Mitt Romney snags surprise key Iowa endorsement

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    Re: xert Santa Monica, CA
    "And yet--Obama will win Iowa. Book it."

    And yet Romney will win the overall election. Book it.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 30, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    And yet--Obama will win Iowa. Book it.

  • JCH San Diego, CA
    Oct. 29, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    I'm curious about Pres. Obama supporters' opinions, at least on this site. Specifically, what do you like about this administration? I remember the appeal of Candidate Obama in 2008: restoration of normalcy, decency, restraint, and the rule-of-law, both at home and abroad. Has he in any way met your expectations? I'll cite a few specifics that I find particularly disappointing:

    Number of prosections of Wall St. criminals = 0
    Number of prosecution of torturers/enablers = 0
    Number of meaningful financial reform regulations = 0
    Number of insane wars in Afghanistan ended = 0
    Number of large-scale alternative energy projects started = 0
    Number of high-speed national/regional rail projects started = 0

    Now, please, tell me, what's the appeal? In responding, please, please don't refer to the killing of Osama Bin Laden or the bailout of GM. I have heard those talking points, ad nauseum.

    (FWIW, I voted for Obama in 2008, but Rocky Anderson got my vote this year.)

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    I see your abilities to twist and distort have not diminished one iota.

    I was not referring to his critics who criticized his policies, but to those who distorted his name to come up with a “childish, disrespectful, and slightly insulting nickname” as you’ve indicted the right for.

    I’ll ask again, since you ignored it the first time. Do you find calling the POTUS the droppings a male bovine more dignified and acceptable than calling the POTUS by his initials?

    See, you make a broad generalization of the right but refuse to recognize when the left is guilty of worse abuses.

    I’ll accept your silence on the question as an indication you feel the left can get with anything; since they have no standards, why should they be held to any. (does the name Bill Maher ring a bell?)

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    "But I thought you conservatives wanted us to stop bringing up Bush era stuff, like his bungling of the economy, or his unfunded wars, tax cuts, and prescription drug benefits, his government bailouts, the fact that he was the worst president in living memory, and the unbelievable fact that you voted for him twice?"


    HIS bungling of the economy? The housing bubble burst due to policies by the Democrats. Bush had an average of 5% unemployment. What was Obama's? How about rather than blame Bush, how about you democrats start telling the nation what Obama would actually do.

    Government bailouts? If Bush was horrible because of his government bailouts, then Obama must be inexplicably worse. And Bush couldn't possibly be the worst president in living memory for anyone who lived during the past 4 years. What would be even more unbelievable is if we vote for Obama twice. That would be an embarrassment to the United States. We would really have to apologize to the world for that!

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    The thing why this endorsement is making news is not that it's coming from the Des Moines Register, but because it's coming from a left-leaning newspaper that hasn't endorsed a Republican in 40 years. This represents a definite shift from 2008 and away from Obama.

    Where is Obama's 'Change'? All we are hearing are excuses. No doubt the same opinion being expressed by left-leaning newspapers...

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 11:54 a.m.


    As an independent, I've read all the things that are wrong with Romney, most of it coming from far left websites.

    What I see coming from the right are realistic expectations of Romney. They aren't proclaiming their candidate is the messiah that will cause the 'oceans to recede' and the world come together in love and harmony.

    Romney is not perfect. He's a politician and plays that game well. But the info coming from the far left leaning websites and MSNBC are ridiculous. They believe that Romney will cause women to digress back to the '50s and shove grandma off the cliff. Seriously?

    Reality is much more disturbing. What I see from Obama is a disastrous first term. I see the country in worse shape than I can remember in my lifetime. Washington has never been more partisan. He's failed as a leader. He has lost my confidence and it would be disastrous to this country if voted in a second term.

    Romney's real-world experience is worth giving him a chance. He's a family man with very little tarnish on his record. He's a far better option than Obama...

