Utahns have lots to chew on heading into presidential preference caucus

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  • Bonijo Whispering Pines, NC
    March 28, 2016 8:06 a.m.

    Did not think I would be doing this...I will vote for Trump if I have that opportunity and I think a lot of Democrats will too.
    I read all of Ben Carson's books and was happy to see him in the race, when he dropped out the only one I could consider is Trump so I went online and ordered 3 of hiss books, now reading "Think llike a Champion" written in 2009. Except for the First chapter that shows that even he was fooled by Obama's intentions and abilities, it is a great read, very short chapters 2-4 pages the theme of well known quotes of famous writers. 173 chapters in 194 pages. I will keep it for reference in teaching others.
    The others are experienced in the payoff schemes of our present system. Shocking how much money is appropriated to research, just read about the millions that were in the pot to check out pistols. No wonder so many run for offices, we need a clean up and I believe that Donald Trump do the job of a businessman not a politician.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 22, 2016 2:24 p.m.

    BO has been an excellent president? really? race relations worse than before he took office, labor participation rate at an all-time low, political divisiveness at an all time high, world MUCH more dangerous, slowest recovery in history, highest deficits ever.

    stocks up - yeah, he has chased corporations overseas where there are lower wages, lower environmental controls, and more reasonable corporate tax rates, so of course stocks are up.

    unemployment down thanks to actions by Paulson and the Fed, but real wages have not yet recovered, and people are working longer at more jobs for less money. and as I already said, the participation rate is the lowest ever recorded.

    dems are kidding themselves when they say BO has even been good. worst POTUS in history, and considering carter, that's saying something!

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    March 22, 2016 1:20 p.m.

    Welcome Madam President Clinton!
    And because the GOP is in flames right now, it will be at LEAST 8 years until they right their sinking ship.
    Barack Obama is and has been an excellent president, and that will continue under Hillary's watch.
    Stocks up, unemployment down, lots of Bush's ungodly disastrous mess cleaned up.
    Republicans are kidding themselves when they say Obama has been a disaster....it was Bush that nearly ran us into Hades.

  • shamrock dad Yuma, AZ
    March 22, 2016 1:15 p.m.

    Hey Utahns, as for Donald Trump...wake up and smell the Postum!

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    March 22, 2016 11:54 a.m.

    Cruz has virtually NO chance of winning the presidency. Why not back a candidate who might actually win.?? For a change. All backing Cruz will do is make the democrats chances stronger.

  • byugraduate las vegas, NV
    March 22, 2016 11:44 a.m.

    Grumpy Grandpa

    Your globalist plan is working real well. 45 million Americans on food stamps and 19 trillion in debt. Keep the status quo, right! How about we bring back the jobs to the U.S.?

  • StringFellowHawk Blaine, Wa.
    March 22, 2016 11:32 a.m.

    GO TRUMP!!

  • Thats what I thought South Jordan, UT
    March 22, 2016 11:18 a.m.

    So on one side we have a socialist and a woman who really should be in prison and on the other we have a guy who goes through bankruptcies faster than he does mistresses, the least likable man in America, and a guy who has no chance of winning. What a sad day where these are the population's only choices.

  • Grumpy Granpa Spanish Fork, UT
    March 22, 2016 10:14 a.m.


    Manufacturing jobs aren't coming back to the US. If you believe in free markets, even mixed market economies manufacturing jobs aren't coming back, won't come back, and can't come back. The laws of economics and the reality of labor costs dictate this. Stop listening to the lies of Trump and other politicians.

    Reality is that we are continuing to deindustrialize and are in a Tertiary economy based on service industry jobs and beginning a Quaternary economy based on knowledge and skill. These are going to go through rapid change in the next few years with robotics, technology, and artificial intelligence. The world of work and employment is and will be radically changing.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2016 10:10 a.m.


