The next President? NOT a chance.However, Lee is edging his way to #1 to
receive the award for the largest ego on record. Tough competition this year
with Ted Cruz running a close #2.Only a very small amount of voters are
enamored with Mike Lee. It is sad to see he is totally blind to this fact.Where in the world is he coming from thinking he can pull off a Presidential
campaign? Obviously, there will be few to none as far as financial backers for
Mike Lee.Hillary is as good as in as the next President of the United
States in 2016.
Please, please let him run and get the nomination. Please.
And we are paying Senator Lee how much money to act this way???
Senator Lee, We want you to do something other than destroy... Make
something, be constructive... show us all what can be accomplished. Leave more
to your legacy than ... the extremist that hated everything that Obama did. I
know these positions get you trips to Iowa and pats on the back from Tea
partiers... BUT know this... until you find ways to appeal to the large
independent middle ground American... you will never be good, let alone great as
a Senator. Show us how you can reach across the aisle and work out something..
show us that politicians can compromise and get something done for all of
Americans not just the few and radicalized on the fringe. THAT would be
memorable and honorable!!!
@Bearone$174,000 +...The big money will come as he
ages...a la hatch.The koch brothers are waiting in the wings to make
lee a very wealthy public servant.
Funniest headline ever, I thought I was reading the onion for a minute.
I really like what Mike Lee has done so far,but I would not vote for him. The
reason is simple not enough experience to lead this Nation. Look what we got
with President Obama. He is not a leader and because of this he wants it his way
or no way. He was inexperienced when he was elected and this Country has not
improved over the last five years but has fallen so far with what has happened
with the economy, our National Security has become a joke and this Country is so
divided that it is sad. So No Mike Lee do not even go there please. I know this
Grammy will not be voting for you sir.
I'm usually a proud Republican, but Mike Lee has that knack to continually
make me embarrassed to be one.
Lee and Cruz don't stand even a remote chance for president, Lee is in ego
crazy land, and Cruz lives in fiction land.
"Coalition President Steve Scheffler said choosing Lee to speak at the
fundraiser was a "no-brainer." No more needs to be said.
I'll shoe-horn this into this discussion, coming from one that reflected
that the voting majority reelected Obama while knowing that the healthcare law
was on the table:"I think Rep Ryan put it best after the
election, that this is how a democracy works. The majority of the voters spoke.
It was this way in 2004 when there were groups creating such an uproar over
Bush's re-election and it continues to work this way, at least if we
don't want a ruling group like Syria where the only choices are to work
with the dictator or die horribly or attempt to rebel (and still have hundreds
of thousands die, with no guarantee that the revolution won't bring in
something worse.) We still have Majority Rule, Minority Rights, and
we still have the right to speak against the decision, but, a year later, for
our elected reps to repeatedly act as though the voting public doesn't
matter indicates that they have influences that dictate that they can't
always act as representatives of a democracy. "
Please stop with the ridiculous talk of Lee running for President. Imagine
another Republican race filled with clowns like 2012? All he is doing is going
to a far right wing extremist fundraiser. If the GOP in Utah is smart, Lee will
be a one term Senator.
Senator Lee and his father and brother all love working for government,
receiving paycheck from government and living their lives in big cities in the
"...he's trying to protect Americans from the Affordable Care
Act..."I guess he doesn't like "affordable care"
The charade in the senate exposes his interest in getting long term Sarah Palin
contract with Fox. This means he will move even farther to the right. He will
need to continue to make crazy statements to get attention.
We need someone to sensibly look at the health care systems of other countries
and develop a US national healthcare system.The profit motive does not work for
healthcare nor education. The people who are doing the most squealing are those
used to participating in the gravy train health insurance schemes. Margaret
Thatcher supported England's system.
by virtue of the title of this story... even the DNEWS is acknowledging that
Lee's actions are little more than political grandstanding.It's too bad he'll be a 'career' Republican politician
I think Mike Lee would make a GREAT Republican candidate for the presidency. If
he could get Sarah Palin to run as his VP, it would be a dream team....
I knew as a delegate that Mike Lee was the man for the job. Time will tell
whether he succumbs to the corruption that has chained most of the other
representatives. The Kingmen are in power, but perhaps there are enough
patriots that are willing to defend family, the Constitution, and God still
around to give liberty another chance. Most Americans, including most of those
who support the Republican and Democratic leaders, don't understand
liberty. Ask them, even on these comment sections, and they won't respond.
