'Subtle endorsements' as world leaders weigh in on Mitt Romney and President Obama

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  • Mr X Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    @Don Look I can do it too

    Job growth for 27 months
    Saved the auto industry
    stopped us from losing 750,000 jobs per month
    Only 900 billion added to deficit through Obama's policies. 4.1 trillion added by other president's policies
    Economic Growth--No recession
    Killed Osama Bin Laden
    Passed constitutional healthcare law

    Retail sales are not down and manufacturing is not down. It may have slowed but it is not down.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 29, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    World leaders and their country are on the American dole.

    Who cares how they weigh in?

  • UT Brit London, England
    July 29, 2012 1:00 a.m.


    I know its a big deal for you guys over there but really considering the UKs history, its just a footnote. We lost territories far more valuable to us than the US.

    @m.g. scott

    No, its historical fact, I suggest you try studying the war in Europe which you evidently have not. Imagine D-Day but with no air superiority and a million more Axis combat veterans waiting behind thousands more MG-42's. Not pretty is it? That's what would have happened without Russia. Luckily when the allies landed on D-Day we were facing mostly inexperienced boys as almost all of the combat vets had been chewed up on the Russian line.
    Land lease played a part but the equipment did not get to Russia until after the Axis lines were broken.
    As for numbers 183,588 US died in Europe compared to 10 million Russian dead.

    I am grateful for the US servicemen who died helping to liberate Europe but it would have been impossible without the Russians. Like I said the US sped up the resolution of the war. Oh and WW2 started in 1939 not 1941....

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    July 28, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Well I guess this is another one of his successes. You are all fools if you think he is working for the U.S.

    "Keystone Fallout: China Readies $15.1 Billion Canadian Oil Deal"

    Ah heck, we don't need the money or the jobs. He did say he wanted energy to sky rocket, guess he knows how to do it.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 28, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    In re to WWII: the real issue is that US manufacturers were able to win the war. They were able to produce incredible amounts of war materials almost overnight which was sold to the Russians and British through FDR's lend/lease program. I might add that it was also American farmers who fed the Allies during and after the war.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 28, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    If Romney wants to show that he has more leadership credibility than obama how come on the international front he falls short

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    July 28, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    Re: UT Brit,

    Is what you said a joke? I hope so, because if the people of England, and all of Europe for that matter are now believing that they and not the U.S. won the war, which was lost to you until we got in, then there is a whole revisionist history lie going on over there.
    It wouldn't surprise me, but it is sad to think that current Europe/England don't know just how much you all owe to the U.S. Not only for winning WW11, but for winning the Cold War too. Want proof? Here it is. How many American lives were lost in Europe. How many trillions of dollars has the U.S. spent on opposing the oppression of Nazism and Communism. And all we ask is a thank you and a place to bury our dead. And now we take the lead again to fight the next world war, Terriorism. If you people over there are such ingrates, then maybe you're not worth fighting for anymore.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 28, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Re: UT Brit London, England
    "I see that history is still not the US's strong point."

    The English would like to forget the War of Idenpendence where the American colonists defeated the British Army and sent them packing. The English should be a little more appreciative. We helped save their knickers in WWII.

  • UT Brit London, England
    July 28, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    @ute alumni

    I see that history is still not the US's strong point. Russia won the war in Europe, the US entrance into the war sped things up a bit, but make no mistake it was Russian blood that defeated the Nazis. The Azis powers lost more men at the battle of Stalingrad than the US did in the entire war, thats combining Europe and the pacific theatres by the way. You could say that the US stopped us speaking Russian, at least get your facts right. You right wingers love to rally against hollywood but you sure love taking your history lessons from them. Its kinda ironic that you could argue if it was not for the UK most of the US would be speaking German.

    @lost in DC

    Yup and look who is in power right now, yup thats right its the conservatives!!!! Their austerity measures have plunged us back into recession with no hope in sight of getting out. You are arguing against your own points, geez.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    July 28, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    lost in DC,

    Rhetoric. Diversionary insult. More rhetoric. Assumptions based on cherry-picked facts. Groundless allegation of media bias. Dismissal of every opposing world viewpoint for nationalistic rather than sound reasons.

    Oh, its tiresome.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    July 28, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    Conner Johnson, if Romney's taxes were an issue, the IRS would have been all over it and it would have hit the liberal MSM frontpage. On the same note, why don't you demand obama's college transcripts, transcripts of all obama's closed-door meetings with communists in the White House, a record of obama's campaign donations, etc.?

  • peter Alpine, UT
    July 28, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    don17, you hit the mark and tell the truth about obama's record and views. And how would an endorsement by world rogue "leaders" who stand for everything America is against be a positive thing in any freedom-loving mind? It tells us who has lost touch with liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness. America has always fought outside its borders against tyranny, and won. Now, it looks like we have to engage this battle within our own borders. And, we will win again.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 28, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    UK unemployment is as bad as ours and France is worse – yup, THEY sure know how to show the way.

