Hundreds turn out for Romney fundraiser

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  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Feb. 20, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    It is said that this Presidential election might require upwards of a billion dollars on both sides, so to those of you who think Romney should fund his own campaign, he may be rich, but he in not Warren Buffett.

    As for charity, Romney has been giving for decades now. I'd like to see Obamas record of charitable giving for the last 20 years. Bet it doesn't compare to Romneys, percentage wise or otherwise.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 19, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Re: Pagan | 11:02 a.m. Feb. 18, 2012
    "While Mr. Romney is here, maybe he would like to explain...why Americans paid $1.3 billion of OUR tax dollars for the Olympics when he was running it"

    It was neither Romney's responsibility to defend or to justify the cost of the 2002 Olympics. When he was asked to take the helm the 2002 Olympics were were in big financial trouble. His job was to bring the Games in under budget ..... which he did. When the games were over he even left a surplus in the bank.

    You make it sound like Romney should be on the hook for decisions made long before he was asked to help.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    Romney is unlikely win against the Democratic regime's overwhelming money and mainstream press advantage. The New York Times embarrassing bias makes the DN seem like left wing press. Utah leftists will always scout the DN to bite ankles. Keep trying, Mitt, and maybe some of your fiscal sanity and data-driven economic policy will rub off on Mr. Obama. You've got the Olympics and he's got Solyndra.

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 19, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    Worf:: The lack of cognitive reasoning. You just decribed the republican party. No wonder congress has an approval rating at the lowest of all time 10%

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 18, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    The lack of cognitive reasoning is leading our country in a downward spiral.

    As consumers out number the producers, we'll never re-gain an honerable government. Let's fasten our seat belts.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Can't Mittfund his own campaign. Dude is so far out of touch... I am amazed that many conservatives would donate or support his campaign other then the fact he is mormon... But then this is Utah so I suppose my premise is correct.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    I would of been at the fundraiser but I can't see the point of listening to a man speak unless I knew I would be getting something back personally,

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    I do not know why anyone would vote republician if they make less than $ 250,000 dollars a year!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 12:30 p.m.


    In Utah?

    Oh boy.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    "FYI, that was the MOST expensive date."

    That's not true. It finished $100 million in the black. Most winter Olympic Games don't make money. Go actually look it up.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    Thanks BobP! :)

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Feb. 18, 2012 11:39 a.m.

    Without Pagan we would ahve to read the headlines ourselves.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    While Mr. Romney is here, maybe he would like to explain...

    why Americans paid $1.3 billion of OUR tax dollars for the Olympics when he was running it.

    FYI, that was the MOST expensive date.

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Mitt Romney didnt save the Utah olympics. The federal government did. With cash. Romney criticizes Santorum for taking earmarks. Is he a flipflopper? If the election were only held in Utah, Mitt would become president. But I think the rest of the nation will have a little to say about it. Thank God. Utah was George Bush's biggest supporter. Utah is not a good judge of presidential candidates. Utah didnt vote for Clinton, the best president since Kennedy. Both Democrats. I hope Mitt enjoys his moment in the Utah sun. It will be short lived. Next comes the election in one of his other HOME states. Michigan, If he loses, Its Over. If he wins, he still has to face Obama. He doesnt stand a chance. Maybe Utah would vote him in, But NOT the rest of the nation.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Mittens reminds me of Mr. Burns on the Simpsons. When Homer tells him he's the richest man he knows, he replies, "True, but I'd give it all away...for a little more." Hold tight to your wallets! Mitt is in town.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Dr. Hall, Mitt's record shows that you are completely wrong about your comments. Mitt has tirelessly talked against fiscal irresponsibility and his record in Massachussetts proves that he is fiscally responsible. He took a deficit and left the state with a surplus. He did this without raising marginal tax rates. He governed as a conservative as best he could with an 85% Democrat legislature. He vetoed many bills that were over ridden by the legislature. But, he governed in the most fiscally responsible way he could. That's the record.

