Dying boy's story humanizes Mitt Romney in new ad

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  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Has Romney done good things for people? I don't doubt that he has. However, I have heard just as many, if not more, accounts detailing a distinct lack of compassion and caring for people for whom he does not have an affinity. Two examples. The woman he threatened with excommunication if she did not place a baby born out of wedlock with LDS Social Services for adoption. The woman in the early stages of pregnancy who had life-threatening pelvic clots causing her doctor's recommendation (confirmed by her Statek President, a MD) to terminate her pregnancy to save her life who was berated by Romney for being "selfish" and not thinking of the "baby" (his only concern -- no concern or compassion for her). Her father got the same type of visit, and her father threw him out of the house. There re more.

    People who know this side of him say he casts himself as a white knight in shining armor coming to the rescue, but his real record is something very different. He's a political chameleon who has no true moral core and cannot be depended on. Not what the country needs.

  • Rapunzelthebrave The Great State of, TX
    Oct. 28, 2012 12:23 a.m.

    I was at the Republican National Convention as a delegate. 'Not a dry eye in the convention'? False. Most of the people there saw Romney for exactly what he is: A politician. His arm did not need to be twisted to get people to extoll his awesomeness. And, the reality is that presidential candidates' campaigns are aware to a certain extent of the activity that PACs supporting them organize on their behalf. There is overlap among people in these groups. There are close relationships between campaigners and major PAC contributors. This isn't anything mindblowing. And, Romney's campaign is run just like any other politician's campaign. ANY altruism publicly attributed to a political candidate during an election campaign is an attempt to garner votes. Pure and simple.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    Oct. 27, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    I have no doubt that in his personal life, Romney is a good man.

    More troubling are the policies he is promoting as a candidate. He would eviscerate the nation's safety net and leave the most vulnerable to struggle even more.

    I have a son with Down syndrome and I am terrified of what will happen to him should Romney win. It's easy for Romney to say that on Day 1 he would do away with Obamacare, but Obamacare means that today an insurance company can't refuse my son because of his pre-existing condition.

    And when he's older, if there is no Obamacare, his only option for healthcare will be Medicaid. But Romney wants to cut that program too, so who knows what will be left for my son?

    All the while, BTW, promoting a 20% tax to be paid for...who knows how?

    The true measure of a candidate should not be his personal life, but what he proposes to do for the citizens of this country. And based on what he's said so far, the least among us will not do very well under Romney/Ryan. Think long and hard before voting for him.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 1:08 p.m.


    If it was wrong to have inspiring stories about someone ministering to their flock then we wouldn't have the Bible. For those of us who are LDS, we love to hear stories about President Monson ministering to people. It inspires us to do better.

    Romney's staff had to pressure him to allow people to come to the convention and share personal stories about him. He refuses to do these things himself because of modesty.

    People complain when he doesn't humanize himself by this kind of thing, and then they complain when others finally do. Some will criticize absolutely anything to do with Mitt.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is in Chicago. The President's campaign staff has been positioned there for a long time and are waiting for him to vote. He could vote absentee to save money for our country but he will go there to ensure he gets face time with his buddies there.

    We should all be so happy for him as he sat with Jay Leno last night getting free advertising for his Hollywood leadership course he took. He definitely knew how to be joyous and happy being in the limelight in Hollywood.

    Hopefully, he may be able to take over Jay's job or Letterman's job after November 6, 2012 and then that would make us all happy. That would also give those people time to transition to their next job and that would make the employment statistics look better. Their transition pay would probably add to the economy.

    At least the American citizens wouldn't have to continue to pay $200M a day for his security to high security locations and for vacations at our expense. He would still have his secret service agents covering him.

    Conan could claim he didn't get equal time.

  • Ballplayer Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    This is a very nice story about Mitt Romney. I'm not surprised that he showed this kind of character and several people I know who know him say he still shows that kind of character. But I've also heard several stories about President Obama stepping aside, away from the cameras, and helping individuals in need, both before and after becoming president. So they are both nice men. Which brings us back to square one. Which one will enact policies and sign legislation that will put our country back on track? I'm glad the president is a nice man. I'm glad Mr. Romney is too. I don't need a nice man in the White House, nor do I need a bishop (Romney), community activist (Obama), lawyer (both of the them-horrors!). I need some one that will create jobs. Obama has proven he can't. Romney has proven he can. Please look at what this country needs and vote for the person who has the track record of doing that.