    I think your comment is generally correct, but the red-meat, angry, anti-establishment base of the Republican party (who dominate the primaries and caucuses) aren't interested in a relatively clean candidate who has executive branch experience; they want either Donald "Denny Crane" Trump or Rafael Edward "Scorched-Earth" Cruz, and unfortunately (for the GOP), the general electorate (who dominate the November elections) aren't likely to be interested in a bellicose loose cannon or an ideological zealot bent on committing economic hari-kari. Consequently, the odds are pretty good that the next occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be another Democrat (which works for me, but probably not so much for the general reader base of the Deseret News).

  • byugraduate las vegas, NV
    March 22, 2016 9:41 a.m.

    Trump will bring jobs back to America. The other candidates will bring illegals in to replace you at work. Tough decision.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    March 22, 2016 8:37 a.m.

    Kasich is the only candidate with virtually no "mud" on him in this election because he is the one who took the high road, refusing to engage in the mud-slinging. He is also the only one with real leadership experience in government (and success in governing), and the only one who can appeal to a broad enough segment of the electorate to keep Hillary from winning.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 22, 2016 8:22 a.m.

    BO, harry and nancy have made the USA a mess, an embarrassment.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    March 22, 2016 8:09 a.m.

    The GOP is a mess...an embarrassment-

  • John Brown 1000 Laketown, UT
    March 22, 2016 7:53 a.m.

    Why isn't Romney putting in this time and money into stopping Hillary?

    That's precisely what he's doing. He doesn't think Trump can beat her. He thinks Cruz can. The first step to stopping Hillary is to get a candidate you think can win.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    March 21, 2016 11:23 p.m.

    Why isn't Romney putting this kind of time and energy into stopping Hillary?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 21, 2016 10:47 p.m.

    Donald Trump? Rafael Cruz?

    I can see why Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could win the GOP...

  • Jay3 los angeles, CA
    March 21, 2016 10:46 p.m.

    If you value honesty and trustworthiness Cruz should not be your choice. Cruz lied about Carson dropping out in Iowa, he sent out phony mailers in Iowa that were designed to make it look like they came from the Iowa Secretary of State and designed to lead people to vote for Cruz. He lied about his position on Renewable Fuels in Iowa, space limits prevent me from going on about this. If you want someone to fix the economy, Cruz should be your last choice. He knows nothing about business, nothing about economics, has no plan other than his disastrous tax plan, has no clue on how to stop our enormous trade deficits, has no clue on how to stop jobs and businesses from leaving the country, no clue on how to create economic growth or jobs. He is just another slick politician angling for higher office. If you want someone who knows how to work with others to get things done, again Cruz should be your last choice. He gets along with virtually no one in Washington, has accomplished nothing there, is strongly disliked by almost all of the Republican Senators he works with. Don't lose with Cruz.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    March 21, 2016 9:12 p.m.

    So the question is, "who is the lesser evil of all the candidates?" My 25 cents for the jukebox? They are all the same. "Action speaks louder than words" which is something that would always be amiss with the Politicians. They speak the language and pretend to walk the walk to look good in the eyes of the voters during campaign time, but once they step through the doors of their offices, "it's the same old song" all over again. The middle class and the U.S Constitution are always used as pawns to get the votes but that will always remained the same old rhetoric in "forever in blue jeans." Politics would remained "dirty business" "forever and ever Amen" and we will keep on voting because it is our "civic duty." Good luck to us all and God Speed.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    March 21, 2016 8:27 p.m.

    On October 22, 1967, John McCain was flying a mission over Vietnam when he was shot down and taken captive. His father was a high ranking naval officer and only eight months into John's captivity, and after enduring brutal torture in the Hanoi Hilton, they offered him release from prison. He refused the early release because of solidarity with his men. His decision caused him to endure FIVE more years of captivity and regular torture.

    This is the man that Donald Trump has publicly ridiculed and called into question what he suffered for his country. What was Mr. Trump doing during that same period of time? His own words convict him, if people are willing to hear what he says and also do research into what he has specifically bragged about doing during the Vietnam years.

    While I still haven't made up my mind about how I will vote tomorrow, I have a good idea, and I will choose a good person who, instead of insulting everyone, will at least listen to differing points of view and try to be presidential. For me, that person isn't Donald Trump.

    March 21, 2016 7:14 p.m.

