Among GOP ranks, an ambitious group of governors

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  • David Centerville, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 8:24 p.m.


    If we consider that one of the primary problems in our country is the federal government's budget, deficit spending, and debt, then I would want to look to a successful Republican governor that has demonstrated fiscal balance.

    Our economy has been stagnant, despite federal stimulus spending. We need a GOP governor that will be able to work with Democrats and Republicans to reform taxes, entitlement spending, defense spending, etc.

    I understand your frustration with Republicans acting like Democrats, and Democrats behaving like the GOP is now. That is where we need a good leader. Obama is an awful leader. He has only increased the divide in Washington. I still believe that respect and statesmanship can exist in DC if the right people are there to lead.

    It is incumbent upon all Americans to vote wisely.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 24, 2013 7:32 p.m.


    I agree we shouldn't be partisan. I would not necessarily say your analysis was non partisan either. You blame congress equally and ignore the fact that for the last three years the goal of the republicans in the US congress has been to obstruct any and everything that the President has tried to do. You have selected a handful of states and only focused on their budget cutting efforts and seem to think that makes them a success. If you look at the jobs created in Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, they are primarily minimum wage or close to it.

    I would not argue that President Obama has been a great success, unlike you, I am not sure that any of the potential republican candidates would be any better, and part of the problem is I would expect the democrats to treat a republican president just like the republicans have treated this president. Until we get politicians on both sides to put country first, changing R's for D's is not going to change the direction of the country.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 10:30 p.m.


    You are cherry picking data regarding GOP governors. Do a simple comparison of red vs. blue states and their financial health. Also, look generally at the state of their economies.

    With regards to Gov. Walker, he turned around $billion deficit spending that accrued under Democratic leadership and now the state enjoys a surplus. Christie has enjoyed similar successes.

    Texas, Utah, and other GOP states enjoy better state economies as opposed to California, Michigan, Illinois…

    Rather than be partisan, try looking honestly at who is doing better.

    I don't argue that Congress has been a mess. Both parties are to blame. I do believe that GOP governors provide better leadership and would be better as president than Obama has been.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    'Republicans hold the House, but alone they can do very little other than work to ensure that Obama & Reid's vision for America fails to be realized.'

    You ignore the almost 400 Republican filibusters in the Senate.

    'Since Democrats took control of the Senate in 2006, Republicans have mounted 380 filibusters' – By Sarah Jones – 12-09-12

    “Since Democrats took control of the Senate in 2006, Republicans have mounted 380 filibusters. This far exceeds anything we’ve seen before in the Senate. By comparison, in Lyndon B. Johnson’s six years as Senate majority leader, he faced just one filibuster.”

    You cannot claim government 'does not work'…

    when the only platform from the GOP in the last 5 years was to make Obama a 'one term president'.

    I would like to see the 'examples' of Republican governors besides Texas. # 1 in Executions and # 1 in work-related accidental deaths.

    Or, opting out of the Affordable Care act.

    A lack of solutions, is not a solution.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 12:00 p.m.


    When you're the party in the minority, you don't have a lot of opportunity to govern. Republicans hold the House, but alone they can do very little other than work to ensure that Obama & Reid's vision for America fails to be realized.

    Republican governors generally have better run states, and they also have great ideas. I don't hear much from Democratic governors other than pleas for bailouts.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    It is typical that the Republican party will come back into power after Obama. Politics has been going this way for the last 80+ years.

    However, with a 9% approval rating in Congress, it doesn't help their odds.

    When the Republican party shuts down the government, votes 47 times to repeal the ACA…

    and generally, shows their inability to actually govern.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    What are we worried about this lot for? It's Hillary 2016.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    Any one of whom is infinitely more qualified to govern our country than the incumbent, or Mrs. Clinton.

    The question is, will the media be inquisitive about the Democrat candidate this time, or only bash Republicans, and will the "low information voters" be seduced again by lures of "free stuff" and lack of understanding of the dire financial straits we are in, and the necessity to make serious changes?

    I think I know the answers, and they are not encouraging.