Liberty is defined by the government's version of liberty, not individual
liberty as defined in our Constitution. Harry Reid has been in the seat of power
so long he is quite comfortable dictating his version of liberty! Thank God
there is someone like Mike Lee willing to go against the kingmen.
Ok bandersen I'll bite. Liberty; the state or condition of people who are
able to act and speak freely: the power to do or choose what you want
to: a political rightHere's another one for you. Anarchy;
A situation of confusion and wild behavior where people in a country are not
controlled by rules or law.Which one describes your ideal world, or
do you want laws, just laws you approve of and all other laws are despotic?
Oh man, that would be the end of the GOP.
Time will tell.If the Affordable Care act works, then he's a
fool.If it doesn't, he's a visionary.
Is it April Fool's Day already?
How long are we going to sit back and let all our freedoms be trounced on? I
have LOVED what Lee and Cruz are doing. They are brave, Captain Moroni's
raising the Title of Liberty. I have started contributing to the TEA PARTY. If
anyone wants to know what comes next, please, read the Book of Mormon. Who am I
standing with? The few, the proud, the strong. Go, REAL MEN, GO!
Mike Lee is not doing this job for ego or for money. He took a big pay cut to
become a senator. He is doing this because he believes it is best for the
country. He ran on a platform of small constitutional government, including
stopping the UNaffordable care act. Now he is trying to do exactly what the
MAJORITY of you Utahans elected him to do. If you don't like it,
don't reelect him. Send another Bennett/Hatch to Washington so we can
continue to "compromise" our way to state controlled socialism and
bankruptcy. The headline of this article is designed to spark controversy. Lee
has made no indication that he has presidential aspirations, and even says as
much in the article.
Mike Lee may be eyeing the White House????????????????Thanks for a
big laugh this morning. I almost choked on my oatmeal.How much more
ridiculous can this guy become? I guess we're in for some entertaining
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee. The top 3 congressmen in America! Keep up the
fight! Your support continues to grow as people become more educated and more
people are waking up to the trainwreck course America is on all the time.
Neither Mike Lee nor Ted Cruz will be elected president in 2016. However, the
next president will be a Republican, most likely a current governor of a blue or
purple state. Lee and Cruz may possibly eventually become leaders of the Senate,
but nothing more.
@heidi ho, Captain Moroni had plans and solutions. What are Cruz and Lee's
solutions to health care? If it is just to go back to what it was
before ACA then it's back to not getting coverage for pre-existing
conditions, getting kicked off insurance when you max out coverage, children
going off your insurance at 18, seniors stuck with the "donut hole"
non-coverage, etc.Do you know what their solutions are? And just
defunding is not a solution.
I'll bite. If Mike Lee won the white house, would he short sell it?
Another conservative hypocrite. How can someone say they are fiscally
conservative and not afford the house they live in? And how can someone be moral
and leave the creditors hanging dry while the tax payers bail out the banks?Mike Lee is NOT what we need. Look at his actions and judge him
Let's not even open the door on Lee 's House, unless you are willing
to look into Obama and Tony Resco(convict)housing transaction......? He
followed the rules......whereas Obama? Well Tony is in Jail while Obama is
insulated by skewed liberal political correctness!
@heidi hoFort Collins, CO"I have LOVED what Lee and Cruz
are doing. They are brave, Captain Moroni's raising the Title of
Liberty."[I didn't know Captain Moroni was fighting for the
poor, the sick, the elderly and the children, or anyone with a pre-existing
medical condition to continue to be denied access to Healthcare.]===== stevo123slc, utI'll bite. If Mike Lee
won the white house, would he short sell it?10:43 a.m. Sept. 26, 2013[HaHaHa, Brilliant! Best comment of the day, week, month!]
