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  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    The best "1" word to descibe these three is-"UNQUALIFIED"!

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    The word that describes Ron Paul: Consistent.

    Ron Paul for 2012. If you have heard his name, but haven't researched his platform, do so. He is a man who will bring our nation back to the Constitution.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    The first words that comes to my mind when anyone of them is mentioned is not Obama. I would vote for an empty soda can before Obama!

  • Admiring Gentile Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    To my mind, there are two different and distinct categories of anti-Mormon.

    The first is "Traditional Christians"--i.e., those who believe the Bible is the *only* "Word of God." This isn't to say that every T.C. is anti-Mormon. Just that they're disposed, as a group, to be so, because Mormons claim to be Christians and, in the T.C. belief system, that just ain't so.

    The second group is the "Uninformed." This group thinks Mormons still practice polygamy, have all sorts of secret ceremonies, etc. (One thing about T.C.'s--their practices and ceremonies are all welcome and encouraged to be viewed by "non-believers.")

    My point is: the Mormon Church's campaign to enlighten Americans about what Mormonism really is, is admirable. But I think it can only have an effect on the second group. It will clearly combat the prejudice which comes from seeing Mormons as "the other."

    But I can't see how the first group can ever change. Because it's not a matter of prejudice, but a clash of foundational beliefs.

    The big question which pollsters and the Church need to answer: what percentage of anti-Mormons comprise each group?

  • georgeman Kearns, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    @Vince

    So why don't you run for president? The fear of your own lack of qualifications couldn't be preventing you right?

    I see so many people who complain that there are never any good qualified candidates, but what they are really saying is that the candidates aren't exactly like them. If you can't find a qualified candidate, then run for president yourself and let's see what one word ends up describing you.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    for Mitt Romney, would flip-flopper be considered one word, since it's hyphenated?

  • Social Mod Fiscal Con West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    I could be happy with either Romney or Cain. Neither of them are the perfect candidate, but either of them would do a good job.

  • Admiring Gentile Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    @georgeman

    I think your response to Vince is unfair. He has every right to judge all three candidates as unqualified without his needing to run for President himself.

    Indeed, I think the problem in America now is that it's become a free-for-all of candidates, some of whom clearly (at least to me) *aren't* qualified. Heman Cain, for example. His only "qualification" seems to be that he's a rags-to-riches American success story. But isn't there more to being President than that?

    I'm glad more people who judge the candidates as unqualified *aren't* running for President!

  • M. Butler Brooklyn, NY
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    From last paragraph of the article:

    "His time as an ecclesiastical leader may have . . . opened his eyes," Stolberg writes. "Having been raised in wealth and privilege, he was now exposed to hardship and human suffering, especially among Boston's immigrant populations."

    No, Ms. Stolberg, his eyes are still completely shut. Just listen to his argument with Rick Perry about how tough he is on "illegals."

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    "I would vote for an empty soda can before Obama! "

    Given the state of American manufacturing I think we'd have to check the "made in" certificate for that can.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    What if Cain has made a mistake and his numbers are upside down and they are really 666.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    There is a lot of utter tripe in these posts. Unqualified! Look at who you are comparing them to, the most unqualified President we have had in our history. Get with it people, get with it.

  • photohiker PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    I think we as a nation would be a lot better off without the 2-party system. Just people with their own ideas running for office. How many Americans vote for someone because of party affiliate? Get elected and nothing gets done because of they have sides. Get rid of special interest, lobbyists. If we could stop all the election bickering and finger pointing and look at each other as Americans, maybe just maybe we could catch a glimpse of the glory our forefathers had in mind for this country....

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    Get candidate to turn from lifelong employment, a form of bondage, to God's goal of living off the land in true freedom. ONLY that can solve our problems; other ways continue our problems.

    Read Doctrines and Covenants and Book of Mormon before condemning their Christians. Too many follow errors passed down. We are shooting our own troops. There are many religions preaching Jesus shed his blood to be the acceptable blood sacrifice to wash away our sins. We should not label some cults; but what the word of God says should be presented to overcome errors. ALL have errors.

