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Mitt Romney routs Rick Santorum in GOP primary in Illinois

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  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 20, 2012 8:00 p.m.

    He gave the best speach I have ever heard!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    March 20, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    Great speech. Wrap it up gop. We can't take another four years of obama.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 20, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    speech

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 20, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    Turn out the lights -

    Santorum is flailing, and Gingrich is still mad. Obama's days are numbered.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    Chicago has an opening for a community organizer. I'm lookin' at you Mr. Obama. Rahm and Barach together at last.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    March 20, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    Attention: Rick Santorum/Newt Gingrich - time to get out of the way and let the GOP unite.

    Unless of course you care about your egos more than the good of the Nation. Oh wait ... you probably do.

    Bet you both would make great presidents - like the one we have now. When the writing is on the wall and reality sets in, you prefer to go to la la land and live in your own reality. Talking about saddling up horses and "closing the delegate gap."

    Speaks volumes about their character and motivations, really does.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    March 20, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    Right on Mitt!...need a lot more humor and knock the on the job training Obama back to Chicago where he belongs.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2012 11:40 p.m.

    "lowest turnout for a presidential primary in the past 70 years"

    So Romney has a chance to win the Presidential election, if he can convince voters to remain apathetic and not come out to vote in November too. Plan is crazy enough to work...

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    March 21, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    No question that Santorum will have to be Romney's VP on the ticket, given that he, Newt, and Ron all split the conservative vote (and totaled more than Romney's take). It may be an interesting match, similar to Kennedy and Johnson, who hated each other, and that continued into Kennedy's presidency. There's so much bad blood between Romney and Santorum, it will be a difficult issue. The GOP convention may demand Santorum on the ticket, simply to unite the party.

    The question then is will Santorum be seen as an extremist as Palin was in 2008 outside the GOP? Would Santorum appeal to conservatives, but then offend moderates who would go with Obama by default? Santorum has already offended women and Hispanics, so his being on the ticket will come at a price.

    Without Santorum, however, Romney won't fire up the mainstream GOP base (who listen to Rush Limbaugh).

    As the economy improves, as the troops exit the Mideast, and as a forthcoming movie about the Osama raid comes out just before the elections, the GOP will have a difficult time portraying the "community organizer" as a feeble leader.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    March 21, 2012 7:00 a.m.

    Shame he didn't get a 3 more percent of the vote, and then he'd get all the delegates for the state, but awesome job, nonetheless! Way to go Mitt!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 21, 2012 7:00 a.m.

    Mitt showed his strength he has within himself, last night. Santorum and the press always define the weaknesses that they say Mitt has. The strengths came out last night. As one of the President’s people said last night, they would have rather had Santorum as the nominee due to his weaknesses and lack of organization and leadership capabilities. Santorum is a good person but is not Presidential material at this time and place. Louisiana with Newt and Santorum on each other’s supposed territory still may bring Romney in on Friday for his pitch. The President will be able to see the Romney ads in Maryland and get the flavor as the President did with the Virginia process and see that Mitt Romney is the man of the hour for the Republicans and that November may not be as easy as the hope and change which never happened after his 2008 campaign. Americans have hope and will overcome this last 3 years of a stalemate in the government and public trust.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    March 21, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    article--"Romney triumphed in Illinois after benefiting from a crushing, 7-1 advantage in the television advertising wars"

    Do people really vote based on how much advertising there is??
    I find it incredible that this is always mentioned.

    And the constant claim that Romney believes a Presidency can be "bought".

    All the advertising in the world could never convince me to do something I wouldn't do anyway.

    There must be some gullible folks out there, if all this is true.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 21, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    @Baron Scarpia

    "As the economy improves, as the troops exit the Mideast, and as a forthcoming movie about the Osama raid comes out just before the elections, the GOP will have a difficult time portraying the "community organizer" as a feeble leader."

    How fast do you think the economy is going to improve? The unemployment rate is stuck over 8%. No President has ever been re-elected with unemployment that high. Gas prices are killing people at the pump. People aren't going to be impressed with a movie about the bin Laden raid. That poll bump came and went last year.

  • Twin Sister LINDON, UT
    March 21, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    To Deep in Thought: I couldn't have said it better! Great comment! Yes, Santorum and Gingrich and Paul--The writing is on the wall. It is time to set aside your own personal agendas, concede the race, and unite the Republican party so that we can beat Obama in November.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    March 21, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    A simple look at the numbers shows the nomination is Romney’s. He has 560 delegates. Of the remaining delegates 377 are winner takes all (if polls hold) they will split 335 Romney and 42 Santorum. This puts Romney at 895. The proportional remaining are 759 so lets look at 3 different scenarios Romney takes 1/3 (worst case), Romney takes 55.3% (the number he has taken so far), and Romney takes ¾ (best case)
    33.3% he adds 253 ending with 1148 just 4 more than needed but he still takes the nominee
    55.3% he takes 419 ending with 1314 or 170 more than needs
    75% he takes 569 ending with 1464 or 320 more than he needs
    In all three cases Romney is the nominee. Looking at the rest of the races it is not likely that it will be the 1/3 case nor will it likely be the ¾ case. It will likely be between what he has taken so far 55.3% and 75% of the vote. So Romney wins hands down no need to have Santorum as his VP. He is still more likely to go for someone like Rubio.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 21, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    Happy Days are in view! We Corporate Leaders salivate more each time Mitt gets another win. As he enters the office of President of the United States, the changes will begin. Those greedy middle class workers will get just what they deserve, a much lower and simple wage, free of those benefits and pensions that are killing our company's bottom line, not to mention stockholder profits. I don't know who those pitiful people think they are! They should be grateful to live here in America with us intelligent leaders. So many of them have so little education and decision making skills. They need to trust our judgement! Those middle class folks have milked our companies for health insurance and days off when they have surgery or are in an accident. What a joke. We are going to put them in their place. Just you watch. We will make jobs for everyone. They will learn that the twelve hour, six day a week shifts make them strong. They will all be working, even the children. No one will be home anyway. A little rental home will be easy for them to manage.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 21, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    Mr. Romney loves his Corporate past, incorporating his best skills into our society. The jobs will come flooding back from overseas. There will be enough work for everyone. Families will be able to make the rental payment. Their weekly day off will be filled with exercise and fresh air as they work in their family garden trying to have good success growing their food. Food stamp and other programs for "the low incomers" will be eliminated, as the corporate owner need tax breaks for his large businesses to be successful.
    Jobs and more jobs, will be available for the "low incomers". It is of utmost importance to remember this America! Remember College is for snobs. Children, even young children, can have a job, learning strength and independence from the government dole.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    March 21, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    no fit in SG,

