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Ann Romney scares Democrats into pulling plug on 'dancing horse' ad campaign

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    The ad says volumes, about the DNC and none of it is good. I'm afraid that this accurately personifies our imperial president's mentality: personal attacks on the Romney family while ignoring the suffering of jobless millions.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    July 19, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    How low can you get. Desperation on the part of the DNC and the Obama Administration. Anything to avoid talking about his dismal performance the last three and a half years.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 19, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    I'd be curious to know how much money Mitt and Ann make off that horse. By deducting his care from their tax return, they're asking us to subsidize him (unless, of course, he is not a beloved pet and instead is just a money-making commodity . . . which wouldn't surprise me, given they way Mitt treated his dog).

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 19, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    To Cats 9:15 a.m. July 19, 2012

    How low can you get. Desperation on the part of the DNC and the Obama Administration. Anything to avoid talking about his dismal performance the last three and a half years.

    ------------------

    Mitt dances around pretty much every issue he faces. I haven't heard him give a straight answer concerning what he would do about ANYTHING. He speaks in grand-sounding platitudes, but provides nothing on which his plans and proposals can be judged.

    Maybe a better ad would just be one that shows his head on a swivel, turning from side to side and documenting the flip-flopping he does on pretty much every issue. That would make the point better than a dancing horse.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    July 19, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    Furry: You crack me up. Waaaaa.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    July 19, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    I think the DNC pulled the ad because it really was stupid. How many jobs are created to care for that horse? So their bad to have an expensive horse, or their good to provide a job or two or more for someone who would otherwise have to let Obama take care of them. Having been at one time in my life in need of government assistance, I would much rather take care of a horse, then take money from the democrats. They say they are doing this out of compassion, they are doing this to keep people weak and from moving forward.

  • bamidan WEST RICHLAND, WA
    July 19, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Furry - If you have an issue with the tax code, why blame Mitt? It's the Congress, influenced by the President, that gives Romney these tax breaks. Are you unhappy that he is smart enough to use them? If he paid his taxes without taking any deductions, wouldn't you then say that he is too dumb to be president? Are we just sore that he won't release more tax returns? Why not ask Harry Reid to show his - he started Congress with $50K and now is a multimillionaire?

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    July 19, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    It is sad Romney has to be the Mormon face to the world. He represents so much of what is questioned about politics, the distorted histories and cover ups, the changing of the stories to suite the situation, the non-disclosers, hiding tax and other information and secrets to further propaganda goals, wishy-washy character of saying anything to gain an objective to promote personal ambition. There are solid honest Mormons who would be an honorable representation of, and for, the church. Too bad that they are not represented.

  • Middle of the Road Home Town USA, UT
    July 19, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    This whole DNC ad is much ado about nothing. Same old same old tactics that are tacky. There are so many fingers pointing back at Barack's people and his failure to reveal his own personal stuff, like his grades with transcript of his education. He has so much "political pull" it is not funny. It also include the cloud of doubt about his citizenship. Obama's actions are louder than his words which do no convince.

    When is BO going to fess up and stop his attack of someone else, (Romney) when he himself has NO record to fall back on so he attacks his opponent? It is the bully tactic to say the least.

    Congress needs to pass a "truth" in political ads when it comes to fabricating and twisting Romney's record for business, etc. (Bain Capital)

  • shuttdlrl Smith River, CA
    July 19, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    How Did Harry Reid Become Rich?

    Posted by Mark Noonan on Dec 24th, 2009 and filed under Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry from your site

    (Mark Noonan) – According to Open Secrets, Senator Harry Reid has a minimum net worth of $2,827,056.00, a maximum worth of $6,307,999.00 and an average net worth of $4,567,527.00. Why all the discrepancies?

    Because our leaders, much as they set up campaign finance laws to protect themselves, have set up their disclosure requirements to hide things. They don’t really want us to know how much they have and thus the millions of dollars of variance possible in Reid’s fortune.

    Still, taking that nearly $4.6 million average for Reid seems fair – if it’s really off, then it’s up to Reid to correct the record. And that is quite a rise for a man who endlessly reminds us was born poor.

  • bdckpakccd Plano, TX
    July 19, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    Sic 'em, Ann!!!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 19, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    @ Furry What subsidizing? This horse I am sure is a business adventure. There is a lot of money in horses. You are not subsidizing anything, he will subsidize it himself through his own business adventures, not you. You are not paying for his business', he is. As for his dog, I guess we should just criminalize everyone who puts their dog in the back of a truck, it really is no different. But nice try on the negative attack. It is what all Dems do, it is their nature, they have nothing else to go on.