    Apostle Paul has confused Christians who do not follow Jesus. Jesus said to live by every word out of mouth of God (Matthew 4:4, Luke 16:31; SOME of Paul's writings seem to say that is not necessary now. Paul has no second or third witness and the apostles forsook him. NO ONE can change Jesus' or God's word. Deuteronomy 4:2 Add not nor diminish from God's word.

    The covenants of God have His promises for followers and also for those who ignore or reject His word. Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28-30. Only correction becomes holiness.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Romney's biggest issue in being a Mormon is the elephant in the room: missionary work.

    You can't take funds away from churches by taking away their members without having their church leadership "educate" their members on what's "bad" with Mormons.

    Whether this election's political landscape changes the "educated" attitudes of Republican and swing voters remains to be seen.

    The Church wants exposure, and is getting it in spades. Time will tell whether this politically-based exposure helps or hurts.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    @ sergio,

    The devil's in the details.

    And, the 9-9-9 details don't add up very well. Bad plan for the poor, good plan for the rich.

  • ProudUtahn St. George, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    No one can please everyone! No one is perfect! No one is qualified to be President of the United States with out experience, and you can,t get that exerience with out holding that seat! You can,t hold a candidate to 100% of their campain promises because they do not have the full picture of the position till well into their term of office. I agree that Obama has proven his postition and should not be returned. I do not like the media forming public opinion but untill we the people start doing our own thinking and research the media runs the show and makes the decissions for us.
    As far as flip flop candidates how much of that information is from the media?
    We all learn line upon line. No one can jump in and be perfect. Lets come up with solutions to fix our country and get involved in the process the right way.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    To Elcapitan | 9:41 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011
    Ivins, UT
    There is a lot of utter tripe in these posts. Unqualified! Look at who you are comparing them to, the most unqualified President we have had in our history. Get with it people, get with it.

    ------------------------

    I don't see anyone comparing the current candidates to George Walker Bush, who was the worst, and the most unqualified, so-called president this country has ever had.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Gotta disagree Vince.

    All three are certainly "qualified".

    You may disagree with their politics, but they are all qualified by any reasonable standards.

    What I find amusing is watching people cherry pick what they consider "qualifications" based on their candidate of choice.

    "You have to have Business Experience to be POTUS."

    -----"But Reagan didn't really have any."

    "He was president of Screen Actors Guild"

    I think Reagan was a good president but he didn't have business experience.

    Bush had lots of business experience, but I don't think he was a good president.

    I say, pick your criteria, then stick with them (if they are truly your criteria).

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Anyone who says Cain is unfit to be president is a complete moron. Especially if they voted for the current disaster of a president. Cain is a product of the REAL world. An empty soda can has more value then the current Prez, they are worth at least 3cents in most states. Cain and ALL of the GOP candidates have far more depth and understanding then BHO. He is a completely unaccomplished product of big social government logic, with marxist ideals. He is a zero!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Perry: Cowboy.

    And I have enough of cowboys:

    *'U.S. Military deaths in Iraq war at 4,473 - AP - Published by the DSNews - 08/02/2011

    Cain: Pizza.

    I admit, I have to do some research.

    Romney: Puppet.

    As:

    *'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt' - By Mitt Romney - NY Times - 11/18/08

    But...

    *Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million' - By Ken Thomas - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/04/11

    *Mitt Romneys wealth raises new questions By Jamshid Ghazi Askar DSNews 08/15/11

    'Romney owns between $250,000 and $500,000 in horses.'

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    One word to describe Obama...Warmonger!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    So with Romney, will it then be a referendum on Mormonism?

