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Mitt Romney wins New Hampshire GOP primary

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  • Be Practical Sandy, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:14 p.m.

    Really, never saw that coming!!

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    Yeah Mitt

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    Romney is the only logical choice for a GOP candidate. May as well end the primaries and nominate him now.

  • Kathleen3 WARMINSTER, PA
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:33 p.m.

    I may not agree with all of Romney's positions; however, I do believe this country desperately needs someone of his caliber to restore law and order in this country. Just as it was with Reagan, politics aside, Romney has the dignified demeanor and refinement that is so lacking in this Chicago-style administration and conducts himself in a manner that will once again make Americans proud of their president.

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    What I think is really interesting. Is that 53% voted for Mormons.

    rom early returns: 36% Romney 17% Huntsman = 53%

    If Mitt can get that same 53% nationally, later, it'll be a win.

  • GoldieZ Eureka, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    If a candidate is faithful to his wife, children, beliefs and proud of his country, he is a pretty good fella!! Yea, Romney!

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    I use to say "anyone but Obama" in this presidential race. Now, I have to say anyone but Obama and Gingrich. He's switching gears and starting to talk like a left-wing liberal in an attempt to smear Romney.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    Congratulations Mitt.

    Only 64 % voted against you in the Iowa Republican Caucus

    Much better than the 75% who voted against you in Iowa.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:08 p.m.

    Sorry, I had a glitch with the t-prompter...

    Oops!

    Congratulations Mitt.

    Only 64 % voted against you in New Hampshire.

    Much better than the 75% who voted against you in the Iowa Republican Caucus.

    Much better...

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    Good for Mitt, he has my vote. The only thing Jon Huntsman has accomplished is leveraging his family name into a governorship and an ambassadorship...not really a presidential resume!

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    @There You Go Again

    Can you tell me the last person in either party to get over 50% of the vote in their party's primary in any state? That's why they call it a primary. To say that 75% voted against Romney is kind of a joke. By your logic, 63% of Iowans voted against Obama in the 2008 democratic caucus.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    He sure is consistent. 2008 Romney beat 2012 Romney in Iowa by 6 votes and at the moment 2012 Romney is on pace to beat 2008 Romney by only about 500 votes in New Hampshire.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    There are several anti-mormon, anti-republican trolls that just have to get in their 2 cents on EVERY stinking political story. I wish I could choose to block them since it's always the same peeps. I wonder if they've ever heard of the Salt Lake Tribune, it's more liberal and I think they would enjoy it more. As for me, I say .... Go Mitt 2012!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    a1994

    Logic?

    When you receive 25% of the vote, 75% of the voters, voted against you.

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    Go Mitt Go!

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    So there you go again does that mean Ron Paul had over 79% vote against him in Iowa and 77% vote against him in New Hampshire, or do you suppose all the other candidates votes would have gone to Ron Paul, which is of course completely reasonable to someone lacking in whole reasoning department. Or Santorum who had 90% of the people vote against him in New Hampshire. Please show a little consistency.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:27 p.m.

    Hold on to those congrats, Folks!
    Not even one of the other Republican candidates in calling it quits so Willard can gain his crown.
    Now how come they won't gather around ol' Mitt and work for the best of the Republican party?
    What do these other candidates know that many of the DN readers cannot comprehend?
    Why don't they like me???

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    @There You Go Again

    Right, but the same can be said for EVERY candidate in EVERY race. What's your point? Romney won big time in New Hampshire. Nobody has won both Iowa and New Hampshire in at least 35 years. And now Mitt is ahead in the polls in South Carolina. As for your earlier point: Do you really think that if Romney wins the nomination that all the 75% that voted for someone else in the Iowa caucus will continue to vote AGAINST Romney? That's why I say your point has no basis in logic.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    awesome win Mit! one step closer to sending BO back to Chicago for good.

  • Jash Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    @ There you go again.

    You Liberals need to work on your logic.

    You would have to see data that showed Romney was the LAST choice for the remaining 75% to establish your premise.

    I'm pretty sure they don't cast votes for second or third choice in NH.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    Time to restore our country.

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:51 p.m.

    This is the 4th comment I've attempted in 2 days. I wonder why such vile comments are permitted about President Obama, but I can't say this?

    Can someone explain these comments to me?

    "Romney has the dignified demeanor and refinement that is so lacking in this Chicago-style administration and conducts himself in a manner that will once again make Americans proud of their president." What is Chicago-style about our President? He is Al Capone? Or is he a 'community organizer'? Make up your mind. Is a President who is humble, thoughtful, respectful, and all-inclusive not preferable to someone who will take us back to a place where we're the bully of the world in the name of oil? Romney welcomes a conflict with Iran. Because we're 'exceptional'. Obama was always against the Iraq debacle, and he is not looking to take us into Iran. Here is one American who is proud of her president.

