, UT
    No one and I mean no one could possibly be worse than President Obama, who is the single worst President to ever sit in the Oval Office.


    Actually, JNA, that "honor" belongs to the person who preceeded Obama in the White House. I don't like a lot of what Obama has done, but he doesn't come even close to causing the damage we suffered with George Walker Bush.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    If Utah repubs want an LDS candidate they need to ride Huntsman all the way. Huntsman > Romney.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Feb. 21, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    No one and I mean no one could possibly be worse than President Obama, who is the single worst President to ever sit in the Oval Office.

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 8:43 p.m.


  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 8:42 p.m.


  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    Within 6 months of the start of the Obama administration, "Mitt" came out with his book No Apology for greatness, bashing Obama. He's a legend in his own mind. He will say or do anything to get elected. He is the ultimate flipflopper. His healthcare bill in Mass. is almost identical to the healthcare bill that upsets all republicans. You dont hear him say much about that. Obama will be president after 2012, despite the lies and hate speech from the lunatic fringe. Romney is too sane to be their candidate. They need a moron like sarah Palin, or Michele Bachman. Rush Limbaugh, or Glen beck. These are the faces of the "New" republican party. Sadly, the party of Lincoln, and Reagan is no more. You have to be a lunatic.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    Poor Mitt, if he became a Blue Dog Democrat, he would finally have a home which would welcome him.

    He doesn't meet the basic requirements in the conservative litmus test. And I was so looking for a Palin-Romney primary battle.

    I sure hope Sarah Palin doesn't give up. Her "stick-it-in-your-eye" attitude doesn't fit with her acknowledging that the Republican Party doesn't want her as their candidate. If she should give up in the face of the Republican establishment's dislike for her, it would mean that all her rhetoric is just meaningless prose written by some ghostwriter (Rebecca Mansour) hidden away in the depths of her organization.

    Republicans need to pull a Barry Goldwater. Since they have an extremely poor selection for 2012, they should give Palin the opportunity to get out there an stir up the fires. Surely, the members of her staff are looking foreward to a grand payday.

    However, there is the risk that the fringe, Tea Party Right may come to dominate the Republican Party for the next 30 years and no candidate who makes it through the primaries could make it on the national scene.

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    There is no place for a moderate in the Republican Party regardless of how he tries to align himself with the Tea Party. As many conservative zealots in this thread have stated, he is a RINO.

    However, Romney has the wrong religion to be a major leader in a conservative movement which demands one's evangelical bona fides before gaining the blessing of the social conservatives. Attempts to put the religion question aside as it should be, it stand in the forefront for conservative candidates. The base selects the candidate, and the base is extremely reactionary in it's priorities.

    It is very different from John F. Kennedy who was in the more tolerant Democratic Party. He won by being able to appeal to both Democrats and Independents and didn't need the fringe social/religous conservatives. Mitt, on the other hand, cannot even get to the nomination without getting the approval in the primary gauntlet.

    Romney will be explaining the "unusual beliefs" of his religion in specific detail so the Huckabee's and Palin's don't label him as being "as bad as having a Muslim in the White House."

    It's a formidable task.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    He would have to repudiate Romneycare, which he won't do, because he's calculating on using it to attract moderates.

    When I type the word "calculating" just now, I realized that this one word sums up most of my misgivings about Mitt Romney.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    Romney stands only for Romney. His positions will change with each audience he faces. Mitt Pretzel is more like it.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Feb. 20, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    No. He's a flip flopper and too soft like Bush Sr. He will be seen as weak unless he starts a war. Please no more ego wars....But go ahead and run him because he will loose. Run Palin too.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 11:50 a.m.


    The Christian reich will never support a Mormon. Liberals will not support Romney. And conservatives will not support him.

    Outside of Utah, who would vote this guy for President?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    We need sarah.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Does Romney have what it takes? No. He's just another politician, no better or worse than the rest, who changes his positions based on what he thinks the people want to hear. There's abosultely nothing about him to make him remarkable or valuable in any way.

    No, thanks, Mitt. Don't want you; don't need you.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Feb. 20, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    He flip-flops on issues depending on the audience he is trying to flim-flam. He is a hypocrite. Perfect qualifications for a politician.