Shutdown, border wall dominate Utah Sen. Mitt Romney's first town hall

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  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    Jan. 25, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    For better or worse, whether he likes it or not, Mitt Romney occupies a unique place in Washington...far beyond the normal duties of the Junior Senator from Utah: He is the voice of responsible Republicanism, a check on an administration that has frequently demonstrated it is neither responsible nor Republican.
    Which in effect makes Mitt Romney America's Senator. May he play this role wisely.

  • DCutler North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 5:51 p.m.

    Romney don't just vote to vote. The 2 proposals are not good for our security. You know it and being part of the problem is why you voted for them. To give the impression your for the people while the action shows you are not...

    Thanks again Senator Lee for doing the right thing.

  • Light and Truth Windermere, FL
    Jan. 24, 2019 1:13 p.m.

    The Mexican Standoff is a fight of the citizens of the United States against the elites that want to hold them down by bringing in low-skill 3rd world replacements.

    We need border security. Mitt doesn't need border security, because his posterity attends private schools, he has walls around his mansions, and he has armed security guards. Like Pelosi and Schumer, he cares about his own security, but not the security of U. S. Citizens. If he did care about everyday U. S. citizens, he would build the wall.

    Also, Mitt talks a great deal about civility. When is he going to step in and defend the Covington Catholic students from the abuse they have received from the leftist mob and anti-American press?

  • search diligently Lehi, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 12:45 p.m.

    This is Nancy Pelosi’s shutdown. She is worried about winning political points, even preventing the President from giving his State of the Union address to the American people. She is not interested in funding border security, only expensive, socialist policies that we can’t afford, and that won’t work.

    In the two weeks since Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, her party has put forth socialist proposals that pale in comparison to $5.7 billion for border security:

    Government-Run Health Care – $32 trillion
    New Long Term Care Entitlements – $3.1 trillion
    A “Green New Deal” – $2.5 trillion (and counting)
    “Free” College – $807 billion
    Government Job Guarantee – $400 billion
    Social Security Expansion – $188 billion
    Socialism Total: $40 Trillion
    [Source: check congressional records]

    5.7 b is .0001425 of $40 Trillion too expensive?? That is 1.4 ten thousandth of her proposed spending bills

    What is expensive is her expansive socialism proposals.

    Build the wall!

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 11:29 a.m.

    @JaneB - Wilsonville, OR says Majority of Americans don't want the wall because they know it's wrong."

    Check your facts. That is not correct. The new outlets spin the story and say "The majority do not think the wall a priority." That is a far cry different story than the fact that the polls show most want the border security, walls and all, just don't think it is a priority.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 11:12 a.m.

    @wrz;

    "What the Democrats are shooting for is denying President Trump any chance of success in any of his campaign promises."

    -- Nope. It's Mexico that's denying Trump his campaign promise, which was that Mexico would pay for it. Take it up with Mexico.

  • Mr. Mac South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    There are two things I noticed that in common with the past shutdowns: Polosi & Shomer!

  • larrybloodworth Draper, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 3:37 a.m.

    While tragic, the federal shutdown is far larger than the political battle it's being made out to be. It's a problem that no company, or household budget, can tolerate: Spending more than what's coming in. A company will go out of business and a household will disintegrate if they spend more than what's coming in. The government shutdown is simply evidence of a systemic problem of "the great American Way." Tax & Spend More.

    If anybody ever tries to tackle the problem, they won't be very popular because of the tough choices that have to be made. I'm waiting to see what Mitt does in this area.

  • wrz Springville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:53 p.m.

    TeachyMcTeacherPants:
    "The democrats have offered border security funding, they just don't agree with the wall."

    Border security is not the issue. Neither is a wall. What the Democrats are shooting for is denying President Trump any chance of success in any of his campaign promises. They want him to look less than successful to give their 2020 Democrat candidate a better chance to win an election. And they strongly dislike him for defeating their candidate in the 2016 election.

    Also, the Democrats know that immigration (legal or otherwise) will give them a growing voter base.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:50 p.m.

    @Lou

    "Trump's actions favor Putin and Putin's World Order."

    Please tell us EXACTLY how this is the case.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:50 p.m.

    @Ralph

    Perhaps "Red" got the idea that President Trump is a "working man and woman's President" from the fact that more people are WORKING than at any time in our nation's history.

    Not to mention that unemployment figures for a number of ethnic minorities are at ALL-TIME lows.

    How about that?

