Mitt Romney scores a key endorsement from New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 22, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    way to go Mitt! He continues to do his job, gathering support little by little, ignoring the detractors and the media frenzy. He continues to demonstrate leadership and an ability to rise above the tempest of nonsense stirred up by scandal-addicted political junkies.

  • welcomethemall Nampa, ID
    Nov. 21, 2011 5:10 p.m.


    There is an argument to be made about the sustainability of this economic model. The ancient Romans kept having to go further and further afield to obtain needed natural resources (i.e. lumber from Iberia and then from Britannia) to the extent they could not maintain sufficient political control over the stability of the supplies of resources.

    Our current debate should not be about politics... rather it is one of economics. How do we best manage the truly global interconnectedness of our economic behavior. This is where our current administration fails so abysmally. Outside of Clinton, no one there seems to grasp macroeconomics or foreign relations. Gaffe after gaffe on the international stage have given ample proof of this.

    Of all the potential contenders for the White House, only Secretary Clinton and Governor Romney have the foreign/econmic experience to lead the US forward. THAT would be a great debate, between those two.

    While I may have loathed her husband, he was right on one thing... it is about the economy. Everything else follows.

  • welcomethemall Nampa, ID
    Nov. 21, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Holy cow, Bro Chuckles -

    Tin foil is for cooking, not hats.

    UT Voter: The US (and the British, Persian, Ottoman all the way back to Hammurabi) "Empire" has never been about political hegemony. It is pure and adulterated money, wealth, yencome, dinero... we are "dronin' and occupyin'" to protect vast US economic interests.

    Afghanistan = a source of regional instability threatening sources of oil from the middle east and metals from Africa...

    Iraq = oiloiloiloil (re: cheap) and regional stability

    Pakistan = regional stability and the massive economic investments we have made in India and Pakistan (mostly India)

    The computer (and its stack of software) you typed your note from depends on the free flow of goods and services relative to all these countries.

    Oil - the plastic your laptop is made of
    Precious metals from Africa - much of the internal hardware/circuitry comes from this region
    Software/Computer engineering - India is one of the leading sources of key software for the planet - many of the best and brightest SW and computer engineers come from India
    Our economy collapses (not hyperbolically) without stability in those countries. That is why we are there, and that is why PresObama hasn't left yet despite campaign promises.

  • UtahVoter Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    @Tom in CA

    President Hinckley, in that fascinating and balanced talk about war, seemed to be saying -- I thought -- that "Empire" is not something to be seeking. That, much like the Lord's admonition to the Israelites (which they ignored) about the inevitable evils of having overly powerful executives like Kings (1 Sam 8:10-20), Imperial aspirations -- no matter how nobly they begin, tend to end quite badly.

    For many -- like Romney, it seems -- the only reasonable justification for many of our military actions and newly established permanent bases is so that we can be an Imperial "hegemon" and basically police the world. The Founding Fathers went to great lengths to outline all the ways in which that always ends badly. President Hinckley's admonition seemed consistent with those same warnings.

    At any rate, Tom, do a basic google news search for "drone attacks" or "collateral damage" to see what kind of things we are unfortunately involving ourselves in -- needlessly! -- day by day with our current objectiveless (as in there is no reasonable, measurable objective for them -- nothing to achieve and no country to sign a treaty with) occupations of other nations like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Re: Well Read | 6:52 p.m. Nov. 20, 2011
    "Well Read | 6:52 p.m. Nov. 20, 2011 "

    You obviously haven't been reading about what is happening to the liberal governments in Europe in the wake of their financial troubles. They're all being shown the door. It is wishful thinking to believe that Obama will win a second term.

    And no, the Wall Street Occupiers aren't doing Obama or the Democrats any favors.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Nov. 21, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    Mitt Romney scores a key endorsement from New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, does he now?. Just why are these Republican candidates "chosen" by the "Elitist" super rich organization called the Illuminati?. What is driving them is power, money and control over life and death of others and themselves. The Illuminati are the top players on the International playground, basically belonging to the thirteen of the wealthiest families in the world, and they are the men who really rule the world from behind the scenes like the Koch Brother's. They are the REAL Decision Makers, who make up the rules for presidents and governments to follow, and they are often held from public scrutiny, as their action can't stand scrutiny. More often than not the Illuminati sponsor both sides to have a game to entertain the ignorant public. They decide who will be the next president, and they see to that their man wins, even if they have to cheat like they did in Florida when President George W Bush "won" over Al Gore. It's also up to Florida, the largest swing state, to decide who will be the next president. We don't vote for flip-floppers.

