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  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 16, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    The problem with him "proving" that he had no contact with Bain after 1999 comes from the fact that, if true, he wasn't truthful on documents and in testimony circa 2002. The documents were filing for the SEC and, most likely, made under penalty of perjury. He can't have it both ways. He either had no contact or influence with Bain, in which case he perjured himself, or he hasn't been truthful in his campaign rhetoric, which would (or should) cause him BIG problems with his run for President.

    It really looks like he's between a rock and a hard ploce.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    July 16, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    WHILE Romney is running from Bain like a scalded cat and is not talking about this at all, and, the GOP are to busy to bring it up in Congress, and just sit back and watch the RNC as it rearranges events on Tampa social calendar, I'll bring it up. They call it Pakistan's melting pot. Karachi, estimated to be home to over 18 million people, is the Islamic Republic's largest and perhaps most cosmopolitan city. But if anti-Americanism is rife in Pakistan, which currently faces the lowest point of its fractious relationship with the United States, then it is manifested, physically, almost every week in Karachi more so than in any other city in Pakistan. But many rallies end in the same way, the burning of an American flag. And we American's should not get angry?. But when Terry Jones the senior pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida, the author of book Islam Is of the Devil, who first lit a spark on Facebook when he talked about it, then got in the news after his burning of a Koran, they get angry at us?.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    Looks like Mr. Squeeky clean isn't as squeeky or clean he portrays himself out to be...

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    Republicans picked a lemon and now they are stuck with him. If the issue is not Bain, it is hiding money and not disclosing tax returns. But those may be better issues to be butting heads over than his time of Govenor when his state had poor job growth and he left office with a 33% approval rating.
    Romney's only attribute is he is not Obama but as more of the electorate takes a look at him Obama gains in the polls.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Counter Intelligence said
    "Put up or shut up"
    If Romney's own testimony incriminates him (as it has) then he must accept the label of being a liar and a sleaze, right?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    heretic lunatic:
    typical liberal, if you don't agree with the libs, you are to shut up. good try, your boy will be out because in the end, Americans aren't stupid. they were last time with this picnic organizer, but will not be fooled again.

  • bigelhad TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    Either he was working for Bain when they created jobs,in which case, he was working there when they sent jobs overseas. This supposedly happened in the same time period. Or, he was not working for Bain at that time and only working on the olympics. According to the securities and exchange comission (SEC), fraud (falsifying documents) is a felony. If he was not working for Bain at that time he comitted fraud. Romney can't have it both ways. Did he work there past 1999 and shipped American jobs overseas or did he falsify documents with the SEC? As CEO and 100% owner of Bain Capitol until 2002, Romney is responsible for the operations of Bain Capitol at that time.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 16, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    While Mitt was creating jobs with Bain, Obama by his own words was enthusiastically drinking, taking drugs, and skipping classes.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Ute Alumni-"Americans aren't stupid. they were last time with this picnic organizer, but will not be fooled again."
    You're wrong Americans have picked many poor leaders over the years and will do so again. Obama's strategy is similar to 2008 when he ran on the platform of not being a Republican, offerng hope and change. Seems this time the hope and change thing won't work but not being a Republican still provides him a solid chance for success. Especially when the Republicans are offering one of the worst national candidates since Barry Goldwater. Outside of Utah, Romney is not liked. Look no further than the one state public office he did hold and left with a 33% approval rating. That's G.W. territory, and not providing much hope for the boys in the corporate offices.

  • Miss Piggie Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal:

    "Looks like Mr. Squeeky clean isn't as squeeky or clean he portrays himself out to be..."

    Wait a minute... Even though Obamas's possession and use of illegal drugs (as he recounts in his book) was a felonious act, remember, it occurred long ago... and it occurred in Chicago where illegal activity is often overlooked as acceptable conduct. You don't have to be squeaky clean if you hail from Chicago. Give him a break. Besides which, he's a minority, accordingly gets an automatic pass on illicit conduct.

    I think is says something about how great America is where a felon from Chicago can actually be elected president... and is likely to do it for a second term. Viva America!

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 16, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    The truth shall set you free!

    Unless of course the truth will incriminate you!

  • Alfred Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    @Fred44:

    "The truth shall set you free! Unless of course the truth will incriminate you!"

    We have already gone over Obama's use of illegal drugs, which makes him an unindicted felon. Do we need to bring this up again now?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 16, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    Miss Piggie
    Salt Lake City, UT

    @LDS Liberal:

    "Looks like Mr. Squeeky clean isn't as squeeky or clean he portrays himself out to be..."

    Wait a minute... Even though Obamas's possession and use of illegal drugs (as he recounts in his book) was a felonious act, remember, it occurred long ago...

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

    But --

    Pres. Obama was never Championing, Parading about and Showcasing his entire political campaign on Drug enforcement now was he?

