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  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 7, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    In March 1995, Bob Dole led Bill Clinton 49% to 40% in a similar poll.

    It's always easier to be the mud-slinger, than to defend your turf. And Mitt won't even have to wait for Obama to take his turn. Just wait until the rest of the Republican field really gets going after him.

  • MonkeySpider Lindon, ut
    June 7, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Why doesn't MSM ever mention Ron Paul, and why wasn't he part of this poll?
    * He has never voted to raise taxes.
    * He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    * He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    * He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    * He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    * He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
    * He voted against the Patriot Act.
    * He voted against regulating the Internet.
    * He voted against the Iraq war.
    * He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    * He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

    Research Ron Paul for yourself, RON PAUL 2012!

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    June 7, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Dear Republican Party,

    Please don't spend the primaries beating each other up. And please, please don't nominate Sarah Palin for anything. Honestly, she is embarrassing.

    Thank you.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    June 7, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    To put Obama in the same realm as Mitt is laughable. o has never really done anything of substance in his life. Community organizer..... teaching a few classes at a liberal university, state senator.... needed to get a jon way back then,US senator for a little over a year and NO real legislation from him with a mostly present voting record. o now has a horrible record to run on. lots of luck. All hat and no cattle.
    Mitt.... actually a successful business mind and record.... under his direction pulled off a wildly successful Olympic games, (I was not a fan of getting the Olympics in the first place) amid the terrible way it was run and with the could that hung over it. HE inherited that problem... sounds familiar. Governor of a mostly democratic state with huge problems. He left it with a surplus when he INHERITED a huge deficit. He is a leader, smart, wealthy, I hear he won't take a salary, successful business and family man, does not associate with former terrorists,... Bill Ayers, racial motivated ministers.... Wright, no czars to my knowledge.
    o is not in the same league.

  • sjgf South Jordan, UT
    June 7, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Romney is one of the few Republicans with a chance to defeat Obama.

    Obama is perhaps the most left of left leaning politicians. And American voters have shown that they love socialism by voting for him.

    Romney is also very far to the left. Perhaps not quite as far as Obama, so he has a chance of picking up the more moderate liberals.

    No conservative will vote for either of them. Some conservatives may vote for Romney over Obama because he is not quite as far to the left, but it will be a vote against Obama rather than a vote for Romney.

    Any conservative does not have a chance in American nation-wide politics. Americans want their socialism. We will only have a choice of two socialists in the final vote.

  • Gruffi Gummi Logan, UT
    June 7, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    @MonkeySpider: yesterday Rasmussen released a poll, in which Dr. Paul runs second among the Republican candidates. Excluding him from the Washington Post and ABC News poll reported here was clear manipulation, arguably for the purpose of suppressing his views - as you mentioned, he is advocating a small government, WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS, he is also against sending our best young men and women to foreign countries to fight wars started under bogus rationales.

  • bricha lehi, ut
    June 7, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Regardless who wins the republican nomination, I think Obama will have a really hard time winning the election if the economy doesn't turn around.

  • Judge Smailes Cedar Hills, UT
    June 7, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    And why is Obama and Romney tied? Have you see the Economy lately? Can't believe that many americans are that stupid to vote Obama again! Mitt will chew em up in the Republican debates! Obama does not want to debate Romney because he can't have his teleprompter with him.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    June 7, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    Re: Monkey Spider- "Why doesn't MSM ever mention Ron Paul?" How about because he has Zero chance of gaining the GOP nomination. I think perhaps his 76 years of age MIGHT have something to do with it. Come on! Be real. No candidate is picture perfect. They ALL have their worts of various sorts. I'm not enthralled with everything that Mitt has done, but, for me, he IS the GOP candidate I believe is best suited & prepared to give "the incumbent", who will be very difficult to beat, a run for his money ... and Mitt will have no problems producing his birth certificate!