    And what does this mean?

    "If a candidate is faithful to his wife, children, beliefs and proud of his country, he is a pretty good fella!!"

    You just described our president.

    Yes, regardless of Newt's kidney punch-attempt to take Romney out of the race, Romney will win the nomination. But thanks to Newt hitting Romney so hard re: Bain and Romney being a true vulture capitalist, a real 1% guy - taking over companies, breaking them up, selling them off, putting thousands out of work - thanks to Newt highlighting this predatory behavior, rational independents will flock to Obama, ensuring his reelection.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:02 a.m.

    Romney's spokespersons decried the following

    Gingrich's criticism of Romney's business methods, which they call Fomenting resentment at success

    Meaning: We in general and Republicans in particular must admire people who make money, because they are successful and made money. We cannot second guessing the ethics of how they went about being successful and making money.

    They also say it is important to have a candidate who supports free enterprise and does not condemn it like President Obama does

    Meaning, when one has made money, we have to admire one and like it, no matter what. To make a huge fortune, typically one has to break laws and break ethics and then one spends the rest of one's life living with the consequences and rationalizing and justifying the methods. He doesnt need a bunch of poor whiners complaining about his methods no matter how egregious. Besides, America is bankrupt and has to downsize, so we need someone who has experience in taking an organizational wreckage and reaping profits from it.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Jan. 11, 2012 5:58 a.m.

    Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina only make up 2.6 percent of the nation's population. If the issue is decided by then, our system is broke.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Jan. 11, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    If Romney is capable of uniting the country, he needs to demonstrate that skill with his own party. Let's see if he can unite the GOP as a test of his ability to unite all of us as our president.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Apparently state funding of abortions is not a deal breaker for Republicans.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    Under a Romney presidency, most of the current tax system would remain intact, although he would permanently do away with the estate tax and lower the corporate rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.

    He would also make permanent the Bush tax cuts that are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

    While millions of households would see tax cuts, thousands of poor Americans would see their tax bills rise, by an average of $1,000, because of changes to child and earned income credits.

    Those making more than $1 million a year would get a tax cut of about $150,000 -- amounting to about half of the total tax cuts he proposes, according to Howard Gleckman, a fellow at the Urban Institute and editor of the Tax Policy Centers budget policy blog, TaxVox.

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    Game,
    Set,
    If Mitt wins in South Carolina, it is "Match!"

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    my wife had never heard Romney speak before and after last nights acceptance speech - she was impressed! Honestly this was a GREAT speech from a guy who already looks the part of president. To me it was going to one doctor who tells you that you are really sick and you will have to learn to just live with the pain... but hey you could be worse!!!

    Then you go to another doctor who also tells you that you are really sick but then tells you that there is NO REASON for you to have to continue to live with the pain and he has anti-biotics and other therapy that will make you completely better ..so you can start running marathons again and enjoying life to the fullest!! I think I like the second doctor better!!

    For nearly 4 years we have been told by the QUACK in the White House
    that yes the economy is really bad but it could be worse and you might as well adjust your live styles to live with less.

    Of course getting completely well also means winning back the Senate and getting rid horse doctor Harry.

  • Marine Corps Vet Tempe, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Christy; I must take exception to your words wherein you refer to Romney as a Capitalist/Venture Vulture, though I do recognize the political rigor in your words. I choose to see Romney as Capitalist Entrepreneur wherein his company buys one that is failing, whose debt burden is so great and productivity so low that surely the inevitable will be foreclosure resulting in the laying off or firing of 100% of their employees, OR being bought out by another company with the idea that through better management, infusion of cash and conceptual redirection they may become financial solvent thereby securing the future of many/most/all of their current employees or, heaven forbid, as happened many times with Bain Corporation, creating additional jobs and aiding our faltering economy and pathetic unemployment. See, I can paint it "half-full" as easily as you can paint it "half-empty".

