Could Mitt Romney's niceness be a liability in a season of nastiness?

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  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Nov. 16, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    Re: Mc | 11:39 a.m. Nov. 16, 2011 West Jordan, UT

    There are several videos on the web regarding Romney stating his before-and-after positions on various issues which might be enlightening.

    We will have to see how he explains himself to the Independents who decide elections. Perhaps this is why he has been so reluctant to cozy up to the Tea Party until recently.

    And for a guy who has become pretty bellicose in promising to "keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons" without saying how he proposes to do this differently from Barack Obama, Independents are in no mood to launch another war and send American ground forces in to die, much less investing in a multi-trillion dollar exercise in futility.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 16, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    @The Real Maverick and others who criticize Romney: have you read his book or been to his website? Are you waiting for the media to give you his proposals and plans? That's not going to happen. The mainstream media and Fox News are too busy promoting the idea that Romney is a flip flopper to ever take the time to look any deeper. You will have to do some research on your own to be fully informed about Romney. Get your info from the source rather than secondary sources with an ax to grind.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 16, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    It is hard to picture Romney as Mr. Nice. He seems more like a savvy used car salesman who will say or do what it takes to make the sale and pocket a buck.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    Mitt has been pretty nasty when talking about Obama.

    The truth is, Mr. Romney needs to do something other than just complain about Obama. That's what all the candidates do (except for Paul and Huntsman). Romney needs to convince us that he could do better.

    What are Mr. Romney's plans? What are ol Mitt ol boy's policies?

    We need specifics. Not the same ol mindless "tax cuts for the rich" rhetoric. We need to know that he can do something other than flip flop on everything and bash Obama.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Nov. 15, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    i also am unsure that epa was a helpful response but that he would offer anything is remarkable---

    i am aware of another quite normal activity romney got involved in---at a home of a friend he visited, there was a group attempting to remove a very large tree stump---mitt borrowed some gloves and got into the hole to help dig and chop and repeated the process again when his turn came up before the stump was out---

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    Are we discussing Mr. Boring Flip-Flop? Nice? Yeah, but so boring and obviously on every side of any issue.

    Now he wants to be Mr. Macho and invade Iran. Talking tough doesn't suit Mitt Romney. He comes across as unreal and fake. However, in his quest to be President of the United States, he has shown that he will do anything, ANYTHING, to advance his cause. Now he is trying desperately to be transformed into Mr. Tea Party because he can't get anywhere higher than 25% among the angry, Republican evangelical base.

    As Jon Stewart so correctly characterized Mitt Romney: He is Beige in everything he is. When the Republicans clamor for anger and excitement, who will they end up settling for? Why, Mr. Dull Suit, the guy who fires you from your job and then turns around and forecloses on your house!

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    The Liability of niceness? Really?

    First of all any man that will clean someone else's garage instead of sitting on his butt in the shade like the rest of us would do is truly phenomenal!

    Can you hear yourself thinking: yes our country needs to return to civility, yes, we need a leader with integrity, yes we need a problem solver, yes, we need a hard worker, yes we need a good ambassador, yes we need someone who puts the country first, yes we need someone who can unite a divided country. Yes, we need someone of high intelligence and experience. Yes, we need someone who is not condescending to the other half of the country's ideals and opinions and understands that compromise is essential to accomplish anything in a democracy. Yes, we need someone who will not embarass us in the world arena. Yes, we need a president with at least some background in turning failed enterprises around. I could go on.

    But when that candidate is standing clearly before us in one neat package we say No, he's too perfect? In that case, we truly deserve what we get.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Nov. 15, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    Perhaps Mitt's reluctance to go "full nasty" at an opponent means that the post-nomination campaign could be a little more civil and a little less contentious. What a great day that would be - a contest based on the issues. OK, knowing who's behind today's GOP and what they want, I won't hold my breath.

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    Another interpretation is that Romney was giving Perry some more rope with which to hang himself. I bet Romney knew very well that energy was the dept. Perry was trying to think of. He offered EPA because it would be more unpopular to cut that than energy, and make Perry look even more foolish.