    Cameron and Sarkozy are part of their respective nations' more conservative parties. That just shows how far gone those nations are. The UK showed off their NHS in the Olympic opening ceremonies. THAT is the best they have to offer?

    the rest of the world recognizes if Romney were elected the US would regain its competitive advantage.

    have you notice the house has passed over a dozen jobs bills, but harry won’t let them come to a vote? Too much MSNBC for you! Why should I pay federal tax to support a firefighter in Stockton, CA when they have overspent themselves into BK?

    tell me how making us ALL poor is the solution

    Bush AIN’T running. It was barney frank forcing fannie and Freddie to eliminate lending standards that gave us a housing bubble that burst that put us in this mess, not what bush did or did not do.

    Come up with laws the majority of the people want – that would disqualify Obamacare.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    July 28, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    It amazing how many Utah Reps have alhiemers issues both young & old! Eight years of Bush-Cheney and the country driven right into the gutter and you people want more? Just tell your leaders and elected conservatives to start voting for the citizens of this country and quit being bought by rich big businesses. Come up with laws the majority wants, and work together and see how that goes instead of stonwalling every single bit of legislation sugessted would be a start. Then submit some law changes yourselves, that also would be nice. Then quit the outsourcing, that also would be nice, and last but not least have Mitt submit financial records like any honest candidate would & should do! Any problems?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 28, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    "There is no way you can defend this President with one supportive fact! Obama has failed.

    25 million unemployed
    47 million on food stamps
    16 trillion in debt
    1.4 trillion deficit this year
    1.5 percent economic growth! Anemic and pathetic!
    Retail sales down
    Manufacturing production down

    His own Economic Advisors say his policies have failed! Vice-President Biden says were in Recession(june 27 ABC News)"

    * He did get Bin Laden, and supports gay marriage. Isn't this great?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 28, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    To become a school teacher, you must :
    • Score high on a standardized test
    • Have a police background check
    • Go through a series of interviews.

    Let’s do it right for picking our next president:

    • Let’s have a series of public debates.
    • Have the candidates take standardized tests in math, economics, American History, and science, than allow citizens to view the results. IQ test would help also.
    • Give each a police background check.

    This would be better than just constant rhetoric.

  • Conner Johnson
    July 28, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    If Romney released 5-10 years of tax returns, I would be vote for the guy. From my perspective it seems like he is hiding something in those returns. Call me crazy. Something is fishy, and I don't like it. Get it out now, or lose the votes Mitt.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 28, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    If a world leader meets with the Queen of England, does that mean they endorse monarchies?

    Meeting the President of the United States is not an endorsement.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    July 28, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    who needs the likes of cameron? if it weren't for the middle of nowhere people, he would be speaking in german rather than a high pitched voice english accent. by the way, the little 13 colonies kicked there butts 250 years ago.

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    July 28, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    The tag in my e-mail, listing this story reads:

    "It's a bad idea for world leaders to endorse in a fellow world leader's election, Joshua Keating wrote."

    I have to wonder if it's a bad idea according to Joshua Keating based upon the merits alone, of taking political cues from world leaders (which is not a good or bad thing, inherently), or, if it's a bad idea because President Obama is more popular among world leaders.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 28, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    Pleeze...Obama IS the President. If you had a chance to go to dinner with the President of the United States of America or a hopeful candidate, which would you choose?

    Hardly an endorsement.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    July 28, 2012 12:25 a.m.

    To: Truthseeker:

    Hmmm, You forgot about the 36 economic, small business supporting, regulation reducing bills passed in the House waiting for the President or the Democrat Senate to act! The United States Senate has not passed a budget in 3 1/2 years Truthseeker. That is a fact. The president has not encouraged Harry Reid to move anything forward. The president's last two budget proposals received not one single vote in the House or Senate the past two years! Obama is not serious about passing a budget or deficit reduction! The House defeated his budget 414-0 not one Democrat voted for his creation. In the Senate he lost 99-0. Obama's words in no way match his actions. He talks a tall game but has constantly come up short.

    There is no way you can defend this President with one supportive fact! Obama has failed.

    25 million unemployed
    47 million on food stamps
    16 trillion in debt
    1.4 trillion deficit this year
    1.5 percent economic growth! Anemic and pathetic!
    Retail sales down
    Manufacturing production down

    His own Economic Advisors say his policies have failed! Vice-President Biden says were in Recession(june 27 ABC News)

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 27, 2012 11:44 p.m.

    We are not a socialist state, yet, but are supposed to be a free enterprise. Over the past 40 years, government has intruded more into business and worker's lives. Businesses goal is to make money for their services or products. In the process, workers have jobs and have jobs and benefits for their work. Most world leaders do not believe in free enterprise as their countries have become more socialist, dogmatic and threatening their nation's security, peace and welfare. We are still a light to the world and people would like to come enjoy the benefits we enjoy. Instead, our leaders are becoming more like leaders in other countries or nations. We are becoming like Israel of old who wanted to have a king or a single ruler like other nations around them had at the time. We don't need one individual attempting to make all our decisions as if he is the all knowing and knows what each one of us want. We have a system of elected officials who are to make their own decisions of what we as constituents want. However, with this President he is forcing Senators and Congress to do his will.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 27, 2012 8:00 p.m.