    Honestly, I can believe some of the assinine comments on these boards.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Feb. 18, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Pass the plate for Mitt once again. How many times has this same hand out happened in the past 2 years? Too many!

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    "I thought Romney had friends."

    "Supermodel Cindy Crawford supported President Obama during the 2008 election, but has since moved over to Romney, helping out with a $10 million telethon for his campaign in May." UPI/Rune Hellestad

    Not a bad friend to have.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 9:29 a.m.


    "Proportionally, President Obama gave the most to charity...' article"

    That's debatable because of how people on the left, like the NY Times, do math. But let's say it's true and he 'proportionally' gave more. Was it Obama's own money, or was it money he gained from shaking down some corporation? Or was it just money from the big, corrupt Chicago political machine? Either way, there is no way on Earth it was his own money. At heart he is a Marxist. He doesn't produce, he just takes. There is not a question in my mind that he took that money from someone else.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Considering his history as a moderate Republican governor, would this guy get any support in Utah if he wasn't LDS?

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    per David B.7:37 a.m. Feb. 18, 2012

    Mitty coming to Utah is simple. Easy $ & unrequited adulation.

    "Not much of a turn out. How come?"

    How many in Utah will pay $1000/plate?

    "I think he's the white version of Obama"

    Almost; BO - charisma = MR

    "Also Romneycare is a sore point with him about his ability to overturn that nightmare of a bill Obamacare which is bad for all!"

    & there is the point Obamacare is based on Romneycare.

  • DR Hall Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    Romney kept very quiet during the last administration when we racked up all those bills and did not caution them on the economic fallout. He will do the same this time around if he is elected. We really need someone who is truely for America, all of America. not just the wealthy people as he is now. Most republicans are this way and will not change their ways for anybody.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    Obama spends his life campaigning and fund raising. He has done this his whole presidency. That's what you have to do when you have no idea what you're doing and all you know how to do is campaign.

    Campaigning it tough and fundraising a necessity. Mitt spends millions every year on charity so the poster who made that point is really out there.

    There's a tough road up ahead, but Mitt will continue to work hard. We need him to clean up this mess. If there's any chance to save our country, he's our best hope.

    I hope that Republicans across the country will pull their heads out and realize that Mitt is our only chance to beat Obama.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    I am a Romney supporter. However, even one of the comments makes his problem obvious. It states that Romney already has enough money and doesn't need to raise any more. It goes on to imply that he a greedy capitalist. Mr. Obama has raised millions. That is the way that our system works. The simplistic notion that Mr. Obama supports equality through socialism appears to be winning the day. Equality does not equate with morality and Captain America's "truth and justice". Even Catholicism (of which I am one) does lip service with its leaders to morality and then turns around and supports socialism. Is it any wonder that socialism as equality is winning the day with a perceived view that capitalism is dead. True socialism just redistributes wealth. Mr. Romney rightfully wants to create "capital" and resources. He has to do a better job of selling his views to the religiously inclined as well as the pseudo religous or Mr. Obama will take the middle ground of independents. In most battles, weaknesses are exploited on the flanks. In this conflict, the true "helmet and sword" interaction is in the middle and the more quickly that Mr. Romney differentiates this the better.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    An exercise in futility for the man who will never be President.

    Oh, and please stop with the debt limit voting canard. That's cheap political shots, and Romney and everyone else knows it.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    If Romney loses in Michigan...that may be the end of his campaign. How does he move beyond that?

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    Not much of a turn out. How come? Could it be we're waiting for somebody better like Santorum. I don't particularly like Romney I think he's the white version of Obama which leaves alot of doubt about he abilities to lead plus he's not telling us much of what he would do.He's too busy throwing mud at his own party than focusing on the real issue of getting Obama out.Also Romneycare is a sore point with him about his ability to overturn that nightmare of a bill Obamacare which is bad for all!

