Romney's comments ripple across battleground map

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  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, "Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan".

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    I am sure Romney isn't worried about California or New York either, as he cannot possibly win them. That doesn't mean he plans to kick them out of the Union if he wins. Liberal Larrys' comments are exactly the arguments Carter supporters said of Reagan.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:57 a.m.


    Could you help me understand where Mr. Romney was misquoted? You say what Mr. Romney said was a fact about who the 47% vote for. Maybe take a look at this fact: "According to 2008 data from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, eight of the top 10 states with the lowest income tax liability are Republican-leaning states. The other two are Florida, a battleground state, and New Mexico". It would appear that Mr. Romney may not have spoken the facts.

    Now he may have been projecting the current election and based on his strategy of tax breaks for the rich and cuts in programs that help poor and middle class Americans that the dynamics of who votes for whom will change in this election.

    Why can't he and his supporters accept the fact that he put his foot in his mouth and the best way to solve that problem is admit it, change your attitude and show people that you really do care about those who aren't the wealthiest in America. I think there are still people in the lower and middle class that would like to vote for him, but he make that harder every day.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    This story can be spun how ever you want, but the fact remains that there is no upside from the video for Romney. Sure a few strong supporters agree, but most people can't believe how Romney would say something that makes him look like such a plutocrat! Besides, many of the 47% are retires, students, disabled, and unemployed who support Mitt.

    Romney is fast developing the reputation of someone whose off the cuff, and spontaneous comments make him unfit to be president. It is impossible to unite the nation, and carry on sensitive foreign policy negotiations with a POTUS who is constantly shooting from the hip. Wether it's in Europe, or in the confines of a $50,000. a plate fund raiser, the more Mitt talks the more he sinks his own campaign.

  • SittingReading Sandy, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:57 p.m.

    The sad truth is, he's right. Romney stated right off the bat that 47% of people would not vote for him because they don't pay income tax. He is right. The poor, the disabled, and multiple other groups, have often seen themselves as the victim of the Rich. And Romney can't change that. Was he wrong on who falls directly into that 47%? Probably. But Obama didn't stop himself from saying he represented the 99% either. Even though he doesn't.

    Ultimately, this focus on the video is a joke. We should focus more one what the candidates are going to do to fix the problems. Not try and find every little misquote and run it rampant on the airways.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:17 p.m.

    Furry-you're funny to believe Obama has been a willing partner wanting to work with Republicans. Early in his presidency he said Republicans can come along for the ride but they'll have to sit in the back of the bus. That doesn't sound like someone to work with, do you? Be honest.

    Obama works with a select few leftists & the wealthy.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 19, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    How many rabid, Utah Romney fans really understand that they, along with their 6+ kids, are part of the 47% that Mitt so strongly detests?"

    I do think it is rather ironic his comments based on the numbers I pulled today that show Utah as one of the states with highest percentage of people who don't pay income tax - part of the 47%. But it is human nature to rationalized that their circumstances are different than those other 47%ers. The LDS family with all their kids, relatively high home ownerships rates, and tithing deductions are exactly those who pay little in the way of federal taxes. Its always the other guy/gal who his taking advantage of the system.

    Only 7% match the description Romney gave of the 47%ers. But that doesn't fit the narrative of the "victim" class of people Romney was mocking.

    Last time it was Bible and Gun huggers.... this time it is the 47%ers.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    To David 5:25 p.m. Sept. 19, 2012

    You said: "Why didn't he work with Republicans in Congress to acieve a real health care bill that would help America and not destroy it?"

    You forget. The President TRIED to work with the Republicans, but they said "No" to everyone and everything. Plus, the health care bill that passed was for the most part a Republican construct. You don't like what happened? Blame the people who caused the mess -- the far right Republicans in Congress.


    You said: "Obama works with only a select few."

    He tried to work with the Republicans, but they would not. They would rather obstruct and block than work with the President for the good of the country. They were the real problem.

    Put the blame where it belongs, and that's NOT won the President.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    "You have to work for everyone, not just some" Obama said on the David Letterman Show. So why hasn't he been working for small business? Why hasn't he been working to help the unemployed find jobs? He could have approved the Canadian pipeline but he chose liberalism & environmentalism over jobs.

    Why didn't he work with Republicans in Congress to acieve a real health care bill that would help America and not destroy it?

    Obama works with only a select few.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    How many rabid, Utah Romney fans really understand that they, along with their 6+ kids, are part of the 47% that Mitt so strongly detests?