    @Skeptic Really? You got that our of this article, I think Mitt is a pretty good representation.

    More rhetoric from the DNC, to detract attention from the real issues, Obama's record. An empty page. Just sticky notes with his wacked ideas and solutions he dreams up.

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    July 19, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Re: Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    "I'd be curious to know how much money Mitt and Ann make off that horse."

    That question is none of my business .... or yours. Maybe if you asked the DNC would provided the information you seek.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 19, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    I haven't seen the ad but I think Ann Romney handled it about right instead of taking it personally.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    "We were simply making a point about Governor Romney’s failure to give straight answers on a variety of issues in this race."

    Why doesn't the DNC give some straight answers? Explain why you have failed to create jobs after borrowing and spending some $5 Trillion and gave the burden to taxpayers. Give a straight answer on why barack used taxpayer dollars to buy three buses so he could campaign (buses made in Canada). Give a straight answer if the obamacare is a tax or a mandate. Give a straight answer on obamas grades from school. Give a straight answer on what you plan to do about immigration issues. Give a straight answer on your vision for the country. Give a straight answer on the lack of transparency. Give a straight answer why this regime stinks to hog heaven. Give a straight answer why you haven't cut the deficit in half as promised. Give us a straight answer why you haven't had a laser focus on the economy. Give a straight answer on why DNC people own stocks in "green" energy that have all failed, yet they're now millionaires. C'mon now you have nothing to hide

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    July 19, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    Olympic level horses are extremely expensive to maintain and train. Of course it would be a nice little tax write-off.

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    July 19, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    The straight answer I would like to hear, is what is BO going to do for Russia after November, that he can't talk about before the election.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Funny how people want to criminalize someone that has been successful in this country. That's what makes this nation great. You can succeed, you can choose what you want to do with your money. What is unfair, is 50% of the country living off of welfare that the other 50% pay for; from which a small percentage cover the lion share of it.

    What is the "99%" complaining about? If they filed their taxes, they would see that they really don't pay anything. If they're upset about the wealth and tax breaks, then they need to vote everyone out of office and replace them with those that won't give themselves tax breaks. The trouble is Democrats and Republicans are wealthy politicians. Do you believe that they are ever going to pass a bill or tax code that hurts thier donors or themselves?

    You'd be a fool to think that they will ever break from that. There is always a loophole that they throw in to avoid paying taxes.

    The best thing you can do is to take the same advantages that they have. Use the tax breaks and be smart.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 19, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Like the shrewd politician he is, Romney does dance around the issues like a TV pitch man for products not sold in stores. The DNC thought that a silly ad would niggle away at that but they only succeeded in making themselves look inept.

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    July 19, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    I'm surprised that Obama doesn't use this horse as an example of what his government has provided for Romney and his family. After all, he should be taking full credit for Romney's wealth, right?

    You have to stay negative when you have no message of hope to bring to the people. The best thing Obama should be running on is HIS RECORD. He has 3.5 years of facts to bring to the people on the great change and hope he has brought to America. Unfortunately, since there is no record, he's spending time on Romney and how it's BAD to be successful in this country. To me, the choice in this election is crystal clear! But then again, I'm not in the media!

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    When Lenin and company softened up Russia for communism, they made people feel it was evil to make money and to use any of it for pleasure. If anyone wants to know how far we have slipped down the slope toward socialism, just take a look at the attitude of many Americans who point a finger of shame at anyone with money.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Utah Bruin, claimed, "But nice try on the negative attack. It is what all Dems do, it is their nature, they have nothing else to go on."

    Too funny, I read that I said to myself, "this guy is gonna do a negative attack on President Obama."

    Yep.

    "More rhetoric from the DNC, to detract attention from the real issues, Obama's record. An empty page. Just sticky notes with his wacked ideas and solutions he dreams up."

    Oh that is too funny, "It is what all Dems do, it is their nature, they have nothing else to go on." In fact now that I think about it, that is a negative attack itself. So this guy is complaining about a negative attacks while, at the exact same time, negatively attacking others. Classic.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    Barack said it himself, that none of the businesses large or small got there on their own. It was government (baracks government) that got them there.

