Mike Leavitt's memorable decision to not go negative

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 11, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    It would be interesting to know how Leavitt would view the gerrymandering the Legislature did this last go around, carving SLC into a pizza.

    It would also be interesting to hear how the defenders of the Utah caucus system would characterize the Supreme Court ruling striking down federal limits on how many campaigns an individual can give the maximum contribution to (with conservative hero Justice Thomas advocating an elimination on limits altogether).

    We heard the Caucus supporters claim the caucus system would help non-monied candidates be successful, while their conservative brethren on the highest court opened the flood gates, coming ever so closer to declaring money as free speech, period. (If that happens, bribery laws may presumably be struck down, as quid-pro-quo campaign financing becomes entirely legal).

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    April 11, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    Then there are the opposite campaigns, claiming the opposing party is warring on women and old people, and they want dirty air and dirty water.

    But that is all in the past. Now we have superpacs to do all the dirty work. The campaign against Mia was the most disgusting batch of lies ever.

    Hopefully, with the latest SCOTUS ruling, candidates will again have to take responsibility for their campaigns be they vile or positive.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    Liberals could learn a lot from a guy like that.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 11, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    Mike Leavitt is a good man and a solid politican. It would be difficult for him to gain a more prominent position within today's GOP because of the right wing radicals that have taken over our party and ruined it.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 11, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    The left has attacked Leavitt mercilessly.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 11, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    I find Mike Leavitt to be a class act. There are times I have disagreed with him, such as the time he prohibited HHS from negotiating with drug companies for lower prices like the VA does, thus costing tax payers billions extra. But I still think he is a class act. It's too bad this paper and the rest of the Republican establishment do not follow his example.