As GOP race's pace quickens, Romney's on top — and the target

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  • DougB Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Deseret News editors,

    I understand the Romney-centric reporting. Romney is followed closely here and it's frankly exciting to watch him do well as part of the overall question of anti-Mormon bias within parts of country and party.

    But many of your readers also follow news about Ron Paul. I'm one. I'm LDS but I feel that Ron Paul represents what I want in a President much better than any of the other candidates. There are many local "LDS for Ron Paul" and "Utah Grassroots for Ron Paul" and "Campaign for Liberty" groups here in Utah. You see Ron Paul bumper stickers and signs -- even here in Utah -- more than you see advertisements for any other GOP candidate -- more even than Romney and Huntsman. There's a story there and it's news that's least at worth discussing.

    There's a reason that -- besides Mitt Romney -- only Ron Paul will be on the ballot in Primaries in all 50 states. And that only Ron Paul has comparable fundraising and widespread support.

    Please consider running some Ron Paul News. It doesn't have to be the 3-5 stories per day like Romney. But a story now and then would make sense.

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:24 p.m.

    Deseret News articles posted with Romney in the title: 100+ (3-5 a day is not unnatural). Most of these articles are Romney-centric.

    Please, Deseret News; we ask for a more rounded coverage of candidates and the election.

  • Tony12 PAYSON, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 7:18 p.m.

    Ron Paul is the only honest, consistent constitutionalist. Please check him out. He has been warning us for the past 30 years about the very things that are happening. He is the only one that will restore America. Lets get back to honest money and a foreign policy that the scriptures, prophets, and book of mormon support. Any other candidate other than Ron Paul will be just like every other republican and democratic president weve had for the past 100 years. More taxes, more regulations, and more government. Give me Liberty or give me Death!!! Ron Paul 2012!!!!!

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Gingrich sure has a distorted view of history: (Quoting from the article)

    "Paul Tsongas - the most liberal candidate in the 1992 election"
    Definitely not - Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown, and many others were far more liberal.

    "Three out of four Republicans rejected (Romney's campaign)"
    By that standard, even more voters - 7 out of 8 - rejected Gingrich's campaign.

    "Gingrich ridiculed Romney's Iowa win as weak, saying he barely improved his vote total from four years earlier."
    Keeping the same level of support when the votes were split among several more candidates is actually a great showing! (unless Gingrich is saying that Romney's current opponents - including Gingrich himself - are weaker than his opponents in 2008).

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    I listen to radio talk shows quite a bit as I travel 40,000 miles a year going to work and back. I have noticed some shows don't like to talk about Mitt Romney over the past 4 years, even though he is the only one from that election that continued his efforts for those 4 years since. I know that Rick Santorum working for Radio Salem but didn't know he was paid $83,999 to serve as a guest host on "Bill Bennett's Morning in America" radio show. Rick Santorum said he quit doing the 3-hour in the July - August 2011 timeframe due to potential FEC conflicts. I would picture FOX is also biased with Santorum getting that very high amount from FOX. Fair and balanced - NOT. It will be interesting to see how Newt and Rick blend in during the next 5 days before the New Hampshire primary. A Senator and Speaker of the House working together to take down a Governor that has been vetted for 5 years, plus. A candidate should go through their own vetting process with family and friends to help eliminate the bad exposure. The problem is, people don't realize their shortcomings

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    Santorum has 21% in a Rasmussen poll released today, the first time he's been above 5% in any poll in months. Romney needs Perry and Gingrich to stay in as long as possible before Santorum absorbs the rest of their backers but I don't expect Perry to last after South Carolina and Gingrich almost seems to already be on Santorum's bandwagon.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 5, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    "Unfortunately this nation has gotten so far away from the Constitution that someone like Ron Paul looks extreme."

    A1994... at what point in time would you like to role outselves backward to?

    The mid 1900's when ethnicity determined ones rights to vote, where you could eat, live, work and pray?

    The early 1900's with prohabition and your wives and daughters were not allowed to vote and in same states own property?