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    The One Word that describes the "Paper" who did the survey is "Liberal", the next Five words would be "Liberal-Democratic", "Extreme-Liberal" "Slanted" "Favoratism" and "Obama-Friendly"! I agree with the Cain-999, and the Perry-Idiot, I can even believe the Romney-Mormon. It's the rest that I doubt, they make Romney out to be the farthest behind when the fact is he and Cain make the most sense! As for Ron Paul, sure he is a "Constitutionalist", but he is also an Extremist! Let me use the word, "Rightist", he doesn't know the word "Middle"! I agree with a lot he says, but to isolate the U.S.A. is crazy Talk! He is a ticking Time Bomb!!! He won't solve problems, he'll complicate them! He is a Radical!!! I agree, Government IS the problem! This guy though, would be a nut job if he were President of the United States! "It's Unconstitutional to have an Income Tax"? "No Foreign Aid! It's Unconstitutional!" Why not get rid of all farms, the constitution doesn't give that right to farmers, does it??? He of all, scares the Be-Jee-Bees out of me!

  • Call_It_As_It_Is N. Salt Lake, Ut
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    Most people I know really aren't engaged enough in political matters to know what word they would use to describe the actual policies and beliefs of these candidates. Using words like "Mormon", "idiot", and "9-9-9" just goes to show how uniformed the sample size in this survey really is, giving us a look into the millions of American's who don't have a clue who they should vote for and why?

    We can clearly see that Obama has not helped the cause of the United States and a change is necessary for us to have a chance to get back on track.

  • JKayDS EULESS, TX
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    It seems to me that no matter what ideas a person may have as a contender for being Pres. alot of what get or doesn't get implemented is not really all in his hands because he has the congress and senate to deal with and if they don't come on board with his plans then no matter how good we may see them to be.. they will not get implemented and that is not the president fault.

  • paperboy111 Lindon, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Excellent piece. The problem is the "Mormon brand" means different things to different people. To faithful LDS the Mormon Brand is almost overlooked. It's a given that someone from the same tribe is automatically accepted as "good".

    But, outside the LDS tribe, it's a much more complex issue.

    For Romney to be branded as Mormon first and foremost in the minds of voters, especially Republicans, who have been conditioned over the past 3 decades to associate good Republican candidates with being God-fearing Christians, it creates a dilemma and an opening for doubt about the viability of the candidate to creep in.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    'One word to describe Obama...Warmonger!' - KM | 10:26 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011

    Republican alternative?

    "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

    On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al-Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taleban regime in Afghanistan.'
    - GEORGE W. BUSH 10/07/2001

    Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    A a little tidbit of information KM...

    Zero US troops in Libya.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Oct. 21, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    There is a ton of intriguing irony in all this anti-Mormon baloney going on right now. Let me give you two inevitable scenarios: 1) the profile of the Mormon Church continues to be raised as NEVER before in history 2) large numbers of younger-generation evangelicals and born-agains will see through the prejudice of their Pastors who occupy the pulpits and make decisions for themselves(even to the point of abandoning the faith). In scenario #1 countless folks will read and study the true tenets of the LDS faith and REALLY like what they discover. Missionary efforts will show a huge increase in the U.S.A. and in the entire western world. Sadly, if Mitt does not get the nomination, America suffers through another disastrous four years and likely destroys this nation beyond recovery.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    Cain: 9-9-9
    Perry: secessionist
    Romney: Mittens (I've long determined that if I ever get a tuxedo colored cat I'm naming it Mittens after Romney and his business experience, particularly if it's a fat cat).

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    'Sadly, if Mitt does not get the nomination, America suffers through another disastrous four years and likely destroys this nation beyond recovery.' - Rikitikitavi | 10:54 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011

    Wasn't America supposed to be 'destroyed' over the LAST four years?

    Conservative rhetoric is always based on fear. 'The end is nigh!'

    Well?

    *'Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal' - By Ben Feller - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/21/2011

    'WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.'

    FYI, Harold Camping is predicting the world will end today, 10/21/2011.

    It will be his THIRD end of the world prediction.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Furry1993 re:I don't see anyone comparing the current candidates to George Walker Bush, who was the worst, and the most unqualified, so-called president this country has ever had.

    You've been drinking too much Kool-Aid and eating too much fluff. The worst president, most unqualified, most damaging to our economy and foreign policy was Jimmy Carter.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    @rikitikitavi
    "Sadly, if Mitt does not get the nomination, America suffers through another disastrous four years and likely destroys this nation beyond recovery. "

    I feel like stock markets gaining 30% the past two years and 20 straight months of job growth is a very odd definition of "disastrous".