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    His winning is not due to his religion. He is the best qualified to win the election and attempt to change the influence of the Congress and even the process for the Supreme Court over time. Governor Romney has a proven track record in the variety of jobs and positions he has held in the past 45 years. He is a pragmatic person that can deal with all kinds of people around the world. He has been fair in his business dealings that Newt Gingrich has never dealt with. Newt would be another Obama without experience in business and even though he thinks he is smart, he is not business smart. We don't need another President at this specific time that hasn't had tests of time and that doesn't have moral values our country's founders possessed and espoused for us over two hundred years later and beyond. It is amazing to see that approved budgets really haven't flowed during the past 3 Obama years. Congress and the President have duties to include budget formulation. The President couldn't even do that with a Democratic leadership in both houses of Congress. His staff are in a rotating door, coming and going, gone

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    re:Christy

    "Is a President who is humble, thoughtful, respectful, and all-inclusive"..

    Seriously Christy put aside your liberal blinders for the moment and review the past 3 years of Barack Obama. Obama has been THE most arrogant, name calling, dividing president in the past 50 years. One minute he is giving a speech to congress and telling everyone to be more civil and the next week he is giving a speech somewhere else trashing Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, The Tea Party, and those repulsive people in the country who "cling to their guns and religion". The man is a total hypocrite!! Also as far as independents running back to Obama is like the freed Children of Israel running back to the slavery of Egypt. I don't think so Christy! Check the polling on independents regarding their DISPLEASURE with Obama and outright contempt. Remember the 2010 elections Christy and the GOP land slide?? 2012 will be even worse for your dems. Finally, Romney is no different than any other CEO who takes over a corporation. Yes there are layoffs and that is a simply fact of business.. if the business is to survive that is.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    re:Christy

    "Is a President who is humble, thoughtful, respectful, and all-inclusive"..

    Seriously Christy put aside your liberal blinders for the moment and review the past 3 years of Barack Obama. Obama has been THE most arrogant, name calling, dividing president in the past 50 years. One minute he is giving a speech to congress and telling everyone to be more civil and the next week he is giving a speech somewhere else trashing Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, The Tea Party, and those repulsive people in the country who "cling to their guns and religion". The man is a total hypocrite!! Also as far as independents running back to Obama is like the freed Children of Israel running back to the slavery of Egypt. I don't think so Christy! Check the polling on independents regarding their DISPLEASURE with Obama and outright contempt. Remember the 2010 elections Christy and the GOP land slide?? 2012 will be even worse for your dems. Finally, Romney is no different than any other CEO who takes over a corporation. Yes there are layoffs and that is a simply fact of business.. if the business is to survive that is.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 11, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    re:Marine Corps Vet
    You need to do more reading. Bain did not always/mostly buy companies that were failing, they bought/invested in companies that were undervalued. Several/many companies INCREASED their debt burden AFTER Bain invested in them and were providing direction. Even the companies that failed were moneymakers for Bain. While it may be true that some companies would've failed without Bain's involvement, it can also be said that Bain perhaps hastened their demise, took their profits while leaving the workers without their pensions or healthcare.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    I'm curious... what can Romney fight Obama on?

    Job creation? No.
    Healthcare? No.
    Taxes? No.

    What's his platform going to be?

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Jan. 11, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    deep in thought | 8:02 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012
    Salt Lake, UT

    There are several anti-mormon, anti-republican trolls that just have to get in their 2 cents on EVERY stinking political story. I wish I could choose to block them since it's always the same peeps. I wonder if they've ever heard of the Salt Lake Tribune, it's more liberal and I think they would enjoy it more. As for me, I say .... Go Mitt 2012!

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  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Jan. 11, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    Ref:deep in thought | 8:02 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012
    Salt Lake, UT

    I do read Tribune along with DN plus 8 other newspapers, many news shows on TV and blogs on the internet. I like to keep well informed and not depend on only one news source for what is happening on the political scene.

  • Kathleen3 WARMINSTER, PA
    Jan. 11, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    I deeply admire Jon Huntsman's father; however, I can't even feign the same sentiment for his son. Both Huntsman and Gingrich exhibit an elitist and arrogant demeanor and exude a sense of entitlement that is, unfortunately, common in most politicians. For all their intelligence and experience these "entitled elitists" still do not understand it is the public they serve and not the public that serves them (or their ego).

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    @DeltaFoxtrot

    "I'm curious... what can Romney fight Obama on?"

    How about the economy? The question is, "What can Obama fight Romney on?" Even Ann Coulter, whom I would consider to be pretty far right, has only glowing things to say about Mitt Romney.

    It seems like we always ask, "Why can't we get anyone good to run for office?" So here comes a guy that has a law degree AND an MBA from Harvard. He has real experience in the private sector. Of all the other serious candidates (sorry Jon Huntsman) Romney is the ONLY one who hasn't spent more time in office than in the private sector. He has proven that he can turn things around. He has morals, is active in his church and has served as a leader in the church. He even LOOKS presidential. And we are listening to Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich???