Focusing the 2012 presidential race

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  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    April 17, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    You have 2 choices in the presidential election of 2012. Vote for the party who fights for the middle class, the poor, women, jobs, and the party who has been trying to fix this train wreck that bush left them. Or vote for the party who touts tax breaks for the wealthy, ending social security, and medicaid, medicare, unemployment benefits,denying women their rights to fair pay and contraceptives, or abortion rights,the party who refuses to do anything to help fix the mess they created, and taking this country back to the failed policies of the past. This country has been in decline ever since Ron Reagan began his attacks on workers rights and unions. Since then, every republican administration has added astronomicly to the debt, with Democrat Bill Clinton being the only exception. Look at the facts. Democratic policies work, Republican policies dont.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 11, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    Go obama.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 11, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Re: LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    "Mitt Romney can’t even win over the majority of the Republicans in his OWN party"

    You may underestimate Mitt Romney but I can guarantee you that Obama isn't. Mitt is down 7 percentage points in a poll conducted by liberals in a liberal area of the USA. Kinda like being down 7 points early in a basketball game. A couple of 3-points and Mitt will be breathing down Obama's neck, waiting for our economy to take a hit due to gas prices ...... and an Israeli attack on Iran.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    April 11, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    I won't vote for Romney nor Obama. they are both poisonous to this republic and i'm going to treat them like poison.

  • Noodlekaboodle Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    @David King
    Amen brotha, Romney, Obama and Bush. Guess what America, the only difference between these men is what special interest that they will sell out to. They will preach that they are different. But at the end of the day nothing will change. Stop electing the GOP, Stop electing the Democrats. Find a third party and vote for them. At this point I would rather vote for a third party to show that I have no confidence in the current parties. Think about it, what has the GOP done for you conservatives. Gay marriage isn't going away, abortion is still legal. How many anti abortion or gay marriage bills have Hatch, Lee, Chafetz and Bishop even proposed? Liberals, the best your party can pass is a microwaved Republican plan for healthcare reform? Do some research, find a candidate that actually wants to do the right thing and pull the trigger. If we really want to take our country back we have to start by breaking the 2 party tyranny. Wake up and smell the roses people.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 11, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    The sad truth is – Mitt Romney can’t even win over the majority of the Republicans in his OWN party,
    let alone the majority of the rest of the United States.

    Mitt win loose, and it will be Him and his own Party base who can be to blamed for it.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 11, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    When Rick Santorum announced that he was suspending his campaign for President, it must have been a happy day for the Deseret News. Now all we have to do is figure out who Mitt Romney is, which Mitt will surface, or if will keep being the pretzel man.

  • David King Layton, UT
    April 11, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    "The truth is this election will present Americans with a choice between two competing philosophies"

    If Mitt Romney is the nominee, it will not be a choice between competing philosophies, but factions of the same philosophy.

    Consider this:
    -Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama has presented or endorsed a plan that balances the budget during the next three decades. The only choice presented to us would be deficits for military spending, or deficits for the entitlements.
    -Barack Obama signed the NDAA into law. Mitt Romney said he supports it and the power it grants to gov't to detain indefinitely American citizens without a trial. If you care about habeas corpus or the right to a speedy trial, you can pick neither option.
    -Barack Obama signed the Patriot Act extension. Mitt Romney supports the law. If you care about civil liberties, neither candidate makes a convincing case.
    -Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama supported the bailout on Wall Street and $700 some odd billion stimulus package. If you don't believe in bailouts or government schemes of "stimulating" the economy, there is little space between the two.

    Yes, Obama/Romney would be a choice, but only of power, not philosophy.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 11, 2012 12:07 a.m.

    I will miss Santorum for just one reason. He was the only Republican pointing out that working class wages have been in decline for a long time now. The only one to point out that citizens of Western Europe have more opportunity to advance than Americans. The only one who seemed to realize that a country can not be successful if a large part of its citizens are unable to earn a decent living.

    Of course his solution to these problems was the typical GOP trope of cut taxes some more, even though they are at a 60 year low.