    "In scenario #1 countless folks will read and study the true tenets of the LDS faith and REALLY like what they discover. Missionary efforts will show a huge increase in the U.S.A. and in the entire western world."

    I doubt it. There's a difference between getting people to change their view to think the LDS church is christian and getting people to believe Joseph Smith was a prophet and Jesus appeared in the western hemisphere. The former I can see a lot of, the latter I don't think will change much in rate.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    Wealthy or handsome or floppy or egocentric or powerful or unelectable?

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    To BigRich | 11:32 a.m. Oct. 21, 2011

    I would have agreed, prior to GWB, that Carter was the worst president. GWB has him beat for "worst" in every way. GWB was an unmitigated disaster for this country; Carter was a disaster, true, but not even close to GWB.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    @ProudUtahn

    "...No one can please everyone! No one is perfect! No one is qualified to be President of the United States with out experience, and you can,t get that exerience with out holding that seat! You can,t hold a candidate to 100% of their campain promises because they do not have the full picture of the position till well into their term of office...We all learn line upon line. No one can jump in and be perfect. Lets come up with solutions to fix our country and get involved in the process the right way...".

    I admire your "reasonable" premise.

    Unfortunately, "reasonable" has been left in the dust.

    Sadly, the "reasonable" treatment cain, romney, perry, bachmann, paul, santorum etc., will receive as the new president, will make even hardcore President Obama haters blush.

    Queen anne coulter and Kingmaker limbaugh have already "bagged" on romney.

    Without a republican 60 vote majority in the senate, we will be looking at four more years of "filibustering".

    The republican cabbage patch senator from west virginia has opened the fillbuster Pandora's Box. The Democratic Party will simply set its sights on breaking the record number of fillibusters set by republicans.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    The first word to pop into my head about Romney: Plastic. As in "Ken Doll".

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    Not sure about one-word descriptions, but maybe a few words:

    Romney, leadership, experience, sometimes socially awkward
    Cain, businessman, sincere, pleasant, not sure about his 9-9-9 plan, though
    Perry, definitely Texan, handsome, not quite ready for POTUS
    Gingrich, bold, blunt with media, experience, common sense, good VP material
    Santorum, nice enough, not ready for POTUS
    Paul, extreme, scary, but smart. Age is a factor.
    Huntsman, smarter than you think, foreign experience, not quite ready for POTUS
    Bachman, determined, educated

    Being a potential Presidential candidate is a daunting task. You have to market yourself to the public just as you would a product you want them to purchase, trying not to brag or inflate your capabilities, and yet have to defend yourself against personal attacks from other potential candidates. Not an easy task for sure!

    A person's RELIGION should not have anything to do with the choice. Rather, the person's morality, integrity, honesty, faith in the importance of the family, knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs, economic competence, and other factors should be considered, and not focus on a particular religion. That detracts from learning about the qualifications of the candidates to be the President.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    'Romney, leadership...' - Utah Girl | 1:37 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011

    I would disagree.

    *'Mitt Romney as job creator clashes with Bain record of job cuts' - By Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News - Published by DSNews - 07/20/11

    'Employees who lost jobs at Bain-controlled companies more than a decade ago say they still hold Romney responsible.
    "I would not vote for him for anything," said Phyllis Detro, 68, who lost her job...'

  • Social Mod Fiscal Con West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    A person's religion should not be considered a factor in choosing a president. However, the way that person's belief will impact their choices as president should absolutely be considered. If a muslim where running, I would definitely consider their belief in Sharia as a factor. If a jew were to run, I would definitely consider their views on Israel a factor. If a mormon is running, I think we should consider how their faith influences their views on political and legal issues.
    Outside of those questions, the way they worship and the being they worship are simply not an issue.
    So, we each have a responsibility to determine if the candidates as individuals will act in the best interest of the country if elected. After all, we are electing the P(resident)OTUS, not the next P(astor)OTUS.