Senator Hatch is so right about this one. Republicans are alienating so many of
this own constituents with this grandstanding act, not to mention all the
moderates out there that are the key to getting elected. What a joke and
Perhaps many have not had to seek an insurance broker or a advisor in order to
understand the Obama health care mandates. We did because our 16 year held
supplemental medical insurance became too costly to maintain. As a result plan
F will be replaced for one cheaper,(for now), and of much lesser value. There
are major change for everyone and all need to be aware how these changes will
impact their lives - especially those who's income is a mite over 30,000
yearly. As one ages, unless one has plan F, the options for major surgery will
depend on how costly the procedure would be - or if an option at all.Good
luck to all who's income exceed a tad over 30,000 yearly. This
governmental medical program will either prove to be a boon - or in the long
run, a very hard pill to swallow. PS one can't but admire elected
representatives who oppose and speak out against the governments mandated
medical insurance, and who cross the Rubicon at their political risk.
Congress is broken. Mike is staking everything on the government not shutting
down and basing it on what?if a budget or continuing resolution isn't
passed, it shuts down. The sad thing is that he won't feel the effects but
many in Utah will.He should take notice of the recall election in
Colorado; it wasn't that they voted for gun control, but that they
didn't listen to the people.The majority don't want government
shut down but what is he offering to do the ensure it won't??? Nothing! He
is buying a lottery ticket, hoping it won't happen.I for one will not
vote for him or any others currently representing Utah in congress unless they
work diligintly to pass a budget and avoid a shutdown.As for President,
niether him or Ted are ready or capable of leading this nation; they both have
big heads and are full of themselves like our current President, and have no
experience to run the nation, also like our current President.
It's hard for me to imagine a person less prepared for office than Mike
Lee. I don't think he'll win re-election in Utah.
It's amazing to me that Utahans elected this guy over Bob Bennett. Change
isn't always a good thing...this guy lacks sound judgement and reasoning
skills, and isn't terribly effective at negotiating with people, all
necessary characteristics of a good senator.
drjazz83 writes...It's amazing to me that Utahans elected this guy over Bob
Bennett.Wow why am I not surprised......Chappaquidick Kennedy would
have never been elected in Utah, that's the difference between people in
Utah and Mass!
I can not understand how the GOP Representatives can make all these bad claims
about the ACA when the LAW has not been fully implemented. January 1, 2014 is
the effective start date. Also, rational people wait and try new things before
condemning them. Read the book "Green Eggs and Ham" moral, which Sen.
Cruz referenced in his senate speech, on 9/25/13, try it you might like it.Sen. Lee supports the effort to kill the ACA but has no alternative to
provide health care for the 40+ million uninsured Americans, not to mention the
100's of 1000s in Utah, he represents. He has a Govt. run health care
policy but does not want to share it with others.Why is he supported
so? Why are intelligent people elected to only end up showing their ignorance of
how Govt works. Example: The ACA is a LAW with mandatory spending. It can not be
DE-FUNDED!! The smart path is to pass a new LAW or make it better with
amendments - as SS and Medicare were after they were passed into law.Think people - THINK please!!
Perhaps he should be more concerned about representing the "majority" of
So many liberal government house slaves on this site. Personally, I would love
them to see Obamacareso it can fail miserably and totally wipe out the left.
Maybe it would lead to an extermination of all political parties which is my
Pragmatistferlife: Thank you. I have very few people on these blogs that want
to respond. I appreciate your thoughts. I absolutely believe in the rule of
law, which is why I am a patriot even when people are compelling me to live by
laws that I disagree with. I don't see how anyone can look at America
right now and objectively say that it is a land of liberty! Our government is
dictating almost everything, including the recent grab for power, Obamacare
(sorry, I don't even know its title). I am absolutely not an anarchist. I
have obeyed the laws my whole life, many of which are onerous, burdensome,
and/or against my conscience or the Constitution. Big brother isn't
interested in anything but dictating and eating more. The irresponsible, the war
mongers, the thriftless, and the immoral have taken as much liberty as they are
going to take from me. The Kingmen are in power! Once you back someone into a
corner, at some point he/she makes a stand and won't budge. That time has
finally come for many.
Since hitching his wagon to the Ted Cruz circus train, Mike Lee's father
must be spinning in his grave. Come on Mike, we expect more from you.
The entitlement generation is alive and well here. I've never heard such
self-pitying drivel, and 'take care of my life' mentality that I read
on a continual basis here. The entitlement generation doesn't even try to
understand how something is paid for, it just needs to be paid for by someone,
but not them. The thinking would be amusing if were leading to such false
conclusions, such as life is supposed to be easy. The self-absorbed entitlement
generation has won the battle with Obamacare, but hopefully there are a few
parents around that still expect their children to get up and go to work! Life
is hard, guys.
