A laid-back Romney puts 2012 focus on jobs

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    March 8, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Focus on jobs... Mitt won't make in through the primaries. I can't think of any of the other candidates that have laid off thousands of workers in a good economy as he did buying and selling off companies.

    Mitt has focusd on jobs allright, just not the way we need to be going.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    March 7, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    Romney is not perfect but considering his ability to lead I would put him over Ron Paul and pretty much any other candidate. You Can not dispute the fact that this guy has experience and is very able in leading the country. That's a quality this country has not had since Reagan.

  • ms Draper, UT
    March 7, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    If Mitt's MA. health care plan was right for MA. at the time as he says it was he should just tell us why it was right for them. As if the applicable logic was correct at the time for MA. one could not argue with their having approved it, this is true whether or not it is still good for the State now or not as they as a State have the power to change it again if it is not working. As one of the problems with Obamacare is that it doesn't provide the opportunity for States to opt out of it if it is not in their best interests. Whereas if the MA. health care plan was good then for MA. for whatever reasons and they wanted to pass it and did then Mitt should not be critized for this choice as it was a choice by a State for their residents for reasons only known to them by which they decided to do so in their own self interest which self interest should be afforded each individual State because healthcare is not a one size fits all equation as Obamacare would have you believe.

  • AmPatriot Kearns, UT
    March 7, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    The first man or woman citizen american that says they will go after better pay and jobs will get my vote. What good are jobs that put workers on the welfare payrolls too? What good are jobs that don't have enough income to even pay taxes? What good is slavery in a depressed economy, other than it pays the business better with more profits? The only problems with business profiting is the profits aren't taxed. It definitely doesn't create jobs as the past 15 years of recession has proven. There aren't enough big employers who care enough about its workforce to pay them enough to live on.

    Better pay should be a job priority and more laws preventing business from outsourcing work to foreign countries. A blockade on imports would be nice too.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    March 6, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    I suppose that those who are critical of Romney as President would rather have Obama. Those who posted previous to me ought to examine what they really want. A President who believes in free interprise and constitutional principles or one who believes in redistribution of wealth and a government more in line with European socialism. In spite of Romney's few faults, they are overshadowed by Obama's massive chain of one mistake after another throughout the brief two years he has been our President.

  • Richard Saunders Provo, UT
    March 6, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    This is an honest and sincere question, for conservatives who believe in limited government, what does Mitt Romney offer? Has he shown that he can reduce expenses and the size of government, or is he just a continuation of the 'conservatives' we have had recently, who have overseen some of the biggest growths in government and federal power?

  • lars Pittsburgh, PA
    March 6, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    @Nosea, I think you bring up an interesting point. I look at it from a different perspective. Assuming we agree that jobs need to be created, who better to direct that vision than someone who has had to make job cuts and knows what it would have taken to convince someone like him not to make those cuts? I'm still open to being convinced otherwise, but it just seems odd to me that we would consider someone who is acutely familiar with that decision-making process as unqualified.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 6, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Romney is in over his head. The U.S. government is not Bain. He has no ideas, and the ones he pursuded in the past, he is running from. He has no firm foundation. Utah may love the guy, but it won't happen.

  • mtymouse Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    I for one would wholeheartedly support Mitt Romney as president--not just because he is so intelligent economically, but because I truly believe he has the best interests of our country at heart. Unlike Obama, who has almost run this great country into the ground financially, actually apologized to other world leaders for past events, bowed to other world leaders, dictated changes he wants instead of giving the people the opportunity to voice their choice, and can't give a speech without teleprompters. I never thought Obama would have won the election, and to this date, I wish I would have been right. For those of you who criticize Romney because he hasn't given specifics on what his plans are to improve the economy, why would he divulge his "game plan" prematurely?! Let's hope Mitt wins and brings back wisdom, integrity, and class to the office of President of the United States of America.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 6, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    I love Romney on paper - the ability to take a turnaround attitude into government. If he would run on how he would analyze government policies and processes and save money by making us more effective in the way we spend (Economist rank: 65th in the world), he would win by a landslide.

    But I hear little specifics in his speech, which is mostly regurgitating Conservative generalities. Ironically, Newt has better specifics on reform. Most concerning with Romney's healthcare message - Clayton Christensen says he has yet to speak to Romney about his healthcare ideas. Christensen is likely the most savvy about how to reform our healthcare system. Why hasn't Romney hired him?

  • Nosea Forest Grove, OR
    March 6, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    Let me see if I understand this: Mitt Romney made his 100s of million dollars by essentially throwing 100s of thousands out of work (buyouts, mergers, and shutdowns as executive of Bain Capital), and now he wants to be the next US president on the grounds that he will restore 15 million lost jobs? His rhetoric is completely opposite of his record.