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 7, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Romney:

    - Valedictorian at BYU

    - Baker's scholar at Harvard

    - Master's degrees in business and law

    - enormously successful in private business and now worth between $200 and $300 million (compare this to many of Obama's closest advisers who have never had to turn a profit or go hungry)

    - previous executive leadership experience as a state governor, including Massachusetts' Commander In Chief of state military forces

    - put aside partisanship prejudices/trash-talk by successfully campaigning/winning the governor's seat as a Republican in a heavily Democrat-controlled state LONG before Scott Brown

    - turned a loss into one of the few profit-earning Olympics (Salt Lake) in 2002

    - turned Massachusetts' budget from red to black while governor

    - volunteer service to community as a church leader (Bishop/Stake President) for well over 5 years

    - would give ALL his Presidential salary ($1.6 million total) back to the American taxpayers if elected (yes, he's said this)

    - looks, talks and acts "Presidential"

    - understands committment (never divorced)

    - understands morality (never had an affair)

    - understands family (5 kids)

    - willing to let all of America see his birth record and school records.

    Nope, nothing there that America needs at all.....

    Romney 2012

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    June 7, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Dear MonkeySpider: Ron Paul is a good man, but he's not really a viable candidate for President for a number of reasons. Besides his age, he takes a number of positions that are just too out of the mainstream. I like him, but I wouldn't be able to support him. He has no chance to get the nomination. He just creates a lot of false hopes and disruption in the party. I know he has a message he wants to get out and he obviously enjoys campaigning. But, it would be better if he would withdraw.

    I think it is becoming more clear all the time that Obama is a charming guy with little exerience, dismal judgment and almost no leadership ability. His only response to fixing the economy or government is to raise taxes.

    Let's hire a guy with a lot of economic, financial, business and executive experience who actually has a track record of success. Mitt Romney fits that bill and the country is beginning to realize it.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 7, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    I like Romney but Ron Paul is also very appealing. Don't know a ton about him but what I have heard I like most of it. Is Ron Paul for or against making illegal drugs legal? Heard he was for it. Is that correct?

    Regardless, Ron Paul is going to recieve a LOT more positive attention this time around.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Problem is his religion in his party.

  • MonkeySpider Lindon, ut
    June 7, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    A Guy With A Brain
    What about the fact that doesn't want to abolish the Federal Reserve?? Just another candidate that will continue with the status quo. We need REAL change in this country, and Romney will not be the guy.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    June 7, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Dear DN, if the church is supporting Romney for the election please be honest and come right out and admit to it. Otherwise, your daily pandering of your poster boy is getting old.

  • MonkeySpider Lindon, ut
    June 7, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    A Guy With A Brain
    yes he is for legalizing drugs because in our constitution it states that we have the right to OUR Liberties, extreme or not but if someone wants to do drugs its their constitutional right to do so. We cannot let our personal stance on things, such as drugs, get in the way of the constitution. Plus the war on drugs has been an utter failure in which we have wasted trillions of dollars and drugs are now easily available, talk about an utter failure!

  • Richard Saunders Provo, UT
    June 7, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    @Cats
    If Ron Paul is not a viable candidate, let the people decide. When they just forget him in the poll, people begin to wonder. The reason Ron Paul isn't mentioned is he is a threat to the status quo. Corporations, Wall Street Banksters, establishment politicians all hate him which means he's doing something right. If Ron Paul received the attention from the media that Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin do, and the American people reject him, fine. But when he is not even given as an option, democracy is losing ground in America.

    @ A Guy With A Brain
    Ron Paul is not pro- illegal drugs, as his opponents would like to paint him. He doesn't want to legalize drugs, only return the decision to the states. As a doctor, he says we should treat it more as a medical issue than a criminal one.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    June 7, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Yes, of course, you are correct, spread the word.............
    Mitt Romney, the one and only President for the wealthy and the Elite Power Brokers of America!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    List of President Obama's Accomplishments:

    Ordered the Pentagon to cover expenses of families of fallen soldiers if they wish to be on site when the body arrives back in the US (2009)

    Ended the Bush-era blackout imposed on media coverage of the return of fallen US soldiers (2009) * Note: The media is now permitted to cover the story pending adherence to respectful rules and with the approval of the fallen soldiers family

    Ended the Bush-era black out policy on media coverage of war casualties (2009) * Note: Full information is now released for the first time in the War on Terror

    Ordered better body armor to be procured for US troops (2009)

    Funding new Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles (2009) * Note: The old Hummers were very vulnerable to roadside explosives and an alarming percentage of our soldiers lost in Iraq were on account of IEDs

    Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel (2009)

    Improving housing for military personnel (2009)

    Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses (2009)

    Ordered that conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other neglected military hospitals be improved (2009)

    (cont.)

