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Pros and cons abound for Mitt Romney

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  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    March 9, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    I really would like to want to vote for Romney, but I would like him to clear up two things.

    1. As a member of the Mormon church, how could he have been pro Abortion?

    2. He feels he has room to put down Obama care, but Romney care is also flawed, he needs to really find out or listen to the people in his state about that. And he has to be willing to say, this and that were wrong, if not, he doesn't stand a chance.

    3. Let's hope that when the Evangelicals come to Utah, they will let go of the religious differences and consider the choice, if Romney is the front runner, they have to choose between he or Obama. So do I, but I would like Romney to address these two things.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 9, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    Must we endure daily stories about Mitt Romney for the next year? Sheesh. The primaries don't start for months, and the election isn't for 19 months.

  • American First Merced, CA
    March 9, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    They are throwing everythting AND the kitchen sink at Romney, his hair, his wealth, he's not wearing a tie, he drove a pick up truck to a fundraiser...He's the PHANTOM MENACE!

  • BYU 99 Garland, UT
    March 9, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    Mike Huckabee was the frontrunner a few weeks ago but he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. He said that the actress from the new Star Wars movies was glamarizing having a child out of wedlock. Mitt is the favorite but MoJules is right about the evangelical vote. I will be very surprised if Obama is re-elected since his administration is "celebrating 8.9% unemployment" according to Romney's article that talks about the Obama misery index. I'd love to see Sara Palin run on the ticket but it is still early.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    March 9, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    It seems the Deseret News has a personal interest in promoting Mitt and keeping him in the forefront of political media. Is this true, or is it just a slow news day.

  • dinosaur jr. Alpine, UT
    March 9, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    Is Romney paying the DesNews? This is seriously old. Romney would be a terrible president.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 9, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Romney is a mystery for two reasons: 1) he has outstanding businessman on paper but really lacks any SPECIFIC language to describe how and what he would do to turnaround the country (Newt has better ideas), and 2) his flip flops on social issues eg. Gay Marriage and Abortion, and his healthcare plan. I can think of ways for him to explain these but have yet to hear him talk in a way that is really authentic and thoughtful.

    The biggest surprise to me was reading the Forbes article last week about Clayton Christensen who is arguably the smartest, most objective person around regarding healthcare reform and he says he has yet to talk to Mitt. WHY???!!!

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    March 9, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Romney is a CFR puppet that does the will of his globalist masters. Mormon in name only just like Hatch,Reid, and Beck.

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    March 9, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    This article means it must be a slow day at the desk.

  • gmak Spanish Fork, UT
    March 9, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    I actually think that Romney might not be a bad president. But he has a lot of explaining to do about flip-flopping.

    HOWEVER, I think that anyone who takes the presidency after this is going to have an uphill battle. So much damage has been done, it's not going to be a quick turn-around no matter who gets in.

  • Mr. Bean Nuevo Leon, Mexico
    March 9, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    @MoJules:

    "As a member of the Mormon church, how could he have been pro Abortion?"

    It's a sin to bring a child into this world with serious birth defects such as spina bifida.

    "He feels he has room to put down Obama care, but Romney care is also flawed..."

    Government health care is an issue relegated to states to deal with such as Mitt's Massachusetts. Federal personal mandated health care is unconstitutional which I'm sure is Mitt's position.

    "Let's hope that when the Evangelicals come to Utah, they will let go of the religious differences..."

    Don't count on it. From prior action they seem to have a vendetta against Mormons.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 9, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Mo Jules
    Speaking of clarification, do you understand the Mormon position on abortion and how it differs from the official Republican platform?

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 9, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    If the Republicans want to lose the 2012 election Romney is their man. They don't seem to have learned anything at all from the 2008 election?

    Huckabee
    Romney
    Gingrich

    Will all be losers for the Republican party. They need someone new who doesn't carry any of the baggage these guys do.

    I like Palin but feel she would be better off as the party's VP. My preference would be Ron Paul. He might not have the panache of the Romney but I have come to trust the man. He reminds me of Harry Truman.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 9, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    @MoJules

    "1. As a member of the Mormon church, how could he have been pro Abortion?"

    Being pro-choice and believing in adhering to the law as interpreted by the Judicial Branch doesn't make one pro-abortion.

  • Capt. Smash Bountiful, UT
    March 9, 2011 1:00 p.m.

    He is just like Herbert you can't trust him he looks like a BMW salesman.

  • Resolute Voice Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    The only con that matters. Religion.