  • Kirk R Graves West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    Pagan | 2:32 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011
    You assume that cutting jobs in a company is a bad thing. If that is what it takes to keep the company as a whole afloat or to make it commercially viable, then so be it. If the company dies, think how many more jobs are gone.

    As a fiscal conservative, cutting a few government jobs sounds like a great idea to me! I would love to see a president come in and make some sound manegerial decisions when it comes to the federal checkbook.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    @ Pagan, it was Romney's leadership and economic skills and experience that helped to save the Utah 2002 Olympics from disaster to become a success, at least financially.

    I'm sorry people have lost jobs that Bain had a part in. But Bain's purpose was to salvage companies that were floundering, and sometimes restructure and reorganization is the painful way it has to be done to end up with a company that lasts. Not all companies succeed. When a Dr. tries to save a patient with multiple illnesses or injuries, sometimes it is necessary to remove organs or limbs in the process to save the patient. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. That doesn't mean the Dr. is incompetent or has bad motives. A similar thing happens to companies that are struggling. Sometimes the remedies help, and sometimes they don't. Doesn't mean the person (or company, such as Bain) trying to help has bad intentions, or is incompetent.

  • Larry Willard, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    If you had to be qualified, Who is qualifying these people?
    In Utah tou just have to live there for 1 year, No qualifications.

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Prideful and vanity -- you can decide which words fit which candidates.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    greedy.

  • speed66 Heber City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    Cain seems to be the only one that is controlling his messaging.

    @Admiring Gentile - You forgot one group. Those who simply disagree with positions and actions of the church. I'm not an evangelical and I'm not misinformed. I'm not a fan of the LDS church. That said, it wouldn't impact my decision to vote for an LDS member. Romney can't be judged by what he says. You have to look at what he has done. He is as "loose and easy" with the truth as any candidate I've seen of late.

    @photohiker- I agree we'd be better off and far more likely to find someone who better represents our ideals. The two party system has become two-sides of the same coin. Just look at the venomous states about Obama. Most are completely unwarranted and driven by talk-radio instead of fact.

    @JoeBlow - Perry and qualified shouldn't be used in the same sentence. Huntsman, Paul, and Santorum are all far more qualified.

    @paperboy111 - It's worse...many are pulling for him for little other reason.

    @Utah Girl - If morality is a factor how do you rate Gingrich as anything but abhorrent. Bachmann...try lunatic. Romney gets a pass...try slick.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    @Utah Girl

    "...Not sure about one-word descriptions, but maybe a few words:

    Romney, etc.
    Cain, etc.
    Perry, etc.
    Gingrich, bold, blunt with media, experience, common sense, good VP material
    Santorum, etc.
    Paul, etc.
    Huntsman, etc.
    Bachman, etc.

    "...the person's morality, integrity, honesty, faith in the importance of the family, knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs, economic competence, and other factors should be considered, and not focus on a particular religion...".

    I won't take issue, at this point, with any of your assessments of republican presidential candidates.

    However...

    newt gingrich...poster person for morality, integrity and honesty?

    He is a master, of the act, as well as "...knowledge of domestic affairs".

    I cannot imagine a true, "family values", conservative voting for such an individual.

    Nobody's perfect.

    How true.

    We learn, daily, about the failure(s) of President Obama.

    With regard to newt gingrich, let him be the "idea guy", at some lobbying super PAC.

    However...

    Let him no where near the White House.

    Isn't that what newt gingrich said during his personal crusade/personal vendetta against President Clinton, another failed politico, who also happened to be well versed in the art of "domestic affairs"?

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Oct. 21, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    "@JoeBlow - Perry and qualified shouldn't be used in the same sentence. Huntsman, Paul, and Santorum are all far more qualified."

    OK, fine. Cant argue.

    I was trying to be nice for a change.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Our entire Federal system has become enormously cancerous. No policy or act seems to be founded on Constitutional principles. And even if it were, few would even recognize it as Constitutionally sound. Talk is cheap, and there are plenty of politicians who have diarrhea of the mouth, but don't serve the cause of freedom. We need leaders who will free up the rights of the States and the people, not someone who will place increased burdens on our backs through tedious regulations that take from the laborer to merely give to the idler. Currently, big government is creating another type of slavery, a slavery that isn't based on color of skin. It is a slavery that is based on the willing who work.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Remember the days when we wanted somebody with military experience to be President...

