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Stories about faith and family help Romney open up

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Dec. 15, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    Less robotic = better.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    Refreshing story about values that we have in this country. Thanks for the positive thoughts and examples.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    'DES MOINES, Iowa Mitt Romney is starting to open up.' - Article

    Starting?

    STarting??

    *'Romney campaign battles Dems, Press over issue of transparency' - By Barrett Haake - NBC News - 11/17/11

    'There it was this morning, on the front page of the Boston Globe, a headline no campaign ever wants to read: Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records.'

    This man wants to be elected President.

    And FIRST has his staff wipe his records!

    Stories are just that, stories.

    Until ALL of his history can be brought out to the light...

    I have no reason to trust what Romney will do.

    *'Mitt Romney steers clear of Ohio health, union issues' - By Dan Sewell - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/25/11

    *'Mitt Romney reverses himself, supports anti-union law' - By Philip Elliott - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/26/11

    And neither, do you.

  • Bereal MADERA, CA
    Dec. 15, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    Getting to know Romney on a personal level is a plus. However, the opening paragraph of the article promotes a false premise vehemently perpetuated by the media that Romney has struggled to connect with average people.

    It is a common campaign challenge and struggle for all the candidates to successfully try to connect and win votes. Clearly, the candidates that have been trailing behind in the polls have the bigger problem of connecting with average voters and especially Gingrich with all his baggage.

    Opposing views ignore Romney's strengths as a leader and single him out in attempt to derail him and create dissent. Why? Because they know that he is the only strong contender in the race to beat Obama.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 15, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    One of the problems with Romney is all the stories he tells, whether about his personal life or about his "successes" as a business man, are all stories that occurred in the distant past. All Romney has been for years now is a political machine raising funds to run for President .. TWICE. He really has nothing to report about his "successes" in anything other than fund raising for the last several years. And for those of who who make excuses for him about his flipflopping .. it is no different than marrying a cheating Tom. If you don't think he is going to flipflop on you, you are out of your wits. I can guarantee you that should he be elected President he will flipflop on some major issues. He appears to run with the tide on some of his opinions.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    "Now, he's trying to show people he personally understands what hardship is like by drawing on anecdotes from his upbringing funny, revealing and sometimes slightly awkward stories in hopes they will humanize him while providing a contrast with the rocky past of his chief rival, Newt Gingrich."

    ---

    Oh, be still my heart so warmed up towards Mittsey now. Not.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    The best "stories" he's told is how Bain Capital helped people. Tell that to the people Bain harmed.

  • ER in EUR Belgrade, Serbia
    Dec. 15, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    @ ClarkKent- Fisrt, I like people who have the ability to see things from differing viewpoints and change their minds. Second, his successes recently have been just as spectacular. Just because you do not count fundraising as "success" that does not change the fact that there are a lot of people who try to do what he has done RECENTLY and have failed. So let's look at this. He was successful in business. He was successful at the Olympics. He was successful at getting elected and running Mass. He ran a good race but did not win the nomination in 2008. He has been and still is the best fundraiser among republicans. He polls ahead of Obama in several polls.

    So how is he not "successful" recently?

  • stgjazzfan Saint George, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    Mormon missionaries get paid? No fact checking on this article I guess. My son in Germany will find this statement very funny. Maybe it should have read they live off a meager, word wide balanced set allowance, paid for by the missionary or by his family and friends. It is not some low paying job, quite the opposite.

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    Finally, Romney is showing us common folks a side of him we haven't seen before. He needs to shed his wealthy image and the image of supporting the wealthy. The strength of America is in the middle class and that's where his support should be focused. Let's also hear more about his approach to solving our nations financial crisis. His strength is economics and we're not hearing enough about how he'll balance the budget and get people back to work. That is his biggest card--so he needs to play it!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 15, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Does Romney tell stories of blasting a forming president for starting a stupid war, than takes credit when it ends?

    Does Romney tell stories of cutting the deficit in half, than gives billions of dollars to other countries while cutting twenty eight thousand postal jobs here?