    We can delude ourselves all we want but religion matters in 12 to 17 states. Romney cannot win the nomination without the south and midwest. The Evangelicals will never vote for a Mormon even if it means Obama for another 4 years.

  • Neanderthal Nuevo Leon, Mexico
    March 9, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    @rvalens2: "Huckabee, Romney, Gingrich, they need someone new who doesn't carry any of the baggage these guys do."

    If you want baggage, Obama's your man. He made alotta campaign promises that he has totally ignored and he has reversed himself on many issues such as the Iraq war and closing Gitmo. And his government health care is a real killer. Any Republican should be able to run against him, including Sarah Palin, and win.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 9, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Mo Jules
    Speaking of clarification, do you understand the Mormon position on abortion and how it differs from the official Republican platform?

  • Clorinda Layton, UT
    March 9, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    MoJules, Romney was never "pro-abortion" he simply said he would not interfere with a woman's right to choose. eastcoastcougs, you are not listening. Romney has outlined a 64 point plan on what he would do to turn the economy around, but do you honestly think the press and the media are going to include his ideas in their news reports? No, because policy is boring, sound bites zing.

    To find out any politician's ideas or policy you will have to do some digging. Romney has explained his position on Romneycare vs. Obamacare "ad nauseum" but no one is listening because his perfectly acceptable explanation doesn't fit the current narrative. The day he signed Romneycare he made it clear that it was Massachusetts solution not to be imposed upon the rest of the United States. He said every State should come up with a plan suited to the needs of that State.

    The reason politicians have to write opeds is because it is the only way they can state their views and policies without having them hacked up into sound bites. Why would Romeny give the Boston Globe an interview?

  • Rutland vs. Medfield Seattle, Wa
    March 9, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Romney is not my choice. The man who currently holds the office is. There is not a single politician out there that is better qualified, nor likely to beat President Obama in the next election. He's still my guy.

    As for Romney's past stance on abortion, the far right evangelicals consider the Mormon church pro-abortion (pro-choice, if you will), because as a matter of policy (and humanity) there are circumstances where an abortion may be the appropriate course of action.

    As a former resident of the state of Utah, I understand there are a lot of Mormons that simply don't get that.

  • gogogoff Orem, UT
    March 9, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    MoJules.

    1st, he has the same stance as the LDS church.
    2nd, the people of MA wanted it, and still want it, STATES rights vs FEDERAL rights.
    3rd, I am willing to bet the Evos would elect the devil, to prevent Romney from getting in.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    March 9, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    capt smash
    What, you don't like BMW's?
    Romney is so much better than most in the field, especially Obama. Romney has real world experience and not in a class room and not community organiizing activism.
    When Romney changes his mind about something its called flip-flopping. When Obama changes his mind about something its called intelligent and measured. Why does the news push an agenda and brainwash the public into seeing things in a certain way?

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 9, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Mitt has not submitted one new idea that has not already been tried.

    As far as polls just because Deseret News quotes some out of stater does not mean in anyway that he leads the GOP vote and in fact the most recent poll shows Huckaby leading no matter how bad he gets quoted.

    Here is the kicker though. Obama has been forced to do interviews sometimes several a day for years now. Mitt chooses not to, is he going to do the same if elected or will he then turn into something he is not now?

    Mitt may well be the best GOP candidate but reading about him growing up and during his business years, it has always been about him. He loves to be admired (who doesn't) but he will be admired no matter the cost.

    He has never found a camera he does not like, he has his wife repeat slogans when he is giving speeches. sorry to say but this man will go crazy if he is not elected president, he lives for power and the presidential seat gives him what he craves.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    March 9, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    All I'm saying is that if the Republicans pick Sarah Palin, they deserve what they'll get.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 9, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Clorinda,
    What health care is atate-specific? Do some states have different sicknesses or illnesses?

  • john in az tempe, az
    March 10, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    The LDS Church officially is not opposed to abortion in limited circumstances, thus Romeny could also support abortion.

    But, what we do know about Romney is that he is "flip-flopper" so that is one MAJOR reason not to support him.

    As for romneycare. Rep. opposition to Obamacare is not about "state rights" Rep. opposition to Obamacare is about "socialism". If Obamacare is socialism, then Romneycare is socialism; plain and simple. Romney forced socialism on the people.

    romney's socialim, is a second MAJOR reason not to support him.

    romneys record shows him as an oppurtunistic panderer socialist. do not support romney. palin is doesn't understand why there is a North and South Korea, so don't support her either.

  • Indiana Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    The most clear, concise response on here was Clorinda... thank you for doing your homework and articulating Mitt's positions well...