  • Eric P Boise, ID
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    This article is a non-article. At a time when this nation desperately needs to re-establish its bearings, we need to know the positions of the presidential candidates, not the non-sense presented in this article. The only thing I can attribute this to is the main stream media blackout. If an article actually focuses on the real debate at hand and addresses the issues that are most critical to this nation, it benefits the candidate that the main stream media has chosen to ignore. To learn about this candidate that the MSM ignores and why they choose to ignore him, go to ronpaul2012 dot com. Do the research for yourself!

  • I see nothing! Casa Grande, AZ
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Cain wants to raise my taxes, Romeny wants to forclose on people faster and Perry is glad there are lots of muderers and executions in his state because it makes him look tough.

    One word would be, "NO".

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 21, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Everyone needs to go to Sen. Hatch's website. Look under Letters until you find his "Letter to Patriotic Millionaires."

    We all need to read it before casting a vote for this man.

    I'd love to post the link here, but DN's censors won't allow it.

    Even though it will take some effort, please do it. It's very enlightening.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Oct. 22, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    Furry1993
    I don't see anyone comparing the current candidates to George Walker Bush, who was the worst, and the most unqualified, so-called president this country has ever had.
    ===========================

    The reason you do not see anyone mentioning George Bush is that the issue no longer exists. Pres. Obama has taken the lead in the worst poll numbers of any modern day president, We have lost the respect of the whole world as well as our enemies as America becomes a send rate nation under current leadereship.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Oct. 22, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    Is there anything in the Constitution about a non-traditional Christian running for president? Why can't some people get over Romney's Mormonism and look at the man himself? What does he have to offer America? He isn't running for prophet, he is running for president. Religion must not be a deciding factor.

  • Denys Picard near montreal, QC
    Oct. 22, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    For me these candidates are all the same, they all stand only for one thing, and are only different by esthetical aspects of their presentations; and what they stand for can be defined by the following four words: Elitists, elitists, elitists, elitists. Exactly like Barack Obama's policies: Elitists.
    So the Pew exercise helps us understand how media has mastered its tool so well, that it can offer instantaneous Brain-Washing effects in the population and clearly indicates that the Main Stream Media wants us to vote Cain and loves 9-9-9. Yet Cain's 9-9-9 plan will be the suicide of any American member of the middle class and underclass that votes for it.
    So maybe this is a case of mass suicide by Main Stream Media, what do you think?

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Oct. 22, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    In one word all these politicians are trying to overcome the one word that stigmatizes them.

    They don't campaign to win, they campaign to overcome what they have done in the past or they campaign to promise they will never do it again.

    Mitt has to prove he is something in addition to Mormon, then he has to prove he is something besides a flip flopper, then he has to prove he is capabable of finding jobs.

    Perry has to prove he has intersts in the country outside of Texas, then he has to prove he will deal with the illegals, then he has to prove he can somehow develop jobs that pay more than $8 an hour.

    Paul has to prove he is not old, he is not stodgy, he is not too opininated to be the president.

    Can has to prove he can be effective outside a pizza parlor.

    The campagin is basically a way for these people to set aside their poor decisions and try to convince the public they will never happen again.

    According to this poll they are not doing a good job.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 22, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    They are only qualified in one way: they are more than thirty-five years of age.

    The most important qualification imo is will they defend and uphold the Constitution?

    Having heard the various contenders for the republican nomination speak, and knowing full well what Obama stands for, only one is qualified to be President of the United States - Mr Ron Paul.

  • grip Meridian, ID
    Oct. 22, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    There is no single word comes to mind for Mitt Romney. If I can use two words they would be "most qualified". We have several choices I can support. Mitt Romney is my top choice. He has a track record in finance/economics, leadership, goodness, family values, problem solver and is proud of this wonderful country. He will make no apologies.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Oct. 30, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    Zero troops in Lybia? That's because they were in planes dropping bomobs.