    Once again, government should be the one to blame for inequality according to barack. The gap that has widened during his regime and erased any equality and has divided the nation.

    hope and change alright. hope we can get out of this change with the shirts on our back.

    More interesting is how blacks and hispanics have been hit the hardest under this regime, yet they blindly pledge their obedidence to their DNC master. Maybe it's time to wake up and see what your blind obedience has brought you. If you believe you're going to get ahead living off of welfare, you're wrong. Just saving you some time and the eventual heart break at the end of poverty road. The only cure to poverty is to go to work, save money, pay off your bills on time, invest your extra money, and hope the government doesn't steal it from you before you can get ahead or increase your taxes or find some other way to meddle with your life.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    The Democrats should stop horsing around.
    The Democrats are sad because their guy does not have our policies.
    We get a man who has our policies in the WHITE House.
    His wife has the same policies.
    His kids and their wives have the same poicies.
    His grandkids have the same policies.
    Mitt will truly be an Imperial President.
    He will never personally attack anyone.
    He will never approve stupid ads.
    He will be compassionate and never keep weak people from moving forward.
    He will never have any issues with the tax code.
    He will never have much ado about nothing.
    He will never criminalize anyone.
    Vote for Mitt 2012, he has our policies.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    Dancing horse (papered horsey) perfectly fit's mitt's character.
    Spoiled, trained and put upon a pedestal by the GOP and many mormons.

    What questions are we allowed to ask mitt?
    We had this problem with palin, if you ask hard questions your being mean to the candidate.
    "No apologies", your running for office. Grow up already mitt.

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    I watched the ad. It was funny. No political comment here. Just thought the ad was funny.

  • lovespeaks Lehi, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    It says: "National Committee released a web video “which features video of Romney's Olympic-qualified horse Rafalca, set to music and intermixed with clips of Romney answering questions about his tax returns and personal finances,”

    Funny, seems like the DNC is trying to dance us all away from the real issues.. As far as I know, the IRS has full access to Romney's tax records, and would be going after him if anything were amiss. However, Obama has spent 3 million to hide his records, even the IRS doesn't have access to his passports, applications, etc. And, is anyone ever going to investigate his associations with terrorists, his anti-American mentors, his Muslim polygamist family (doesn't the Left claim this is oppressive to women?) and so on, and so on... just wondering.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    “Give a straight answer on why barack used taxpayer dollars to buy three buses so he could campaign”

    Okay Ted:

    Here's the story on the bus. It was one of two custom buses ordered by the Secret Service in July 2010 from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in Whites Creek, Tenn., at a total cost of nearly $2.2 million. . . The shell of the bus was, in fact, procured from a Canadian company. . . Although the buses were purchased from an American company, the Secret Service was aware the shell came from Canada. . .
    The bus was then "converted" by Hemphill to meet the unique specifications required by the Secret Service. . . the buses were purchased from a sole-source provider (no-bid), because of the “requirement that we’d be able to support the weight of security and communications enhancements." At the time of the contract, he said, it was believed to be the only vehicle that had the payload capacity to meet the Secret Service’s needs.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    Both buses  — a "long overdue" addition to the Secret Service's protective fleet — will be offered to others eligible for Secret Service protection, including the eventual Republican nominee for president. . . In the past, the Secret Service leased buses used by presidents and others, fitted them with specialized equipment, and then removed the equipment afterward.
    So how much of the new bus used by Obama last week is American and how much is Canadian?
    . . . in general. . . the conversion process typically makes up anywhere from half to two-thirds of the end cost, depending on what the users want to do with the bus. And in this case, the conversion was performed by an American company. In other words, one could say it's a Canadian-American bus. -FactCheck, Obama’s Canadian-American Bus, August 25, 2011

    Ted, just because you are not aware of the answers, does not mean that they have not been addressed. (Oh, by the way, maybe you need to quit believing all of those chain e-mails you are getting.)

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 19, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Romney doesn’t say much about his term as Governor of Massachusetts. On the subject of taking over the scandal-plagued 2002 Olympics, he says just enough to portray himself as superman to the rescue. On his time at Bain Capital, he disavows responsibility for failures that followed his tenure but takes credit for jobs created after he left.

    Now Mitt informs us that Barak Obama can’t run on his record. Really? Was Romney the one who halted our skid into another great depression in early 2009? Was it Romney who kept General Motors from going under? Was it Romney who pushed through universal health coverage a full century after it was first called for by Theodore Roosevelt? Was it Romney who finally gave Osama bin Laden his comeuppance?

