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Donald Trump: Mitt Romney 'doesn't get the traction' in race

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  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    Why does Trump look like a grump? I think he's upset because he's not running anymore, and will find something to criticize about any possible person. We saw it when he was hitting on Obama, and others, until his whole case of Obama's birth certificate imploded.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    After this:

    *'Trump on Obama's Birth Certificate: 'Maybe It Says He's a Muslim' - Fox Nation - 03/30/11

    I don't hold Donald Trump's opinion in high regard.

    As:

    *'Obamas to attend church for Easter Sunday' - By Philip Elliott - AP - Published by DSNews - 04/11/09

    And 'yes', that DID happen more than two years before Trump made the foolish claim.

    A 'succesful' business man...

    shouldn't file for bankrupcy...

    four times.

    *'Donald Trump's Companies Filed for Bankruptcy 4 Times' - By AMY BINGHAM - ABC News - 04/21/2011

  • Well Read SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Poor Trump. His over sized ego is suffering because most republican candidates are not accepting his invitation to debate with himself as moderator. Who can blame them. He is hardly the most neutral person to moderate a debate. It is hard to have much respect of the man.

  • utecougar Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Talk about "joke" candidates.....

  • Bompar Provo, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    We can diss Trump all we want, but he's right, Mitt isn't getting good traction. Yeah, I know. Not so much in Utah. But his party in general seems to keep looking for a more likable contender.

  • justaguy Out There in, WI
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Calling any of the republican contenders "joke candidates" is really rich coming from Trump. And IMO, Gingrich speaking favorably of Trump costs him points as well. I think the repubican candidates are right to stay away from his debate. It's probably goning to be full of "gotcha" questions; he just wants to make himself look better and thinks he can do that by making them look bad. He's just looking to collect press time.

  • Bereal MADERA, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Listen up Mr. Trump, Mitt Romney is holding his own quite well and has been at the top of the race with or without your support. As of today, Mitt Romney tops the GOP Gallup Poll as "Top Contender". Romney is consistently strong in all debates, most presidential, most qualified, and ranks as most favorable GOP candidate.

  • cbird Sandy, ut
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    Why does anyone care what Trump thinks? Is it because of his money?

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    In the interview, Trump also labeled Rep. Ron Paul and former ambassador Jon Huntsman as "joke candidates,"

    Any candidate with any morals would not accept an invitation to Trump's debate when said moderator says something like that against a fellow candidate. Trump is the joke, and if no one showed up, that would be awesome! Then we could watch him throw a childish fit!

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    donald is a perfect whats wrong with america. he lost a fortune of other peoples money on the new jersey investment and he came out with money and many others now have nothing. he has values but no principles, morality, or class.

  • Politicallyminded Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    I actually think that Trump is in Romney's camp. I think that Gingrich is going to be the GOP's biggest problem, because he cannot beat Obama, yet for some reason, the conservative right is looking past all of his personal and political flaws. I find this fascinating.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    I hope that the Utah Republicans remember all the disrespect heaped on Romney and Huntsman from the extreme right wing of the party when election time arrives.

    We should not just vote for a candidate because he or she has a R in front of their name on the ballot.

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    I hope that Trump does run as an independent -- although he likely wouldn't win the election, it will destroy any chance the republicans may have had to win the election.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    'I hope that the Utah Republicans remember all the disrespect heaped on Romney and Huntsman from the extreme right wing of the party when election time arrives.' - Iron Rod | 1:33 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011

    THANK you!

    Because if the Republican party is so 'great'...

    *'Trump on Obama's Birth Certificate: 'Maybe It Says He's a Muslim' - Fox Nation - 03/30/11

    Then why do they use the SAME attacks of FICTION on Romney?

    *'Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 07/17/11

    As Fox News:

    *'Fox News Parent News Corp. Gives $1 Million to GOP' - by Brian Montopoli - CBS News - 04/17/10

    has attacked the 'Christianity' of BOTH Mitt Romney AND Obama!

  • My Humble Opinion Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    @ Iron Rod: Are you saying we should vote for religious affiliation instead of party affiliation?

    And if you think the republicans have been hard on Romney, the Democrats would likely be much worse.

  • Tuffy Parker Salem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    Mr. Trump loves to hear himself talk....

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    Trump is a joke, way too full of himself. Gingrich will tell him what he wants to hear and get his endorsement. I doubt Romney will pander to him.