    My truthful views.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    Romney's gonna need a lot more than this. There's pretty good odds that Gingrich will win Iowa. Romney will take New Hampshire. Huntsman, Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, and Perry will drop out by the end of that or after South Carolina which Gingrich will probably win if he wins Iowa. Huntsman will likely endorse Romney, the other four will endorse Gingrich (I didn't forget about Paul, I expect him to never quit just like last time). At that point with Gingrich having the strength of 4 primary candidate's constituencies I'd consider him the favorite to win the nomination. Romney somehow needs to take Iowa or South Carolina, or become more likable. He seems stuck in the 20-25% range and all the other candidates (Bachmann, Santorum, Cain, Perry, Gingrich) seem to be cosier with each other than with him, or he just needs two of that group of five to stay in a while so Romney could maybe pick up Florida and a few others before it drops to Romney vs tea party favorite vs Paul.

  • Scotwright SANFORD, NC
    Nov. 21, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    I am very pleased to see Mitt get another endorsement. One of the comments made by one our commentors strikes the cord of Genius. It stated that this coming election is really not an election. It is a referendum on the Survival of America. To vote for any Democrat is a vote to dismantle and destroy America. Democrats have proven over and over again that they want to spend us into oblivion. I am retired and a disabled Veteran.

    If a group of concerned citizens sued me to keep me from voting in Federal elections using the conflict of interest precedent I would be pleased. If successful this would keep many folks who are drawing money from the Federal Government from voting because most peoplE receiving more money (except SSI) from the Federal Coffers will vote for anyone who will give them more. THIS MUST STOP NOW! Tax payers only and non-government workers should be the only people voting in Federal elections. This would stop the constant pressure to spend more money and cripple the evil Obamites who are spending us into slavery.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    Good luck Mitt!! Hopefully in 11 months we will be celebrating President Romney's win and ushering in a new "independence day" for America. Out with the Marxist radicals and a return to common sense leadership.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 21, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    UtahVoter quoted:

    "There is a grim and tragic overlay of brutal conquest, of subjugation, of repression, and an astronomical cost in life and treasure"

    Sorry sir, I don't see how this correlates at all with the United States of America, i.e., "brutal conquest, of subjugation, or repression"??? Am I missing something, or what?

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 10:20 a.m.


    "If you are for Romney, make sure you are for him because of his platform..."

    I agree, so I have read Romney's book "No Apology" and his website and just about everything I can find on him. That is how I know that most of the articles and comments against him show an ignorance and misrepresentation of him and his positions.

    My daughter has done survey phone calls in Iowa. One woman said there was no way she could vote for Romney because he was a flip flopper. When her concerns were addressed she admitted that the real reason she wouldn't vote for him is his Mormon faith.

    I think that the reason pundits and reporters harp on the flip-flop argument against Romney, which could be said about all candidates, is that they don't want to admit their religious bigotry.

    If you are against Romney make sure you have read his book and everything else you can find on him, so you can be sure your oposition isn't just because of his Mormon background.

  • UtahVoter Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    I'm not impressed by endorsements. They sway me very little. Endorsements rarely change a candidate's basic platform or rhetoric.

    I'm not excited about a Mitt candidacy because the man has shown so very little wisdom in political questions over the years. Furthermore, he is dead wrong on one of the most vital questions of our time when he aligns himself with the unexamined warhawks and declares that we must send more of our brave volunteers overseas for objectiveless armed conflict.

    Mitt almost ceaselessly talks up the alleged importance of the American "Empire" instead of harking back to the wise principles of our Founders who warned that we could do far more with setting an example of liberty than with armed interventions and coercions.

    President Gordon B. Hickley also warned in General Conference in 2003 that:

    "We sometimes are prone to glorify the great empires of the past, such as the Ottoman Empire, the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and in more recent times, the vast British Empire. But there is a darker side to every one of them. There is a grim and tragic overlay of brutal conquest, of subjugation, of repression, and an astronomical cost in life and treasure."