    Therein lies the difference.

    But you can see it, can you....

  • Acegrace Lilburn, GA
    July 16, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    Romney's problem is that he is not playing offense so he is stuck playing defense.

    He needs to be running oppo ads (or a PAC on his behalf) on Obama's gaffes (57 states) and lies, misdeeds like Solyndra and beyond, and lack of leadership due to his lack of experience before taking office.

    Mr. Nice Guy is not going to win playing fair with Chicago machine political thugs.

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    Silly posters.

    Go to factcheck.org and do your homework before you post your partisan comments.

    Rock and a hard place? Hardly...The allegations are just a desperate move by a campaign that cannot run on its record.

    Criticize...but do it honestly!

  • silo Sandy, UT
    July 16, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    Counter Intelligence - "Working at Bain, making money or even outsourcing jobs are not crimes are they."

    So thats the new standard you are running with CI? Abortion is not a crime, yet you waste no effort trumpeting your opinions about those who are pro-choice. Again, your hypocrisy shows when defending something you support.

    Romney violated SEC rules, or he lied. There is no other option. The fact that you support either result simply because Romney is the target speaks volumes about you.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    July 16, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Romney brags what a smart business man he is and a the same time he wants the public to believe he had no interest or concern of what was going on with a multi million dollar business he owned because he was occupied in SLC with the Olympics. Is he saying he can't multi-task or command surrogates even when it means millions to him. It is too hard to believe. If true he would not make a vey good president because the president has to keep a bunch of balls balanced in the air at the same time.

  • George Bronx, NY
    July 16, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    @Ute alum

    you may do well to actually read counter intelligence's 1:22 comment which happy valley was responding to before getting all high and mighty.

  • cpafred SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 16, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    The Doofus Defense

    R. Allen Stanford (Ponzi Schemer) tried to use the defense he didn’t know what was happening within the company he owned and controlled. He was sentenced to 110 years in prison.

    Ken Lay (CEO Enron) tried to use the defense he didn't know what was going on at Enron. He was also sent to prison.

    Now Mitt is trying the Doofus Defense: Elect me because I didn't know my own company was outsourcing jobs like crazy. It will be interesting to see how it works out for him.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 16, 2012 7:07 p.m.

    We need a series of debates with no tell-aprompters. Give both identical IQ test for us to compare. How about economic and American History tests?

  • silo Sandy, UT
    July 16, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    No CI, I'm pointing out the inconsistency in your defense of Romney. Just because his time at Bain wasn't illegal doesn't mean that it was ethical or moral. I'm sure you know this, yet you continue to defend Romney.

  • wrz Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2012 9:53 p.m.

    @Counter Intelligence:

    "Working at Bain, making money or even outsourcing jobs are not crimes are they."

    The Obama campaign is accusing Romney of sending jobs abroad. If he did, so did the Obama administration. With spades.

    How can Obama attack Romney for outsourcing when he is doing the same thing... with taxpayer money, no less. He provided billions of tax dollars to GE who employees about 300,000 people, half of which are employed overseas. And GE pays no income taxes on these overseas jobs. In fact, GE paid zero, nada income tax.

    This is insane. Come on Romney... Get out there and pin Obama's ears back.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    July 16, 2012 10:00 p.m.

    Paint Obama with his own brush. Let him answer for everything that has happened since he "signed on". Maybe he could start by apologizing to the family of Brian Terry, a border agent who was killed by one of those guns supplied by the government to Mexican gangs.

    Outsourcing jobs, assuming that it even happened under Romney's direction is nothing compared to a man being killed because of an action of the government, a government which, using Obama's own idea, should have been under the direct control of the man sitting in the Oval Office.

    Let's hear Obama shout loud and long about what control Romney had at Bain. When he's through shouting, let's see how he wiggles out of everything that we KNOW that he's done as President. There's no need to make veiled accusations when all we have to do is quote Congress.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 16, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    Romney says he was gone from Bain in '99, but company documents appear to still show him in charge up into 2002. So let's do this: give us the name of whoever WAS running Bain after Romney, give us a date and documentation. Heck, they're ALL millionaires, so why not bring in whoever had the job personally? There's no accusation of law breaking, only of WHO shipped the jobs out? If they come up with no one, then Mitt's the one, because the company didn't run itself, right?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 17, 2012 6:15 a.m.

    Romney is getting a black eye over his refusal to release his tax returns.

    Certainly a calculated move.

    Which leads me to believe that Romney thinks that what is contained in those returns is more damaging than his refusal to release.

    Now I really want to see whats there.

    "We have already gone over Obama's use of illegal drugs, which makes him an unindicted felon. Do we need to bring this up again now?"

    And you were screaming as loudly about GW Bush's admitted illegal drug use?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    July 17, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    Romney's experience in business is invaluable to our country right now. Obama's attempts to help our country has only led to further failures and greater costs to us all. I can barely scrape by these days, and the last thing I need is another tax plan. Obama's got no intention of letting up on the spending, as evidenced by the fact that Obama passed one of the greatest increases in government spending, his healthcare plan, and new programs was passed during one of the worst economic downturns in our nation's history.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 17, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    "Romney's experience in business is invaluable to our country right now."

    How is that? He is so malleable that he will adopt the party line, regardless of what his business sense tells him.

    He is not allowed to have an opinion that differs from the party base.

    He is party line all the way, in contrast to his earlier positions.

    Can you cite one example where he differs? Well, at least today anyway.

    His past has shown his true colors, which are more reasonable than his stances of today.

    Did he see the light, or just get in line.

    We both know the answer.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 17, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    We just paid Russia millions of dollars to take astronauts to the space station, and provided GE billions to build plants in forty three different countries.

    Why is Obama outsourcing our tax money and jobs?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 17, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    The fate of our country is not between Obama or Romney, but in the goodness of its people.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 17, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    worf said: "The fate of our country is not between Obama or Romney, but in the goodness of its people."

    And it's good people who elected Obama the 1st time and it's good people who will elect him again.

    Romney is nothing more than a tool of the republican party, he has proven his inability to produce a single
    thought unapproved by his party's leaders. And since the republican party is acting like a single entity and voting block
    since Obama took office, why vote for the republicans who aren't allowed to think for themselves anymore.

    If grover norquist isn't telling them what to think than am radio does.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    July 17, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    First coined by Machiavelli, Hall of Fame Green Bay Packer football coach coach is reported to have stated that the "Best Defense is a good Offense." Implying the longer the offense stayed on the field, the less time the defense had to play.

    This pre-emptive strategy by President Obama and his staff is frankly brilliant and seemingly working to perfection by painting Romney and forcing him to constantly play defense.

    You can say or imply or impugn anyone and it you do it loud enough and long enough many will begin to believe that it is really true.

    Apparently LDS Liberal and others on the board "wanting" to believe that Mitt Romney is really a immoral crook and the devil himself as the Obama camp has painted him are beginning to believe these red herrings and straw-man arguments thrown out by the democrats operatives to deflect attention from their abysmal economic record.

    This is really a sad commentary on the state of our politics. Open lying by our POTUS. This is stunningly sad to witness.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 17, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Apparently LDS Liberal and others on the board "wanting" to believe that Mitt Romney is really a immoral crook and the devil himself as the Obama camp has painted him are beginning to believe these red herrings and straw-man arguments thrown out by the democrats operatives to deflect attention from their abysmal economic record.

    There's only one liar who is caught in his own statements, and that mit.

    The red herring is that there is nothing to see here.

    I don't recall anyone in the Obama Campaign calling mit the devil, that was probably another republican during the primaries, remember they were the ones bringing religion into it.
    That being said some of the most tasteless and nasty thing are posted daily on this sight by conservatives who only listen to the vitriolic am radio and then repeat it.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Actually Bigelhad it was not at the same point in time. Romney focuses on pre-1999 activities at Bain, the President is trying to focus on the activities of post-1999. The difficulty for Romney is that his exit from Bain took several years, and while he was no longer directly responsible for the decisions made with regard to acquisitions after 1999, he still was connected with the firm through his money and his associations. The President is over the top in his allegations and he knows this. But, it makes for great political rhetoric. Romney has complied with all legal requirements, the allegations have had no impact in the polls and it was a mistake for the Democrats to use this so early. By fall, when it counts it will be old news and of no consequence. This is another miscalculation of the a desperate campaign as the results of their poor decisions, leadership and corruption is reported daily in the news.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 20, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    No question that Obama is a disappointment, but Romney is proving to be an even bigger one. Why didn't the GOP vet all this Bain outsourcing, Romney's refusal to release tax returns, and Romney cash stashed in Bermuda and the Caymans long before they selected him?

    Can you imagine if Reagan had stashed money abroad or led a corporation that was a "pioneer" on outsourcing jobs to Mexico and Taiwan as a model for other U.S. corporations to follow? Yes, it is all perfectly legal -- but it is disgraceful for a president. If Gore or Kerry were guilty of this, the GOP would have been all over it too!

    I was in Nevada this past week and saw a particularly disturbing ad with Romney singing "America the Beautiful" off key with images of newspaper headlines about Romney and Bain off-shoring money and jobs. Too bad we don't see the kinds of ads the Democrats and GOP are airing in battleground states here in Utah so that we can see firsthand how the issues are being framed.

    If anything, exposure of Romney and Bain business practices educates America about how "job creators" operate.