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Obama:

    Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military to a post-Cold War, modern fighting force (2009) * Note: Bush announced in 2001 his intention to do this but backed off the reforms after 9/11, which include: new procurement policies; increasing the size of Special Ops units; deploying new technologies; creating new cyber security units; etc.

    Ended the Bush-era practice of awarding no-bid defense contracts (2009)

    Improving benefits for veterans as well as VA staffing, information systems, etc. (2009)

    Authorized construction of additional health centers to care for veterans (2009)

    Suspended the Bush-era decision to purchase a fleet of Marine One helicopters from suppliers in favor of American made helicopters (2009)

    Ordered a review of the existing Dont ask, dont tell policy on gays in the military (2010)

    New GI Bill for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan (2009)

    Signed bill providing assistance for caregivers of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010)

    Eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)

    Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31, 2010 (2010)

    (cont.)

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Obama:

    Instituted enforcements for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Bill) (2009)

    Appointed Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina, to the Supreme Court (2009)

    Held the first Seder in White House (2009)

    Appointed a diverse Cabinet and diverse White House staff (2009)

    Spoke at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization (2009)

    Signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation that includes acts of violence against gays under the list of federal hate crimes (2009)

    Reversed the Bush-era practice of politicizing Justice Department investigations and prosecutions against political opponents (2009)

    Signed an extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Bill to provide federal research and support for treating the disease (2009)

    Proposed that the Pentagon repeal the Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy; placed a freeze on current efforts to remove alleged homosexuals from the military (2009)

    After eight years of neglect, the Justice Department and EEOC are again enforcing employment discrimination laws (2009)

    Convened the White House Tribal Nations Conference, inviting representatives from 564 federally-recognized Indian tribes (2009)

    Provided increased school projects for Indian lands and increased funds for the Indian Health Service (2009)

    (cont.)

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Obama:

    Signed an Executive Order mandating that his Cabinet develop plans to work with and consult Indian tribes on issues impacting Indian lands (2009)

    Signed an Executive Order for the Presidents Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)

    Signed Executive Order to promote the federal government as a model employer when it comes to hiring the disabled (2010)

    Programs to assist Spanish speakers with the US Census (2010)

    Elena Kagen appointed to Supreme Court (2010)

    Tasked all federal agencies to develop new strategies to address HIV/AIDS (2010)

    After organizing studies on the topic in 2009, tasked the Pentagon to eliminate Dont Ask, Dont Tell (2010)

    Signed Fair Sentencing Act (2010)

    Authorized construction funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access in K-12 public schools (2009)

    Increased funding for school construction (2009)

    Streamlined the federal student loan process to save $87 billion over the next 10 years (2009)

    Changed the rule to allow students struggling to make college loan payments to refinance their loans (2009)

    Proposed reducing student loan obligations for individuals going to work in community and public service jobs (2010)

    Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness (2009)

    (cont.)

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    June 7, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    @ ClarkKent
    Do you see an official statement from the First Presidency on this? Please tell us all where it is? Whats that, you cant you say? Oh thats right they dont support Romney or any candidate for that matter. So your comment has no validity or truth, yes its just your silly opinion.
    Romney would be a great president but I dont think America is ready for effective leader. Most would settle for Obama another four years.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    June 7, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Dear Clark Kent: The poll is news, and DN is a newspaper. It's not daily pandering; it's called reporting. Last week there were daily reports about Huntsman. There are almost daily reports about Romney on the NYT and Washington Post (it was the Post's poll and it's their lead story today), and will be until November 2012 unless he's out of the race. The reason it's not the NYt's lead story is because they're busy reporting on their unbelievable congressman.

    If you're tired of reading about Romney, tune in to the Daily Show and the Colbert Report where you can get the news on Sarah Palin's latest pontificating about American history, as she makes it up, and her refusal to admit that she "misspoke" about Paul Revere's ride just minutes after touring historical sites. I'm not implying that you support her, but how can anyone support someone like Sarah Palin who doesn't listen and, therefore, is incapable of the analysis required of a president?

