Mike Leavitt's new role heading Romney transition team puts attention on former Utah governor

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    June 6, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    Mike Leavitt is a man of Integrity and I think will be good for Romney. He has a record of good and honest dealings...good for Romney that he has made this sound decision to include Mike Leavitt in his staff....good move !!!!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 5, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    Transition from nominee to perpetual candidate?

    He's been running for 6 years.

    What's 4 more?

  • cthp522 CORDOVA, TN
    June 5, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    But Wall Street is Ripping off Main Street !!!
    Yes there was some of that going on. And there will be more of it in the $700 B
    bailout. But when the ship is sinking it's the wrong time to dock the captain's
    pay. Focus on saving the ship. Sure, improve the bailout plan from what Paulson
    presented. Get more collateral for the bailout money. But pass a bailout bill
    and pass it now.
    There were a lot of stupid Michael-Moore Democrats against it, but a lot of them
    just didn't want to get beat up by all the Republicans who voted against it and
    would then blamed the Dems for what will be a messy bailout. Truth is, the
    conservative Republicans who tanked the bailout (on the first round) are the
    same Republicans that always vote against regulations to stabilize the financial
    sector. The Huckabee Republicans were the bigger problem before and again now

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    June 5, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Brother Chuck Schroeder
    First you jumped to a BIG conclusion with Romney and Uglund House. A simple search shows that what you did was to chew someone else’s cud and lump Cayman Islands and Uglund House without looking to see what address his funds are listed under. They in fact are listed under a Law firm at a completely different address. and totally LEAGUAL. Now for your reply to me, first I noticed you did actually reply to any of my questions. Perhaps because it puts you in the same subsidies category as those evil rich people? As for Romney’s birth certificate have I ever called for Obamas? NO. There is also NO question if Mitt Romney was born in the US. As for his father he WAS a NATURAL born US citizen. Yes he was born in Mexico however his parents were BOTH US citizens that had NEVER denounced their citizen ship. All that however has NO stand in Mitt Romney being eligible for the Presidency as there is NO doubt that Mitt Romney was born IN the USA in the state of Michigan. So go ahead and refuse all you want to answer the questions.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    June 5, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    KC Mormon
    Edgerton, KS
    Brother Chuck Schroeder

    Bla bla bla.....

    Reply: Let's see Romney's birth certificate. There has never been a conclusive DNA test proving that Mitt Romney is not a unicorn. Romney's birth certificate evokes his father's controversy. His mother, Lenore, was born in Utah and his father, former Michigan governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate George Romney, was born in Mexico. Records in a George Romney archive at the University of Michigan describe how questions about his eligibility to be president surfaced almost as soon as he began his short-lived campaign.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    June 5, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Crooked is, as, crooked does, so it's time to tax these crooked filthy rich to death. Is the Uglund House Romney's second home?. Ugland House is a building located in George Town, Cayman Islands Located on South Church Street, the building is the registered office address for 18,857 entities and has for years been linked to tax evasion. A single 5-story office building in the Cayman Islands called Ugland House is listed as the address of 12,748 U.S. companies. The tax returns of Mitt Romney, the likely Republican Party candidate for US president, which were released showed that he had funds in the Cayman Islands, Ireland and Luxembourg.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    June 5, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    Brother Chuck Schroeder
    I have a question for you. Do you take tax deductions? Do you write of your mortgage interest? Do you write of your medical expenses? If you take these or any tax write-offs you are getting subsidies just LIKE the rich. Now another question. If you do not permit businesses to write of expenses (what most liberals call subsidies) what will they do? They will do one of two things, either raise prices to cover the tax putting the cost on the consumer or move overseas. How does either of those help the Country? And if your answer is well pay the employees more that only results in the cost of goods going up even more so it does not help the problem.
    Now if you let those same companies write off (liberal subsides) their expenses their products are cheaper , more people can buy them, they can hire more, and you have more businesses. Each of these ADD to the government coffers. When products cost less people buy more, State and Local sales tax revenue goes up. Companies sell more they pay more in tax.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    June 5, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Poor Choice. Mormon issue comes up, again. Plus Leavitt is considered one of the establishment. Romney needs to reach out to libertarians and other serious financial conservatives. With the Leavitt selection, to me he signals that he is not interested in seriously putting our financial house in order, as Leavitt is a big government guy, not to mention someone more interested in power than doing things.

