Mitt Romney to skip Iowa GOP, Florida straw polls

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  • christopherK WINCHESTER, KY
    June 12, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Romney is a Rhino! Too liberal for my tastes. I wonder what he thinks about the recent LDS Church statements concerning illegal aliens?

  • windsor City, Ut
    June 10, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    Many feel Iowa's much loved view of itself as a indispensable part of determining the candidate is coming to an end.

    "Skipping Iowa" has been reported about many hopefuls the last couple of weeks.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    June 10, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    EJM: I am not a sara palin fan -- by any stretch of the imagination, but the "meltdown" you refer to was in fact an accurate portrayal of history. As one who has a masters in American History with emphasis on colonial and as confirmed by a historian who was on NPR (and the NPR host was just beside herself because this historian -- who also emphatically denied being a palin supporter -- put the media in its place regarding the matter), palin's description of the vent was accurate.

  • Tornogal LITTLE ROCK, AR
    June 10, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    Dear Cats,

    Of course everyone has the right to change an opinion. But I do not regard the Right to Life issue as an opinion that should waiver much.

    Brother Romney has said "I believe abortion should be safe and legal in this country." That sure sounds like a personal belief to me.

    And I was sorely disappointed to see his "off the camera" interview with radio host (you can do a you tube search and look for his interview with Jan Mickelson). In that he said "Some leaders of my church are pro choice." I think that misrepresents the church's stand on abortion.

    And I have to admit that your assertion "he has the right official position now" is exactly the problem. I sense his "official" position has morphed far too much to reflect a deeply held personal view on what I consider a bedrock issue.

  • LeDoc SLC, UT
    June 10, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    Mitt and Sarah may be providing some current entertainment, but it's a pipedream to think either will land in the White HOuse as anything other than a guest. Nobody can say that Mitt hasn't done well as a businessman, but that's not going to win him the nomination. As for could anybody serioualy vote for somebody who bailed from her elected post as Govenor?

  • philaD Clifton Heights, PA
    June 10, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    So Bro. Romney is going to focus on the economy which is fine and all, I want to know what his exit strategy for getting the USA out of the middle east. Time to leave and save money for when we need to fight a real war.

    The USA is flat broke. We can't afford hobby wars and spending like we've seen the last 10 years. It's been ridiculous. I think Romney could be a good president, but nothing compared to liberty loving Ron Paul. ;)

    Have a good one.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 10, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    good for him

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Cats: Paul Revere was not putting the lights in the church tower to warn the British. It was to warn the settlers as to how the British were advancing, by land or by sea. No matter how you spin it, Sarah Palin was mistaken- which we all are from time to time.

    In my opinion, nominating Sarah Palin for president would be certain victory for Obama.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    June 10, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Bro. Chuck Schroeder: I was surprised at your statement: " How about we drill baby drill instead?. In Florida We like Gators, NOT RINOS."

    I thought Florida was the state that keeps saying "Don't drill off our shores!"
    If every state says drill, but not here, where do we drill?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    Straw polls don't mean squat.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    June 10, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    Dear EJM: Technically speaking, Palin was accurate in what she said about Paul Revere warning the British that we wouldn't stand for being attacked. Paul Revere was captured on his famous ride and he told the British that we would not allow them to attack us, etc. That is technically a fact. However, most Americans don't know this and so they assumed she was wrong. They mostly only know about Paul Revere's famous ride. Most don't even know that he was captured before he could complete it.

    Sarah Palin is actually a very intelligent woman. Unfortunately, she is sometimes a little undiscplined about some of her remarks. BUT, she was actually right about Paul Revere. I just thought you'd like to know that.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    Smart move with regard to Iowa & Michigan . . . not sure about Florida.

    I'm pretty sure that Mitt isn't willing to "take the pledge" on Ethanol, which won't play very well in Iowa (also why Huntsman is writing off Iowa and is focusing elsewhere), and he is already getting beaten up over opposing the auto industry bailouts in Michigan, so there's no good reason to focus much time and resources ($$) there, which would be a waste and would draw attention to the poor showing that he is virtually guaranteed to have there (an embarrassment, given his Michigan roots).

    On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to participate in the Florida straw poll, because as far as I know, he competes well versus the rest of the Republican field in Florida, and if he could place 1st or 2nd among the Republicans there, that might give him a boost.

    DISCLAIMER: I'm not supporting/endorsing Romney here (I'm not even a Republican . . . big surprise), I'm just an armchair presidential primary strategist, and where there is no suspense or drama on the "D" side, I'm kind of left with focusing on the "R's".

