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Mitt Romney to discuss election, his future and Obama in first post-election interview (+video)

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  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 1, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    time to disappear back into the corporate world you came from Romney. If you care about the republican party you need to stop holding them back with the same failed logic and blame games that lost you the elections. far right rhetoric only stands in the way of the part you claim to care about.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 1, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    party not part sorry

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 1, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    "Tolstoy" of SL speaks of failed Romney logic...failed? Folks are interested in this man because he knows how to succeed far better than most at analyzing and solving financial problems. Whatever others have felt, I have missed his leadership, there is a void there. If you want to talk about failed logic, lets talk about broken promises of the current administration...you can blame the Republicans, as the Pres. does, but he is the one who has angered and alienated them, he has not brought the country together, he does not reach across the isle or unite the country, but is divisive and proposes very controversial things, seeks ways to enact that which is not wanted by tax-paying Americans. Mitt Romney walks the talk, whether you want to talk about charitable work, philanthropy, giving up of his time to help others, without pay, adhering to a strict moral code in his personal and public life...folks don't seem to like or trust someone so good...now there is irony and failed logic.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    March 1, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    Some just cannot wait to jump on the bandwagon of the liberal hate Romney bandwagon even while we are going through the tough process of trying to move ahead anchored to the present regime.

  • George Bronx, NY
    March 1, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    @DRay
    So you simply restating the same rhetoric that lost Romney the election is suppose to convince us of what exactly? I am glad you think so highly of him but unfortunately for you the american people did not agree with you or Romney.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    March 1, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    Don't go away mad Mitt, just go away.

  • Abinadis friend Boise, Idaho
    March 1, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    It is so good to hear from Romney again. My hopes were dashed when he lost the election. I am glad he is stepping
    back into the picture. It is good to know that there are still good people out there willing to give to our country. I am not talking about giving money, but giving their time and knowledge that they have, willing to give to
    help America remain strong. I wish them the very best in their efforts to share their knowledge with us. Thanks to you and your family Mitt.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    "He didn't think the sequester would happen. It's happening," Romney said.

    Completely the opposite, Mr. Romney.

    The Republicans made the deal with Obama, because they were certain that he would be a one-term president. Sound familiar? The Republicans presumed their nominee would win, and then they could dictate the cuts.

    Obama didn't think the sequester would happen? You couldn't be more wrong.

  • Sparky908 Yakima, WA
    March 1, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    I can not tell you how excited I am to see Mr. Romney back. It's been a long time since the election and nothing good has been on the news since. Finally I'll be excited to see a Sunday political show that I actually care to watch. I love how even Mr. Weigel realizes that they need to get Mitt on the job to fix Michigan, something we as Americans should have done for the whole country. Say what you will, Mitt knows his "stuff", we're just too prideful to let him fix our problems. After the election the only thing I could think was what I heard once said about addicts,

    ....."you can't help those who don't want to be helped. They will either deny that they have a problem, or say that they cannot overcome it, either way your wasting your time. At some point they have to get low enough that they will recognize what they have done and then they will seek out your help. Then they will be ready."

    I guess we'll find out soon if we're finally ready for Mr. Romneys' help.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 1, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    How are voters/citizens suppose to interpret Ann Romney's "high position/ no longer have high position=nobody" comment?
    How do LDS people in lesser Church callings feel about that?
    Gets easier all the time understanding "that 47%" that the Romney Clan could not relate to.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 1, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    @moderate - the statement about sequester is a quote from Obama in the 3rd presidential debate. It is his own words.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 1, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    I'm sure Chris Wallace on Fox News will ask him some really tough questions. That's the equivalent of taking a Rachel Maddow interview of Al Gore seriously.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 1, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    From what I see here, romney is still infinitely and infallibly qualified to solve all our woes. Well, you don't have to be president to do it mitt. Bring it.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 1, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    Tolstoy, etal:

    Just come right out and say it - you Love Barack Obama. Good for you.