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    June 5, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    Bad move by Governer Romney. Mike Leavitt. Leavitt is the guy who tried to designate more of Utah's federally owned land as wilderness. He went so far as to lie to the Department of the Interior and tell them the local communities around the San Rafeal Swell supported this move. When the truth came out Leavitt had egg on his face. Leavitt is also a guy who wanted to take/block job opportunities for truck drivers in Southeastern Utah because the radio active dirt they were hauling wasn't being sent to Tooele to be processed. His logic there if my friends here in my backyard don't benefit no one will. Bottom line is when President Bush took him away from us, it was one of the best things that could have ever happened for the state of Utah. Hopefully if Romney is elected he won't make Leavitt a permanent member of his staff.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 5, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    Gee, A1994, did Mitt himself tell you that?

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    June 5, 2012 6:25 a.m.


    What if those Mormons happened to be Democrats, or can only Mormon Republicans "value freedom and trust God"? There are a few around, after all.

  • Laie Girl Laie, HI
    June 5, 2012 2:52 a.m.

    To Don17: Thank you for your rebuttal comments. Being prepared for transition is an excellent idea, even for common folk like me. Announcing it at this point seems a bit premature to me.

    As for Mr. Romney, I believe he is a good man, just as is President Obama. No one does the presidency perfectly. It worries me that voters appear overtly judgmental without a careful and truthful look at both candidates. There seems to be no room for thinking anymore. Am I the only one concerned?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 4, 2012 10:48 p.m.

    The current President's chief economist and campaign for President chairman, David Axlerod, was and is still the Mike Leavitt counterpart for Obama. He didn't do a good job himself of selecting people, especially our Secretary of the Treasury, who didn't pay taxes in the realm of $30,000 when he was earning lots of money as a Federal Reserve person. If Governor Romney didn't do this type of move, the same people would be criticizing him for not placing someone in that type of position prior to election day. That is a great philosophy to have good people potentially available to vet them prior to going to the Senate committees or before the Press and find out they have some hiccups or burps that the administration didn't know about. Governor Leavitt has gone through that process as an elected Governor several times and as Secretary of the EPA and HHS with the pre-committee and Senate committee and the press trying to dig everything in the world up on him. As a proven public servant, elected and appointed, he served his constituents well in all the management and ensuring the successful hiring processes of thousands

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    June 4, 2012 10:14 p.m.


    "Why not just measure the curtains while he's at it. Crass to be sure."

    That's the difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Obama would spend more money on new curtains, Mitt Romney will cut that part of the budget out. It will be nice to have some fiscal sanity back in the White House. Romney is going to be a great President.

  • staypuffinpc Provo, UT
    June 4, 2012 8:53 p.m.

    For those criticizing the fact that the Romney campaign is working on this, please note that even the Obama administration critics admitted to "doing this throughout the summer and fall of 2008." This is just people trying to stir up dust where there is no storm.

    And, of course there will be Republicans that oppose this appointment, as there would be with any person he chose. It's like telling people what you're going to name your child before it's born. A whole bunch of people will say, "that's an awful name!" That's why it's common practice to not reveal the name of the person appointed to this position ahead of time.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    June 4, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Of all the people out there to lead and help, can't you find people better than Bob Dole, John McCain, Hockey Mom, and Mikey Leavitt? Are you kidding me? You should NEVER be shocked when you lose.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 4, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    Let's hope that's not necessary.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    June 4, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    To: Laie Girl: This is proper proceedure practiced by both parties prior to the election! You have to be prepared for the day after the election if needed! Obama did it, as did Bush, Clinton ect.... Or is it just that it is Mitt Romney? Be Prepared. It is not an easy thing to transform the entire Executive branch all the Cabinet positions, National Security, Ambassadorships ect.... Doing things at the last minute without a plan is not the Romney practice. Being ready, deliberate and informed is much better than the current policy of last minute gaffe's and no plans at all. Obama's team was very slow to fill Cabinet posts and Ambassadorships, as well as other key positions including U.S. prosecutors ect...