@bandersenThis country has had entitlements in some form or another.
It doesn't just belong to one generational cohort.
Bandersen, I'm going to challenge your assumption that the entitlement
generation has won with Obamacare. First of all there really isn't anything
free about the ACA. Secondly to conclude that all those in a civil society are
"entitled" to health care is really only to join the reality of the
civilized/industrialized world. Everybody but us came to that conclusion long
ago and moved to some kind of system that acknowledged it.There are
things that being a member of a civilized society you are entitled to. That
doesn't mean they are free. Health care should be and is one of those
things. Some countries provide it through taxes, some through a combination of
taxes and personal payments, but all with the exception of America guarantee
that all in society are involved both as recipients and as providers/funders.
That's all the ACA does is take that step for America that says
all should and can receive and all should provide or fund. Your objections are
Think, people!Everyone should know that Americans pay far more of
our wealth for healthcare, to a system that leaves out tens of millions of
people, than folks in other countries pay for care that includes everyone. Even
if you disdain the poor, you might prefer they go to doctors rather than call
911 and have 2 vehicles and 5 people, or clog emergency rooms, for cost
reasons.Everyone should know that healthcare reform was put off for
40 years because there is too much profit for the industry, for lobbyists, and
for legislators in the old, inefficient system. Rather than blaming Obama, they
could blame Nixon or Reagan for not handling it.Everyone can look at
Sen. Lee's face (and read most of the comments here) to see that he is not
the shining example of what "well educated" Utah could send to
Washington.Pardon me if I, an outsider, think that a news outlet
belonging to a church known for its members' contributions to society ought
not to attract quite so many commenters who seem to speak without considering
what Jesus might say.
I fully support Mike Lee's presidential aspirations, for 2 reasons: 1) He
doesn't have a chance, and 2) a Mike Lee for President Campaign would make
for an almost unbearably funny season of The Daily Show.
Pragmatisferlife: I hardly would call 'joining' the rest of the
civilized world a step up. America doesn't follow; It leads!
Unfortunately, Obamacare wasn't about healthcare; it's about power and
control. America will now join the rest of the world in thinking that Socialism
makes people happier or more content. It won't last. I just don't
believe Americans will put up with reduced health care benefits at a higher
cost. Socialism has nothing to do with 'care'. In the end it
destroys family life, makes people more dependent on government, and will bring
an economic disaster. It will take a few years, but the writing is on the wall.
This will pit young against the old, families against singles, men against
women, the entitlement generation against those who believe in individual
initiative, and the responsible against the irresponsible. The African American
family has been decimated by welfare dependency and government programs that
promote getting everything for free. The rest of our society is sure to follow.
I will fight this to my very last breath and label the politicians who support
it our modern day kingmen. For so they are.
Maybe Lee should run for the Senate in Iowa.
This pathetic level of Commentary against Mike Lee and Ted Cruz is amazing to
me, but I should be used to it by now. Of COURSE most of us only want laws we
approve of. What's to be ashamed of in that? Nobody wants to live within
someone else's tyranny. Even those who would impose it on others make sure
the laws will protect them in their depravity. And in "depravity"
I'm speaking of doing any kind of harm to somebody else. Human lemmings
will follow the wave over the cliff as long as they continue to fantasize that a
different result will occur for them by the time they hit the ground.
Mike Lee is one of the best senators we have. He has offered
positive solutions on maintaining social security and in relieving the income
tax burdens of families with children. He stands against funding a
system that is unconstitutional (not one of the enumerated powers of the federal
government) and should, if desired, be organized on a state level.The proposed system is one that does not have the support of the majority of
the people, its details are too numerous to ever be fully discussed, and which
is coercive, does not appear to be financially sound.It has already
led to many examples of stagnating business and reducing work opportunities and
depleting wages (business owners feeling they have to remain small employers,
and others putting employees on part time to avoid governmental mandates vis a
We have all suffered and continue to have to live with a policy that is not in
the best interest of those effected by Obama Care. If shutting down the
government to get the action necessary to defund this government insurance then
so be it. If you turn yur back on the candidates that are willing to fight this
then the democrats and the liberals win another battle by forcing the issue. We
should support these that are willing to at least try to stop this monstrosity.