    As much as I would like to have an LDS president, Romney has rendered himself completely unaligned with what is needed at this time to lead our nation. In fact, he was instrumental in creating the major problems we now face.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    March 6, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    There you go again media and in this case D-News, selecting what gets posted. And if it has "any" critisism regarding media and their greedy ways it doesn't get on the web! Oh well whats a bunch of "little" people going to do huh? You big business people are the ruler and dictators of the world and this country I guess.

  • jennteam Fredericksburg, VA
    March 6, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Our country needs a president who understands not only economics, but how businesses actually work. Obama had never led an organization before being elected, and it shows. Romney has more executive experience in one finger than Obama had. Let us unshackle our economy from the government stranglehold.

  • duck Saint George, UT
    March 6, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    Thank goodness his focus will get back to economics! He started great in his last run and showed in the Michigan primaries that his strength was in that area. McCain even admitted he didn't know anything about economics, so that would have been a sure path to the whitehouse. However, after that, we never heard more about the economy. Instead, Huck-a-baby went on the attack over religion and Romney went silent, except to defend himself.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    March 6, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    Perhaps, a bigger questions is: is Mitt's national media esposure a plus or minus for Utah and the Mormon Church image. This is a polite and reasonable question on many citizens minds: so I don't understand why DN decides to censor it.

  • Hanksboy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 6, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    I've never been a big Romney fan, but his business background and experience are looking better all the time. I get tired of the uninformed trucking out the old "flip-flop" acorn. Every one of us has made decisions and taken positions in the past...with business, family, whatever...that are not correct for the current environment and have to be adjusted. I don't know if I'll get on board with Romney but, again, he's looking better all the time.

  • grip Meridian, ID
    March 6, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    A friend was asked one time if the leaders in his organization had to be rich to be considered, replied: "Being rich is not a requirement, but they needed to lead themselves before they would be called upon to lead others". Some leaders are rich in money. Some are rich in "proven" practice and direction. Some are morally rich. Some are rich in having a close and supportive family. I believe Romney has all of these riches.

    If the economy is the greatest concern in our nation, Romney is the most qualified, by proven experience, of the candidates I have studied and have knowledge of, to give direction to help this nation and its citizens solve that concern.

    Read the book written by Hewlett describing Mitt Romney and the book "No Apology" by Romney himself. This information will provide a vision of the man from a respected author and from the man himself. Go to the root and let the rumors and prejudices die of themselves.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    March 6, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    It wouldn't matter if Jerry Lewis were President of the United States. As long as Mitt Romney is the CEO for the corporation of the UNITED STATES under the direction of the shareholders, the never to be audited Federal Reserve; jobs, health care, social security, immigration, the war machine, virtually all decisions that should be made from the Oval Office will first have to be approved by the shareholders.

    Why do you think that even Mr. "Change We Can Believe In" is completely impotent? His bosses said no to his promises of change. Until we wean ourselves away from corporate government and return to Constitutional government, I hate to say it my friends, but with Romney as President, it will be business as usual. History will prove this out.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 6, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    Mitt Romney,
    I hope you are elected but as 1 voter I have a concern. Your father was one of the greatest. He never caved into the left nor the right. George Bush was similar in his resolve. I believe his son caved into the right despite campaigning as a compassionate conservative. I hope you are more like your father.

  • Meg Portage, MI
    March 6, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    Interesting strategy--to "appear genuine." Since the only thing I liked about him was his commitment to universal health care in Mass., and since he's now "genuinely" backing away from that, I guess he's off my list.

  • The Reader Layton, UT
    March 6, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Romney puts Romney first! Mr. Flip Flop!

  • Indiana Sandy, UT
    March 6, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    I pray Mitt runs and wins... I pray people will begin to really understand what this fine man has to offer up to America...

    We need the economic genius that Mitt personifies to bring America out of the mess we are in... We need the morality that is Mitt to bring grace and blessings back to the Whitehouse. We need the work ethic of Mitt to show the people that their leader is interested in more than golf, parties, basketball and govt takeovers...

    God Bless America and may He bless her with the leadership of Mitt Romney in 2012

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    March 6, 2011 7:41 a.m.

    That boy just does not know when to quit. Interesting approach, look like a casual millionaire. The facts are he is too stiff by half, too plastic by a third, and he can't get through the primaries because of his religion. As the economy slowly gets better, his case slowly disintegrates. For him to overcome we must have a depression. Now that is not a sweet thought so early in the morning, is it.

    He won't make it this time, either. Then he will become a punch line for jokes. For a guy who is supposed to be "smart" this is incredible. Perhaps his expertise is great among those who love money, love getting money from others. That is highly likely. But out here where farmers are poor, innovation is stagnant, and the only industry that is making money is the credit card corporations set up because of loose tax laws, Romney will fail.

    Someone needs to tell truth to power. Which one of the aids gets to do it?

  • jdg fruitland, utah
    March 6, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    I would like to see a open and fair debate between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.Who will put America first?