I was there.It went well. Good answers on both sides overall.Tim BridgewaterI have watched Tim for over a year, and I believe
he is the best US Senate candidate in the primary. Tim's attitude and methods
and his actions have impressed me. Words alone are not enough.
Good debate.Mikes the guy for me.
Still a Tim fan. I'll just be glad for it to all be over on Tuesday. Can't
wait to see what the silent majority has to say!
I don't like that Mike Lee waves his little pocket constitution around like a
Actually, there was one more "last debate" yesterday evening where Mike Lee not
only didn't "shine," he didn't appear. I listened at length to the
two organizers of the event that was held at Merit Medical yesterday trying to
be gracious but having a hard time given the grief they've been put through in
the last several days since Mike Lee and his staff pulled him out of what was to
have been a debate that would have been moderated by former Republican Governor
Olene Walker. Somehow, it seems that Mike and company could have
handled this better. A lot better.Which brings me to the question
of what is Mark Shurtleff doing hosting a debate when his name, face and voice
are all over Mike Lee's campaign literature, his television and radio ads, and
his autodialers as an endorser?
"Lee said while Obama's children attend a costly private school, low- and
middle-income kids don't have that same opportunity."- This is the
same argument the advocates of government health care are making."Bridgewater said wartime isn't a good time to be messing with military
policy." - This is bogus argument. We're always at war.
I have followed the election for the entire year, attended Lee and Bridgewater
presentations and debates, and concluded that Mike Lee's pocket constitution is
far from a prop - he actually believes in the Constitution. Listen to him for
awhile and you will know that Mike Lee knows and loves the Constitution. It is
his lens for viewing every issue. Anyone who would say that "he waves his little
pocket constitution around like a prop" has either been poisoned by ugly
campaign propaganda or is simply a Democrat. Whether you support Bridgewater or
Lee, at least give each the credit they deserve for the sincerity of their own
Agree with previous writer, both are good men and will represent Utah's values
well. However, I believe Mike Lee will be much more effective in working within
congress than what Brigdewater would be.Mike Lee on June 22nd.
As I understand the situation, the Mike Lee camp pulled out of the debate at
Merit Medical debate because of changes made in the format and location. Some of
Lee's advisers felt that the debate events were being manipulated by several
people closely connected to Bridgewater, including Lampropoulos and Eagar.
Someone calling into question the appropriateness of Shurtleff's hosting would
probably have known these details - yet they seem to be deliberately
unmentioned.Whether or not someone disagrees with Lee's concern
about the involvement of Lampropoulos and Eagar, it seems a bit disingenuous to
harp on Shurtleff's connection and ignore the Bridgewater influence on the Merit
I'm a Democrat, but I have to admit that Republicans have a way of cutting to
the chase. Ben Horsley's question asking what would they do if Congress
attached a repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell," policy onto a military funding
bill is one of those questions that separate the candidates of the two parties.
Republicans don't want to manipulate social policy in the military
when our service men and women are at war. Democratic leaders in the U.S.
House, though, saw fit to add the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as an
amendment tacked onto the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
2011" (H.R. 5136). It passed the House on May 28 with Jim Matheson voting for
both adding the amendment and voting for the final bill. Chaffetz and Bishop
both voting in opposition.
Mike Lee is a true Constitutional Conservative. If you (Like Me) are looking
for a Senator who can and will fight to limit the federal government, and get
government spending under control, Mike Lee is your man. He can quote the same
Supreme Court decisions back to Congress that they use to justify many of their
actions, and point out where they are WRONG. Mike Lee is the only
candidate in this race who has NEVER profited from earmarks and federal stimulus
money, never used taxpayer dollars to fund private overseas business ventures,
and how has never supported (and profited from) non-conservative legislation
such as No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D (with $19 trillion in unfunded
liabilities). Mike Lee is the one in this race who can and will do
what he says. He has the conservative Coalition in place, with Jim DeMint,
Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Ken Buck, Sharon Angle, and other, to hit
the ground running on day one of the Senate to fight for Constitutionally
limited federal government.Vote Mike Lee.
Shawn Hannity vs. Coulter, same difference and logic.
Two good and honorable men, in my estimation, but Mike Lee will be my
vote. Mike Lee has a better grasp on the issues and the expertise to make
a difference. He is rooted in the same solid principles upon which this country
was founded and the common sense and down-to-earth demeanor that will represent
us well. Go Mike!
It matters not rich or poor, lawyer or businessman, country or city, brown or
white; the principles and values are the standards to use to determine who's the
person for the office; dog catcher or president for whichever party. I have
studied and studied the issues and how these two men have lived their lives and
applied their words. All of us have a ways to go to be in concert with what we
believe. I feel that Mike Lee is more close to that application of word and
deed. He is not perfect, but there is a shorter gap between word and deeds than
his opponent has expressed. In my opinion Mike Lee is the Man for the Senate
Mike Lee is the right choice for Utah's next US Senator. Mike has the experience
and the education to fight Washington and win. Mike is a
constitutional attorney, and that's the kind of statesman we need. Both men have
been successful in business, but Mike Lee is the man armed with knowledge to
back up what he wants to get done - for Utah and for the USA.