    For my money, I will put it on Mitt Romney all day long. We have a miserable narcissist situation in the White House. This man has been in over his head going on five years now. Everyone knows it but him.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    March 1, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    @ no fit in St George:

    It is a figure of speech. She is saying that Mitt became the Republican nominee for President of the US, lost the race, and is just a citizen of the US once again. I understand perfectly what she means. If you don't, then I'm sorry for you. I have had higher and lesser church callings in my life and have been released from each one amd became a regular member once again. I do not feel like that is anything like what Ann is saying. I feel that Ann was talking about Mitt being the Republican candidate for president (rather than a high church calling) then when he lost, they felt like they were "nobody". Only someone who has been in that position can truly understand and have that feeling that they are "nobody", when they are not selected by the American people. It would have to be a heck of a letdown. Nothing like having a church calling and being released.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2013 6:28 p.m.

    Did Ann Romney just say they are "use to being in high positions in the church..than being released...than being a nobody"??? Wow!!! What compassion! You know, I really liked the Romneys...at first. But the more we have gotten to know them..I think they are about as tone deaf and narcissistic as the current resident of 1600 Penn Avenue!!

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    March 1, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    All you fiscal hawks that voted for Romney, he was on the record as saying he would ADD 2 TRILLION on top of Department of Defense budget request for defense. He is no fiscal conservative just like GW Bush and his UNFUNDED Federal mandates. 2 TRILLION, look it up.

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    March 1, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    Moderate,
    "He didn't think the sequester would happen. It's happening," Romney said.
    Romney said this because Obama said in the last debate that it wouldn't happen. He also said that it was not something he proposed. Unfortunately, he is wrong in the latter and most likely wrong in the first statement. The Budget control act(sequestration) was sponsored by Senator Thomas (D-IA), the only sponsor btw, and introduced in the Senate. The House had passed their own debt reduction plan, but the Senate would not move on it. So the Republicans compromised on the Budget Control Act and now get blamed for it. Not much incentive to compromise with the President.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    March 1, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    Congress controls the purse strings. Members of both parties in both houses need to get moving. NOW!

    Romney won't run again, UNLESS the Republican party changes enough that he won't have to tack so far to the right to win the nomination that he loses the election.

    Moderate Republicans, where are you?

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    March 1, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    Pragmatic and others: There is no such calling as a lesser calling. Some callings have more responsibility but there is no lesser calling. If you think so then you really do not understand the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The other is that one day a person can be a Bishop or a Stake President, Primary or Relief Society President, a Sunday School teacher or a Primary worker and the next Sunday you could be released and have no calling at all. You're not a nobody, just an individual without a responsibility. You sit back and wait until you are called once more to fulfill a calling that the Lord has geared especially for you.

    That is exactly what Ann Romney meant and exactly how it happens in the Church they attend. If you don't understand that then you will never understand his comment of the 47% which is completely and totally true.

  • MaxxFordham OREM, UT
    March 1, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Thanks, Brother Romney, for your valiant offer to serve. You and Ann are saying that you won't ever run again, like you say, "the [roller-coaster] ride ends and then you get off."

    *** Well Mitt, did you know that you can actually get *back* in line and get *back ON* the ride and do it *all over again*? ***

    We want you to try again next time, Mitt! Get back in line and ride the roller-coaster AGAIN! You know, Lagoon and Disneyland, etc., let you do it!

    (But please just don't try so hard to be someone you're not in a bit of a sorry attempt to look "cool" in places where it just isn't natural for you. I don't think people bought that much. Just be the real Willard Mitt Romney but try to avoid the occasional faux pas from the past--and next time, see if you can bring some new material to the table.)

    I voted for you at all last opportunities I had, and I would do it again (well duh, of course, because here I am asking you to run again)!

    Thanks if so,
    Mike A. Christensen

  • George Bronx, NY
    March 1, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    @tom

    Everybody knows it? Funny that's not what the voters in November said but you keep beating that same old drum it as empty as the republican dugout.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    March 1, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    @Pragmatic: You don't know anything about the way the Mormon Church operates. When you have a calling you do your job and execute your duties to the best of your ability. The church is gracious enough to not let you "burn out" in your calling. And when released and another person is called you are done. Now it is that persons change to learn and progress in the calling. Your time is finished and you will probably be called to another job. Active members usually don't get much of a layoff between callings. Efforts to belittle the Mormon faith or any other faith by ignorance, really only show how uninformed one is of their operation.

