Early auditions for 2016 Republican presidential race in full swing at CPAC

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 12, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    To "Furry1993" wow, you really don't know what a conservative is. Jon Huntsman is as much as a conservative as Mickey Mouse is a real person. He is not that much different than many of the moderate Democrats. I wouldn't call him conservative. Moderate at best, but the proper term for him is Progressive Republican.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 11, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    Having seen what the Republicans have to offer so far, I see no way that I can support any of them. There's not a decent one in the bunch. I really hope Jon Huntsman, or another TRUE conservative (not far right extremist), decides to run. That type of candidate I could support.

    For both parties -- I hope there is a long series of debates so the candidates in both parties can thoroughly vet each other and the public can see what it would really be getting with each of them. The best way to keep from buying a "pig in a poke" is to have all of the candidates' dirty laundry spread out for everyone to see. We need more of that, on both sides. Not less.

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    The GOP Debates should be held early and decided sooner. After that, the GOP Convention should be held in June at the very latest so we can get more funding (if the IRS allows it). And last, but not least, the GOP should stand together and elect their candidate. Don't be so foolish as the last two times when the Libertarian nut jobs threw away their votes and got Obama elected.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 11, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    To "LiberalJimmy" wow, you really did not read what I said. I never said that the Republican always wins. I said that in many cases the far-right canidate wins when they present themselves with actual principles and as an actual contrast to the Democrat or Progressive Republican.

    I don't like the message that the Republican leadership keeps putting out. I prefer the message that the Libertarian leaning republicans put out. They are the ones that give us a contrast to the Progressives in both the Republican and Democrat party.

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    March 10, 2014 11:33 p.m.

    There are more flavors of ice cream than giddy libby. Ask my husband, a PhD, rocket scientist, conservative Independent. You make us smile, thank you. Ask your Ivy Leagers how wide BHO's winning margin was...

    Oh, and more than one media outlet than MSNBC. Rage against the Machine, but FOX still leads.

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 6:58 p.m.

    @Shazandra...Your post alone is a perfect example of why the Republican party is dead my friend. Believe it or not there are numerous young people such as myself that posses Ivy League Degrees and are highly educated. We vote how we feel. We vote on which candidate will offer the best for our generation. We have a vision of moving forward rather then taking a time machine back into the 1800's. Most important. We vote with intellect, reasoning and logic. Therefore as you are aware this means we vote for the Democratic candidate.

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    @Red Shirt...Wow! Really? The Republican candidate always wins? Are you referring to the last two Presidential elections? Definitely remember what it took to beat Al Gore. Is that what you mean by winning? Keep pushing the message of divide rather then unification. Continue assuming that everyone is a Christian. Continue that there is a correlation between SSM and religion. Continue attempting to deny women freedom of choice. Etc, etc. It's definitely a new age. The Republican message is old, tiresome and completely out of date. Don't believe me? Wait until 2016. Thank you for your service and best of luck. Be safe!

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    @Jamescmeyer...Only in Oklahoma along with states similar in ideology are there people that actually believe ANY of these one dimensional individuals are solid Presidential candidates. These are the same people that still believe our President was born in Kenya! Typical religious zealots which believe everyone does or should share their beliefs. Just wait until 16. Hillary will cruise. Cannot wait to find out where she was actually born.

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    March 10, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Who knew conservatism was dead in the USA...?

    Oh yeah, anyone trying to get a job, keep a job, start jobs, provide health coverage, get some affordable health coverage, keep a business afloat, buy a float...

    The Party of Spend-Everyone-Else's-Money will soon have to dig into their own pockets to shell out Their Own Money. The conservatives' was all taken away... After they read the bill.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 10, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    To "NeilT" if republican voters are "tired of the extreme right" then why is it that when in many cases where the "far right" canidate is the under dog, they end up winning? Why to they win as often as they have been over the pat 4 years? The facts seem to show that Republican voters are tired of moderates and Progressive Republicans.

    To the liberals out there. Please explain why we should listen to your "advice" on who to run and how to improve the Republican's chances of getting their canidate elected? You do not have the Republican party's best interest in mide. Your goal is to get the Democrat elected. So again, why should we listen to you? When Republicans have, we have ended up with John McCain and other Progressives.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    March 10, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    In case one has always wondered...
    When discussing the Southern Utah town of LaVerkin, Utah, which is located on the curve of the highway, at the bottom of the hill, on the way to Zion's National Park......
    One will clearly recall their drive through this little quirky little town.
    La Verkin is the town that is known for rather odd buildings AND the large banner hung over the main highway stating,
    "Get Us Out Of the United Nations".

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 10, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    To elabrotae somewhat on the UN are two issues; First, that the UN's very chartering is faulty, in both being modeled much after the soviet charter and in granting a small number of countries (including Russia!?) on the "Security Council" supreme power to influence and act. The second concern is in preserving the United States' national soverign rights, particularly when it comes to UN agreements that would run counter to the constitution of said nation.

    What's more, my life dispels the idea that "conservatism is dead in America".

    Mitt Romney was awesome. Rick Santorum is awesome. Rick Perry is awesome. Ron Paul is mostly awesome. Ted Cruz is awesome, and absolutely correct. There is no shortage of fantastic presidential nominees, especially if one compares it to the roster of likely Democrats.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    March 9, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    "The Dems allowed plenty of discussion before passing Obamacare, but the Republicans didn't want to have anything to do with it.

    The Republicans had their chance to contribute constructive suggestions, but apparently they couldn't think of any."