Mike Lee definitely has my vote - it's not even close. Sending Bridgewater would
be a resurrection of Bob Bennett. Is that what's best for Utah and the USA?
Short and sweet — Tim Bridgewater uses the same tactics that the Left uses
to hijack the voters — lies and false promises. He’s desperate and
is now saying and doing whatever it takes.There is only one
constitutional conservative running in Utah for the US Senate, and that’s
MIKE LEE.We must rise to the call of our countrymen. Utah must do
it’s part to send the most qualified and most conservative representative
to Washington to defeat them — otherwise, my friends, we have lost all.
MIKE LEE is an attorney.BARAK OBAMA is an atorney.MIKE
LEE is an expert on Constitutional Law.BARAK OBAMA is an expert on
Constitutional Law.We don't need any more MIKE LEE or BARAK OBAMA
types in DC.WE need a person with a background in business.TIM BRIDGEWATER has my vote!
My husbnd and I have seen enough of the candidates to put aside our independent
registration for this election (and then re-register as independent/no-party as
soon as we are able . . . and tell the Republicans to take us off their data
base). We are doing this because we have seen one candidate who would be an
absolute disaster if he ever became Utah's Senator. We will be voting for
Bridgewater and (specifically against Lee) . . . not because we think
Bridgewater is the best, but because he wouldn't be a disaster for Utah. He's
not good, but he's less bad than Lee.
I know Mike Lee personally and can honestly say that he's a very good man and
completely true to what he says he stands for. I believe his skill and
experience in working with those who debate and create laws for our land will be
a great strength in upholding our core conservative values. While both
candidates are good men, I sincerely believe Mike can best represent the
majority of Utahns as a Senator, including the key area of business and private
sector focus, which is where real economic growth originates. Mike understands
that as well as all other issues extremely well. Please get your friends and
family out to vote in the primary, I have no doubt that this is going to be a
very close race.
Furry1993, you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, and your
comment speaks for itself. Especially if your values don't support the common
sense view and values from either candidate. Get informed. Btw, I'm supporting
Mike Lee as he's head and shoulders a stronger candidate all round, and one with
a rock solid constitutional foundation that he's built his platform on.
I agree with the last post. Bridgewater is the better candidate although
neither candidate will represent Utah well. Both have ties to special interests
and lack the leadership that we need for an elected official. Their radical Tea
Party views do not mesh with most Republicans in this state. I will vote for
Bridgewater reluctantly in the primary election and then will vote for his
democratic opponent as a protest vote.
This appears to be one of those rare elections where we don't have to pick "the
lesser of two evils." My vote is for Lee, but it was a tough decision. Either
man will be a step in the right direction toward restoring the US Constitution.
Now if the voters in all other states would "throw out the bums" and replace
them with leaders like Lee and Bridgewater, we'd make some real progress.
The bottom line for me is who will walk the walk after all the talk.That candidate is Mike Lee. He is the true consistent,
conservative. He has a track record of fighting for liberty and Constitutional
principles -- even when not popular. He is devoted to limited government. That's
what we need.Government is not a business! It must be run according
to the limited powers of the Constitution. That hasn't been the case, and that's
why we're in a mess.
To familyofsix | 1:15 p.m. June 20, 2010 I know exactly what I'm
talking about. I AM informed that's why I wouldn't vote for Lee for dogcather
I will be voting for the less worst candidate, and that ISN'T Lee. Lee has no clue about the Constitution, as can be shown by his comments
concerning the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. He hasn't built his
platform on the Constitution -- he merely gives it lip service and uses it as a
tool when he represents his clients -- and he clearly doesn't stand up for the
wants and needs of the people of Utah. He is, at most, a shill for Energy
Solutions and a tea party toady. I will hold my nose and vote for
Bridgewater in the primary, just to keep Lee from doing damage, and then vote
against Bridgewater in the general election because he would be terrible for
Utah too. As I said, Lee is a disaster and anybody would be better than him.
Utah, and the United States, deserve better.
Mike Lee supporters (or staffers?) Are dropping the word "Constitution" like
nobody else has any idea what the document is or how to "defend" it. His
campaign has taken Glen Beck rhetoric and claimed it for themselves, implying
that they are what Beck means. From the debates, there will be
little if any difference between how Lee or Bridgewater vote on ANY issue. So I
don't get what Lee's "defense" of the Constitution will bring to the table that
is different from his competitor. I voted for Tim Bridgewater. I think a
business mind is exactly what Washington needs right now. And I am sick of Lee's
supporters (if not Lee himself) dressing him up in the Constitution- it's tacky
to try to make a 200+ year-old document part of your campaign team.