    Does Romney tell stories of vetoing a Keystone oil pipe line deal with Canada which would create tens of thousands of jobs and bring gas prices down? Or will this oil be sold to China instead?

    Stories can be both positive or negative. We most have the insight to know.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    'Does Romney tell stories of blasting a forming president for starting a stupid war, than takes credit when it ends?' - worf | 9:40 a.m. Dec. 15, 2011

    Did Romney end the war in Iraq?

    Did Bush?

    Did Romney kill Osama Bin Laden?

    No, no and no.

    Romney last held office in 2007.

    More questions, worf.

    Please call us when you can look up a fact.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Dec. 15, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    Pagan,

    Come on my friend enough of the claims of record wiping like it is a crime! It is not a crime. It is a practice used by Governors leaving office for two plus centuries. Governors used to leave with all the hand written correspondance then when the internet came along they just erase it. Nothing illegal. If you want illegal acts by Governors please see my state of birth Illinois. If you want to see mismanagement see California!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Pagan,

    Come on my friend enough of the claims of record wiping like it is a crime! It is not a crime. It is a practice used by Governors leaving office for two plus centuries...' - don17 | 10:02 a.m. Dec. 15, 2011

    So, lying is acceptable because it's been done for...

    two centuries?


    *'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...'

    That's some great values there...

  • Kiyo Washougal, Washington
    Dec. 15, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    ...Mitt has not changed, as much, as the reporting about him. He is the same guy. You could almost say that they have run low on negatives and must now report on what's left, which is mostly good. His reputation of being "too good to be true," shows the dependance we still have on the MSM to pick our candidates for us.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Dec. 15, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Here's the Christmas story, of two people, so out of touch with reality and the common folk, they fell off this planet decades ago and want to be President. Trailing in the polls with less than three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney today sought to distance himself from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, telling an interviewer, "Zany is not what we need in a president." OH MY, such harsh word's?. His remarks to The New York Times appear to mark a further ratcheting up of Romney's campaign rhetoric against Gingrich, whose lead as the GOP frontrunner continues to widen for the Jan. 3 caucuses in Tampa Florida. Zany is great in a campaign. It's great on talk radio. It's great in print, it makes for fun reading, Romney says. Rick Perry said there were eight supreme court justices instead of nine. But, in his defense, he did know there were only three judges on "Dancing With the Stars." Newt Gingrich released a statement promising he would not cheat on his wife. Even better, he said he wouldn't cheat on his next wife either, or the one after that. Romney opens up?.

    My views.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Dec. 15, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Mitt Romney says if he is president he will create 11 million new jobs. Sure, they'll all be in China, but a job is a job, ladies and gentlemen. But wait, there's more. In Romney's campaign rhetoric he forgot to add the truth about China. By hitting a powerful industry that has benefited from a U.S. government bailout, China can signal a tough stance in the face of rising pressure over its trade practices while at the same time pressuring American K Street companies into lobbying on its behalf. China has fired a warning shot with its decision to impose tariffs on imports of sport-utility vehicles (SUV) and other large cars from the United States as both countries gear up for increased trade friction. Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday urged the navy to prepare for military combat amid growing regional tensions over maritime disputes and a U.S. campaign to assert itself as a Pacific power. China Is Getting Ready for World War III. Does these stories about faith and family help this multimillionaire Romney open up to a tour of 2 years active duty and 4 years reserve in the US Military to serve his Country?.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    'His reputation of being "too good to be true," shows the dependance we still have on the MSM to pick our candidates for us.' - Kiyo | 10:53 a.m. Dec. 15, 2011

    Reply fact:

    *'Mitt Romney: Too good to be trusted?' - By Linda & Richard Eyre, For the Deseret News - 12/11/11

    That 'reputation' was manufactured.

    By staff by the Deseret News.

    Which, is owned by the LDS church.

    Of which, Mitt Romney admits he is a part of...

    That...

