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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 23, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    This looks good.

  • Puddles Grand Forks, ND
    Feb. 23, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    Everytime Santorum does poorly he claims some sort of Romney conspiracy. If he gets sick anytime soom I'm sure he will blame it on the Romney camp.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    Since there's not enough news to report, let's invent some. That's job security for pundits and journalists. Hey, maybe they have an unspoken deal going........

  • CAAZFR MESA, AZ
    Feb. 23, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Then again it could be as simple as Paul knowing he won't get the nomination and preferring Romney over Santorum because of a better match-up in November with Obama. There is no conspiracy to that--just being pragmatic.

  • RAB Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    It is not an alliance. Paul simply does not NEED to waste valuable time and money attacking Romney when EVERYBODY else is doing it for him. Romney has been attacked constantly since the minute he stepped into the ring. The others are virtually ignored until they appear to contenders. They are the only ones that require additional attacks.

    Romney has been contantly attacked by:

    -Main stream Christians insisting he is not a Christian at every opportunity.
    -Gay marriage proponants who likewise oppose his religion.
    -Obama and the white house--including direct referances in the State of the Union address to Romney comments.
    -Liberal pundits and democratic committee people.
    -The liberla media (also focusing much on slandering his religion).
    -Every Republican opponant, especially Newt and Santorum who can hardly be interviewed without attacking Romney.
    -Most Fox News programs, who do not let a day go by without decieving the public into believing that nobody supports Romney's policies or qualifications. Accordig to them, ONLY the so-called "establishment" Republicans support Romney and that is ONLY because they assume he is the inevitable candidate or the only one that can beat Obama. (except in Nevada where Fox says they support him ONLY because they are Mormons.)

    All Paul needs is to knock out the runner ups to Romney. Everyone else will take care Romney for him.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    Mitt really could use some help. He would like the country to vote for him but this weeks budget he put forth has little thought put into it for the average American.

    A report released Thursday by the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, however, projected that Romneyâs plan, adjusted for the lower tax rates announced this week, would add $2.6 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.

    What doesnt he get?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    Last night's debate showed to me that even though these divergent men have their own beliefs, their principles sort of came together. However, Santorum would have been sunk without the evangelical support that came to him fortuitously due to Parry backing out at the time. Santorum never was in the evangelical camp but politics makes strange relationships happen.

    In the debate last night, Mitt appeared to have more responses directed toward the Tea Party than Santorum did. Santorum was defending his actions for non-Tea Party actions he did as a Senator and Congressman. Ron Paul knows what it is like to be a Conservative at least in some of his beliefs. Republicans are not just one size fits all. That is good but the Democrats want to polarize everything to make it a one size fits all for their policies. People aren't that way. The Republicans accept more diversity, in actuality, than the Democrats. Democrats want a square peg for a square hold, etc. That is why there is a problem with the process for the last 3 years as this President doesn't realize the United States of America has citizens and others from all nations of the world. When we lived in the Philippines we had a person visiting and she heard that we eat with spoons, forks, and knives. That night when we had hamburgers from the grill, she tried eating her hamburger with a fork as she hadn't been around Americans. There is variety and healthcare and bailouts of companies is not normal, sort of like eating a hamburger with a fork. You can't force some things on people, even if it is for their own good. With our form of government, it can take years to do something. However, with the bailouts and healthcare bill, those types of things the President wanted in 10 minutes or less. He put too much pressure on Congress and the Senate to do their part in such an intricate procedure that affected hundreds of millions of people, now and the future.

    Mitt is striving to show the Tea Party conservatives that conservatives come in a variety of packages, not just evangelicals, constitutionalists, economy and education conservatives, etc.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    I had to chuckle- I just don't see Laura Ingraham and Rick Perry as a "meeting of the minds."

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    Forget about the Romney/Paul alliance. How about the Obama/Media alliance. That deal is anything Obama says it good for the country and if there is anything negative then just don't report on it.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    How about the lack of Ron Paul media? Vets marched on DC the other day and nobody has covered this ... saw the video on youtube but not on a news site yet.

    Ron Paul doesn't need Romney .... he's WAY above Romney.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    It's a lot of fun watching these people cannibalize one another.

