Robert Bennett: Taking stock of the presidential race

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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2012 12:32 p.m.


    "The national debt will climb to $25 trillion (about $75,000 for every man, woman, and child in America)"

    If we literally do nothing and maintain current course, the deficit would be lower than it is projected to be under Mitt Romney's budget.

    "The Republicans will start with commercials touting Gov. Walker's victory in Wisconsin."

    Make sure that actually happens first. Yeah I know polls have Walker ahead and Nate Silver estimates that his model would give Walker over 90% odds of winnning but turnout is high, and voter enthusiasm favors challengers which in this case is the Democrat.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    Considering the idea of inheriting a bad economy and in the second year getting back to private sector jobs being created... Bush is Carter and Obama is Reagan except at least Democrats in Congress with Reagan weren't stubbornly opposing everything designed to try and help the economy (jobs bills) or prevent a repetition of the problem (regulatory bills).

  • Vaughn J Kearns, UT
    June 5, 2012 7:06 a.m.

    Mr.Richards comments are the real point of why Obama should be replaced. I find it interesting that the Democratic party, and their liberal causes to help everyone through government programs have deserted the principles of one of one of their own. "ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU! ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"

    OBAMA has institued a mentality that the Executive branch of government knows all and does not need to be responsive to the legislative branch, or that this judicialbranchshould support it's position. End running the congress in opoinments to government agencies, NOT enforcing exisiting laws (DOMA) because the President does want to shows that the current administration islackingin respect for the constitution and the fundamental principles that this nations was founded on.

    We need leaders who respect the constitution and WILL listen to, and provide for the long term benefits of the American people. Romney has the knowledge and experience to do this. If we elect a conservative contingent from Utah then we can havea vce in our future.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 5, 2012 6:17 a.m.

    Re: liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    "it will be mind boggling to see what "Swift-boat" commercials they come up with."

    The Republicans will start with commercials touting Gov. Walker's victory in Wisconsin. The voters have had it with public union gluttony, and Obama's economic failures, and Tuesday's election results will be the proof.

  • KnitWitt Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2012 12:46 a.m.

    I think Mr. Bennett hit the nail on the head.

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    June 4, 2012 8:00 p.m.

    This article didn't offer anything new. A sophomoric attempt.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 4, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    For starters, let's take the candidate out of the equation. Let's not think about Mr. Obama or about Mr. Romney. Let's think, instead, about the qualifications of the office.

    We need a candidate who will:

    - Honor and protect the Constitution

    - Execute the laws passed by Congress

    - Limit himself the to the duties assigned him by the people.

    - Be strictly honest in all of his dealings.

    - Be educated in how to effectively execute his duties.

    By taking the candidate out of the equation and by requiring any candidate to be fully qualified, it is evident that Mr. Obama is not qualified to be President. He fails on every point. He does not respect the Constitution. He does not execute the duties assigned to him. He has not limited himself to the duties assigned to him by the people. He doesn't know the meaning of the word "honesty". His education or experience is non-existent that would enabled him to execute the duties of his office.

    With Mr. Obama eliminated, that leaves only one other person, Mr. Romney.

    Mr. Romney is qualified on all points.

    Take emotion out of the equation and use just a little logic.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    June 4, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    @ liberal larry

    "Many of us feel that Obama has done a pretty good job given the hand he was dealt..."

    Aside from you, name the other one.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 4, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    President Reagan compared to mitt romney.

    Okay, let's start with differences.

    Well, 200 words is not nearly enough words to define the differences.

    Okay, let's go with commonalities...

    They're both Republicans.

    They're both...?

    Yeah, they're both Republicans.

    That's it.

    Wow, they do have something in common.

  • Neanderthal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    If Barack Hussein Obama wins a second term in the White House, you can say good-bye to America as we knew it.

    The national debt will climb to $25 trillion (about $75,000 for every man, woman, and child in America)

    Obamacare will throw the country into bankruptcy

    We will continue to be inundated by millions of undocumented immigrants who will suck up welfare by the hundreds of millions

    To name a few reasons.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 4, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    It took a whole column to say that the race will be close and we can't tell who will win.

    June 4, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    -These numbers say Romney is going to win-

    No they do not. They say Romney isn't really too far behind TODAY. The numbers will change approximately 150 times between now and election day.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 4, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    Comparing etch-a-sketch to Reagan and comparing Obama to Carter?

    Bobby showing once again how out to lunch he truly is.

    A big reason why so many folks aren't getting involved in politics is because they know that no matter which party they vote for, special interest groups and big business will have that elected officials' ear.

    Repeal Citizens United. Corporations ARE NOT people. I think that alone will restore some credibility and confidence in our political system.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    June 4, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    It's a huge stretch to compare Obama vs. Romney, to Reagan vs. Carter. Many of us feel that Obama has done a pretty good job given the hand he was dealt, and to mention the charm challenged Romney in the same breath as the charismatic Reagan is laughable. The real question about this campaign is what strategy will the zillionaire conservative super PAC's use against Obama in the last hours of the race. The Koch Brothers have allocated $400,000,000. to defeat Obama and the Democrats, and it will be mind boggling to see what "Swift-boat" commercials they come up with.