We should be willing to make sacrifices to win these type battles.
As to date, other than Rand Paul in the Senate, we the people, have no one to
raise our concerns about limiting government, protecting the 2nd Amendment of
the Constitution, and crying out against Obamacare (ObamaDoesn'tCare), etc.
The rest of the pack are completely gutless EXCEPT Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. They
have principles, courage, and pristine character. Both are very, very smart.
Finally we have someone to speak for us who is not intimidated by the Main
Stream Media, other Senators, the President, and other liberal critics. They are
real men and leaders. We do not have to fall in line and be fed a bunch of lies
without doing and saying something for the people.
It is people like Mike Lee and his tea-party toadies that make me wonder if I
should formally end my affiliation with the Republican party. I honestly
thought he had more sense than this.
He doesn't care about America, he is just trying to make a name for
himself. Well it is working, not the way he hoped I expect. He needs to be out
You are on the wrong side of history, and the wrong side of the Country.If
you want to find some "win", pretend you are the leader and pass a clean
@bandersenI think your analogy about the king men vs. the freemen is
completely delusional! The king men wanted to put more power into the hands of
the already rich and powerful. Making healthcare affordable (obamacare) is the
exact opposite. It is trying to spread the burden for maintaining healthcare
over a larger proportion of the population so that more people will be able to
have insurance, not less
A big thanks to Mike Lee for voting and standing for his convictions; ditto for
Jason Chaffetz. I respect that they don't simply follow the RINO party
line. Good for them, and good for Ted Cruz as well. With few exceptions, the
last 20 years of Republican and Democratic leadership have teamed up to produce
serious problems for the country. As we continue to see the moral and financial
decline of our great nation, it's nice to see a few courageous
representatives willing to buck the PC tradition and stand up for constitutional
He cant take a tour, his farcical attempt to defund funded ACA has it closed.
Maybe if he knows a Democratic congressman in a few years.
I don't think most Americans understand the issues at hand with this
abominable Obamacare thing. Obamacare will more or less nullify the Bill of
Rights, it will definitely nullify freedom of religion. And Obamacare is a huge
federal power grab, this bill will end up controlling virtually every aspect of
our lives, our healthcare, our taxes, our businesses, our religious freedom, and
a host of other individual liberties. This bill is not about healthcare,
it's about individual liberty, it's about taking away large chunks of
individual liberty and giving this little dictator huge amounts of power.
Unemployment is still high because he wants it that way, it makes people
dependent on the government, in 9 years he's done nothing to help the
economy, nothing! He has done much to take away our freedoms, our income, our
business freedom, our right to live and act as we choose. Make no mistake,
coming generations will curse us if we allow this thing to live, it must be
killed, and killed here and now.
How is Mike Lee acting? Or is he acting at all? Mike Lee is the real deal. He
always has been. We can count on him, no matter if we are a fair weather friend
or a blinded foe. Senator Lee's integrity and loyalty towards the
Constitution and to his constituents is clear. That makes fair weather friends
and enemies disgruntled. No discomfort for them. No blaring spotlight on the
stage of moral fortitude will find the enemies of truth, integrity, and
statesmanship. When the truth of the day is not popular the truly weak will flee
to the comfort of the other side. Heroes rarely have a crowd of cheerleaders
until the final success is won. Then set your timer to see how many are back to
share the prize. This test of what is happening isn't about Mike Lee, it is
about the citizens of America. What will they do to preserve the very principles
upon which we were founded.
When Hatch was elected to the Senate the national debt was $653,000,000,000.
During his tenure the federal government has overspent by more that $50,000.00
for every man, woman and child in America. While claiming to be a budget hawk,
Hatch has been behind several entitlement programs. Thanks Orrin, but you have
had 36 years to get the job done and we are in a far worse place than when we
elected you. Move aside and let the Junior Senator from Utah lead.Sen. Lee, please hold strong. Yes you have angered all those feeding at the
government trough and those who think was can print or borrow money into
prosperity. These same people would trash Washington, Jefferson and Franklin if
they were serving today. You and a few other "radicals" are all we have
left to keep this country from become another bankrupt welfare state.