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    June 7, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    "Besides his age, he takes a number of positions that are just too out of the mainstream."

    Which is exactly why we need him. The mainstream is nuts.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    June 7, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    @Utes21 -- that is MY POINT. The church has not and won't make an official statement yet I believe it owns this site and panders this candidate daily. There's a fine line here that they are close to crossing in my personal opinion. A non-profit may not support any particular political candidate or it loses its non-profit status.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    June 7, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Pagan: Did the US elect Obama again? No. They did not. Your "statement" that MA did not elect Romney again is irrelevant, just as mine is. Thanks for the Obama litany, though.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    June 7, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Re: Pagen. And you list those as "accomplishments" and "positive" moves? Not sure. Anyone can provide a list of "things." Oh, where to begin: "Beginning discussions with Congress for comprehensive immigration reform (2010)" Beginning being the operative word. Our nation is full of states passing their own immigration laws because of the Fed'l Gov't slower than slow approach. And we all no why-- more immigrants deported, the fewer for amnesty and the fewer potential democratic votes. Hmmmm. And I view the appointment of Kagan (no judicial experience at all) and Sotomayor (I'm sorry, but her background is simply too liberal for me) as far from "positive" appointments. Also, I looked but didn't see anything listed as "positive" moves to improve the economy? And Obama had a full-democratic controlled Congress his first 2 years that he couldn't even work with to get the economy back on track. Good effort though, Pagen!

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 7, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Re: Pagan @ 11:31

    You said one of Obama's accomplishments was: "Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel (2009)"

    Really?

    So is that why my CY2011 Air Force Basic Pay raise was the smallest since 1962? What?, you want a source? OK, go to military(dot)com or you can google it yourself.

    Also, there is NO new GI Bill that Obama signed. There's the traditional Montgomery GI Bill and the new "post-9-11 GI Bill" that was created under George Bush (oohh!, I bet that hurt, didn't it?) but anything pertaining to the GI Bill that Obama signed, of which I know of none, has had no drastic changes to what was already in place.

    Again, how do I know? Because I've been an active duty Air Force officer for over 20 years.

    So, please quit touting Obama as the greatest thing in all things since sliced bread when it clearly isn't so.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    June 7, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    @79Ute - Palin is a joke as far as I am concerned. Her party should be embarrassed by her.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    June 7, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Pagan:

    You forgot to mention:

    1 - $14 Trillion Federal Debt and rising fast.

    2 - 9.1% Unemployment (most likely it is higher).

  • Black Knight American Fork, UT
    June 7, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    Pagan: Interesting laundry list of BHO "accomplishments" that will undoubtedly
    give most liberals, socialists, and Marxists reasons to support him again in 2012. However, those same "accomplishments" will result in the overwhelming majority of conservatives and moderates to reject Obama and elect the Republican nominee (likely Romney, Pawlenty, or Huntsman) in November 2012 by a substantial margin. And the economy will definitely not improve sufficiently in the next 17 months to re-elect BHO; his failing economic policies will assure that he is a one term president.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 7, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    Oh my Gosh! Is the sky falling? No...just over reaction in June of 2011 to a poll that has no impact on anything.

    May I suggest that come the election in November of 2012, if Romney is running he won't be leading President Obama in electoral votes at the end. Any conservative Mormon hoping for evangelical, conservatives to back him is hoping in vain.

    Better there should be a liberal Mormon candidate, running on a progressive ticket...that progressive Mormon is more likely to be elected than flip flop Mitch. The problem of course is finding a progressive Mormon and one who wants to run.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 7, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    Isn't it funny how Republicans attack Obama for.....not cleaning up the mess their party created fast enough!

    Come on Obama. It was only the worst Recession since the Great Depression. Started on the watch of Republican control. You've had 2.5 years, get our mess fixed.

    Or let us get back in and see what further damage we can do.