  • docport1 ,
    Oct. 25, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    Why should he have to be "humanized"? His policies speak for themselves. Lets take healthcare, college, and any other opportunities away from the poor to keep them where they belong....waiting on me. It's a good think he can't flip flop on his good deeds like he does on his bad ones.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    When President Obama hears anything about Mitt Romney doing good things for people, the President will talk around those happenings. I believe he doesn't have a heart that can do those kind of things for the heart's sake and for charity. Romney has shown he cares for people and that is so foreign to the President. To have a VP that shows he has donated a total of $300.00 a year is definitely not showing very much caring for other people. Their demeanor in the 4 debates didn't show any kind of caring for their opponent or the things they were talking about.

    The current President and VP showed the opposite of caring. The President didn't listen to what Romney said as he was spending all his thought time preparing for his own statement as the moderators didn't make him answer questions.

    Seeing the President say "Bob", almost pleading for some intervention from the moderator was not showing he was Chief or Commander-in-Chief, even after 4 years.

    Bill Clinton was one that really used polls and focus groups to show his performance. This President can't even use the BLS for that.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 25, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    So then, this story is actually an ad ABOUT an ad?

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    I think that the left hates these stories due to their very low self-esteem. When they see or hear of anyone on the Right doing something that is of high moral character, they turn their heads or make light of it because it makes them feel bad about themselves or their "side". Most of them do not have the courage to step up to the plate. Like Obama who would rather go on some looney daytime show and say he is just there as "eye-candy". I guess he could go to Church every Sunday for a couple of decades and listen to Rev. Wright preach and claim he just doesn't ever remember him preaching negative things or saying anything bad about America. Two very different people with two very different ideas. Be careful Americal how you vote.

    Oct. 25, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    The suggestion that this portrayal of Mitt is offensive is pure hubris. Mitt didn't do acts of kindness because they would make him look good - if he had he would talk about them. He didn't do them so they could be shown in campaign ads years down the road - a campaign that he didn't know he would be running and in ads that weren't even created by his campaign organization. He obviously helped this boy because he cared about the boy and his parents, the same with the many others he's helped along the way. He's a good and decent man, and I'm grateful and amazed that he's been willing to endure the garbage that's been flung his way. And we wonder why it's so hard to get good people to run for office...

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 25, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    For every story "humanizing" Romney, there is another side to Romney--such as the one that cut a classmate's hair (and doesn't even remember it). Or, what about the workers who lost their jobs when Bain shipped their jobs overseas or leveraged-to-the-hilt their companies which then went bankrupt?

    The Romney i see is the one that won't/can't explain his proposal to give himself a $674,000 tax cut and wants to maintain the special loophole-carried interest--which allowed him to amass a great fortune.

    The Romney i see enacted healthcare reform as Gov., but now wants to repeal the same reform for Americans. He falsely tells people pre-existing conditions will be covered but doesn't tell them they have to have had continuous coverage.

    Not buying it...

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    When this couple shared their story at the Republican convention the crowd was mesmerized and so were the viewers.

    Many of them knew of Mitt but after this story was told they had a confirmation that Mitt was not this dehumanized piece of fiction that was being 'painted' by his opposition. There was not a dry eye in the convention center and millions of people were opened to the reality that Mitt was a man of great compassion, even to a 14 year old boy and his family. Mitt really cares.

    The idea suggested of Mitt ministering to Ted and Pat Oparowski and their son David was just a 'job or an assignment' is extremely offensive to me.

    "By their fruits ye shall know them."

    In this day of media dishonesty and bias I have no problem with Ted and Pat Oparowski sharing their personal story that gives a glimpse into the personal character of a man we hope to soon lead our great nation.

    Maybe this simple video will serve to remind a few more people that Mitt has compassion and cares and has the character to execute the duties of the office.

    Go Romney/Ryan!

  • Cactus Moroni, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    It's disheartening to read the comments belittling Romney's caring, compassionate actions as being told solely for political gain. You can be assured that if there were ANY stories from President Obama's past that showed similar compassionate actions, they would be in the news ad nauseum. Are there any such stories out there that we are unaware of? Anybody? Anybody? . . . . Bueller? Bueller?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 7:26 a.m.


    The boy's parents decided they wanted to do it. Is it not their choice?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 25, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    Re: Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    "As it is, it merely means that Mitt was doing his job."

    Sounds like Mitt Romney is a decent man with a caring heart. That isn't the picture the liberals have tried to paint and that is why this story is so refreshing.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Oct. 25, 2012 5:27 a.m.

    What transpires betweeen a member of a Bishopric or stake Presidency and a member of their Ward or Stake should remain confidential. PAC ads are not the place to talk about what went on with anything to do with the church or it's members.

  • Vaughn J Kearns, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    Romney does not bring up all of the little things that he does. He is much more of a gentlemen than Obama. This characteristic has been shown numerous times during the debate cycle. Obama was loud, intrusive and argumentative as Mr. Romney was making his points. Obama could not wait until his turn to refute or present his comments. He also could not follow the rules that both agreed to prior to the debates. This continues to demonstrate that Obama thinks that he is above the rules. He has shown this numerous times during his administration, installing administrators without congressional oversight, using executive authority to establish new departments of organizations (committee to improve Afro-American education opportunities)not simply American opportunities.

    The obvious run around of his administration on the Benghazi attacks. They are still trying to mitigate the affect of this on the election by Clinton making comments that try to obscure the facts and put off the reckoning.

    It is time for the American people to select the best individual for president, one with a heart, compassion, and the leadership ability to make the difficult decision that will occur.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 8:11 p.m.

    We in Utah have seen how effective Mitt Romney can be when he took control of our very ailing preparations for the Olympics held in our state. A small but significant example of his "can-do, make-it-work" ethic happened when there was a roadblock-type tie-up of traffic, including competing athletes trying to get to events at SnowBasin, because of some kind of snafu. Mitt Romney was notified, got physically out there (didn't say to someone else "go fix it") and got the whole mess straightened out, cleared out, with everyone able to finally get on their way in freezing weather to the events.

    To a lot of Utahns and others, the need to "humanize" Mitt Romney (as the media keeps saying) is ridiculous - he is full of compassion for his fellowman, is humble, and capable of working extremely hard to find the best solutions to big and little problems.

  • SS MiddleofNowhere, Utah
    Oct. 24, 2012 6:53 p.m.


    Well, it might do us some good to have someone who does their job in the oval office. This is one of many stories of Mitt's good deeds toward others. Have you heard the story of when Mitt paid for the milk given to veterans through a program that fed veterans, for TWO YEARS? Or how about when he stopped campaigning for governor and financed the search for one of his friends missing children? Also, Romney was governor and president of the Olympics without pay. I could go on and on and on. You can't tell me he does the things he does because he doesn't care. It's blatantly obvious!

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 6:45 p.m.


    Do you know what responsibilities a counselor in the stake presidency has? Helping a dying boy really isn't necessarily one of them. Besides, he didn't get paid to do it, most likely wasn't told to do it, so his motivation was simply love and charity.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2012 6:33 p.m.

    But I didn't see any comment about Obama using childish comments like romnesia.
    I guess we vote for those who best match our character.

    And when a simple unsolicited story comes out about an act of kindness you are so anxious to bury it as long as it casts a positive light on Mitt.
    I'd be happy to read a story about Obama before he was president when no one was looking to see how many lives he touched when he wasn't getting paid to do so.
    Sorry, only people who don't want to see the good in others would look at a story the way you and no fit do.
    Sad empty lives.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    As indicated in the story, Mitt was a counselor in the Stake Presidency when these events occurred. That means he was fulfilling the requirements of his calling, something that he was obligted to do. If he had done these things without any requirement to do so, this would be a great story about him. As it is, it merely means that Mitt was doing his job.

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    This is an independent company, not him putting out the story. I feel Mitt has been extremely reserved regarding his acts of kindness he's displayed throughout his life. I personally love hearing stories of compassion no matter where they come from or who they're about.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    Read the article. It is a PAC that put this ad together. It wasn't the Romney campaign. I think it speaks volumes about Romney's character that the parents of this boy would allow their story to be used in a political campaign.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    Azrods, not everything mitt does is bad in my eyes. He's an excellent father and family man. But this particular exercise, which mitt probably didn't have much to do with planning, just looks...bad. No fit pointed it out, too. It seems really opportunistic.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 24, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Quiet, humble, unseen folks help others just like this throughout our world every day.
    Mr. Romney should feel uncomfortable in resorting to this sort of media display in this campaign.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    Oh Hutty I think everything Mitt Romney does is bad in your eyes.
    If I were wanting to know who these two men really were I'd be looking for every story about their personal lives I could find.
    In the case of Mitt Romney, we've obviously been shown all of his horriable little acts throughout his life.
    Too bad we can't see countless acts of kindness that he's done. But a strong and loving family tells me everything I need to know about the man.
    I won't go into Obama's personal life because I choose to praised what is good and quietly vote against people with whom I disagree.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    The context of this is just....bad.

  • sandgrules Durham, NC
    Oct. 24, 2012 3:33 p.m.


    As cold blooded as when Obama first used someone dying to try and take votes from Romney? Obama has painted a false image Romney, and the media has embellished that false image. This story may be coming to light to get votes, but isn't that the point? Don't we want to know everything about a candidate, the good and the bad?

  • annewandering oakley, idaho
    Oct. 24, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    How is it humanizing to use a dying child to get votes? Sounds extremely coldblooded to me.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    I'll bet the video is impressive. Wish it would play.