Taking a stand? Is that why he won't respond to my phone calls
and emails or any interviews from KSL? That's taking a stand???
Sen. Lee was one of the main instigators in causing the shutdown. Then he goes
grandstanding at the war memorial outraged that it is shut down. Either he
thinks we're stupid or he is stupid. Either way, I can never take him
What a great time to compare Utah Senators. Mike is working hard to have the
country live within its means. He is not afraid to speak up, even though it may
end his future.CONSTRAST THAT WITH THE Drug pushing contributor to the
high cost of medicine in America, thru the efforts of his son representing the
Assoc of Drug Manufacturers, and Hatches help in letting them keep patents
eternally, and allowing legislation for them to buy up Generic Companies, so
they have no competition. He also aids the local "urbal industry" buy
preventing any testing of testimonial drugs, so the public will not know how
much alfalfa is in their Provo formulated vitamin "B". I am proud
of Lee and the way he is speaking out to save our economy. I welcome your
Mr.Lee is okay I guess? I just think that he should have asked the guys waving
the Confederate flag at the WWII memorial to put it away. He would have shown
leadership and courage to do so.And he should ask people to tone down the
anti-Muslim stuff.He should be more caring about religious toleranceHe
came off as a "follower" that day.He has more potential to lead than
Palin and or Cruz.
If I lose my hard won social security benefits I will hold Senator Lee and the
rest of Utah's delegation directly responsible, and so should you.
I appreciate and thank Senator Lee. Please do not cave in, Mike. You will
have my support with funds in the next election. And by the way, you Lo info
commenters, Senator Lee's honorable father, Rex Lee, has passed on.
So we see the only people who write on the DN are the liberals!
Senator Lee wants to go to the WHITE House?Many of us think he
should go to the BIG House!!!!Dear people of Utah: electing
substandard representatives to Government may satisfy some of you, as a symbol
of dissatisfaction, but how can it help the citizens of Utah?For me,
if I trust in God, I need to support the most capable people, not send in
troublemakers who can only destroy our country, and have no ability to make it
Utah has one honorable senator and it isn't Hatch who has been there 36
years and is part of the problem we now face with looming national healthcare
and impossible debt. I will vote for candidates who not only love the
constitution, know why it was inspired, but understand it. Senator Lee is in
DC to defend the constitution which was designed to protect us from an over
reaching congress or administration or justice system, and in so doing is
defending our liberty and freedom. You misunderstand intelligence, tenacity,
courage, and ability, for ego. If you want ego defined, look no further than
Hatch,Romney and Huntsman. They crave power, rubbing shoulders with others like
them to keep power. Lee is one of us, he isn't wealthy but he is the most
capable to understand middle America and the problems we face. Senator Lee is
there to serve liberty, freedom and especially the people of Utah. May the self
educated, free thinking people who love and understand the liberty of a republic
give Mike Lee a 2nd term when the time comes. The left of center forces in Utah
are marshaling against him even now. Counter their efforts!
Lee? In the White House? I'm speechless.
Three cheers for Lee, a man who stands up and fights for important principles.
Keep it up, Senator.
I am definitely embarrassed that anyone who would call themselves a Republican
would criticize Senator Lee for standing up to the Leftist establishment and
speaking out for true Patriotic conservatives who are trying to reign in the
federal government and bring freedom back to the American people. He is a man of
integrity, honest principles and courage to take on those who got us into this
mess and strive every day to make matters worse. The lamestream media paints a
false picture of what is going on and people are sucked into the black pit of
debt and put in subjection to an out of control federal government. Our
government was founded on the principles of states rights and minimal governing
from Washington. Those controlling our current direction have only their own
best interests at heart and operate from a pillar of domination. It should not
be about how much they can do for us but about how little can we pay for the
true support we need from them. Take the handful of honest problem solvers
such as Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and express appreciation for their efforts. Then
throw the rest of the lemmings out.
I don`t know who would vote for him!
So now Utah taxpayers are paying Lee to campaign in Iowa? How does
this make sense?Please, Lee, go away. I'm so tired of my hard
earned tax dollars paying for your salary.
Mike Lee as the republican candidate for president will give Hilary the
Presidency. The Tea Party is following a bunch of conservative talk radio hosts
off of a political cliff.