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    Sounds to me like the Des Moines Register has a lot smarter editorial board than the one in Denver.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    One more week before this debacle is over. I don't think our real choice here should be between Obama or Romney but between sanity and insanity. The Supreme Courts Citzens United ruling has changed our country forever if we don't change campaign election laws things will become worse. The amount of money being spent is abusurd!! I have not heard Romney's opinion on the matter but have heard BO say many times how the ruling is bad for America. If we don't fix this our future leaders may still be elected but they will be funded by unseen, selfish forces. It's all about the money.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Oct. 29, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    After having read a number of the posts here, most seem to forget that Des Moines is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Iowa. It Register's endorsement of Romney may not throw the election in his favor, but it certainly could be enough to throw the state in his direction.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    Re: Rick C DAVENPORT, IA
    "No one pays attention to the Register's endorsement"

    Actually Mitt Romney made a clean sweep in Iowa. All four major newspapers, including the state's largest paper, The Des Moines Register, backed Mitt Romney.

    What part of this story is it that the liberals don't understand?

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 7:09 p.m.


    The Deseret News does us the courtesy of sharing stories that the majority of their readers have an interest in. How strange it would be if they did not do that.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Oct. 28, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    "No, I think I'll follow the example of so many conservative posters here and come up with a childish, disrespectful, and slightly insulting nickname for him and use that instead. Then I'll blame him for every problem the country has .."

    Emajor - no sympathy for you here. And when it comes to "childish, disrespectful," etc., etc., look no further than Joe Biden and his boss. Their photos are in the dictionary next to that definition. Those two hit new lows everyday. Time for real hope and change.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Romnesia? That's actually pretty funny. Pretty accurate too. If conservatives can come up with something that clever and descriptive, I might give it a pass.

    Clinton & Millsap fan,
    I can tell conservatives have real regrets about voting for Bush, because you are awfully touchy and sensitive when anyone brings it up. That wasn't really the point of my last post, but now that you've brought it up, 4 years is not enough to simply forget what a horrible president he was, and that fact that you passed over two competent but boring challengers who probably wouldn't have made those mistakes. Bailout & some deficit issues aside, Obama is nothing like Bush. He didn't lie to start a war that killed over 3000 soldiers, did he? We can't all have Romnesia about the fact you elected and then reelected the man.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 28, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    re:Millsap Fan
    "You know the republican who fixed the economy successfully while cutting taxes?"

    No, the Republican Reagan who cut tax rates and then raised taxes 11 times.
    The Reagan who ended up with a large budget deficit?

    Gov. Romney was a moderate when he was Gov.--and had Democrats who were willing to work across the aisle. If elected Pres. Romney will inherit a far-right House of Representatives who view compromise as immoral. But who knows? It appears Republicans can embrace the far-right Romney one minute and the moderate Romney the next minute. They can embrace a 180 degree shift on policy as long as it has an "R" attached.

    Congressional Democrats are much better at working across the aisle than Republicans.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    Re: VST,

    "The Deseret News does not endorse candidates."

    You can really sat that with clear conscience? How often do you read the dnews or do you just have those mormon blinders on?

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 28, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    @ emajor...

    "Romnesia" thanks to our illustrious and respectful Mr. President.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    The writer of this article is making it sound like the Register is just endorsing Romney over some kind of petty rage at being told the president's comments were off the record. That's not at all the case. Their endorsement is entirely based on the issues. To quote the linked plea for the transcript to be opened:

    "It’s important that I emphasize the White House’s decision won’t play a factor in our board’s final endorsement decision. That would be petty and ridiculous. We take far too seriously what’s at stake this election and what our endorsement should say."

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 2:02 p.m.


    If Which Romney is elected, repubs will not blame the previous President of The United States of America for ANYTHING?

    I would not take that promise to the bank...

    However, I will hold repubs to it anyway...