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    June 10, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    Palin? You would vote for a candidate who does not know one of the most historic events of American History? Did you not see her meltdown concerning Paul Revere? Okay I have to stop laughing here.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    June 10, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    Dearn Tornogal: Every intelligent person reserves the right to change his/her mind. Romney was NEVER personally in favor of abortion. NEVER. He has the right official position now. Isn't that what counts? As a governor, he governed completely as a pro-life governor. I agree that Mitt has been a little too political at times. But, I think he's learned from that. He now takes the positions that he always held in his heart. Obama, on the other hand, has NEVER been pro life and NEVER will be.

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    June 10, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    If Republicans aren't careful, they are going to talk themselves and each other out of any viable candidate.

  • Tornogal LITTLE ROCK, AR
    June 10, 2011 7:04 a.m.

    It may be smart in some regards, but some will interpret it as a sign he is unsure of the outcome, and doesn't want to be seen as struggling in the some of the first events of the campaign season.

    As to the comment that some would favor Obama over Palin, fair enough. But some will favor Obama over Romney, too. I may be one of them. His flip-flopping on Right to Life is disconcerting. And while he may have abundant business experience, he came to it a great deal by inheritance. That is off-putting to a lot of blue collar workers with whom he has little in common.

    I am thankful the Church does not endorse candidates or parties.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    June 9, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    Smart move. Why pay a million bucks on a poll, if you are already leading each of the free polls.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    June 9, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    Palin would lose by 20 to Obama. One in 5 Republicans would vote for Obama over Palin. I'm one of them. The enemy I know is much preferred over the enemy I don't know. While neither Obama or Palin are my enemies, the maxim holds true in this case. I'd rather go with the mistake I know about over the mistake that I don't know about. Either case, the country is in trouble.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    June 9, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    Is Romney scared of Florida's straw polls here, or our gator's?. We love gator's but hate RINO's, we use them for gator-bait. Plus Romney could not handle us rednecks here in Florida anyway. Here's a question for Romney. The Patriot Act's money laundering provisions, where are they today?. The tobacco industry feared The Patriot Act so Rep. Michael Oxley removed a provision involving money laundering from the bill at the behest of the White House and GOP whip Tom DeLay, under pressure from Big Tobacco. More loopholes that allow qualifying Institutions to still serve as conduits for Tax Evasion that report nothing to the IRS for collection. Is this fair taxing to the poor and middleclass ?. It's secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That's for BIG BUSINESS "ONLY" and their deep pocket's. The underlying dynamic is bought-off congressmen ignoring real social problems and using the legislative process to construct massive perpetual handouts for their campaign-contributor sponsors. WHO IN CONGRESS wrote a amendment to add this "BACK" into The Patriot Act to date?. Conservatives never see the elephant in the room.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    June 9, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    Florida's straw polls Mr. Romney thanks to the GOP, in Sarah Palin Country. "I tell it like it is, because, no one else will." As we all know the price of gasoline is headed into outer space with no signs of ever coming back to earth and Mr. Obama and company seem just as impotent to deal with the problem as the rest of us. It seems that all they can do is sit back and dream about the day when wind power, sunlight and some kind of fuel distilled from the leaves on the trees or whatever, will replace the need for petroleum and pregnant tin cans powered by electricity will replace the internal combustion engine. But to think that Americans are going to drive around in glorified roller skates that will only go 100 miles without having to be recharged is about as realistic as me winning the Masters next year. HEY Congress, don't try to put America into a soup can with a lawnmower engine and expect us to be happy about it. How about we drill baby drill instead?.

    In Florida We like Gators, NOT RINOS.

    That's my truthful views.

    Palin 2012.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    June 9, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    Here's Florida's straw polls Romney. Economist, author and Yale University Professor Robert Shiller warns that dismal housing and employment data suggest the economy is at a tipping point where a double-dip recession is possible and home prices could have much further to fall. Falling home prices have shrunk equity so much that the proportion of their homes that Americans actually own is near its lowest point since World War II. The Federal Reserve says average home equity plunged from more than 61 percent at the start of 2001 to 38 percent in the January-March quarter this year. That drop comes as home prices in big metro areas have reached their lowest level since 2002. The Fed's quarterly report shows how much wealth, or net worth, Americans have gained or lost. Net worth is the value of assets such as homes and stocks, minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. Normally when people pay down their mortgages, they see their home equity rise. But since the housing bubble burst in 2006, prices have fallen more than they did during the Great Depression. In many cases, people are paying off mortgage interest thanks to the GOP.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    June 9, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    The Sarah Gambit.

    Why spend dollars and/or time on people who are going to "dis" you?

    Oh the other hand...

    It doesn't appear to be working that well for Sarah's Quasi-Pseudo-Presidential(?)...

    On the other, other hand...

    Should MITT re-consider/(flip-flop) his skipping decision?

    Poor MITT, this Iowa and Florida thing, and now even Rush is "dising" him...