  • ITrustNoPutts La Grange, TN
    Jan. 23, 2019 9:14 p.m.

    I'm glad Romney held this meeting and spoke to the very people he now represents. I am also pleased that he said we need some kind of physical harding of the border. No technology alone can stop 7,000 people charging a hand full of Border Patrol Officers without the aid of some kind of barrier. It is a no brainer. Only approximately 772 miles of barrier are needed, much of which has already been upgraded and is in place. The rest of the border has various natural obstacles that aid technology and our Patrol Officers. I would however answer Romney's Question concerning his relationship with Trump this way ... lighten up ... you don't like Trump ... we got it .

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:31 p.m.

    The establishment (democrats, republicans and lobbyists) can’t stand President Trump.

    Any President with backbone would keep the PARTIAL government shutdown going until Congress presented a balanced budget that included a 15 year payoff schedule of the national debt. A realistic payback plan would be 30 years or more...

    Not popular, but for those that continue to mortgage future generations are nothing more than selfish.

    As far as the National Parks go, they should operate from their own account because most of them are profit centers. Why would you shutdown a profit center?

    And why would you give back pay for services not rendered.

    The republicans and democrats are beyond disfunctional. They need to be fired.

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 6:56 p.m.

    I am having a hard time understanding why the first thing out of Mitts mouth was his concern about whether he should ratchet up or scale back on his fight with the President. Does he somehow believe that is what he was elected for, because he could do a better job of Trump bashing than Jenny could?

    Sorry, Mitt. Your job is to put good people into Judicial and Executive positions, represent Utah in matters coming from the House, and represent the U.S.A. in affirming good treaties with other nations.

    If you can be successful in those three things you will have earned my respect and my vote. But spending your valuable time supporting the Democrats in their personal war with the POTUS is not only counter productive, but distracts everyone from the real purpose of the Federal Government.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Jan. 23, 2019 6:26 p.m.

    A Voter - MSC, UT
    ---
    I disagree with the proposal to build a wall and I believe the government shutdown over this issue is immoral. But I am most frustrated with the Senate leadership for refusing to bring measures to a vote unless the are sure the President will sign the bill.
    ---

    The Constitution has a clear path for dealing with a recalcitrant President, it's called a veto override.

    It is clear the Senate has zero interest in using its constitutionally provided power.

    Trump was given budgets for border security over the last 2 years, and spending has been slow on any item that was budgeted. The shutdown has increased that sluggishness further.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 5:40 p.m.

    "The wall" is a term for President Trump's proposal for increased Southern border security. The wall (s) are only a part of the proposal : drug detection equipment, increased border agents and immigration judges, humanitarian assistance and medical support. There never was going to be a 2000 mile wall. Nobody says why they think walls are useless; fact is the existing walls are a big cost effective help. Israel's wall has been very effective. The Center for Immigration Studies Director Steven Camarota says walls would pay for themselves through reduced welfare payments, So; the shutdown is concerning Democrats refusal to improve the security of our southern borders. That is worth a government shutdown affecting government employees ? Democrats opposing our security. That is the real issue. They say that is immoral ? I expect Romney to check the facts and support the President.

  • CodyRobert East Providence, RI
    Jan. 23, 2019 4:41 p.m.

    Yes, We need a wall. We need an actual border! Work with the President to get the job done!

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 3:47 p.m.

    @thid

    What solutions have democrats offered? The house has sent bills to open the government. What has Mcconell and Trump done?

  • 100MillionDead RU, 00
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    Will the "Go Fund Me" that has raised money for government employees also give some to the Angel Families that have suffered real loss? Maybe Pelosi can give $1 - certainly much less than she spends on Air Force junkets for her family.

    On more encouraging "Go Fund me" news, the "We Build the Wall" campaign has raised $20,569,742 by 348, 080 people. Mitt Romney should be one of those people. He has plenty of barriers around his multiple mansions.

    Mitt - Put your money where your mouth is and donate as well as helping raise donations for the wall.

    The lies the left tells about the wall are similar to the lies Ilhan Omar tweeted about the Covington students in that it is all about politics, and not about helping the United States.

  • MeGeek Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:54 p.m.

    I'd like to see a law on the books that if a government shutdown lasts longer than 48 hours, all sitting members of the House and Senate are ineligible for reelection. We could see if self-interest would help our representatives (BOTH parties) do their "negotiating" in a more timely fashion.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    RedShirt - USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:06 p.m.