    I think the American people know which of these two candidates can run on his record.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    The headline said it best: Ann Romney scares Democrats.....
    Actually the most complete headline would be Romney scares Democrats. And that's because unless something huge happens in the next 3 months, Romney will be our next President.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    “Funny how people want to criminalize someone that has been successful in this country.”
    Ted, who wants to criminalize successful people? Who wants to put successful people in jail? Please tell us.

    “What is the "99%" complaining about? If they filed their taxes, they would see that they really don't pay anything.”

    Ted, I’m part of the 99%. I file my taxes. And I really do pay taxes. A lot in taxes. So what are you talking about?

    “Olympic level horses are extremely expensive to maintain and train. Of course it would be a nice little tax write-off.”

    Wastintime, I have a dog. I don’t get tax breaks on the care of my dog. And he is expensive to take care of.
    I support jobs with the care of my dog. Vets, and dog food companies, and groomers. And don’t tell me the horse, headed for the Olympics, is a business. There is no money to be made from this horse in the Olympics.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    Liberal Ted
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Barack said it himself, that none of the businesses large or small got there on their own. It was government (baracks government) that got them there.

    ------------

    Someone is not reading or watching the right news. It is pretty clear what Obama said. If you had taken the time to actually read it, you would have heard him talk about roads and bridges. So when he said, "You didn't build that," "THAT" is actually infrastructure he is talking about - not the businesses themselves. Only the roads that help them move their products, etc.

    There are lies and half truths being spread on both sides of this campaign. YOU need to find out what the real truth is because if you spread the lies and half truths, YOU are guilty of lying too.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    lovespeaks: "Funny, seems like the DNC is trying to dance us all away from the real issues.. As far as I know, the IRS has full access to Romney's tax records, and would be going after him if anything were amiss. However, Obama has spent 3 million to hide his records, even the IRS doesn't have access to his passports, applications, etc. And, is anyone ever going to investigate his associations with terrorists, his anti-American mentors, his Muslim polygamist family (doesn't the Left claim this is oppressive to women?) and so on, and so on... just wondering."

    ---------------

    Is your name sarcastic? Because I did not feel one ounce of love in your comments but a great deal of hatred. Interesting.

    Why do you think you know anything about Obama palling around with terrorists, his mentors, his father being a polygamist? Because they have been looked into and reported. Maybe you didn't find what you were looking for (another wife?), but it is out there for your perusal, if you were really interested instead of using it to question a man who is our president. Do you even believe he was born in Hawaii?

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    July 19, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    I can hardly wait until November 6th comes and goes. I despise political campaigns, period. If the political candidates--all of them--would honestly and cogently state the problems and issues as they see them, along with their reasonable and realistic proposals to address the problems, then voters would be able to make educated and rational decisions. Resorting to ad hominem, red herrings, and slippery slopes does not serve the best interests of the constituency.

    Alas, I am not at all optimistic that we will ever see this approach to campaigning become a reality.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    Re: Lane Myer

    Your point is probably right, but have you noticed that neither Obama nor his people are even trying to "walk back" that comment. They are letting it stand, so the assumption must be that Obama wants it to sound as it came out. The comment has had legs for about 4 days now and there doesn't seem to be any defense of how it sounded. Why??

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 19, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Montana Mormon,

    Voters share blame by sending out two contradictory messages. Number one is when they complain they don't like nagative campaign attack ads. Number two is when they continue to reward them on election day.

  • USMCer POST FALLS, ID
    July 19, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Well done to Mrs.Romney. You've figured out in two minutes what the entire DNC machine couldn't. All of course to keep Obama from talking about the real issues.

    Kudos to Ann Romney

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 19, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Its kind of a lame ad, and few people understand the symbolism IE Romney took a tax deduction for the horse.

    Perhaps having someone in top hat and tails doing "me and my shadow" while Romney tries to explain why he pays less in taxes that school teachers do would catch on better.

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    July 19, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    @ Craig Clark at 1:41 p.m.:

    Your fascinating comment poses a compelling conundrum for voters.

    I'll need to chew on that awhile. Thanks for the interesting feedback.

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    Mark -

    If you are part of the 99% and are paying a lot of taxes you are doing something seriously wrong.