    *'Romneys donates $647,500 to charity in 2010' - By Jordan Burke, Deseret News - 11/16/11

    'About $145,000 went to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.. (sic) including at least $525,000 to Brigham Young University in Provo.'

    Romney, donated, too.

    Seems like a good return.

    And moderaotr, every one of these articles was published by your Paper.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 15, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    " .....This man wants to be elected President. And FIRST has his staff wipe his records! Stories are just that, stories. Until ALL of his history can be brought out to the light... I have no reason to trust what Romney will do."

    Pagan - you could substitute Obama in place of Romney, and come up with the same comment.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    There IS no other candidate to vote for.

  • Kiyo Washougal, Washington
    Dec. 15, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    ...We can all see now that the debate is being refined. That more things of substance are coming out. The left is being marginalized more and more as time goes on. People of character and vision (Bachman and Romney and Paul) are rising and the old school politics(Perry-Gingritch-Obama-PAGAN) is slowly but surely running out of sream.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    Dec. 15, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    Romney opening up?
    Romney stripped and gutted out Bain Capital and he will do the same to the American middle class if given the chance.
    This is Romney's true method of "opening up."

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    There was a process for men to go into the military either voluntarily and also by the conscription or draft method. As a military person, we gained by having the draft but not necessarily the draftees as in the time of Governor Romney, there were a lot that didn't really want to be in the military. Service to one's country is a plus, in so many ways. However, there are many ways to serve and not just in the military. He has served as a Governor for 4 years. Not many people have voluntarily given up their lives to be a Governor. Being a Governor is not without risk as every state spends big bucks on people and equipment to protect a governor and his family. Governor George Wallace for example of a governor that was seriously injured and never walked again. He has volunteered to run for the highest single office in our country which only a few do that, ever. Military people have some restrictions on what they can do and can't do politically. We have the benefit of a person who is willing to serve his country in the highest office and his family supports him

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 15, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Did Romney kill Osama Bin Laden?

    Nope! The commander ordered his murder. Hmmm! Commander in Jury?

    Did Romney end the war? Nope. George Bush did, but some showboat who opposed the war will take credit.

  • Lasso Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 15, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Pagan,

    Romney's reputation is honorable and upstanding and he is a charitable man and donates to worthy organizations. In your attempt to muddle truths, you fail to see him for who he is--a man with high standards and leadership qualities than can save our country.

    All your objections about Romney are full of holes. Clearing his slate as outgoing governor is appropriate and usual procedure. You imply it was dishonest but cannot support your claim in anyway = Rhetoric. Your logical fallacies are apparent as you distort the truth. If you cannot support your claims, you should not demand it of others as your basis for your postings.

    Pagan = double standard.

  • Lasso Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 15, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Pagan:

    In your attempt to distort truth, you fail the test of balance. To research and document sources that support only your viewpoint constructs a biased argumentative model secured to a foundation of logical fallacies. It appears you allowed your sources to be your conclusion.

    Mitt Romney's generous character is honorable and upstanding for he is a charitable man and donates to charitable organizations. You failed to see him for who he is--a man with high standards and leadership qualities. A man who can save our country.

    Your objections concerning Romney lack support.Clearing his slate as outgoing governor is appropriate and usual procedure. You imply this was dishonest, yet cannot support your claim. If you are unable to support your claim you should not demand othersto do so as the basis of your posting.

    Pagan=Double-Standard. Thank you.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Dec. 16, 2011 8:00 a.m.

    Romney said, "Let me tell you this: If I'm president of the United States, I will be true to my family, to my faith and to our country."

    What he won't talk about is that he will be true to his Church above everything else! He has made sacred covenants in Mormon Temples to do so.

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    Dec. 18, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    The comments page has slowly been taken over by contentious "trolls".

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    In "Brian's" dictionary, under "trolls" it reads: "anyone who does not write stuff I like!"

    Well stated, Brian.

    And such "open-mindedness" is precisely what we fear in Mitt Romney, as well. He has already demonstrated an intolerance for those who believe and think differently than himself. How can he be the President of ALL Americans instead of just the religious ones who agree with him?