President Obama and Mitt Romney enter the ring for Round 3

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  • Victorias La Habra, CA
    Oct. 22, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    Obama's policies have failed in the Middle East. He didn't want us to know that Bin Laden is dead but Al Qaeda is very much alive! That is why he tried to cover up the terrorist attack in Benghazi and blame it on an old You Tube video that no one had seen.

    He thinks we are stupid and will believe anything he says!

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    It sounds like the Party of Excuses is alive and well today. They're going to be the death of this great nation.

    "He took office in January 2009 AFTER the policies of the previous 8 years had started the banking and housing meltdown, the impending demise of GM and Chrysler, and the HUGE deficit created by the 2 unfunded wars."

    Yes, it was well after the policies that caused our economic policies took place. However, you fail to mention that those policies were from his own party!

    Also, if the wars are responsible for the massive deficit, then why is the deficit STILL so huge? You are unintentionally implying that Obama without any wars is still a bigger spender than Bush with his two unfunded wars. Bush must be better than we thought!

    "Look at the economy and jobs. Slow, steady recovery after he inherited an economy spiralling toward disaster."

    Yes, we see. The economy is still slow and sluggish, and the "jobs" created must not have had any impact or else employment would be going UP, not DOWN.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 22, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Pack, you may not be better off, but a lot of us are, including Mitt Romney. Gas was high four years ago also. Maybe not the exact moment Obama took over, but over the course of the last 12 years, gas has been high, in general. So, don't tell us who are better off that we are not better off. We need Obama to stay in office to help those of us who are not in Romney's upper echelon.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    People that point to just Obama as bringing the economic problems don't realize that the Democrat Congress, Senate and House, who appropriate and actually give money, are really part of that instability, financially, earlier.

    Wars are part of that after 9/11 but unlike the time between World War I and World War II, we have done so much social engineering of government programs. Banking and financial markets including lending and mortgages for homes was going to make the economy rich and take care of budgetary issues.

    The intellectuals in the Federal Reserve System, good and bad, were able to play games with people's earnings, savings, retirement plans and a myriad of efforts to make everyone richer and unfortunately greedier.

    Those people knew the time would come when the market would fall but they hoped it wouldn't happen until they were out of the decision making role. Lenders knew they were making bad risk loans but were hoping they wouldn't have their hands in the cookie jar.

    The Democratic leadership in the Congress knew these types of things were going on. It is sort of like the administration knowing that Benghazi was weak and did nothing.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    It is really interesting to see the President of the United States of America and his Chicago bunch trying to spin how good this President has been for the United States. I don't know what those guys are smoking but do they know what reality is? Today, they are saying that the President has experience and that Governor Romney doesn't. What an unhumorous reality we have existed under for 4 years. Foreign relations went out the door even before he became President as we knew what kind of people he was hanging out with. Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, and others that didn't add any kind of positive spin on our country. The list goes on with his lack of experience he had. When he beat John McCain with his rhetoric about his community organizing, his ACORN and Union ties from Illinois, he defeated a man who had been dedicated to our country for a long time. This President doesn't use positives to motivate our citizens and organizations to move forward in the right direction. He has put the left direction spin on everything. He has changed good meaning bad and bad meaning good. Vote for Romney.

    Oct. 22, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Barack Obama was NOT the President of the United States 4 years ago today. He took office in January 2009 AFTER the policies of the previous 8 years had started the banking and housing meltdown, the impending demise of GM and Chrysler, and the HUGE deficit created by the 2 unfunded wars.

    Existing home prices started dropping in 2008 BEFORE President Obama took office. Gasoline prices have NEVER been as high since Obama became president as they were during the last year of the George W. Bush presidency.

    The highest price for unleaded sub-regular 85 octane gasoline at our local Costco gasoline pump was $ 3.959 per gallon August 9, 2008 when George W. Bush was president. By comparison, the highest price we have paid at the same Costco since Obama became president was $ 3.659 on September 22, 2012.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    Oct. 22, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    Allen#2, I am not better off than I was 4 years ago. I can't even afford to fill up the GM vehicle, and I still can't sell my house. If I would have sold my house 4 years ago, I would be sitting pretty right now, so don't say we are better off. I am not better off. We need someone who knows how to heal the economy, because it is not better than it was 4 years ago.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Kinda funny reading comments by liberal disparaging a candidate who says "trust me," despite his lack of experience. I'd say Romney has way more experience leading and managing than Obama had before he was elected. And, come to think of it, that statement holds true, even after Obama's four years in office. Obama's in over his head...always has been. Mitt is a seasoned leader and manager and ready for the job.

    Oct. 22, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    We need President Obama to continue the progress made after the disasters caused by 2 unfunded wars, the banking and housing meltdown, and the probable collapse of GM and Chrysler.

    Are we better off now than 4 years ago? YES. bin-Laden is dead, the banking and housing situation is better now than 4 years ago, and GM and Chrysler are doing well.