  • UtahVoter Spanish Fork, UT
    June 7, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    I found it interesting to delve deep into the results that were posted with the story. Ron Paul is actually one of the most supported candidates by the numbers. He didn't get a bar chart at the top, presumably because he wasn't included for that key question but in polls that have included him for that question he has consistently polled better against Obama than any of the other Republican contenders. Paul is simply that much different. Most of the GOP candidates are essentially identical to Obama on foreign policy, bailouts, taxes, etc.

    Ron Paul has an outlook that makes more sense when you look at the big picture historically and you look at real numbers and outcomes. Obama often delivers inspiring speeches and Romney continually points to his great success in business, but their 'political platforms' are remarkably similar (as well as un-inspiring and unlikely to succeed when you start looking at the big picture.)

    I hope that more media outlets try that 'electability' question with Paul versus Obama. The result makes sense.

  • Over the Top Rigby, ID
    June 7, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    Is it too early to dream of a Romney/Rice (as in Condoleeza) ticket? That would be my ultimate wish for the presidency...but not sure if it would ever come to fruition.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    June 7, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    @ Pagan

    You forgot to add:

    O'Bama---one term preident.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    June 7, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    @ClarkKent
    Again thats your opinion, not actual fact. There crossing your fine line maybe, if you dont like the story dont read it. I am sure the trib can print an article you like. Lets see why they may publish a story about Romney.He is the leading GOP, he has many Utah ties, he is republican and the majority of the state votes republican. Also has the dnews come out and said we support Romney 2012? Oh wait nope again. Its okay though Pagan will continue to recommend your comments.
    Did you read this article, this was about Romney being tied with Obama in the polls. I am pretty sure they are just reporting nationwide news on the leading GOP.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    June 7, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    @Pagan
    Sorry to burst your bubble but there are a lot of people who wouldn't consider much of your list as accomplishments.

    Romney 2010

    Good day

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    June 7, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    @ Pagan

    Easy does it, sir. Just because I think he will be a one-term president doesn't mean I think that he isn't a US Citizen, or wasn't totally properly elected, or Ms P{alin is the real deal, etc. I NEVER mentioned O'Bama's religion at any time in any post on any blog.

    Get out of your fixation and look at the real world; that is, if it doesn't hurt too much. I guess you could always sing hymns to cope, should that become necessary.

    Lighten up and avoid having a coronary.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    June 7, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    Contrary to the opinion of the Utah GOP, Romney's defense of Romneycare helped him in the national polls.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    June 7, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    paganette:
    Please get a job and quit cutting and pasting data. There is little substance behind your drivel. o is horrible, worse than carter in only 2 plus years.
    You failed to mention many many many things that o has done that are killing the US in it's world standing, economy, debt, programs etc. but I have a job and I need to get back to work.
    o is going to go.
    Mitt in 2012!

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    June 7, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    Romney has called President Obama a "failed" politican.

    Romney has tried to run away from his failed efforts in Mass.

    Romney has failed as a candidate in 2008.

    Romney knows failure.

    When the social conservatives are through with him, he will know failure again.

    With regard to President Obama;

    Almost everyone believes that President Obama is a one term President, if unemployment does not drop below 8%.

    The economy has to add at least 200,000 jobs per month to achieve that goal.

    Speaking of goals:

    What are Romney's SPECIFIC GOALS, OBJECTIVES and TIMELINES for "fixing" the economy, creating jobs, Medicare, Social Security, the Defense budget, affordable health care, immigration, as well as a completely divided nation... for starters?

    If he as well as the other wanna-be "Republicans" fail to provide this minimum amount of informatiom, they will prove to voters they are no more than just one of the "pandering poltiicans" they love to blast.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    June 7, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Untill Obama took office, republicans were looking around aimlessly saying, "what recession, the economy is strong." The day Obama took office we were all doomed to horrifying poverty.

    Conservatives fool themselves so easily it's like watching a dog growl at it's own tail.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    Well the average of the recent polls still has obama ahead about 4 points. This one's the only one with Romney ahead. Plus Romney still has to win the primary which is no small task.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    June 7, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Do any of those polled know what Romney's positions are?
    Do they know he's pledged not to raise taxes?
    Do they know he believes in man made global warming?
    Do they know his healthcare bill closely resembles Obama's healthcare plan EXCEPT it
    provides state funding for abortions?