  • germanygator Apo, AE
    March 2, 2013 4:29 a.m.

    Oatmeal--Republican's don't need advice from liberals.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    March 2, 2013 4:57 a.m.

    jorges
    bronx
    i think you may be more comfortable reading the ny times and their totally liberal bias. north-easterners love government to take care of them. I know I lived there and couldn't wait to leave and get freedom back. romney is head and shoulders over the guy in the wh. it is just too bad there are so many that want stuff from the government, like jorges

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 2, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    Sort of off topic - but not really. I think the picture DN picked for this pieces illustrates one of the difficulties Romney had. If you are an observer of people, facial expressions convey a lot - intended or not - about the person.

    One thing that jumps out is that when Mitt smiles, he shows no teeth - it is a closed mouth smile. Subtle, yes. As much as we hate it, first impressions stick. How you stand. How you smile or not. Eye contact. Mitt Romney does well on a lot of things, but his smile is reserved. It isn't wide open and welcoming.

    This is not to say as a person, he is not a welcoming person. But the persona he projects is reserved. Besides the other oft too well documented issues Mitt had, in survey after survey, he suffered from likability. Perhaps it is this perceived reservedness that set him back. Compare Mitts smile here, with the common images of Reagan - where Reagans smile was bolder, open, welcoming... even if you didn't like his politics, you want to talk with him.

    Small, but could have been a difference maker.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    Some just cannot wait to jump on the bandwagon of the conservative love Romney bandwagon even while we are going through the tough process of trying to move ahead anchored to the problems his party created.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    March 2, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    "...you can be in a very high position but you recognize that you're serving, and then all of a sudden you're released and you're nobody..." I think I know what Ann Romney meant when she said that but it came off in the wrong way, at least to me. In the church people serve in positions they are called to. Some of them are high profile and others are not, but all who serve, regardless of where, are doing their part to further the cause. I think it was either Harry Truman or Harry Truman quoting Ben Franklin who said something like "Stepping from the office of the president to that of a private citizen is actually an increase in stature." In the church no one is a "nobody" regardless of what office they hold.

    "...he knows how to succeed far better than most at analyzing and solving financial problems. " I think DRay has it right. I've heard talk that Mitt Romney would be asked to come resolve the financial problems of the city of Detroit. Given his attachment to the Motor City, I think that would a valuable and noble use of his talents.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 2, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    We actually had a chance to get someone in office who really knew what he was doing--who really knew how to turn this mess around. And...out of emotion, not logic, we chose the wrong path. Now we are living with the consequences and who knows how far down we will go. Who knows how deep this hole will get. We really had a chance and we blew it.

    We may be paying the price for generations.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 2, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Many of these politicians and their followers (i.e. those making comments here) have abandoned their family values to government values and look at the constitution and God as aliens to the cause of mankind. Their policies, you name the policy, only further embed what is only making it worse. You can't take God or His constitution out of public policy without destroying lives and diminishing mankind. Romney most certainly would have made a better president than Obama. How much, we'll never know. Obama has shown no leadership. In five years, I have not heard him once praise or act on a Republican idea. Of course, the Republicans aren't much better than the democrats, who by all standards don't even recognize individual rights, only collective rights. I'm not sure Democrats even understand what is meant by 'individual right'. If they do, their actions show quite the opposite, ObamaCare being the most egregious and notable example. This country will only make progress when individuals live up to God's standard, something most Democrats and many Republicans find contemptible.

  • happytobehere Fillmore, Utah
    March 2, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    Though I understand what Ann Romney meant, I do think her choice of words was regretful. You are certainly not a "nobody" in the church, no matter your calling or lack thereof.

    I am sure she did not mean it the way it sounded. But I do wish she (and Mitt, for that matter) could be more careful in their choice of words.