    History reminder. It was Bush Jr. who got us into the worst recession since the Great Depression. President Obama did a great job leading out of that mess with the help of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen. May I suggest you google "Great Recession of 2008" to learn the facts.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:12 p.m.

    @wrz
    "then turn them loose in the US... never to return for their court appearance."
    " And will get Federal government handouts of about $5,000 each per year."

    You want us to believe that they drop off the radar entirely but are still known enough to get handouts?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:06 p.m.

    To "marxist" FDR held us in the Great Depression 7 years longer than the rest of the world. He made things worse. If it wasn't for the Republicans in the late 1930s developing a spine and cutting his Alphabet Soup administration down to size we never would have escaped it.

    Obama was just like FDR, he held us in the Recession for 5 years. The recession of 2008 was over by July 2009. There is no way that anything Obama did helped to pull us out since he had been in office for 6 months by the time it was over. Obama's policies made it so that we felt its impact for the next 7 years. If it wasn't for Obama, we would have been free and clear of the effects of the recession by 2011.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    Hi Mitt, can you please speak with your fellow Republican Senator and ask him to open the Senate floor for a vote?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:04 p.m.

    @Thid "We elected Trump because he offered solutions. What solutions have Democrats ever offered?"

    The greatest president in U.S.History FDR got us through the Great Depression and WWII. He was a Democrat.

    The second greatest president in U.S. History is Barack Obama who got us through the Great Recession. He is a Democrat.

  • HowlingDog Ivins, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:01 p.m.

    He just started his term and I'm tired of him already.

  • wrz Springville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:58 a.m.

    Yes, Senator, build that wall!! We don't need the entire world at our border seeking entrance.

    But, Senator, it will take more than a wall. We need to change our immigration laws. It does this country no good to apprehend illegal border crossers, give them a court date to plead their asylum case, then turn them loose in the US... never to return for their court appearance. By the way... this scenario is what's being told the caravan members who keep forming south of Mexico. They know, if they can get their foot on US soil they are here permanently. And will get Federal government handouts of about $5,000 each per year.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:53 a.m.

    Incidentally E-Verify isn't working during the Trump shutdown.

    More great leadership from the apprentice.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    Kolob: We elected Trump because he offered solutions. What solutions have Democrats ever offered?

  • Jer-Bear , 00
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:31 a.m.

    Mitt speaks of how we have become so divisive, and he is correct. But just a minute here. Mitt; unprovoked has criticized Trump without merit. Are not Trump & Mitt both GOP? Shouldn't they "get along"? Mitt, we EXPECT you to get along with Congress and Trump. The tallest man in the room gets along decently with everyone, and doesn't whine provocatively.
    And, concerning the 'wall'. Mitt, how are you going to actually DO something to get the wall, as opposed to merely talk about it?

  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:26 a.m.

    The wall is a waste of time, money and debate. Pass a law that will penalize any employer who hires undocumented people and the issue will resolve itself without all the finger pointing and name calling. Pass a law that will not allow the government to hold hostage the worker who keep the nation going - if you want to hold back pay, start at the top and work your way down; stop when you get to hourly workers. Pass term limits for congress. We, the people, should be governing this country, not a couple of out-of-touch political parties.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:01 a.m.

    What I don't understand is why are all these federal workers in such dire financial straits. Trump claims everyone is doing GREAT. Federal workers have the best pay and benefits in our society. If they are hurting after only missing two paychecks that doesn't say much for Trump's tax giveaway. What happened to the "trickle down" ? What happened to all the increased spending and bonuses? How do you spell bonus? It begins with a B and ends with a S.

  • brobobeo Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:00 a.m.

    If Mitt pre-selected the attendees, that is disgraceful! That shows a tendency to script the answers you want! His statement that he wanted to hear the voters is very watered-down by inviting certain attendees - if that is what his staff did. Why did he even have to ask if we was being too tough on President Trump? He would already know the answer - if he invited guests to the meeting.

    There is already too much partisan bickering in the congress. If you're trying to be a person who is working for unity - and my judgement on that is still not settled - then why invite people from a list whose opinion is mostly known? One can be a peacemaker only when one's intentions are pure!

  • dordrecht Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:51 a.m.

    In one of the required religion classes at BYU, my professor said that anyone who holds another person hostage, is a terrorist. Amazing how it applies even today!

  • American First Merced, CA
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:41 a.m.

    The townhall is just a place to talk, we'll see just how dedicated Mitt Romney is to the American people tomorrow when the Senate votes to fund the wall and override the democrats refusal to fund national security.

  • A Voter MSC, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:32 a.m.