    The thing to remember is that virtually all polls end up being seriously unreliable and they are likely bought off like everything else in politics. Seeing Trump lose is a pipe dream of money folks and those who complain of politics strangle hold on the country but have no nads. Trump will win big in Utah and everywhere else unless of course there is blatant voter fraud like last time. The biggest concern in the election is if Hillery will be allowed to take the oath of office from the pen or Bernie from the Kremlin! Lets watch tho oath of office from the new Trump Tower.

  • common sense in Idaho Pocatello, id
    March 21, 2016 6:35 p.m.

    Patriot - Here's are little food for thought for you. So far in the Republican primaries Trump has received 7.5 million votes. !2.5 million in the primaries have voted against him. So you can see that Trump even if he gets the nomination has already lost considerable support from within the Republican party. I'm not talking about the establishment, I'm talking regular people here. Polls have indicated that approximately 25% of Republican voters in the primary will not vote for Trump in the general election. Those are nationwide polling statistics. That's why polls show him losing to both Bernie and Hillary.

    My point is that cross over democrats and independents are not going to be enough when Trump has lost so much of the base already. And you know what its his own fault. For being a condescending, narcissistic, disrespectful bully. I find Trump to be very, very offensive. Here's one Republican who will never vote for him.

    BTW - Please give Romney a rest. We get it that you don't like him. He's not running this election.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 21, 2016 6:26 p.m.

    Hey Trey J -

    "Republicans best hope to win in November is for Kasich to win several states down the stretch run and then be the nominee in a contested convention."

    Shhhhh . . . You don't have to tell everybody, do you?

    Hillary deserves an easy, basically uncontested, win.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2016 5:25 p.m.

    If you have spent any time watching the republican debates and watching speeches given by the Don, I do not know how you can support Trump and hate on Romney. Mitt did a difficult but great service by pointing out the elephant in the room.

    Trump is a great reality entertainer, presidential he never will be. Trump will never get my vote and polls show that he will lose Utah and will lose against Hilary in a landslide.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 21, 2016 5:20 p.m.

    re:Trey J

    you are 100% correct about Cruz and the north east in the general election. There is no way Cruz wins Ohio or Michigan or Pennsylvania because people there will never go that far right. Cruz is a "scorched earth" conservative and we have never had that kind of leader. Reagan was a "common sense" conservative with a healthy dose of "Reagan Democrats". Now having said that if my guy (Trump) loses I will certainly vote for Cruz in the general but unlike Trump who DOES have cross-over Democrats and Indepdents in his camp Cruz is going to have to shift his strategy to somehow be less polarizing to the masses. Common sense.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 21, 2016 4:39 p.m.

    here is something new to chew on for Cruz disciples. Ted has proudly branded himself as the Washington "outsider" for the past year. His head cheer leader Glen Beck will tell you all about how Ted has been the ONLY outsider in the entire field. Well folks that nonsense all got exposed over the past two weeks when Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham threw in with Ted lock stock and barrel. You even hear old Mitt on the radio now telling us all that the only conservative is his man Ted. Yes this is the same Mitt Romney that tried ever so hard 4 years ago to convince GOP voters that he was actually a conservative ...but over 2 million didn't buy that nonsense and stayed home in 2012. They saw Mitt as the once "pro-choice" governor and first implementer of government health care. Recall that same Mitt Romney that proudly took Donald Trumps money then gave such an inspiring speech telling us all what a wonderful business LEADER Trump was. Now Mitt seems to think we all forgot that endorsement. Bottom line -- Romney is a FRAUD and Cruz is very uncomfortable with his new freinds.

  • Trey J Sandy, UT
    March 21, 2016 4:24 p.m.

    Kasich is a much better choice the Cruz. Cruz has no shot at winning a general election looking at the Electoral Map because he has no chance at winning back any swing state from the democrats. The swing states are already slightly majority in democrat voters so for any Republican to carry a swing state they need to win heavily among independents and moderate democrats. Neither of those groups will even consider Cruz. They will however consider Kasich. Republicans best hope to win in November is for Kasich to win several states down the stretch run and then be the nominee in a contested convention.