    Or do you want to role all the way back to the early days of the constitution where to vote and be on a jury you had to be male and a land owner (remember land ownership was relatively low compared to today), or when 8 of our first presidents actively participated in the practice of slavery?

    What constitutional timeframe are you referring to?

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Jan. 5, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    I don't think the "not the Romneys" have much of a chance, with the Evangelicals split between Santorum, Gingrich, and Perry. I think the way is being prepared for the "Mormon Moment".
    History in the making?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    @Happy Valley Heretic

    And do you think that America is going to buy more 'Hope and Change'?

    @David King

    I couldn't agree with you more. But Ron Paul isn't going to happen. Unfortunately this nation has gotten so far away from the Constitution that someone like Ron Paul looks extreme. (I do think his head is in the clouds about Iran.)

    Joseph Smith also said that IF the Constitution is to be saved that it would be the Elders of Israel. (House of Israel for those not familiar with the prophecy.)

    Romney isn't the perfect candidate by any means, but he's the best in the field. Republicans need to circle the wagons around him soon. One thing that we can all agree on is that Obama doesn't care about the Constitution as evidenced by his recent recess appointments. (And yes, I know Bush did the same thing. I didn't support that either.)

  • nick Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    I didn't know much about Rick Santorum until this week when I checked out his career bio. He practiced law and lobbied for professional wrestling before he was elected to Congress at the young age of 32. He served in Congress for 16 years until he was defeated in his US Senate reelection bid by an 18 percentage point margin.

    After his defeat, he stayed in Washington as a lobbyist and consultant. In 2010, he earned nearly $1 million from his political connections. Unfortunately, it appears Santorum has received his paycheck over the years directly from the government or indirectly in the form of government contracts. He appears to be a Washington Insider who is part of the problem--not the solution.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Huntsman attacking Romney, a fellow member of the church. Forget national politics, I'm sick of these guys having bad things to say about each other all the time.

    McCain lambasting Romney four years ago, not lining up with him...

    Its all pretty sad. Obama wanting to cut hundreds of billions from our defense?

    Who is going to stand up against that? Anyone? Quit fighting each other and fight the man bent on destroying America!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Mountanman the article was all about the republicans eating their own, nowhere did it mention Obama other than the usual vague insults from the republican candidates. (
    It must worry you so, to realize that the republicans could have all the money in the world and still won't be able to sell crazy to the American people.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Mountainman - the RNC chief was on TV last night bosting they had more money in the bank then did the Democrats.... so you all need to get together to sort out your numbers. And those points you pointed out in the NDAA are just continuations of policies signed in during the early years of the Bush administration. Not saying they are good, I don't approve of inderterment constudy nor rendition, but these are practices that have been going on for more than a decade as authorized by the Patriot Act.

    Your raise some good questions though.... worth being answered.

    But what caught my eye was Mit is wearing jeans... I didn't even know he owned a pair (just kidding - sort of).

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    A question to Mitt Romney supporters who happen to be LDS (I assume there are a few that read the Deseret News, I could be wrong):

    Members of the LDS church know that we have strong belief in the U.S. Constitution as part of our doctrine. Joseph Smith called the document "a heavenly banner." Gordon B. Hinckley said "[The Constitution] is the keystone of our nation. It is the guarantee of our liberty. That original document, with the Bill of Rights, constitutes the charter of our freedom". Thomas S. Monson has stated "our belief that the U.S. Constitution is an inspired document" and that consistent with that belief, this paper, owned by the Church, "will defend and promote the principles of the Constitution."

    Last week, Congress passed and the President signed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which allows for indefinite detention of American citizens and the elimination of due process.

    Why has Mitt Romney not opposed this? Why has he not spoken against wars not declared by Congress, as the Constitution requires? Is it even important? Or do we live in more 'enlightened' times? How would a President Romney keep his oath to defend the Constitution?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 5, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    The Democrats have much more money than Republicans to campaign with. And all the time we are told Republicans are the party of the rich?