    I disagree with the proposal to build a wall and I believe the government shutdown over this issue is immoral. But I am most frustrated with the Senate leadership for refusing to bring measures to a vote unless the are sure the President will sign the bill.

    You have basically surrendered the authority of the Senate to the Executive branch.

    Vote. Vote on the two bills today and vote on the measures sent up from the House of Representatives. Make each member of Congress show their constituents where they stand.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:20 a.m.

    @ Red Smith: "...President Trump - a working man and woman's president."

    My goodness, Red, wherever did you get this idea?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:22 a.m.

    To "liberal larry" if the wall is a non issue as you claim, why won't the Democrats kick Pelosi into gear and just fund it? The amount requested represents a tiny fraction of the total budget.

    To "Thid Barker" they complain because nothing is ever their fault. The don't have to take responsibility for their actions.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    Romney never was a flip-flopper. Anyone who knows his record knows that. But on immigration, I wish he would flip-flop. He's just wrong on this. We do not need a border wall. We do not need anything to make immigrants "self-deport". In 2008-12, Romney was playing to the base, and still is. I think he feels he needs to stick to what he ran on, even though he was probably never comfortable with a hardline stand. Romney is a moderate, and he should just be himself.

    Trump says crime will fall? That's just a way to scare people. Immigrants commit fewer crimes than the general population. A wall won't fix the drug problem, either.

    Majority of Americans don't want the wall because they know it's wrong.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 23, 2019 9:45 a.m.

    Pelosi: Democrats Are Not Going To Fund Trump's "Immoral" Border Wall

    Question, do you Democrats truly believe that protecting America southern border from illegal entry is Immoral?

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 9:38 a.m.

    @Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    "Why is it that all we hear from Democrats is is constant complaining about President Trump?"

    Because he is President and we have the First Amendment.
    Better question is why is it that all we hear from Donald Trump is complaining about Obama and Hillary Clinton?

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 23, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    I just think it is funny how most commentators in here blame Trump for the shut down. Yes he contributed but so did the democrats. Why such a blind eye?

    Both sides are the problem!

    With the attitudes of blame & finger pointing & its everyone else's fault nothing will be accomplished.

    That is the exact attitude that resides in Washington now and look where we are at?

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 23, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    @JONATHANWFINK - Salt Lake City, UT

    Just curious why you think Deripaska is such a big deal? Wouldn't a certain someone selling Uranium to Russia be a bigger deal? Everyone knows what you make with Uranium.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 23, 2019 9:04 a.m.

    Why is it that all we hear from Democrats is is constant complaining about President Trump? Complaining must make them feel like they’re not at fault. They think complaining keeps them off the hook for some time, at least. The ironic thing, though, is that their constant complaining doesn’t solve anything, never has, never will! President Trump isn't their enemy; their hurt ego for losing the WH is their enemy. It prevents them from growing. It prevents them from looking at the problem from an objective perspective. Complaints are not solutions, they are excuses for solutions! Complaining is easy, solving problems isn't! I hope the day will come when a Democrat comes up with a solution, just never ending complaints about President Trump who is dedicated to solving America's problems.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    While I admire his willingness to at least meet with constituents (something my own Representative Rob Bishop has refused to do for several years now), I have been somewhat disappointed by his failure to stand up publicly and call out trump for his immorality and misadministration of our nation.

    Mitt was absolutely right about three years when he characterized trump.

    I hope he won't back away from the truth and will stand up for what is right and best for America.

    trump is neither of those . . .

    I'm counting you, Mr. Romney, to be a voice of reason in the Senate. Please don't let us down.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    If we have a national Emergency at the border as Trump claims and if Pres. Clinton, Bush and Obama all voted for a version of the WALL what makes Trump so certain that a wall is the answer. Obviously according to trum the previous walls did not work. A 2000 mile wall would be a National Shame on our society and our culture. Whats next ? Trump going to get mad at Canada and shutdown the government for a wall across the Canadian border?

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:35 a.m.

    @Red Smith: "May God continue to bless and protect President Trump - a working man and woman's president." - ask the numerous contractors he stiffed whether they consider him a working man and woman's president, and check out the impact of the tax bill he championed and signed into law.

    "President Trump is one of the best presidents our nations ever had." - I think history will prove you wrong, and presidential scholars are already doing so.