    Thank you, very much.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    What's Mr. Obama going to answer about the failed green jobs, transparency in the White House, a bumbling and/or incompetent foreign policy, crony capitalism, a ballooning debt, pandering to the unions and left wing radicals, refusing to submit a budget, ignoring his own Bowles-Simpson recommendations, an unfunded health care plan, and on and on. His cool charm can only take him so far before voters and unbiased journalists catch on. The New York Times and other left wing papers will go down with the ship.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    Utah Bill,

    Same ole tactic of the left. Tell half the story. While you are correct in stating that MA will not go for Romney, you act as if they know something we don't instead of being honest and admitting that 87% of MA are democrats.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Oct. 28, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    These newspaper endorsments are a total waste of time at this point in the campaign. Half of the voters have already voted early and the other half have already made up there minds who they will vote for. There are no so called undecided voters left, anyone that says they are undecided at this stage is just simply not going to vote anyway. Both Obama & Romney are preaching to the converted, their job now is to get all of their converts that haven't already voted to the polls on November 6th.

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 11:37 a.m.


    I've got a new campaign slogan for Obama.

    "Bush did it."

    I'm so sick of the blame game. Obama has been blaming Bush for four years. Time to man up Obama for the six trillion dollars of debt you have racked up when you said you would cut the deficit in half and if you didn't you would be a one term president.

    (You called Bush un-American for four trillion so what does that make you?)

    For being dishonest about Libya and acting weak in the face of terrorism. I want a real man for president instead of a little boy who when his hand is caught in the cookie jar says "bush did it."

  • Clinton Draper, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    @Emajor: No, please, go ahead and bring Bush's failed policies up, and then go ahead and explain why Obama continued and even expanded most of them. Please explain why it was a good thing that Obama continued Bush's government bailouts. Please explain how Obama's expansions of Bush's over-regulation of the auto and healthcare industries have been a good thing for our economy, to name a couple examples. I agree that Bush is one of the worst presidents in recent history, so perhaps you can explain why Obama, who has continued a lot of Bush's worst policies, isn't . . . well . . . worse? Also, read my other post and explain how any of those are qualities we want to have in the leader of our country. Please.

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 11:13 a.m.


    Here we go with Bush again. Romney isn't Bush and their policies are different. Democrats say that republicans don't know how to fix an economy. You ever heard of Ronald Reagan? You know the republican who fixed the economy successfully while cutting taxes?

    As for Bush, he was dealing with the worst terrorist attack in American history and two wars most of congress and this country wanted so give the guy a break.

  • Clinton Draper, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    @One Vote: I wonder why Obama had his Attorney General held in criminal contempt of Congress for his efforts to cover up Operation Fast and Furious? I wonder why Obama fired an Inspector General of Americorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case? I wonder why Obama repeatedly lied about the murder of a U.S. Ambassador in Libya? I wonder why Obama spent a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs, only to later admit there was no such thing as a shovel-ready job? I wonder why Obama redistributed $26.5 billion dollars of taxpayer money to his union supporters in the UAW? I wonder why Obama increased food stamp spending by over 100% during his presidency? I wonder why Obama presented budgets to outrageous that nobody, not even his own party would vote for them? I wonder why Obama presided over America's credit rating cut? I wonder why Obama would skirt bankruptcy law, in a Hugo Chavez-ian move, according to the Wall Street Journal, in order to turn control of Chrysler over to his union supporters? There are so many things I wonder about this president, and those who support him?

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    lost in DC,
    "I guess you turn a blind eye to Bush's critics "

    But I thought you conservatives wanted us to stop bringing up Bush era stuff, like his bungling of the economy, or his unfunded wars, tax cuts, and prescription drug benefits, his government bailouts, the fact that he was the worst president in living memory, and the unbelievable fact that you voted for him twice? Is all that stuff back on the table now?

    A question for you, though. If it irritated you that critics called Bush childish and rude names, and you find this to be a moral failing, why would you accept this behavior from conservatives? Should you simply drop your standards when it is expedient to do so?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    For a newspaper of a neighboring state of South Dakota to endorse Richard Nixon over George McGovern must have been a hard thing to do. However, Watergate hadn't been investigated thoroughly, by that time, sort of like Benghazi where there were 4 deaths from the diplomatic mission in Libya, which there weren't deaths in Watergate.