    Still, I think they are both amazing people. I so wish we had President Romney in the Whitehouse today. What a missed opportunity for this nation.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 2, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Somebody should remind Romney that the election is over. No need to campaign anymore. You lost, badly.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    Bill in Nebraska

    "then you will never understand his comment of the 47% which is completely and totally true."

    No, that comment is demonstrably false on two levels. 1) A significant portion of the 47% are elderly, folks trying to raise a family on less than $50K per year, and those in the military. Not the moochers Romney labeled them as. 2) They didn't all vote for Obama. Many voted for Romney. The sooner conservatives bury that 47% lie, the better.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Ann Romney was expressing the feeling felt by many who have been Bishops, Stake Pres. etc. which
    Mitt has been. These are callings, without pay, done on one's own time that require many hours of service. Once released it leaves a void in your life that you have to adjust too. Don't criticize what you don't know or understand.
    If they are serious about renewing Detroit they should give it to Mitt, bet he would even do it
    on his own dime.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 2, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    "The church is gracious enough to not let you "burn out" in your calling. "

    Ummm.... maybe in Utah, but not the case everywhere. The church is run by humans, and humans do human things. We locally had a Primary President that begged to be released, and wasn't done so for over 6 months. She absolutely was "burned out". A buddy of mine has served in a Stake Presidency for over 15 years now. He is tired, has medical issues, but still serves to the best of his abilities. Lets not pretend that sometimes we don't get released a little late from some callings, and others a little earlier than we would choose.

    But that wasn't the point. There is nothing misleading, or wrong about what Anne said. A Stake President is called and known by all, for an extended period. They are the most notable person in that stake. Then they are released, and the new stake president holds that mantle. And you go from meetings many times a week, to a normal calling in your ward. Yes, there is a let down. What she says is true, and isn't controversial at all. It just is.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 2, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    re: UtahBlueDevil March 2

    Agreed 147%.

    re: Cats March 2

    We did? Ron Paul was marginalized in the GOP primaries. No way, could you be talking about anyone else.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    March 2, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Long before any sequester cuts were instituted:
    1) The GDP plummeted over three-points to a pathetic growth rate of 0.1
    2) Incomes took their biggest plunge in 20 years
    3) Unemployment inched back up to 7.9%
    4) Consumer confidence hit a two-year low
    5) Gas prices exploded
    6) The price for health care premiums exploded
    7) The GAO says the deficit is unsustainable
    8) 1 in 5 Americans are on food stamps
    9) The long term unemployment rate is over 14%
    10 Chronic unemployment hasn't been this bad since WW11
    12) BTW per gallop's latest #'s approval now at 47%
    13) 2000 illegal’s who were picked up for criminal actives released on the streets and the police or gov never advised
    14) Wants Supremes to overturn defense of marriage
    15) Gun debacle (you know who has-in the past-taken citizen's guns)

    All I know is we are not reading the same facts!
    Thanks to web site!

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 2, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    @Oatmeal

    A $17 Trillion national debt doesn't call for moderation. It calls for extreme. You don't realize how serious the situation is, do you?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    @Cats

    We actually had a chance to get someone in office who really knew what he was doing--who really knew how to turn this mess around. And...out of emotion, not logic, we chose the wrong path. Now we are living with the consequences and who knows how far down we will go. Who knows how deep this hole will get. We really had a chance and we blew it.

    We may be paying the price for generations.

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

    Agreed. That good candidate was named Jon Huntsman, Jr. BUT, because he was a middle-of-the-road, moderate Republican who refused to pander to those to the far right, the far right refused to consider him and instead seleted Romney, who pandered. Thankfully we escaped having Romney inflicted on us -- he would have continued the GWBush policies, and really put the country down the toilet.

    I just wish that the parties had nominated good candidates instead of giving the voting public the lesser-of-two-evilss choice that we faced. We didn't have much to choose from but, thankfully, we avoided Romney. There was a price with Obama but the price would have been a lot worse with Romney.

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 2, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    Looking forward to the interview tomorrow, and finally hearing some words of wisdom. No surprise that once again the president didn't do what he said he would, or wouldn't do.