    The USA does not need another war in the Mideast - whether it be Syria, Pakistan, or elsewhere.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    The most striking thing I have seen on the Libyan embassy is our representative, Jason Chaffetz, appearing on national TV with a big cheeky grin on his face, gleefully admitting "Yes, I voted to cut funds for embassy security. Priorities have to me made."

    Republicans are trying to make the Libya mole hill into a mountain, just to win an election. Its sad that they have to work so hard just to keep the base excited about their candidate.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 22, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Meadowlark Mark: Guess what, Romney says he will not increase taxes on you, and he may be telling the truth. However, wait till January and see if you don't start paying more Social Security taxes! It might not be implemented by Romney, but he is not going to stop it and neither are the senate or congress. So guess what, starting January 1, 2013, you will be paying between $1000 and $4500 in extra Social Security taxes.

    BTW, to be fair, it will happen if Obama becomes president also, but I'd like to hear Mitt's answer to the question: Will taxes go up come January?

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 22, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    uncommon..marines are guard embassies ala Tipoli. Ben Gazi is a consulate and relys on foreign service security, and contractors. Additional marines wouldn't have been at Ben Gazi.

    What scares me most about Romney..and there's a bunch, is his cow towing to Israel. The dangers of a nuclear Iran just trip off the toungue of conservatives, with little or no consideration for the cost of attacking Iran. Iran is a major power and capable of retaliating with extreme force and most likely would. It's why former secretary Gates said an attack on Iran would be an action that would haunt America for generations.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 21, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    True or false?

    1. The president is responsible, and not Hillary, or the party of no, for the safety of the embassy.
    2. Excuses are a sign of weakness.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    Enough of Romney. We need President Obama. The removal of the former Libyan dictator, and Bin Laden, he did not mismanage. No great invasion of Libya or Pakistan necessary. Look at the economy and jobs. Slow, steady recovery after he inherited an economy spiralling toward disaster. The president knows there is know quick fix to these problems, but has gotten things turning around. We need President Obama. If, however, we go ahead and elect mitt, I want the quick fix. Quick. Anything less would be failure.

  • uncommonsense CENTERVILLE, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    southmtnman, You can spout off a talking point quite well. The vote was against contracted security. You know, the Blackwater guys. That kind of vote should send a thrill up your leg. We have a military in place that can be deployed very readily. And that is what the GOP would rather have at the embassies, Marines.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    During the first two debates I have mainly heard Obama disparage and attack Romney, while putting out very little about what he would do in a second term. A moderator might ask about education: Romney will present a 3 part plan of what he would do as president. Obama will talk about what he has tried to do, then try to dump on Romney, but Obama will fail to present any type of vision going forward. I don't think Obama has thought much about the direction he wants to take the country. He has only thought about this election.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    The only foreign policy suggested by the Romney campaign is for the United States to do whatever Israel wants with regards to Syria and Iran, complain about the Obama administration while indicating that a Romney administration would do much the same thing, and call Russia our #1 enemy. This is George W. Bush all over again. Talk tough and send young Americans to die.

    For a guy who has absolutely no military experience and no foreign policy experience, Romney's credibility is non-existent. He relies upon recycled neocons for advice and has no new ideas regarding the Middle East except cut foreign aid and support despots friendly to the U.S. He needs to move into the 21st century and stop trying to restart the Cold War.

    Romney's campaign is basically, "Believe in me and I'll tell you what I'll do later!" For people taught to distrust the current president through a constant stream of propaganda and attack, putting their future in such faith is truly mind-boggling. Obama needs to tell us how he plans to go forward; Romeny needs to tell us his plan and not just tell us to "trust him".

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Oct. 21, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    Enough of Obama. We need Mitt Romney. The Libya embassy attack Obama did mis-manage. Look at the economy and jobs. Mitt Romney knows how to fix that. We need Mitt Romney.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    True or false?

    The Party of No said "No!" to the request for increased funding of embassy security months ago.

    Just ask Jason Chaffetz. He is actually proud of it!

  • BH Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    The article includes ""Two negatives don't make a positive," University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus said, warning that a repeat of last week's tense clash could cost both candidates votes."

    Personally, I strongly disagree. I found the last Presidential debate to be one of the best I have ever watched. I enjoyed seeing the candidates being willing to challenge one another on the things that were said, in a much less formal debate setting.

    If there was anything that was a turnoff, was the moderator thinking she was entitled to interject and become part of the debate. Very unprofessional. Hopefully we will have no repeats of this ego inflating antics again.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 21, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    True or False:

    1. Obama will put in more effort to save his presidency, then he did to protect the our American embassy?

    2. Neither Biden, or Obama knew of the danger to our embassy, and nobody told them about it?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 21, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    True or False?

    Obama will put more effort into saving his presidency then he did into protecting our embassy?