    Google a Gingrich article in Esquire Magazine in 2010. It gives a lot of info on Gingrich that will surprise most people. The Obama cmpaign will not hesitate to bring it all out and Obama will win easily.

    We have to nominate Mitt Romney if we want to beat Obama in November. There is no dirt for the Obama campaign or the media to dig up on Romney. The fact that some companies that Bain Capital took over were downsized or sold off is more a plus than a minus. Shows Romney will get rid of government agencies that are wasteful or unneeded.

    Gingrich is not a person of moral, fiscal or political character. We will be sorry if we nominate him.

    Read Romney's book and website if you really want to know him.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    'And if you think the republicans have been hard on Romney, the Democrats would likely be much worse.' - My Humble Opinion | 1:47 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011

    I, disagree.

    *'Fox News host: Romney not Christian' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 07/17/11

    *'Rick Perry backer decries Mitt Romney, Mormons' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar, Deseret News - 10/08/11

    "(Robert) Jeffress described Romney's Mormon faith as a 'cult,' and said evangelicals had only one real option in the 2012 primaries. ... Asked by Politico if he believed Romney is a Christian, Jeffress answered: 'No.' "

    Does Fox News or Robert Jeffress represent Obama?

    No. They do not.

    And yet:

    *'President Obama's purported 'weird'-Mormon strategy against Mitt Romney will backfire, pundits say' - By Hal Boyd, Deseret News - 08/10/11

    The CLAIM that Obama is talking about Mitt Romney's faith is CONTINUED to be perpetuated.

    How about this?

    Would you please be willing to FIND a quote from Obama about Mitt Romney's faith?

    Not just the claim.

    I can't find any.

    Anywhere.

    Go ahead!

    I'll wait....

    (And I mean a FACTUAL quote. Not something McCain said)

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    cbird | 12:51 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011
    Sandy, Ut
    "Why does anyone care what Trump thinks? Is it because of his money?"

    Cbird,

    I hate to break it to you, but MONEY is the only reason anyone is listening to Mitt Romney OR Jon Huntsman, too!

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Mc | 1:54 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011
    West Jordan, UT
    Trump is a joke, way too full of himself. Gingrich will tell him what he wants to hear and get his endorsement. I doubt Romney will pander to him.

    @MC, oh how people quickly forget! Don't you recall the recent meeting Romney had with Trump !!!! Even the DN posted an article about its occurrence. Guess that was something other than "pandering" him??

  • My Humble Opinion Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    @ Pagan: Neither Robert Jeffress nor any host of Fox News is running for President. Jeffress is backing Perry, but Perrry (to my knowledge) has not made any comments ragarding Romney's faith. I have heard some liberals make negative comments regarding Romney's faith however. Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher, to name a few. And yes, I'm pretty sure they are Obama supporters. If you think Romney's faith would not be mentioned by liberals during a general election, then you are kidding yourself. And I'm not going to bother doing the leg work on those references, because you've proven yourself capable of googling those yourself.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    NONE of the Republican candidates ought to be attending Mr. Trumps's charade of a debate.

    Most likely he'll just be using them to start his own campaign!

    check today's column by Michelle Malkin to find out the TRUTH behind the "debate".

    The "Donald" does nothing for anyone EXCEPT the "Donald".

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    'I have heard some liberals make negative comments regarding Romney's faith however. Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher, to name a few. And yes, I'm pretty sure they are Obama supporters.' - My Humble Opinion | 3:32 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011

    So, your NOT sure.

    You DON'T have a date and quote.

    And, as you put it:

    'They are not running for president.'

    You refuse to do any 'leg work.'

    Because you don't have a point.

    Only, speculation.

    It is not MY job, to support your wild accusation that Obama has said ANYTHING about Mitt Romney's faith.

    But, I guess lying is part of the deal, right?

    *'First Romney TV ad blasts Obama' - By Mercedes White, Deseret News - 11/22/11

    'It appears that in that instance, Obama was quoting an aide to then-2008 opponent Sen. John McCain (sic) That might be beside the point though because...'

    Everything that you CANNOT prove, that is NOT factual is...

    besides the point.

    It is truly disgusting to watch people try to JUSTIFY making things up.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    @Pagan

    Some of the most rotten comments about Huntsman and Romney's faith have come from the left. Not just political commentators but liberal Hollywood people. Robin Williams is notoriously anti-Mormon. David Cross is another one that is pretty bad.

