Perhaps the road will not be as easy as once thought for anointed RINO Mitt Romney in the Utah Senate Race.
The former governor of Massachusetts and failed 2012 presidential candidate was presumed to have already locked up the U.S. Senate seat in Utah that will be vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch.
But yesterday’s Utah GOP Convention showed voter skepticism, not confidence in Romney.
He received only 49.1% of the vote, coming in second to Utah House Rep. Mike Kennedy, who received 50.9% of the votes. Unless one candidate wins 60% of the votes outright at the convention, the Utah GOP holds successive caucus rounds to determine the two candidates who will compete in a primary race.
The fact that Romney, a perennial political player with the weight of the establishment GOP behind him, failed to win the Republican nomination outright is revealing. It shows that even in conservative Utah, Romney’s brand is not as strong as one might expect. Of course, Romney is not really a conservative – his crowning achievement as a governor was forcing socialized healthcare down the throats of the citizens of Massachusetts.
Romney, true to form, responded to his tough day like the political pawn he is.
“This is terrific for the people of Utah, and I really want to thank the delegates who stayed so late to give me the kind of boost that I got here today,” Romney said after the voting was finished. “We’re going to have a good primary.”
At the convention, Romney continued his wishy-washy support for President Trump, whom he actively campaigned against after Trump won the nomination in 2016.
“In terms of the President’s policies, in this first year, we’re pretty much on the same page,” Romney said. “He did not pursue the 45% tariff on all foreign goods that I think would have been problematic for the economy; but he has put in place a tax proposal that is going to get the economy going better; he’s been a person who has de-regulated a good portion of the economy — a good thing.”
“If he says things that I think are off the mark in a serious way, I’ll point that out,” he continued. “I think the President recognizes that I’m someone who calls them like I see them, and I appreciate that as well.”
In Mitt Romney’s mind, he “calls them like he sees them,” but Trump is off base and out of touch. Romney also rebuked the idea he was the “Goliath” of the primary.
“I’m not Goliath,” he said. “I’m David, and Washington D.C. is Goliath.”
What a clown. Does anyone actually believe this cringeworthy nonsense? Mitt Romney, the guy who embodies everything that middle-American Republican voters rejected just two years ago, is going to fight the establishment “Goliath” in Washington?
Ultimately it will be up to the people of Utah to decide.
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New Gallup Poll Shows Immigration Tops Most Important Problem List
When Americans were asked what they feel is the most important problem facing the nation, immigration topped the list for just the second time in Gallup’s history. The top issue each month since January of 2017 has been the government, but immigration has just replaced its position according to a new Gallup poll.
When asked the same question in June, immigration ranked at 14% when Gallup asked Americans what’s the “most important problem” the nation faces. It jumped from 14% to 22% from June to July 2018.
Each month, Gallup asks the same question and the answer of immigration has always averaged 5% over the 17 years Gallup has included it in their polls. So why the sudden jump from 14% to 22%?
The past several weeks social media and news outlets alike have focused on the issue of separating families at the border with President Trump’s stance on immigration and his modified policy that would keep families detained together (if detainment must occur) continuing to be a hot button issue.
Just last month, TIME ran the cover story, “A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We,” with the cover photo that was proven to be fake news. The cover showed a 2-year-old little girl crying while President Trump towers above her looking on as she wails. The cover read simply “Welcome to America.” The claim made by Time was that the little girl had been separated from her family at the border, but Yanela, daughter to Sandra Sanchez had never been separated from her mother at all. Sanchez and her daughter were arrested by Border Patrol agents under the zero tolerance policy that criminally charges anyone attempting to cross the border illegally, but at no point were they separated.
Every week immigration has remained in the news cycle, and continues to be an issue that is important to Americans. The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who entered into the United States from Mexico illegally. The National Guard has also intercepted more than 3,300 others who were turned back at the border before crossing into the U.S., and have seized 11,686 pounds of marijuana.
In April of 2006, immigration reached 19% when Congress was working on passing a comprehensive immigration bill. During this time period, immigration protests popped up all across America and saturated the news cycle. The last spike, according to Gallup of immigration as the top problem was in 2014 when the news focused its attention on a large number of immigrants who were attempting to enter the U.S. from Central America.
The issue of immigration is important to Americans, but for starkly different reasons. Republicans are more concerned about potential crime, impacts on the nation’s economy, and jobs being taken away from native-born families. Democrats, in contrast, support a path to citizenship for the undocumented, but more over, they know that they need all the help they can get at the polls, with Trump’s base stronger than ever heading into the Midterms.
The Gallup poll is based on telephone interviews conducted July 1-11 with a random sample of 1,033 adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.
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