    I've never seen so many people scared for the course our country is taking. Somebody needs to tell the president that the election is over, so he needs to start leading, instead of campaigning more and trying to improve his golf score! He's always blaming somebody else for the woes of our country, of course he never does wrong.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    March 2, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    Mitt Romney survived a brutal election with a gang of political character assassins in Chicago.These so called elites were willing to say or do anything true or not to destroy Romney.It is a sad commentary that our elected leader had to follow the gutter path of
    distortion, $500 million in attack ads in swing states to win. This most negative campaign against a decent man who only wanted to unite our country and
    help create jobs is the sad polarized state of our country.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    March 2, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    I dismiss Obama.
    I wanted more from Romney.
    I expect to never see another republican president.
    I see civil war in this country again.
    Liberals fighting with Starbucks cups.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    March 2, 2013 11:58 p.m.

    Mitt Romney had a much better grasp of what had to be done to turn around the economy than Barack Obama. The old rules of who ever wins the independents wins the whitehous didn't apply. What actually happened is that 3 million moderate republicans in key battleground states were influenced in a negative way by the constant bombardment of negative ads and they did not vote. This is voter suppresssion and it was Obama's plan all along and it worked. It was voter suppression. The Democrats always do the thing that they blame the Republicans of doing.The black vote was through the rood so whose vote really got suppressed?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    @New to Utah 8:52 p.m. March 2, 2013

    It's funny, and sad, to think that someone would consider telling the truth about Romney to be "character assassination." The President didn't beat Romney. Romney beat himself by letting people see who and what he really was and is. One thing he was NOT was "a decent man who only wanted to unite our country and help create jobs" -- his words and actions showed him to be the exact opposite of that. Discerning people were able to see though the smokescreen he created to the truth of his (lack of) character, and as a result they rejected him. Thank God. Obama is bad, and I didn't want him (and didn't vote for him), but Romney would have been much, much worse.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 3, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    E major: I concur with your statement. Romney's needs to apoligize for his 47% comment. It is not true. I wish Mitt would admit he misspoke. I used to respect the man. No more. He has no comprehension of what life is like for the middle class or working poor. I could care less how many cadillacs Ann drives. Mitt thinks 250 K a year is middle class and hundreds of thousands a year in speaking fees is pocket change. Really. He insults voters and then blames Obama for loosing. Mitt lost because because he ran a terrible campaign. Romney is out of touch. And I still voted for him.

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    March 3, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    After fact checking my own comment I did get the name wrong of whose divorce that Obama used to propel him to the top of his Senate Democratic Primary. It was Blair Hull and not Bobby Rush. But as we can see Obama uses Chicago Style politics to get what he wants.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    March 3, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Furry 1993, the mainstream media fooled a lot of people. The talking heads especially MSNBC who spent more than a year bashing Romney with such thugs as Lawrence O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews. In my opinion it appears that you drank deep at the well of liberal water. I have actually lived in liberal states and participated in campaigns and believe me cheating is not something they ignore.It is fine to have your negative view of Mitt Romney but I have a different view.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    @New to Utah 3:24 p.m. March 3, 2013

    Sorry to disappoint you -- I know that type of "MSM" clim is what people try to use to brush off complaints about Romney, but I didn't get my opinion from any one source or type of source and especially not from the MSM. I don't listen to O'Donnell, Maddow, Matthews, or any of their ilk any more than I listen to Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, or any of their ilk. To the extent that I consult media, I consider sources equally from all accoss the political spectum -- exteme far right all the way to exteme far left because there are snippets of truth to be found in all of them and all of them provide leads for investigation. Basically,I do my own individual research from original sources and reach conclusions based on where the FACTS take me (and, with a law school education and years of practicing law under my belt, unbiased reasearch is something I have learned to do well). The real Mitt that is found in the in-depth research is not the principled Mitt that he tries to show himself as being. And that is sad.

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    March 4, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Could we as a nation have been any more clueless, selfish, lost and self-deceived by passing over a guy like Romney for a guy like Obama?

    No, we could not.

    Oh, America, how the mighty have fallen....

  • troubs Enterprise, UT
    March 5, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    Sorry folks there is no beating free stuff Mitt never had a shot.