    I would agree that the far right is pretty ruthless to Mormons. Having talked to MANY people who are part of the conservative Christian right, I believe that their comments are just pure ignorance. The left, however, makes awful comments and parody that is based purely in hatred of all religion.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    But seriously, folks. How did it come to this, in a nation like America, where we are going to 'The Donald' to get HIS blessing on who should run the country? The train has seriously gone off the tracks.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    @My humble opinion

    "And if you think the republicans have been hard on Romney, the Democrats would likely be much worse. "

    Do you really thing that team Obama, who has spent years with people attacking Reverand Wright and making up religious affiliations (atheist, muslim) that he's supposedly part of wants to get in a religion fight?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    @My Humble Opinion

    "I have heard some liberals make negative comments regarding Romney's faith however. Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher, to name a few."

    Um... Stephen Colbert is a fictional character played by Stephen Colbert. He mocks everyone and everything. It's a comedy show and the segment was good natured and if anything kinda was more supportive of Mormons than opposed. I'll give you Maher but you're really missing the boat on Colbert.

    @Pagan
    He's talking about this article

    Stephen Colbert jests about 'weird' Mormons; Bill Maher's Mormon opinion 'absurd'
    By Joseph Walker, Deseret News Published: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 11:51 a.m. MDT

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    In my opinion we have misplaced loyalties here in Utah

    We support the conservative right wing of the Republican party nationally and yet many of them consider us cultists.

    I am not saying that we should simply vote for someone because of their religion.

    I would not vote for Romney but I do take offense when people bad mouth him and Huntsman because of their religion.

    I feel that there is a sizeable segment in the Republican party who belong to the "Any one but Romney" camp.

  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    Trump claims to be moderate conservative than disses Huntsman as a joke candidate? I don't know where Trump stands anymore.

  • My Humble Opinion Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    @ Pagan: You have called me a liar, but I never said that Obama was going to say anything about Romney's religion as you have suggested. So I guess you are the liar. Would you like me to cite your post in which you said this? As to why I didn't cite those comments from Colbert & Maher, well it's simply because it isn't necessary. Most people are either familiar with those comments, or ones like them from other liberals. Besides, I grow tired of your posts where all you do is cite references. Many times I fail to even find a point in your posts. But if you insist on references, then please tell me where a candidate from this election made negative comments about Romney's religion.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    Traction in this article is the key word. However, all the speculating and bashing of Romney or Mormons does not fit the new method of politicing that is occurring in this primary season. Never has there been a primary season where so many debates are being held which offers(for good or ill) so many candidates with so little money and resources a chance to stay in the race because of all the free time. The method until this election has been: raise money(lots of it), meet,greet and avoid the biases of the national media or fight them with 30 second candidate ads. Now a potential nominee can lose his or her staff, run while in debt or little cash and stay viable up to weeks before the primaries/caucases start. Now however, organization, funding and ideas(whether we like a candidate or not) will start to come out. Beyond the snipits used by the media to push their horse in the race. Looking at this new method has benefitted the Huntsman,Santorum,Bachmann group but reality is fast approaching in the new process. The media doesn't understand this process yet either when ripping Romney.

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    Trump said that "a lot of Republicans, top Republicans, asked me to do the debate." And he also said that if he isn't satisfied the GOP is putting up a viable candidate against President Barack Obama, "I would certainly think about running as an independent."

    ============

    Yah. Is that like, "I have a lot of investigators on the ground in Hawaii who've been hearing some interesting things" regarding Obama's birth certificate? He's so grossly narcissistic, and so clueless. Who does he think he is to be the anointer of the GOP candidate? WHO CARES WHAT HE THINKS.

    What is happening to the Republican party??

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    What is it about Donald Trump?
    Does he have "dirt" on everyone? Does he have some of their money tied up? Has he threatened o go after their wives and daughters?
    Quite difficult trying to figure out the power this sleezy individual holds
    over so many "important people" and questionable politicians.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    What's wrong with this newspaper? Total Republican, and doesn't like fair criticism of the annointed party. This field of candidates is a joke. Led now by Trump? Are you kidding me?

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    "I hope that Trump does run as an independent -- although he likely wouldn't win the election, it will destroy any chance the republicans may have had to win the election."