    Mitt Romney is thinking ahead and acting like a leader, and preparing to do the job if elected. You know why Presidents are given a 100 day honeymoon when they get into office? It is to get the team ready to go! What a novel concept to BE PREPARED ahead of time with a plan! Plans and organization breed success! Tens of Millions of Citizens need a successful President! We're directionaless right now!

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    June 4, 2012 7:00 p.m.

    re: WestGranger 4:35 p.m. June 4, 2012

    Bigotry? Certainly not. Sectarian nepotism? possibly.

  • liberate Sandy, UT
    June 4, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    @Chris from Rose Park

    As a lifelong voter for Democrats, I appreciate your comments.

    I particularly enjoyed the Clinton presidency when we had a balanced budget, welfare reform, positive legislation, a booming economy and general global stability. I don't believe we've had a quality president since then. I'm seriously considering voting for Romney, not because I believe everything he espouses (or at least says he does), but because I think he can get things accomplished, much like Clinton did.

    And comments such as yours are the type that make me more comfortable with the thought of voting for Romney and having him running the country. Good on you.

  • Laie Girl Laie, HI
    June 4, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    Getting a little ahead of himself, isn't he? Last I checked there needed to be an election.

  • Wanda Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    I was ecstatic when Leavitt got 'bumped' upstairs, i.e., got a job in Washington, and left Utah. I was equally ecstatic when Huntsman was governor, since he looked, acted, and spoke like an executive. I had hoped Leavitt had retired to somewhere??? never to be seen or heard from again politically, but, no here he is like a (bad) boomerang. It is people like Leavitt who give Utah/Mormons a bad image. I support Romney, but this move puzzles me. Surely he can find someone else--anyone else more qualified, more articulate, and less 'Utah down on the farm' than Leavitt.

  • patjan Flower Mound, TX
    June 4, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Mark Levin (radio host)is very aginst this Leavitt appt.and said today that Leavitt is the most liberal republican and this is very serious. Does he not know that Leavitt was governor of Utah, that Utah is very, very conservative, and that for many, many years it has balanced it's budget? Where does he get this information from? Even Rush Limbaugh was saying similar things. The media is howling. If the republicsns come out like this against the people Mitt chooses, Mitt Romney will not win this election. From what I know about Leavitt, he is a very conservative person. So, where did they get this bogus info?

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    June 4, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Good choice. Glad Mitt ignored the anti-Mormons who are conspiracy theorists.This is America. A Mormon can hire a Mormon, a Catholic can hire a Catholic and so on. So are you people saying he should disqualify any friends just because they are Mormons? Why that would be an act of religious bigotry!

  • #1 Champ Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    Smart choice. Utah was ranked the #1 managed state in the union when Leavitt was Governor. That is the exact person to 'transition' our next president.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    June 4, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    Re: Chris from Rose Park
    @Brother Chuck Schroeder
    Although I do not subscribe to all GOP ideologies, I agree with a most of them when compared with Democrats.

    Reply: I respectfully disagree with your statements. Could we just for three minutes put aside our conservatism, our liberalism, our Republican or Democrat party affiliations, our race and gender and all the other superficial things that separate us?. I am not here to make excuses for the shortcomings of George Bush or for Ronald Reagan nor am I a shill for Mitt Romney and claim allegiance to no political party. No organization owns my vote, I will give it to whoever I feel will serve the nation best regardless of the letter next to their name. The toll that the GOP government has taken on industry in this country is nothing less than insane. It's time to recognize the signs of disaster by now and how long they'll put up with politicians who think their time in office and political capital is best spent on reducing the size of soft drinks, an attorney general who sues states for exercising their constitutional rights.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    June 4, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    Hopefully, for the well-being of the United States and its people, this transition committee will not be needed.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    June 4, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Mike Leavitt, past Governor(Executive)and Cabinet Secretary in the Bush administration working in two departments seems like a good choice for leading up the transition prep team if it is needed! It is not presumptious to BE PREPARED! Unlike the current Administration! As far as too Mormon being a reason to disqualify Leavitt lets look at it rationally. Leading up the Romney Vice-Presidential search Beth Myers. Key spokesperson for the Romney campaign Ed Gillespie. Key Advisors and Campaign Chairs: Tim Pewlanty(ex Gov Mn), Tom Ridge(Sec/Gov PA), John McCain(Sen.AZ), Nikki Haley(Gov SC), Chris Christie(Gov NJ) none of which are Mormon! The list could go on almost endlessly! But as Mitt Romney says " it is the Economy!"