    Nice strawmen!

    So an "edit" of your strawmen yields...

    This is further proof that American Cons no longer care as much about human rights and liberty.

    American Cons are more comfortable with the philosophy of a huge, intrusive corporate government than they are about individual liberty.

    These endorsements should tell every American everything they need to know about Romney.

    No wonder Romney is getting these kind of endorsements.

    See, it's easy to create strawmen in order to demonize the "enemy" (other Americans).

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 27, 2012 7:40 p.m.


    Thanks, I always want to know the ones who don't care about America falling into being the world’s biggest joke with 4 more years of Obama. Outstanding!

    Look forward to another 1.5% growth (or less)
    Gas $5.00 (+) a gallon and climbing from there.
    More people out of work
    Insurance program that will cripple small businesses.

    Ya he's qualified to be President. People I don't care if you’re a Demo or Rep or Ind. If a guy has shown he can't run the greatest country in the world get rid of him. STOP standing up for him, it shows you’re about as out of touch with what works and what doesn't work as he is.
    He still believes his economy plan is working? LOL!

    Ya, Thanks for voting for him again.

  • docrob Laie, HI
    July 27, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    So who has the best solution to the country's problems? I don't think that making the rich richer is the solution to every problem we have. I am not even sure it the solution to ANY problem we have.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 27, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    furry1993 what's her name, and is she on the ballot? likewise, with the endorsement of Hugo Chavez, what does Obama have to worry about ;)

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    July 27, 2012 6:36 p.m.


    Uhhh, where have you been?

    Obama has proposed legislation for jobs. Have you noticed that Congress isn't getting anything done?

    So, why should he twiddle his thumbs waiting for Congress to do their job?

    I'm sure that is exactly what Republicans want him to do--stay in Washington while they do nothing except campaign against him.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 27, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    Riverton Cougar 3:05 p.m. July 27, 2012

    If you are proud to be an American, do NOT vote for Obama this coming November.


    I am very proud to be an American. That is why I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Mitt. I value my country far too much to give him a chance to wreck it and its people.

    I'm pretty sure I will be voting for my border collie. Even SHE is better qualified to be president than Mitt is.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    July 27, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    Obama has the support of a weak English 'Conservative', the niece of the ruthless Cuban dictator, the socialist Venezuelan leader and friend of Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, and the totalitarian government of Russia. Not sure what Cameron's deal is, but I know exactly why the others like Obama.

    These 'endorsements' should tell every American all they need to know about Barack Obama. I don't want the Russians, the Cubans, or the Venezuelans to like or support America. We DON'T share their values. This is further proof that the American left no longer cares as much about human rights and liberty as the American right does. The American left is more comfortable with the philosophy of a huge, intrusive government than they are about individual liberty. No wonder Obama is getting these kind of endorsements.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 27, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    I'm kind of thinking Israel would side up republican because they believe they're more likely to get support from a party owned by big religion when they do something stupid vis a vis Iran.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    Most world leaders recognize that if Romney were elected, he would get the U.S. involved in yet another unnecessary war. I think the world in general is tired of U.S. led unnecessary wars.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    July 27, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    The Question should be: Where is the President? Why isn't he working on JOBS! Why are Americans starving while Obama is President? Mr President Obama who cares who endorses you! Starving woman and children are NOT endorsing you! Your ignoring the weak and hungry to go feed your ego in London during a NATIONAL CRISIS you are making worse! Obama has failed!

    July 27, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    If I were Obama, I would not want many of these endorsements. Chavez? That alone would be enough to make me run the other way.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    The funny thing is Cameron and Sarkozy are part of their respective nations' more conservative parties.

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    July 27, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    With friends like those.....who needs enemies?

    If my actions earned me the endorsement of Chavez and the others, I would be looking at my actions to see what I was doing wrong.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 27, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    The UK is impressed with Romney.

  • lrsmith2377 Eagle River , AK
    July 27, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    Not sure the President was looking for an endorsement from Hugo Chavez...Any word on who Ahmedinajad is endorsing?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 27, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    "The president says what he will do and he sticks to it," Cameron said during a toast to Obama.

    I guess Cameron didn't hear Obama's campaign speeches when he promised that there would be no secrecy. Cameron must not have heard the promise made a few seconds later that he would give the public five days to read a bill that comes to his desk before he signed it, so that they could tell him what they think. If Cameron did hear that, he must be ignorant about what happened during the health care bill in early 2010, where Obama blatantly breaks those promises. Cameron must have missed Obama's remarks about the health care bill not being a tax.

    There is one thing that Obama has kept his promise on: that he will fundamentally change America. What does that mean, to fundamentally change something? It means change to the basic foundation; in our case, the U.S. Constitution. All that has made America great is changing. And not for the better.

    If you are proud to be an American, do NOT vote for Obama this coming November.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    July 27, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    Let's see...

    Our enemies--the communists, as well as socialists, all like Obama. Israel (our chief ally) and pro-business leaders like Romney.

    Makes it kind of hard to figure out who to vote for, doesn't it?