    Have you read 1984? You sound just like the Socialists in that book and their description of the evil "Capitalists".

    Baron Scarpia,

    What are you talking about? It's been 4 years since the economy took a downturn and it still hasn't recovered! That's a pretty slow recovery. Let's add $6 trillion more debt and >8% employment on top of all that, and people preferring Obama over Romney should get a head check-up (or get a job so they can get off welfare and earn their wages).

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    March 21, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    If money buys votes, why didn't Mitt win in the southern states where Rick took it? Look at the demographics. Look at the education. How many of Rick's supporters still have outhouses?

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 21, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    What are we in for with Romney's Bain Capitol skills....
    "How Green is my Valley" a film of Mitt's homeland of Wales. A family with a great deal of respect and love are living with depression, disease, and death as the mining corporation makes lots of money.
    The younger men set off for a better life in America.
    Ironic, isn't it?

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    March 21, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    It will be a Romney/Santorum ticket. A multimillionaire big business 0.1%er and an angry religious right neoconservative. That seems to have all of the GOP bases covered.

    I look forward to Obama wiping the floor with them.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    March 21, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    romney won't pick santorum. freedom will return when romney fills the space our community organizer in chief is filling now. back to chicago and placing placards and posters on telephone poles. o really has and had the resume.

  • kimnprovo Orem, UT
    March 21, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    This is one of the problems with mudslinging when trying to capture your party’s nomination. Can you really maintain any integrity if you threw mud at someone and then ask them to join the ticket with you? Even worse if you’re the loser who was wearing the mud… could you really earn anyone’s respect if you accept? Seems to me that the only one running against Mitt right now who could end up on the ticket would be Ron Paul. Otherwise Mitt will have to pull in someone else, which wouldn’t be a bad idea in my mind.

  • kimnprovo Orem, UT
    March 21, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    I really wish that the newt and Mr. Santorum would really put what’s best for the party ahead of their own ego. We need for Mitt to begin campaigning against Obama. We need to focus on the real competition that matters.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 21, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    I don't like the brand of politics these guys are promoting, but if one of them has to run, I prefer Mit.

    Mountainman - really, best speach ever? I can think of a few I think changed the world more than that speach, but ok. Or maybe it was the best speach you have ever heard Mit give, I can go along with that. But best speach.... really (scratching head).

    Perhaps you might need to listen to a few more speaches by other people.

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    March 21, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    It's hard to admit when it's time to throw in the towel but now would be a really good time for Santorum,Gingerich and Paul to take one for the team. They have all fought the good fight but now they have the choice to be remembered as team players or spoilers.

    If the ultimate goal is to defeat Obama then they now need to put their words into action and pool all resources to that end. Gingerich in particular could still save some face and his future reputation and career by showing some class at this time and graciously bowing out.

    Santorum could logically win Louisiana but that should be his last hurrah.

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    March 22, 2012 8:41 p.m.

    I did Vote in the Hawaii Republican Caucus. I did not Vote for Romney not that it mattered because Romney Won. Not that it mattered because the whole thing drew flies. Not that it mattered because it is not winner take all.

    Mostly it did Not Matter because Hawaii is a massive blue state, Obama's Home State and he is considered a "local boy" What mostly does not matter is Hawaii is 3 Electrol votes at the end of a very long day when everything is over.

    I am not an expert but I have run several Computer Models and in Non is Hawaii a deciding factor.

    What did matter is that it was the 1st Open Republican Caucus and My Daughter Voted and then shamed me into doing so also. So it mattered that we had a voice in the silent scream
    that is Republican Politics in Hawaii.

    I have never voted a complete 1 party ticket in my life. Its either a split ticket or some one gets wrote in. Such a Ralph Nader got my vote in the last election. I could just not pull for McCain. As I consider him part of the other side.

  • Anon 808 Waianae, HI
    March 22, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    I was hoping that we could go to the Convention with this not decided as yet. I was hoping that Santorum would survive the first ballot with enough pressure to get a VP Spot, or that someone such as Condie Rice would be the VP Choice.

    Romney is no more Mormon then Kennedy was Catholic falling under what ever fits to get the job done. So America has nothing to fear Religion wise.

    I just want Abortion DOA and Obama to have had his last Day.

    I don't want Abortion to be Legal and I do not want to pay for it at Home or Overseas.

    Birth Control is a Separate Issue. Also the illegals of ALL Races and mixes arrested and sent home.

    You should also Not be able to be a Citizen just because of your parents illegal actions.

    I do however want something to help young people who where brought over illegal very young and know America as their only home. As there parents weren't found out till way down the road. How they got in School and Medical Care not understood. If there is no other crime, Deportation for this subgroup is to harsh.