    Also, it is ridiculous, even for a Democrat to compare Richard M. Nixon with Governor Romney in any kind of light, red or blue. Their personna and character are completely different over their many years of service. Their integrity and honesty levels are completely opposite from each other.

    They, however, were/are both Republicans, that is agreed. President Nixon was a deficiency for all of America and not just the Republican. The Des Moines Register must note that difference, also, to break with the past 40 years and support Romney.

    If the President ever had a plan for the economy instead of making anti-American political statements to every country while he traveled to their country, he would have done a better job.

    His first mistake was hiring a Secretary of the Treasury that couldn't spell budget but could avoid income taxes.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    An endorsement that should get more press is the one that isn't - from the voters of Massachusetts. The citizens of that state went out of their way to elect Romney once, but will not do so again. Obama leads there by a insurmountable 15%. As a result, Romney has given up campaigning there. Who knows Romney best - the voters of Utah or the voters of Massachusetts?

  • Charlemagne Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 28, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    I hope the Des Moines Register's endorsement does make a difference. But then I think of how few people in this state will pay any attention to the Salt Lake Tribune's endorsement of Obama.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 9:20 a.m.


    " Romney wants to go bac to Bush's excesses..."

    Another worn out Obama line. Bush did a stimulus and so did Obama. Bush started the bailouts and Obama continued them. Neither man had any business leading the country.

    This isn't about Bush vs Obama. It's about waking up from the drunken stupor this government seems to be in when it comes to spending. Think about it, Furry 1993. If government spending were the key to solving our economic problems, as Obama and Biden have both told us, Bush would have never had any economic problems. He spent $4 Trillion! Only to be outdone by Obama's $6 Trillion!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    The President's lacking policies, if any at all, are let's keep the same in the next 4 years as he has had, if he had spelled out any, for our country.

    He had a policy of vacations, trips, expenditures, giving money for votes to unions, Czars, and a Benghazi affair that he left in Las Vegas (What happens in Benghazi, stays in Benghazi).

    He has a Secretary of State and a Secretary of Defense along with his leadership that couldn't handle the at a moment's notice at "3 a.m." in the morning. The President had plenty of advance warning about Osama Bin Laden so "he" could pull the trigger. In this instance, the President and his highest level appointees could not pull the trigger when our dedicated servants of the United States of America were giving their lives for our country. The two seals even disobeyed th stand down orders of the uppers. They did what any military or civilian servant would do for their comrades in arms. They gave their all and without knowing that they were going to be sacrificed by our Commander-in-Chief and his top advisers. Worse than Watergate politics.

  • phillyfanatic LONG BEACH, CA
    Oct. 28, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    One more thing about endorsements. There are about 6% real undecideds. If anything can convince them one way or another, it is worth putting it out there. Ads, personal calls, even media events. We shall see. We know Ca. will not be impressed nor NY but some swing states might be.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    The last time the Des Moines Register endorsed a Republican was 1972, when they endorsed Richard Nixon.

    And that turned out great for America, right?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Why is Romney making false claims about the jeep plant In Iowa moving to China?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    ANY newspaper endorsing a republican is big news.

    "childish, disrespectful, and slightly insulting" Those don't look like the tolerant and diversity-respecting terms we have been told the left embraces.

    But if you are referring to nicknames given to presidents, I guess you turn a blind eye to Bush's critics who routinely added "ll" an "it" in small script to strategic places in his name. Please don't tell me you find it more acceptable to refer to a president as the droppings of a male bovine than to refer to one by his initials.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Oct. 28, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    But what about both parties blocking Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, from even attending a presidential debate, similar to Ralph Nader being denied entrance to a presidential debate, even though he held a ticket. Did the Des Moines Register report on that?

    I say both parties were complicit in blocking Stein, and having her arrested, because it is well known that the Republican and Democrat parties control the presidential debates, via the Commission on Presidential Debates, Inc.

    Ask yourselves why two, powerful parties should be afraid of small, insignificant challengers. Probably for the same reason that Ron Paul's supporters were silenced at the GOP convention.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    Those grapes were probably sour anyway.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    They endorsed Romney? I guess they really don't care about the country's welfare. Romney wants to go bac to Bush's excesses, and put the country down the toilet in the process.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 5:55 a.m.

    Perhaps the press is beginning to realize that their number one job is telling the truth and that in the end the truth helps the bottom line of the newspaper industry. To say that the election of Romney will end it all is ludicrous. However, people across this land are sick of Newspapers, the government, the selfish, and the powerful pandering to weakness, enriching themselves at the expense of the poor and the ignorant, and destroying the foundations of this country. Romney is just the first step! Obama's policies, regardless of his motivations, are destroying this country. A newspaper's job is to pull the mask off. Newspapers have lost credibility and readership because of how they have handled The People's rights to the truth.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 27, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    Of course they gave him their endorsement. People are realizing that there isn't a plan for a second Obama term. Hire more teachers? Raise taxes on 'the rich.' Invest in 'green' energy. Please, any Obama supporter, how is that a plan?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 27, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    The Register is a reliable publication and their information from 2008 and 2012 are interesting to compare, they have been Democratic years.

    Register in October 2008: Obama has earned endorsement for the presidency because of his steadfastness in the face of uncertainty, his clear-eyed vision for a more just America and his potential for rallying the country to do great things. Obama said, "I think there's this particular window right now where the country is hungry for change, and also hungry to be brought together, as opposed to being driven apart. I thought that the particular skills bringing people from diverse backgrounds across lines of race, party, region or faith to focus on solving problems, is a useful and needed skill right now."

    Register in October 2012: Determined Romney is better positioned to "forge the compromises in Congress" necessary to turn the economy around, create jobs and get the federal budget back on track. Romney has made rebuilding the economy his No. 1 campaign priority--and rightly so," and Obama's "best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short." It would not change with a second term," "Barack Obama’s theme was hope and change.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Oct. 27, 2012 11:55 p.m.

    Unfortunately all the buzz on the Internet is over who your sister paper in SLC endorsed

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 27, 2012 11:49 p.m.

    Which candidate do you suppose the DN is going to endorse? Hard to say. However, I don't read the register out of Iowa. It's Iowa, for petes' sake. But I do know this. Romney is a huge mistake. So I'm not endorsing him

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2012 11:31 p.m.

    That's cool rifleman, that you have been hanging out behind closed doors with President Obama's reelection committee. Good for you.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Oct. 27, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    "Get used to saying "President Romney" for the next 4 years"

    No, I think I'll follow the example of so many conservative posters here and come up with a childish, disrespectful, and slightly insulting nickname for him and use that instead. Then I'll blame him for every problem the country has. Inaccurate comparisons to villainous historical figures and extreme political ideologies are also highly likely. Tit for tat, you know.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2012 11:11 p.m.

    Re: KJB1 Eugene, OR

    What Obama's re-election committee is saying behind closed doors is that they are in serious trouble. The double hits he took with his bungled first presidential debate and then his bungled handling of our Consulate in Libya were more than he could overcome.

    Get used to saying "President Romney" for the next 4 years.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Oct. 27, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    The Denver Post endorsed President Obama, and that's also a "key endorsement" in a swing state. Where is the DN's screaming headline for that story?

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    Rick C,

    "No one pays attention to the Register's endorsement"

    After Googling it, I've come to a different conclusion. I may not live in Iowa, but a whole lot of people are reading about it elsewhere. You obviously read about this yourself, and I'm sure others in Iowa will know this either now or by the time they vote. Sounds "key" enough to me.

    Oct. 27, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    I'm not sure if the writer is an Iowan. I'm guessing not. No one pays attention to the Register's endorsement; hardly anyone outside of the Des Moines metro area even reads it. A key endorsement? Hardly.