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    Many claim the bias that ethnic groups have had in voting certain political officials into office.

    If you are for Romney, make sure you are for him because of his platform, and not because of his Mormon background. I have met too many Mormons who are willing to vote for Romney because of that.

    What is the difference between Romney and the guy in your ward who swindles you out of all of your money, if you don't take a look at what they stand for? I don't believe Romney will do so, but I think we need to address the shallowness of political assumption due to a shared religion.

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Glad to see Romney picking up endorsements from key people across the country. He needs to do more if he wants to win. In the last election, McCain did that constantly and that's how he surpassed Romney.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Everyone needs to get on board with Mitt. We need to be united to take out Obama. Our country is at stake.

    As much as I love Newt, he is a loose cannon in some ways. If we put him at the head of the ticket, we will be making a BIG mistake. He's a genius and a visionary, but he has too much baggage and he occassionally does some really boneheaded things. That's quite typical of geniuses--brilliant but often not functionally as competent as they should be.

    We need Mitt. He's our one chance to stop the disaster that is Obama. Everyone needs to face this and get on board.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Nov. 21, 2011 7:12 a.m.


    Is Ayotte Mormon?

    I suppose their are a few still out there who care? What does that matter anyway. What matters is that the Obama curse be removed from our country along with all his cronies.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Nov. 20, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    It's way too early to select the nominee based on a few polls or even endorsements. Can't we at least get through the first two or three primaries before declaring a winner?

    I really hate it when the TV and newspaper reporters start to insist that the Republican nominee for president is all but a done deal.

    Remember in the last Presidential election when everyone thought that Hillary Clinton was unbeatable in the Democratic primaries?

    Surprise! ... Surprise! ... Surprise! (Gomer Pyle)

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Nov. 20, 2011 10:12 p.m.


    Kramer's Corner: Good Comment: My Money Supports Mitt and the Revival of America!

    To: CJ: Your comments are right on!

    If Democrat ideas are so good then why is California Dying? The facts are many! Illinois is dead too, even with a 30 plus percent increase in income taxes it is not enough! Another Democrat state bleeding jobs and businesses!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    Go Mitt!

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Nov. 20, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    The poll released Sunday shows the Michigan-born ex-Massachusetts governor getting 46 percent compared to 41 percent for Obama. The difference is just beyond the poll's 4 percent sampling error. Thirteen percent are undecided.

    I watch Fox as much as I can stand to see what they are saying. It seems that Hannity and several pundits are rooting for the Newt. True colors are coming through.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    @ mightymite

    What does it matter what religion she embraces? Is she running for the Utah State Legislature? I didn't think so.........

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    @ Well Read,

    Are you kidding me? Beating Obama is going to be like shooting fish in barrel, he is an unmitigated disaster. His own Democratic pollsters told him this weekend to give it up in favor of Hillary. Even Chris Matthews, the number one Obama lap dog of all time,denounced him this weekend. He will be lucky to win two states.

  • Kramer's Corner Penryn, CA
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    It is sad but because I live in liberal California my vote for Mitt Romney will have little influence to elect him as president (other than the primaries). My money however will help his candidacy. I recommend that you contribute to show support for the next President of the United States, Mitt Romney.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:00 p.m.

    Let us all pray that anyone beats the disaster known as Barack Obama. He has almost wiped this country out in three years, another five years of him and his insane philosophy will take us beyond the point of no return. This isn't an election ,it is a referendum on the survival of the nation. Obama has lost all confidence and consent of the governed, even his own pollsters are telling him to step aside for Hillary. His favorite lap dog, Chris Matthews even awoke from his coma this weekend and saw what an incredible disaster this man is. I don't care who the Republican nominee is, any of them are a huge improvement.

  • Well Read SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Without a doubt - Romney will not be the next president. Obama will win a second term! The only Republican who has even slim chance to beat Obama is Huntsman.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    Is Ayotte mormon?

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 20, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    You might as well come to terms with it - Romney will be the last man standing from the GOP lineup. Obama will indeed be a one term president. At long last.