To Blaine | 1:47 p.m. June 20, 2010 You're wrong. This election is
indeed the lesser of two evils, and the less worst candidate is Bridgewater.
Lee doesn't have a clue about the Constitution, aside from how to use it as a
tool to reprsent a client whose interests are expressly different from those of
the citizens of Utah -- his comments concerning the 14th Amendment make that
very clear. Both are bad, but Lee is bigger of two evils. Utah deserves
I thought Lee and Bridgewater were very similar until I learned about Lee's ties
to EnergySolutions. Lee has sold out the state's interests before and can't be
trusted--all in the name of constitutional law. If you Google: "lee playing utah
energysolutions" you'll see what I'm talking about.Go Bridgewater!
Sorry, but their best shot isn't good enough for me. Do these guys think that
they will save the constitution? I would hope the constitution will save us
RE: Furry1993So what are Lee's views if the 14th admendment you
disagree with?you are leaving us all scratching our heads.
re:what nowBarack Obama, expert on Constitutional law????bwahahaha!!!! that is too funny.That is like saying that Ken
Lay and Jeff Skilling were experts in Business Ethics or Rick Majerus is an
expert in vegan dieting. Thanks for the chuckle.
Too all these people talking about Lee and his knowledge of the Constitution, uh
hello? The Constitution was specifically written in order for the
common man to be able to read and understand it with absolute clarity.Do we really need an expert in order to understand the Constitution? No, we
don't.FYI Slavery is written into the Constitution
Mike Lee scares me---Wrapped in the constitution knowing what it
takes to make any changes but talks like he alone is going to educate the
Senate and make changes all alone.Remember the failed "Equal Rights
Amendment"?Lee is all talk with fear added in for good measure.
RE: Samuel Adams-Obama, without a doubt has a better education and
knows more about the Constitution than Mike Lee. What he does with that
knowledge and how he reads things is another great example why being a
Constitutional scholar is over-rated. Obama was a professor at the law school
where Lee's Utah Supreme Court-bound brother got his law degree- the University
of Chicago. I have actually wondered how a guy with the Rex family
law pedigree only went to BYU. I mean, it's a great school for those of us with
more common last names. But I have to think if Mike Lee was a little more on the
ball he could've been at Harvard or Chicago- both of those law programs have
huge LDS influences, and the Rex Lee name would've gotten him more than halfway
there. Do you mean that Obama can't be a Constitutional scholar
because he disagrees with you???Anyway, I will take my chances with
a businessman who refreshingly doesn't call himself a Constitutional scholar-
I was at that debate and several this week.I have admired that Mike Lee is
still sounding the same as he did 6 months ago when I started investigating the
candidates (his issues have not changed). After months of watching the two, I
firmly believe Mike Lee is the candidate who has substance and will stand by
what he says. I am happy that the longer I watch the two, the more I am
convinced Mike Lee is the only true conservative who acts like he talks.
Re: James T.Barack Obama changed out the professor title to senior
lecturer in 2004 on his own website. His current website say that Obama also
taught at University of Chicago Law School from 1992- 2004; first as a Lecturer
from 1992 to 1996 and then as Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004. He
does not consider himself a professor (any more that is). Why do you? Do you
have some insight that he does not?And yes I do disagree with BO
about the Constitution. LECTURER Barack Obama said "Constitution is a charter of
negative liberties" because it did not go into the "redistribution of wealth".
His disregard of the 10th amendment could fill volumes. Mike Lee
understands and actually believes in and has a high regard for all of the
Constitution. B.O. talks about it but has little regard for all but the parts
that are convienient for him politically.
tell me which Candidate will oppose ALL Govt Spending, enforce the removal of
illegal immigrants, repeal Healthcare, cap and tax, labor unions leges and I
will vote for him.....until then...I am not impressed with either of them?
Mike Lee is the man. He gets my vote.
Mike Lee = Energy Solution's lawyerMike Lee = As senator, would
support Energy Solution's radioactive waste agenda in Washington.
Mike LeeCome on Utah, stop choosing the same politicians and
expecting different results. Mike Lee for SenateA man
who will stand for principles and direction to return to a republic form of
government. The only sustainable government ever created.
OK...OK...strip away the Constitution. What has Mr. Bridgewater done to fight
the federal government's intrusion into Utah's lands? Mike Lee has worked and
fought using his knowledge and expertise to reopen 77 oil and gas leases in the
Uintah Basin. I am from that area...the climate is harsh, the elements merciless
but none of it compares to the abuses from the federal government. What has Mr.
Bridgewater done to help pass legislation addressing the Imminent Domain issue
with nearly 70% of Utah lands controlled by the federal government? Mike Lee's
testimony at Utah's state legislature helped to get HB143 passed March 2010.
These are states rights issues. We need a Senator who will work to address these
issues. Wait...states rights are part of the Constitution.