    The Obama Administration has failed: Unemployed people 23.5 million, people on food stamps 47 million, yearly deficit 1.4 trillion dollars, debt 15,723,000,000,000.00 dollars. 36 House bills passed to help the economy, jobs, reduce regulation, small business stuck in the Democrat controlled Senate! Many passed by a bi-partisan majority! Obama's budget this year defeated 414-0 in the House and 99-0 in the Senate! Obama failed!

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    June 4, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    re: RedShirt

    "we can only hope that the LDS Church can take over the government."

    SLC is similar to Tehran in terms of Climate, topography, & 1 other thing which escapes me (ROFL).... will you settle for that?

  • Chris from Rose Park PROVO, UT
    June 4, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    @Brother Chuck Schroeder and Marxist

    I respectfully disagree with your statements. I come from a single parent family where my mom never made more than $20k to raise us four kids. Although I do not subscribe to all GOP ideologies, I agree with a most of them when compared with Democrats. I will tell you as a GOP subscriber, that it is not all about "welfare for the rich" and throwing the elderly under the bus. For me, it is about decreasing the size of government (especially Federal). Growing up, I felt the government funded programs were grossly flawed. There were good things but, I felt the system was bloated and unpersonalized. From who I talk to that support Republicans, we believe welfare should largely come from families, communities, and churches rather than the federal government. Republicans, do in fact, love their neighbors like Democrats. We believe help is best done a different way. My largely Republican community helped support me through financial and family struggles so that I am now starting a career after college graduation. Republican leaning philosophies has taken my siblings and I from poverty to self-sufficiency so we can help others, but not through government.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    June 4, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    It was Leavitt who was responsible for bringing Romney, a fellow Mormon working as a successful venture capitalist in Boston, to Utah to take over the scandal-ridden 2002 Winter Olympics, and he's not in prison yet along with the rest of the crooks?. After 2008, America is fed-up. All the GOP care about is more big guns for the hunters, subsidies for the Koch Brother's and their "Rich and Famous" friends. That's "welfare for the rich" government, subsidies to big business, pork-barrel Pentagon contracts to weapons makers, huge tax breaks for wealthy individuals, and most recently, colossal contracts for reconstruction to politically connected companies like Halliburton. Bureaucrats and politicians in Washington DC reminds me of "Elite Showdogs" that is an invitation-only e-mail list of long-time breeders, K Street and Wall Street exhibitors and judges that are judicial activist's. These politicians in Washington DC wear a GPS collar attachment to be found faster, so these K Street and Wall Street exhibitors can walk them around using a chain in circles until their dizzy enough to cave into them and give them what they want.

    My truthful outsider views.

  • TobyF PROVO, UT
    June 4, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    This is possible because of legislation pushed by Barack Obama. It allows the government to change over more easily.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    "we can only hope that the LDS Church can take over the government."

    That would be unconstitutional.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 4, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    To "A Scientist" we can only hope that the LDS Church can take over the government. I would much rather have people who value freedom and trust God than most of the yahoos that are in government right now.

  • LiberalEastCoastMember Parkesburg, PA
    June 4, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    Why not just measure the curtains while he's at it. Crass to be sure.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    Hey seniors, Leavitt has his cross-hairs on you. Say so long to medicare and hello to an early grave.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    June 4, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Bad move to surround himself with more Mormons. With Huntsman and Romney both in the race, and Reid in the Senate, it already looked like a move for the Mormon Church to take over the Government.

    What? Doesn't Mitt know anyone qualified except Mormons?