    "The majority of Utah voted for and supports our great president." - Donald Trump received 452,086 votes in Utah. Other candidates received 522,313. While it is true that he received more votes than any other single candidate, 45.9% is not a majority. That came after only receiving 14% of the vote in the GOP caucus. He currently sits at about a 45% approval rating in Utah, and that is likely to drop in the next polling round. Hardly the kind of support you claim.

    "Utahn's don't support socialized medicine, big gov't, and eastern ideas (Romney's vision)." - I refer you to Proposition 3, the GOP tax bill, and the results of the 2018 election for Utah's junior senator.

    Otherwise, your post is spot on.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:31 a.m.

    Mitt, you are now part of the problem. You vote with Trump and McConnell. You don't actually do anything to condemn Trump's hostage taking. Stand up, Mitt, and take some responsibility. You can't point the finger at others any more.

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:23 a.m.

    Trump’s “compromise” bill hasn’t been thoroughly vetted and reported on by the media. It would be nice if media sources played more the role of educator vs merely hyping the “horse race.”

    The bill includes some significant changes to immigration policy and actually would exclude some DACA from being eligible.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:13 a.m.

    It's mind boggling that the president has managed to shut down the government over a non-issue like "the wall"!

    If republicans were sincere about ending illegal immigration they would crack down on businesses who hire undocumented workers!

    But thanks to lobbying efforts by the Chamber of Commerce, and other conservative leaning groups, that's not going to happen!

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:54 a.m.

    Donald Trump is not the White House.

    Mitt Romney is to uphold the Constitution of the United States and protect this country that we all love. His actions should reflect that.

    Donald Trump's actions favor Putin and Putin's World Order.

    I really hope Mitt Romney follows through with the Constitution and moves to impeach Trump.

  • TeachyMcTeacherPants Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:52 a.m.

    Is the border wall really the hill we want the Republican party to die on?

    The democrats have offered border security funding, they just don't agree with the wall. Isn't governance supposed to be about compromise?

    This is just getting ridiculous.

  • Susan Storm Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:53 a.m.

    My neighbor hasn't gotten a paycheck in three weeks.

    Thanks Donald Trump.
    I'm sure you know well what it's like to not be able to pay all your bills. Unfortunately, not everyone has a rich daddy who can help them out.

  • Pepe the Frog Kekistan, 00
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:53 a.m.

    Romney should remove all the security from his many palatial estates as he quibbles on border security. It is not his children in overcrowded schools.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:49 a.m.

    This shutdown is just stupid.

    You shouldn't be allowed to hold someone's paycheck hostage because you cant negotiate well enough to get what you want.

    This isn't how it works, Mr. Trump.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:39 a.m.

    Mr. Romney is a Senator. While the Senate must give their approval to any funding bill and do have input; the funding bill must, under the Constitution, originate in the House. This Constitutional provision was designed to give added importance to the House. Given the nature of recent political struggles using this as a political weapon; and the fact of the tremendous growth in the size of the Federal Government, such weaponizing has a very great impact on our nation. The House needs the added power given by the Constitution, but the sizeable, negative impact caused by impasses such as we have today suggest that a way to make that impact less devastating is needed. One easily done way is to have a continuing resolution mandating that current funding for continuing programs be at the current level. New programs and changes in current funding would require the Constitutionally mandated process. Political wrangling can continue with some, but not excessive turbulence to the well-being of our country. And the intent of the Constitution preserved.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:35 a.m.

    Why does no one ever hear about these "Town Halls" in advance?
    Mitt's hand-picked friends ask softball questions and provide opinions that are just campaign propaganda.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:24 a.m.

    "One woman expressed frustration about representatives and senators who vote to give "so much money … to these other countries in the world."

    "But they won't give us money to protect our country, and I feel like if you don't have a wall, if you don't have some kind of a border, you don't have a country," the woman said, pointing to what she called an "invasion" from Honduras and drawing boos from the crowd."

    A statement which sounds like it was a quote straight from the donalds twitter. This is what we get when right wing radio and faux news are being used as the GOPs tools to mislead and scare people.

    It is perfectly legal for people to show up at the boarder and request asylum.

    The GOP had two years where they controlled the house, the senate, and the presidency. They never even brought it up for a vote. Then as the election approached all the sudden it was 'an invasion'. Classic example of the GOP manufacturing a problem to scare their intentionally misled base.

    'The wall' is just trumps attempt to build a monument to himself and make us pay for it, even thought he claimed that Mexico would.

    We already have walls everywhere that kind of barrier is needed.

  • Guido Pescatore Layton, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:17 a.m.

