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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    It's a good thing our country didn't need someone with a proven track record of taking things in bad financial shape and making them in good financial shape.

    We're much better off with someone who simply knows how to give away other's money.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 2, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    Only educated, well rounded people should be voting.

    An educated society wouldn't vote in the kind of leaders we now have.

    Ignorance is growing, and we may never recover.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Boy will there be a lot of happy people out there.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    I saw a post on another thread wherein someone was wishing for a 'Perry and Palin' 2016. Wow, for all the things one can say about Romney, at least he's not absurd. Nor, it seems, is he out there enough for what the republican party has become.

  • Web Geek Lehi, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    America, you missed the opportunity of the century to elect a man of sound judgement, sober thinking, and experience. You missed a man who looks beyond partisan politics to find real solutions. You missed a man with a real plan to help America become great again. You missed a man who was right on Mali, Iran, Syria, the Affordable Care Act, Detroit, and much, much more.

    I'm sad that Mitt Romney has declared that he will not run again, but I don't blame him. America, you.... we.... missed out.... BIG TIME!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Community Organizer who has never run a business, school, city, or state elected over the Michael Jordan of economics/business.

    Awesome!!! Way to go Americans....

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    Chris B: I agree.

    We have a White House and Capital Building full of people who keep their lucrative jobs by bribing some people with other people's money (plus the money from the saps that seem to imagine we will some day pay them back).

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    After the awful way many in this Nation and especially the liberal media treated Romney, I wouldn't blame him for not running again. I voted for him and I would do it again. But the environment in our nation is more for receiving entitlements and taking instead of putting in your fair share and working. I don't know if Mitt Romney should have to put himself in the same situation, where the liberal media will ridicule him because of his faith, his family and anything else which is dear to him and take anything good he has ever done and drag it through the mud with lies and half truths. Do I think Romney should run again? He is probably the only one who could pull the country out of the disaster it's in now, but why in the world would he want to? But if he runs again, I will vote for him again.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    I salute him for his effort, and know that he loves our country and wants to make it a better place for all its citizens. He also has the knowledge, skills, and most importantly the INTEGRITY to have made major improvements.

    History will record 2012 as one of the great missed opportunities, and the event which permanently condemned our country and way of life to decline because voters chose unwisely.

  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    So many people just can't accept that the President defeated Romney. How could it happen? Obama was the chosen one, not Romney. Mitt has accepted it. Many people will probably never accept it nor understand how something so contrary to what people prophesied happened.

    But it did happen. If Mitt can accept it, maybe others can try to digest it.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 2, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Which Mitt Romney?

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    Does anyone wonder, as I do, if it is possible the American people will one day wake up (when our economy/debt gets so bad that there seems to be no return or recourse) and clamor for Romney to run again for president? I am thinking of the example of Great Briton at the start of WWII, when they got behind Winston Churchill, whose mother was American and father British, and elected an "unelectable" person as their prime minister because of his country's need at that time.

  • Katrina St. George, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    "I've had two bites at the apple. Three strikes and you're out," a relaxed Romney told the overflow crowd...

    That sounds like he's talking about giving it one more try! LOL.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    Mitt Romney won't run for President again? If he is to be believed, which is doubtful given his record, all I can say is Thank God!

    Mitt would have been a disaster, and would have run the country right down the toilet. His idea of financial management was/is to bleed a company dry and send its jobs overseas. Truth and honor aren't in his makeup. It's good that enough people were well-rounded and observant and educated enough to see through his etch-a-sketching and his smoke and mirrors to the real person underneath, recognize his lack, and send him packing. The US dodged a huge disaster when we avoided having to have him in the White House.

    Please, Mitt -- don't try to inflict yourself on the country again. We deserve better.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    Romney should learn from Winston Churchill, that a man with talent and vision should ignore the momentary whiplash of the fickle public and present himself at the bar of public service. Churchill was repeatedly humiliated, lost office, was fired from being prime minister and many other ministarial postion but he stayed in the ring and fought for his cause. Finally the British people sort of woke up and Churchill saved England and the free world with his character and policies.