    Is this some sort of new revisionist history they teach in Virginia nowadays? Obama told Republicans they can come for the ride but need to sit in the back. Many of the discussions were behind locked doors.

  • intervention slc, UT
    March 9, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    That misplaced arrogance is also exactly why conservatism is dead in America. Sadly for the far right they are not as clever as they think.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 9, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    nicholdraper - The Dems allowed plenty of discussion before passing Obamacare, but the Republicans didn't want to have anything to do with it.

    The Republicans had their chance to contribute constructive suggestions, but apparently they couldn't think of any.

    Ah well . . . fortunately the Dems were wise enough and capable enough to take the initiative and get this beneficial law passed.

    Thank goodness for the wisdom, the perseverance, and the can-do ethic of Obama and the Democrats.

    And thank you Founding Fathers for giving our generation the opportunity to enact good governance.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    March 9, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    @slcdenizon If you think the UN is doing the USA any good then you must be a brick short. All we do is support the UN and they try to destroy us.

  • nicholdraper West Jordan, UT
    March 9, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    Why do I vote for Republicans? I disagree with most of their platform. I'm for open boarders. I don't think a women should have to speak to a judge to get an abortion. I even think we should have universal health care. We should have allowed gays to marry and divorce years ago. The divisions and discussions in the Republican Party are healthy. The Democratic party is sick. Passing a law, like Obamacare without allowing the division and discussion is a recipe for disaster. I would trust a leader who disagrees with me and listens to me more than someone who tells me they agree with me but doesn't listen. If you want a party that doesn't bother with discussion vote for the Democrats. Then you will hear, "We have to pass this bill to find out what is in it," "If you like your health care plan you can keep it," and when you want an explanation you will be told "what difference does it make?" Yes, I remember why I vote for Republicans.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 9, 2014 5:38 a.m.

    "'If you want to lose elections, stand for nothing,' said Cruz . . . "

    If you want to lose elections by the largest possible margin, then define your Party as out of touch, irrational, delusional, uncaring, and just plain mean.

    Welcome to the Modern Republican Party.

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    March 8, 2014 11:42 p.m.


    Yup. Thaz what I said, and thaz exactly what I meant.

  • intervention slc, UT
    March 8, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    That's the answer, we foolish masses just need some shiny beads to distract us while the conservatives with thier superior intellect come in and save us from ourselves

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2014 7:13 p.m.

    Please. Please. Offer up ANY of these candidates as the Republican nominee. Hillary will cruise even easier then she already will in 2016. Possibly then the conservatives will realize that their party is completely out of touch and needs a new message along with a serious dose of reality!

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    March 8, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    The Repubs will only ever win a nat'l election again when they "get" their demographics right:

    Get behind one, good-looking, young, cool/hip, intelligent, eloquent "token" Black Republican. There's several out there. And put the female minority equivalent on the ticket as VP.

    Libs, hip college youth and the vain in America care more about the outward. Do the BHO shtick and don't go into detail on the social issues, skirt around them and keep "open" and looking cool. Hang with Jimmy Fallon, get some rock stars on board, kick CatScratchFever moron off the circuit, and it's a done deal... Well, try to hoodwink Oprah and get her royal blessings; throw in Brad & Jolina.

    Done deal. Then hammer them with conservative agendas for the next four. They'll see success in a new way and stop whining.

    Someone kidnap the old guys during the vote and make it happen.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 8, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    "When you don't stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate."

    I wonder if people like Cruiz will ever understand that it is not that we the voters do not understand were they stand and what they think we should be doing, we actually want them to shut up for a minute and actually listen to what we the voters (their potential bosses) want from our employees.

  • Marigold Provo, UT
    March 8, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    There may be a division in the Republican Party for some, but I see this as very healthy. It is great to be a party of open-minded people with strong convictions and individual thought. Somewhere along the line the Republican Party will unite behind a strong leader, but in the meantime, it is good to have much to debate. It is incumbent upon dynamic political parties to have diversity and not to kneel down to a "king" figure or the winner of some popularity contest and to shut down all debate. Debates are good and healthy and I'm sure our founding fathers would approve as they were strong opinion holders as well. Perhaps, if the citizens would scour various news outlets daily and become involved in the political process rather than staying up late at night to let late night comedians set the agenda this country would be in a true leadership role and "a light on the hill" (figuratively and literally speaking).

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 8, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    Republicans have all but forgotten Reagans 11th commandment. Thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans. The country needs leadership and a president who knows how to unify not divide the country. I really don't care who is the most conservative. Republicans are acting like children who can't get along. The next election is not going to a wake up call for Republicans. Voters are tired of the extreme ideology of the far right.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    March 8, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    I love the annual c-pac meetings, they make great fodder for the late night comics.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 7, 2014 6:50 p.m.


    I'm baffled at the St. George sentiment regarding the UN. Did the school system stop teaching history? Have the libraries shutdown? Does the drinking water contain high doses of harmful chemicals? I can't for the life of me understand the peculiar sentiment in Southern Utah that the US is somehow harmed by UN membership. Prior to it's formation, the world saw two wars with millions of lives lost. Is there a better solution for creating relative stability throughout the world?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    March 7, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    What does it mean to have "starch in his backbone"? Doe "cow tow" have to do with livestock transport?

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    March 7, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    Time to set off a fire storm. I am a Mormon and I like Rick Perry because I think he has some starch in his backbone and he won't cow tow to the UN.