    Reports show that anyone making over 100,000 a year is in the top 2% of income earners in the country.

    Taking that into consideration and being very familiar with income tax laws, and the progressive tax system, large chunks of income aren't hit with high tax percentages until after the 100k level.

    Therefore - if you are TRULY part of the 99%, there is no way that you have a heavy tax burden, unless you have avoided paying taxes for a few years.

    If you say "Well, I see that I make $99,999 a year and that income means I pay 30%."

    Here is a tax lesson - you do not pay 30% on the 99,999 dollars. You pay 30% on whatever income you have that is above the next lower level of taxation.

    Sounds like you need a good CPA

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    WHY

    Are we so concerned about what Mitt Romney does with HIS $250M... but don't give a HOOOOOT about what Obama does with OUR trillions.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    Another failed project from the "We will try anything" club.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    @Mark - How is it a negative attack when it is fact? What I said was a fact. What the ad represented was the DNC's opinion. Yep there is a difference. Thanks though, it is just too funny isn't it. Typical Dems's doing what they do best. Again, not a negative attack, it is a fact. What else have they done in this entire campaign. Exactly what I said. Thanks!

  • Glen in the Bronx Bronx, NY
    July 19, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    Actually, Ann Romney gave the Dems so much more in this morning's interview that the horse is literally a side show. Ann spoke of "you people" as if she's the second coming of Leona Helmsly ("only little people pay taxes"). The DNC will get way more traction of Ann's comment than they ever would with the dancing horse.

  • whynot67 Sandy, UT
    July 19, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    Well the current circus performers in the White House know the act best. Politics is so hypocritical. Obama has been dancing around the issues his entire career and creates a record based on other people's accomplishments. Last I checked there weren't any middle class Americans running for President. Obama and Biden trying to paint Romney as out of touch because of wealth is pathetic. Obama isn't some poor street urchin. How about a candidate who sticks to the issues and the facts and stop the stupidity. When are we, the people, going to stop letting these politicians insult our intelligence?

  • annewandering oakley, idaho
    July 19, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    I thought the ad was hilarious. First good laugh I have had all day reading news.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    July 19, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    Ann Romney has entered the campaign and stumps for her husband. She's fair game. I have zero sympathy for her or her horse/tax write-off.

    It's too bad the Dem's didn't have the guts to leave it on. It's so appropriate for Mitt and his campaign.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 19, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    Mitt acts Just like Palin did.
    Does nothing but attack and even name call for his entire campaign.
    As soon as the Democrats fling a little mud, they
    act like they've never said anything negative and
    it's personal
    it's off limits
    it's tacky
    it's mean

    ....and then go right back to attack mode.
    But hey when you have rush and sean and carl
    to set an example for you, it ends up sounding
    just like one of there silly shows.

    Yes, I know the liberals have comedy central,
    but at least the word comedy is in the description instead
    of "talent on loan from God."

  • peter Alpine, UT
    July 19, 2012 7:04 p.m.

    I remember obama saying that families are off limits in political games. Ann Romney, what a class act to not be offended at these thoughtless DNC acts. She'd make an outstanding First Lady that good women everywhere could look up to and exemplify.

  • pamtxstate round rock, TX
    July 19, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    How is using the dressage horse in the add an attack on Mitt Romney's family? The ad didn't who Ann Ann riding the horse or make any mention of her? I believe showing the horse was a reference to the $77,000 tax deduction the Romney's claimed for the horse. It seems to me conservatives would see this as a prime example of why we need tax reform.

  • DeepintheHeart Lewisville, TX
    July 19, 2012 10:01 p.m.

    Dems are looking for ANYTHING to keep from talking about Obama's horrible record and total lack of ethics, as seen by his decision to go dirty so early in the campaign. Bain's a red herring, so's the tax return nonsense. Obama has not been forthcoming about anything in his past. Ann Romney's right -- they're throwing stuff against the fall hoping something will stick, but it won't.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:10 p.m.

    What a beautiful horse! So well trained; He looks a if he were walking on air. I would be so proud to own, or even take care of a horse like that. It takes some nerve for the Dems to take such a creature of beauty and use it in a negative ad against Romney. That's a little tacky, don't you think?

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 20, 2012 6:45 a.m.