  • JP Skillet Murray, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    come on people, raising money is priority 1 in these campaigns. it doesn't matter if he already has the money, you don't get it. for a campaign its all about getting in the paper for the event, getting more money for more ads, etc. Posters are ignorant when they write about Mitt and fundraising. Obama had the money, too. The reason he did grass roots is because that was hit voting base and who was naive and ignorant enough to eat up his "hope, hope, change, change" garbage. by the way, I'm voting for Ron Paul, which is a vote for principal. We will all move over to Mitt in the general though.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 3:55 a.m.

    I'll be glad when this election is over and President Obama gets his second term. I'm tired of seeing the Deseret News be the leader of the Mitt Romney Fan Club.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 18, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    ' I would think the money could be better spent on lavish vacations instead of spending on his American cause to re-establish America. At least he's not using tax money for campaigns, golfing and vacations. Barry,-Inquire news Feb 18. 2012

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 11:36 p.m.

    Mitt Romney's strongest credential was his "Turnaround" of the Olympics. 
    But even as he attacked Gingrich, accusing him of taking more credit than he was due for his role as Speaker, Mitt has done the same thing with the Olympics! And even while Mitt denounces others for earmarks, he exploited earmarks himself! 
    McCain himself observed, "What the Olympic games, supposedly hosted and funded by Salt Lake City, which began in corruption and bribery, has now turned into is an incredible pork-barrel project for Salt Lake City and its environs. I do not understand how we Republicans call ourselves conservatives and then treat the taxpayers dollars in this fashion. This is terribly objectionable." 
    Romney can't take on anything without distorting, flip flopping, and being hypocritical! 
    Mitt has excelled at attacking his opponents in this campaign, but he is always guilty of the same things he attacks others for! 
    And the writing on the wall is clear: Romney will never be able to attack Obama on his major weakness - Obamacare, because Mitt did the same thing himself! 

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 11:19 p.m.

    ' I would think the money could be better spent to charity instead of spending on his lost cause to gain the republican seat.' - mightymite | 10:46 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012


    Even Obama gave more to charity than Mitt Romney:

    **Proportionally, President Barack Obama and Mormons give the most By Tori Ackerman Deseret News 01/30/12

    After all the talk about Mitt Romney's taxes last week, the New York Times took a good look at checkbooks and charitable giving of Romney, Newt Gingrich and President Obama. There were some interesting comparisons.
    Proportionally, President Obama gave the most to charity...' article

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 11:10 p.m.

    Mitt Romney assembled an amazing team to tackle the Olympic's. He and his team took impossible finances and turned what was deep in the red to finishing in the black and leaving a wonderful Olympic legacy to the State of Utah.

    Similar things, although it will be on a tremendously larger scale, has to happen with the National budget or we will find ourselves as a nation in bankruptcy. Mr. Romney is the only person out there now who can lead that kind of a team.

    Just a question for those who hate anyone in the Republican crowd. Why is it OK for President Obama to raise mega millions but not Mr Romney? Why is it OK for Mr. Obama to use PAC money but not Republicans? Why is it OK for the president to plan on spending one billion dollars on the 2012 campaign? I don't hear any democrat suggesting that he give that campaign money to charity.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    Does he not already have enough money, both his own and contributions? I would think the money could be better spent to charity instead of spending on his lost cause to gain the republican seat. Boy what a lack of vision among those who blindly follow a losing candidate because of an "R" and and "M".

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    'SALT LAKE CITY Mitt Romney began his campaign detour through Utah on Friday, beginning his Olympic anniversary weekend at a $1,000-per-plate fundraising dinner at the Little America hotel.' - article


    I thought Romney had friends.

    His, corporations...?

    *Mitt Romney: Corporations are friend - By Phillip Elliot - AP - Published by DSNews 08/11/11

    When, not a week before:

    **'Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million' - By Ken Thomas - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/04/11