    It is clear that President Trump has no motivation to compromise his position on the wall. It's time for Congress to come up with a bipartisan bill so that they can override a Trump veto and get our country moving again. The problem is that our so-called representatives are so out of touch with us, their constituents, that would rather fight for a political position than the well being of the American people.

    Then again, shame on us for largely sitting idly by and letting them get away with it. It's time to flood Washington with phone calls and letters and emails demanding action, but I fear that since there is food in our bellies and something interesting to watch on TV, we will just maintain the status quo...

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:11 a.m.

    JonathaFink
    For additional information you might want to read an article on Politifact:

    “Trump Wants to Lift Sanctions”

    Romney is so correct when he says voters aren’t dealing with the same set of facts. What sources do conservatives use to fact check what they hear? Fact checking is very important. Otherwise, we become pawns of carnival barkers just trying to make money for themselves.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 6:45 a.m.

    We have two first class senators and some great representatives like John Curtis.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 6:13 a.m.

    Mia Love: “Wait, we’re supposed to talk to constituents?”

    Anyway, did anyone ask Mitt why he voted to ease sanctions on Russia? Will the dnews press him on this issue? Will anyone? Or are we just gonna let this one slide just like the many other lies Donald has told?

    Alrighty then, I guess we’re just gonna move along.

  • Red Smith , 00
    Jan. 23, 2019 5:46 a.m.

    May God continue to bless and protect President Trump - a working man and woman's president.

    President Trump is one of the best presidents our nations ever had.

    The majority of Utah voted for and supports our great president.

    Utahn's don't support socialized medicine, big gov't, and eastern ideas (Romney's vision).

  • utahboni South Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 5:38 a.m.

    It is too bad that Senator Romney didn't have the courage to hold his town meeting in Ogden. We have 5000 people in this small town who are not getting paid because of the shutdown. It has to be having a negative affect on all of the local businesses with 5000 families not spending a penny we don't have to.

    Lincoln has to be rolling over as his party is now the party that supports people working without getting paid.

  • Brian Michaels North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 2:15 a.m.

    I voted for you only so you would support President Trump. Very disappointed in your lack of support and your op-ed. Build the wall! And give us a heads up in a timely fashion before your next town hall meeting. Support Trump!

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:14 a.m.

    There appears to be the beginning of some cracks forming between Sen. Romney and President Trump on the border wall and the government shutdown. It will be interesting to see if Sen. Romney will be willing to buck President Trump when it comes to voting in the U.S. Senate on ending the government shutdown. Then Utahns will have real definite evidence between just talk and real action on what Sen. Romney says.

  • Aerospace Pioneer Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 10:28 p.m.

    @canyonprophet69: "50 people, eh?" The article says there were 300 in attendance, requiring two overflow rooms. I don't agree with the notion of "pre-selected and pre-scripted attendees". It sounds to me like Sen. Romney heard and listened to some genuine and important constituent concerns.
    I would be happier if the folks in Washington would pay more attention to what he has to say. Someone has to be the adult in the room, and he is my candidate for the job.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    Jan. 22, 2019 9:49 p.m.

    The majority of those in his riding wish he was tougher on Donald Trump.

    In Utah a majority of people don't like the job the sitting Republican president is doing?

    That - says - so - much!

    At best he chose a campaign team who were so immoral they were secretly committing conspiracy against the US. He's either guilty of the collusion, or incompetent. Ministerial responsibility in any other nation would have the leader owning the mistakes of those he appointed.

  • canyonprophet69 provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 9:32 p.m.

    50 people eh? Well, I guess to be fair, that was just a little more inclusive than Mia's meetings with selected attendees but still disgraceful to the public just the same. Town hall meetings with pre-selected and pre-scripted attendees are a disheartening reflection of what we tolerate as Americans these days and we have ourselves to blame.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 8:24 p.m.

    It would be nice if we had a little advanced notice of the time and date of this town hall. Note the time and date of the article.
    Were there “Invited guests”?

  • JONATHANWFINK Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 8:22 p.m.

    Dear Senator Romney:

    As a constituent, I have recently called your SLC office to request your statement on your vote easing sanctions on Deripaska.

    Your office did not send me an electronic copy as they promised. Your office also did not notify me about your town hall. I would very much like to hear your rational for your vote. Both Senators Rubio and McSally, for whom you even campaigned, have voted against easing sanctions.

    Why have you voted to ease sanctions? I respectfully implore you to respond. Senator, please remember that you work for us.

    Yours,

    Jonathan W. Fink, JD