    Vote for a Republican if you believe in "trickle-down" economics and that unearned income should be taxes at lower rates than earned income.
    Vote for a Republican if you believe Social Security should be privatized.
    Vote for a Republican if you believe the govt. should give vouchers, indexed to the consumer price index, to health insurance companies instead of the current Medicare model.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    June 7, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    Who care about these politicians? There is really not a noticeable difference between the two of them. We have such a corrupt society. Our politicians and the judiciary act like they are an elite ruling class. They have no clue how to govern...Let's not forget Romney says Obamacare is fine if it is the states forcing you to buy health insurance...What is the difference? He is still favoring the government imposing something you should have the freedom to choose not to participate in if that is your wish. These denial of rights like the Patriot Act, Obamacare, Absolute Immunity and using compelling state interest are
    issues that almost force me to be an ex-patriot. I do not trust Romney and I trust Obama less. Where are our heros and real leaders?

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    June 7, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    The candidates we get for elected office are those who are best at raising money. Once they get elected they continue their efforts to raise money for their re-election. Who is paying for these leaders? Is it the average American or is it corporate America? Who do you think the politician is going to listen to when corporation X says, we are prepared to spend millions for your opponent if we can't get your support for this legislation?

    Who might run for office if we took money out of campaigns?

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    June 7, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    Wasintime...I agree with you. We need more diverse opinion, but it can only happen if there was more opportunity to campaign, if you were not a rich person.
    I believe both the parties shut out the minority parties that often have good ideas. Now FOX News exerts its power over who gets to be on their television shows...As you notice Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Herman Cain rarely get the opportunity...Palin is almost given unfair, free exposure because she is their consultant. I am a conservative, but an independent...

  • Gruffi Gummi Logan, UT
    June 7, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    @Sokol: good point. Obama wasn't, in fact, elected. He was nominated by the media, and the voting was just a formality. Now the media are trying to nominate Romney.

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 7, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Romney could be beating Pres. Obama by 50 points but it will never make a hill of beans difference....

    He's got to win the GOP nomination, and the vast majority of Evangelical Christians [rember; the other ultra-Conservatives outside of Utah] won't be voting for him.

    Best of luck.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 7, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    The latest business news says we're in trouble and looking at another major downturn in our economy. Based on what Romney did for the 2002 Winter Olympics Americans might start looking at him as their financial savior.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 7, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    There was another former Governor that run for Pres. and failed to get the nomination the first time. His name was Ronald Reagan. As for Ron Paul his positions on abortion and legalizing drugs won't fly with conservatives. Yes I understand his rational on drugs and his position has merit. America is not ready for Ron Paul. Romney has the best chance. Comservatives need to unite behind a candidate and stop bickering. Palin is not presidential. I like the idea of Romney/Rice. If not Rice Romney should pick a V.P. with strong christian credential from the south. That would cause the mormon hating evangelicals to have a tizzy fit. Got to love politics.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 8, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    Somebody above said Romney/Rice in 2012.

    Wow!....

    Now THAT'S a ticket I could go for. Mitt's business and Executive (governor) experience for domestic issues and Condaleeza's experience abroad as former Secretary of State, plus as an added bonus she's a she, and as a second bonus, she's black. Mitt could attract many female and minority voters in one shot, the very groups that Obama needs so badly to win.

    Wow, that's brilliant!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    June 8, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    Neil T
    There was a person called Reagan and according to his economic advisor speaking last week, the GOP beginning with Reagan has cost the country fiscal responsibility. He showed the flaws in the thinking of Reagan and how it has hurt jobs, economy and and increased the debt as the reasoning has not changed.

    In this article Mitt says overexposure will hurt him, what will he do as president? What does he have to hide?

    Mitt said he would not raise taxes while he was govenor of MA but the tax association said he raised fees and costs to individuals that had the same effect and raised hundreds of millions for the state, although he did not raise taxes.

    Seems the country is looking for some politicain to wave a magic wand and make everything okay. People demand the services but are not willing to pay for them and thus the unhappiness, anger and anxiousness to revolt.

    People run to their party and expect change but on the horizon there isn't change from either party, history demands they behave the same way as those before them behaved.