    To Counter Intelligence 4:22 p.m. July 19, 2012

    You're right in a way. Mitt and, especially, Ann do an exceptional job playing the poor oppressed victim. Boo hoo, Ann. You're upset when the FACTS about your finances become public. So sad.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 20, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    To Serenity 11:10 p.m. July 19, 2012

    What a beautiful horse! So well trained; He looks a if he were walking on air. I would be so proud to own, or even take care of a horse like that. It takes some nerve for the Dems to take such a creature of beauty and use it in a negative ad against Romney. That's a little tacky, don't you think?

    --------------------------

    It is a beautiful horse.

    Is the ad tacky? No. What's tacky is the $77,000 deduction taken on the Romneys' tax return for his care and feeding.

  • DougChee LAYTON, UT
    July 20, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    A better use of the concept would be to have shown President Obama dancing around the constitution, the law, the issues of his past, fast and furious and the many other unanswered questions about him personally and his own conduct. It might even show him trying to explain why millions of dollars of taxpayer money are being spent to fund his campaign and his families obsessive travel plans. Before the Dems point fingers they need to take a long hard look in the mirror at their own misconduct.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    July 20, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    @Furry 1993:
    "they're asking us to subsidize him"

    Furry, how many million of tax you paid last year to subsidize him?

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    July 20, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    What I find interesting after reading all the comments is that Furry still claims to be a Republican. For the past year or so of posting here, I've never, ever seen a positive comment about a Republican or Republican policies by one who claims to be a Republican. Strange.

    And Furry, if you have a beef with deductions in the tax code then contact your Senator and Representative since it is they who create the tax laws. Do you have a beef with everyone who takes legal deductions? Buffet? Gates? Obama? Clinton's underwear? Didn't think so.

    @Lane Myer: Nice spin but that dog won't hunt. Which came first the roads or the car? I've never laughed so hard when listening to the Left spin away Obama's direct assault on the output of businesses and workers.

    Obama talks the way he does because he's never been in business for himself or worked at a regular job. Community organizer and politician, that's it. Not much to stand on.

    The DNC lies and the media runs with it as fact. Pathetic!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    July 20, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    bebybe
    i hate to inform you but guts has nothing to do with it. it is harming the takers party polls. get back in step with your boy and just pay taxes so he can dole out taxpayer's money to the 50% that pay no federal taxes and are getting a government check

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 20, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    This is typical of Obama. Go back and look at what he did when he was running for office in Illinois. The DNC has no solutions so all they they can do is attach a horse and Mitt's wife. The choice is simple, four more years worse than the first four or a very badly needed change.

  • Furrry1993 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 20, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    to Uncle Charles 9:45 a.m. July 20, 2012

    What I find interesting after reading all the comments is that Furry still claims to be a Republican. For the past year or so of posting here, I've never, ever seen a positive comment about a Republican or Republican policies by one who claims to be a Republican. Strange.

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    Not strange at all. Carl Schurz, a Republican from Missouri who served in the US Senate 1869-1975, said "My country, right or wrong. When right, keep it right; when wrong, put it right." I'm applying that reasoning to my political party. It has gone seriously astray since the far right hijacked it in the 1990s (turning a party of conservatives into a party where the far right fringe-nuts reign, and even Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater wouldn't have a chance of being elected because of their policies), I hope to get it back on the right track. A forlorn hope, I know, but I'm not going to stop trying. My party left me. I want it back.

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    July 20, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    Oh Furry: you had a chance to actually state positives about the Republican Party you claim membership in but blew it. You just can't do it. Your stated positions aren't conservative at all. In fact, your posts line up with the Democratic Party very well.

    And I notice you didn't complain about Buffet, Gates, Clinton and his underwear deductions at all. Why is that? You only have disdain for Romney following the tax code. Telling, very telling.

    Seriously, just switch party affiliation and you'll be happier and your posts will then be factual instead of hyperbole.

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    The Obama campaign is desperate. They have no positive record to run on so they have to trash Ann and her horse. What's even worse is how the national press just eats this stuff up instead of demanding that Obama tell us how he is going to turn the nation around from his failed policies.

    The question I want asked is: Mr. Obama, when you said you wanted to fundamentally change America is turning it into a Third World Country what you had in mind? How about some direct, hard-hitting questions for POTUS!

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 26, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    What do we have from Obama? 3 years of failed policies and the last year doing nothing but trying to get reelected by bashing his opponent.

    Just what I always wanted from a POTUS. Not.

    Frankly, a dancing or even a plow horse would make a better president than what we have now.