    Ms Molli: So what you're really saying, is that your Boy doesn't have a chance unless the vote is split. And there is no doubt about that, is there.

  • greenman108 Petaluma, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    Trump has a new book coming out. Hence his threat to run for president.

    I find his nasty comments about Gov Huntsman and Rep Paul more about Trump than about the candidates, since they chose not to participate in his 'debate'.

  • paperboy111 Lindon, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    I've said this time and time again, the LDS faithful electorate would do well to separate themselves from their tight relationship with the Republican Party. The Democratic Party is a much better home for LDS voters than the Republican Party, which includes celebrities like Donald Trump and wingnuts like Ron Paul.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    @paperboy111:
    The Denocratic Party IS NOT "a much better home for LDS voters" - look what they did to Lieberman, who was one of their own. Either because he was not liberal enough or (hopefully not) because of his religion, the Democrats ran a candidate against him and he had to run as an independent to keep his seat. If you join the Democratic party prepare to be ostracized if you stand for the right to life or for traditional marriage.
    I do agree that that the "Christina Right" in the Republican Party have not been fair to the LDS. But hopefully they will not prevail - too many voters see through their intolerance (although unfortunately some share that intolerance).

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    If you think about all of the weird things that have been happening in the GOP presidential race, it is easy to see that Romney is the only solid candidate. He is the only candiadate who has consistently shown himself to be Presidential material - in terms of his personal life, his career, and his public service.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    People open your eyes. The republican party if it had any honesty would put up a sign that said Mormons not wanted, except of course for your votes for our candidates and our policies. Why can't Mitt gain any traction? It is not the flip flop problem, he is politician and businessman, that by nature makes him a flip flopper. The republicans play the flip flop card because they don't have the courage to play the religion card. Why would you be so blindly devoted to a group who's leaders still refer to you as a cult. Did the darling of FOX News Mike Huckabee ever retract his cult statement in the last election cycle? How can the party of the family now be close to nominating a man who has been married 3 times and had affairs during the first two marriages over Mitt? Because the would rather have an serial adulterer than a Mormon for a candidate.

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    You all dont get it on these comments.
    Ethics dont mean anything these days.
    Newt will cruah bho in the debates.
    The gop folks wont a person with teeth to crush the obama.

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    Dec. 6, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Joke candidates or Joke Debate. Debates should not show partiality; Mr. Trump already endorsed Newt Gingrich, didn't he?

    We need a leader who will admit there is no solution for our many problems, nor true freedom in our lifestyle of lifetime employment. It is glorified slavery. We position our lives so there is little to do but work to pay bills we would not have if we followed God's wisdom.

    Only living off the land can stop extinction for polluting our air, land, water and food already making young and old diseased. God guided all people in their holy books to trust Him and not seek riches and honors. The way is prepared to bring in a government based on God's written wisdom in the Bible; but we must ask for it. We cannot solve our problems with the same lifestyle that caused them. God asks us to choose between life and death, and guides us to choose life.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    More conspiracies to contemplate..
    Was our President born in the United States?
    Who really killed President Kennedy?
    What actually happened at Roswell, New Mexico?
    What is the status of Donald Trump's hair?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    Both Mr Trump and Gingrich have a love for egotism and it is hard to see them patting their own backs in front of millions of people, if the debate actually goes on. Mr. Trump would fire everyone as his own ego is that strong and Newt's debacles in the past have led him to believe he doesn't have excess baggage and that his intelligence will overcome his morality issues. He was a Congressman and was never a statesman. These two men deserve each other and it would be interesting to see who is fired from the debate.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Dec. 7, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    Trump doesn't understand why Romney can't get enough traction to clinch the GOP nomination?

    Here', I'll help him. It's called "the liberal mainstream media purposely mis-characterizes Romney and spreads lies about him at every turn because he actually has the character and skills to turn this country around and the liberals who control much of our government and country don't want that."

    There, that was easy.....

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    A Guy With A Brain,

    Most people would not classify FOX News as the liberal media. They beat up Romney every day. They constantly rail on his "flip flopping" and give Newt a pass on his "flip flops" and extra marital affairs. This not a liberal conspiracy, this is a right wing Republican conspiracy. The Tea Party and FOX News don't want Mitt, and they with Grover Nordquist speak for today's Republican Party.