    But in the end, there's not one of them worth voting for.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    ron paul, well his position in the photo pretty much shows he should be licking his wounds and going home. gingrich is a volcano ready to erupt, santorum not enough experience and doesn't know when to smile and stop talking. romney is the leadership our country needs. obama has twisted our mighty country into a pretzel and we are crumbling.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 23, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    For better or worse, the Magic 8 Ball has made more decisions for more people than the president and congress combined. Days away from a must-win primary in his home state of Michigan, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did not turn in a strong enough performance during the Republican presidential debate Wednesday to sway the vote, now RNC/GOP skeptics holding out for late-entry hero to save 2012. Obama's 2013 budget is a proposal to triple the tax rate on corporate dividends which now stands at 15 percent, a move that would have a severe effect on retirees. Obama is proposing to raise the dividend tax rate to the higher personal income tax rate of 39.6 percent, according to the Journal. The rate jumps to 41 percent with the planned phase-out of deductions and exemptions and then hits 44.8 percent with the 3.8 percent investment tax surcharge in RomneyCare-Obamacare. Of course, the White House wants everyone to know that this new rate would apply only to those filthy rich individuals who make $200,000 a year, or $250,000 if you're a greedy couple. You know thereâs either a spoken or unspoken deal between Romney and Ron Paul ). This is the sort of thing nobody in the media likes to talk about in Utah but everybody in the game knows is going on.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    Shocking that a candidate would dare attack anyone but Romney. Either you are against Romney or you have a "secret pact with him". Lame stream media scores another brilliant discovery.

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    Feb. 23, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    What about the Obama Santorum alliance they seem to be ganging up on Romney?

    Gingrich and Santorum alliance? Gingrich is pulling back in Michigan to try and put Santorum ahead.

    If Santorum can't play with the big dogs he better go home.

  • Gary Moore Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    The essence of Ron Paul is the reconciliation of two philosophies that aren't always that easy to reconcile, social conservatism and libertarianism. Mitt Romney is weak as a social conservative, and is the polar opposite of a libertarian. Alliances require some common ground, and there is absolutely none between these two men.

  • Kansan by choice LAWRENCE, KS
    Feb. 23, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    As long as it is NOT a Romney/Paul ticket

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    "Ron Paul doesn't need Romney .... he's WAY above Romney."

    Apparently not. Paul has a sizable number of supporters, but he is the only one who has not won a primary or a caucus. I wouldn't be completely opposed to a Romney/Paul ticket. In fact, Paul could pull Romney back onto the strait and narrow conservative path when he starts to go down the forbidden paths of big government, and Romney can keep Paul's feet on the ground when he start floating into the stratosphere of foreign policy.

    Either way you look at it, it's a lot better ticket than a community organizer and a court jester.

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    Romney needs Ron Paul to win.

    If no accommodations are made for Ron Paul, Romney loses the election against Obama. The Republican party has been sufficiently cracked with Ron Paul Republicans that could swing third party.

    Republicans, time to understand what the Federal Reserve is, what monetary policy is, and start becoming literate in the works of Locke, Hayek, Von Mises, and Austrian Economics. If you continue to not bend on the issues, the Republican party will continue to fall.

    Time for some real change.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    IF this is true it is good. Paul has a wonderful domestic agenda and obviously he and Romney are not at odds with it.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 23, 2012 9:30 p.m.

    Rush Limbaugh predicted a meeting of the minds between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul back in January but kept it to himself. Now that there is considerable speculation it might be a reality, he says he regrets his silence. Limbaugh noted during his radio show that he wrote his friends an email last month speculating that Romney and Paul may have struck an alliance to set up either the Texas congressman or his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, for the vice-presidential slot if the former Massachusetts govenor became the GOP presidential nominee. Limbaugh said that, in debate after debate, it was clear that the two candidates never rip into each other. Paul attacks everyone who happens to be the front-runner but never seems to go after Romney and Romney never goes after Paul. The partnership is all speculative, but it's clear there's a hands-off policy with Romney and Paul, Limbaugh said, noting it will be interesting to see how Romney supporters would handle the possibility of a Paul vice presidency. Rush: "I Predicted a Romney-Paul Tag Team"?. Not Glenn Beck?. The sky is falling now.

    RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 23, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    I'm for a Romney/Brewer ticket. Intelligence and guts.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    Mercy, those pundits can sure make up some primo theories.

  • earnest reader MENAN, ID
    Feb. 23, 2012 10:57 p.m.

    What fun! I loved it! Ron Paul was doing himself and Romney a favor. Loved hearing all the pundits today. This is going to be good.

    Santorum could not speak a fluent sentence last night. He was flustered. Paul is always the most fun. Gingrich was very cheeful! Romney is starting to loosen up! Pundits you are doing him a favor. Go Mitt!!

  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    Critics reading too much into the debate.

  • conspiracygirl FPO, AE
    Feb. 24, 2012 4:08 a.m.

    ROFL. It would seem that Santorum is the tin-foil hatted conspiracy theorist, lol. And heck, these journalists have never bothered to understand the least thing about Ron Paul. The more they claim to know what he is planning the more absurd and ignorant they appear.

    Basically, Santorum has this entitlement mentality in which he feels Ron Paul should create and pay for all the anti-Romney ads that Santorum can't afford. And Santorum realizes that only Paul can go after Romney from a position of integrity. Santorum can hardly make ads accusing Romney of doing the same stuff that he has done, so he wants Paul to do damage to Romney so he can then swoop in and reap the ill-gotten rewards. But Paul isn't in this campaign to win it for Santorum. Santorum will have to best Romney on his own merits -- and Paul will go after his opponents when it suits his own campaign's interests -- not Santorum's. Sheesh.

  • conspiracygirl FPO, AE
    Feb. 24, 2012 4:26 a.m.

    Ron Paul and Romney appear to get along rather well because they are both polite people. But they are miles apart on policy. Romney sees no problem with the Federal Reserve parasitizing our pocketbooks and Ron Paul does. Romney is a chicken hawk and Ron Paul isn't. Romney has gotten sucked in by the demagoguery of Republican televangelists and confused it with conservatism. Ron Paul hasn't. Romney is OK with annihilating the right to due process and Ron Paul isn't. Romney isn't serious about the debt. Ron Paul is. Romney is all over the place, changing his mind back and forth to gain electoral traction. Ron Paul has been consistent for 30 years in office and won't compromise his principles to get elected.

    Trust me. There's no deal.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Feb. 24, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    CAAZFR--Then again it could be as simple as Paul knowing he won't get the nomination and preferring Romney over Santorum because of a better match-up in November with Obama. There is no conspiracy to that--just being pragmatic.

    Hopefully, Paul's supporters will be as pragmatic--and soon.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    I think too much is being played with this. Whatever so-called gentlemen's agreement there may be, it would not be surprising since that happens all the time. During the debates, Rick Perry provided cover for Newt Gingrich and makes no effort to deny he is in favor of the "not-Romney". You could even argue he is working covertly for Rick Santorum. To make this sound that some secret agreement has been struck smacks of some conspiracy theorist from looney-ville. Let the process play out and ignore those "anyone but Romney" journalists who have to find some excuse derail a possible Romney nomination.

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    Feb. 24, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Mitt Romney did not escape Congressman Ron Paul on Wednesday. He was against the answers of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. He gave his answers against our education system, that the Constitution does not authorize Federal control of schools. Ron Paul was against the other ideas for Syria and Iran, saying that Russia ended the cold war because it was bankrupted by the fight and that is what is happening to us. There is no evidence Iran has nuclear bomb capabilities ahead. He was against the other ideas on contraception saying the problem is not the pill; we have a morality problem, not a pill problem.

    Ron Paul showed He had courage to end wars and not get into them unless through the Congress as dictated by our constitution. None of the candidates escaped Ron Paul on Wednesday's debate in Arizona.

  • donburi South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    I love how any reporter can state an opinion saying there's an alliance, and bingo, you have an alliance. If it's on the internet, it must be true, right?

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Feb. 24, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    I can't say I care for this much. I don't think I would vote for Romney even if Paul was the VP. I would have to vote Nader or whoever the Libertarian candidate ends up being.

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    Utterly absurd. If anyone doesn't attack Romney, they must be in a conspiracy? The amazing Romney-paranoia of pundit imagination has truly run amuck on this one.