    Romney should keep running for president. He should stand mighty and tall right now and decry Obama's policies with voracious clarity.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    thinks
    obama won because more takers than makers voted. your community organizing boy is doing a great job.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    to Hutterite earlier this afternoon

    "I saw a post on another thread wherein someone was wishing for a 'Perry and Palin' 2016. Wow..."

    Really? I was hoping for Palin/Tebow in 2016. ROFL!??

  • majCoug Bagram, AE
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    @Furry,

    I find it hilarious that you actually suggest Romney would have been worse than Obama. Look at foreign affairs at what Mr. "Lead from behind" has done. Isreal is isolated more now than ever before in the post cold war era with little true US support. The middle east is destablized in a major way with US credibility at an all time low. We were recently out smarted by RUSSIA of all countries. Romney was correct on every front, from Russia to Syria and Egypt. On fiscal matters, there is no debatable position you can take that puts Obama's track record about Mr. Romneys. We would be out of the recession and engergy dependent in 5 years.

    We all understand why he didn't win. There are no illusions here. He didn't win because he couldn't mobilize the Republican base, a good portion of which couldn't come to grips with voting for a cultist mormon, as well as the great democratic party hand out. Biased greed won out.

  • GK Willington Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    to Pete1215

    Ivy Leaguers are out of control on Wall St & DC. Is there any wonder the US slowing circling the drain?

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    re: USAlover

    Please. Mittens has a long way to go before he's even the Blake Griffin of Capitalism.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    "Boy will there be a lot of happy people out there"
    You mean like there is now??

    "Mitt would have been a disaster, and would have run the country right down the toilet ... "
    The imperial leader, community organizer, pied piper, and divider in chief has indeed run this country right down the toilet and into the sewer system.

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Mr. Romney..would you care to comment about the seeming hypocrisy of your being on the Marriott board and drawing what will amount to, with perks, almost 20 million a year, partly earned from money directly drawn from weddings and receptions of LGBT's all while casting aspersions on marriage rights for LGBT's? Being part of an organization that pandered to that community long before it was fashionable to with websites that promoted and catered to gay marriage. You don't approve of gay marriage, but you don't mind making a buck off of it? part of which is then payed forward to the Church in forms of tithing and donations which stands solidly against gay marriage? Would Jesus approve? or would he chase you from the steps of the temple? A small mom and pop photography business will run itselt out of existence defending its right to refuse on religious grounds having to go against their moral beliefs on the issue and accept the business of LGBT weddings. What about the sale of pornography on pay for view in Marriott rooms? At what price was your conscience and morality for sale? Seemingly, $10 the price of a porno film.

  • Kaotic USA, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    I will do a jig down the road with this news. Can you imagine how bad things would be if he had won? Not only would we have a government shutdown right now, but a bunch more of American jobs would have been outsourced so as to keep profits rising for his cronies. And health insurance? Are you kidding? Sorry but you are on your own there and as long as his friends in the health care industry get their piece of the exorbitant profits...

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    -- "Mitt would have been a disaster, and would have run the country right down the toilet." --

    Ummmmmm, we're in the second day of a government shutdown because the Community Organizer-in-Chief and two houes of Congress full of extremists of all kinds cannot get together, talk, compromise, and do what is best for America... and you don't think we ARE in the toilet???

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 2, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Another pity piece on Mitt "The Money Changer" Romney. How original.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    Let's honor Romney for his greatest achievement - getting healthcare for all the citizens of Mass. Lots of people find ways to take in enormous amounts of money, after all.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    If Mitt were to run again. The liberal media team will go out saying he's wealthy, mean spirited, and cares nothing for the poor. Greedy rich man.

    Our uneducated country will fall for it, and another liberal takes over. They can't see the wealthy are the liberals who keep pulling the wool over their eyes. Sad.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    @Tom in CA 4:10 p.m. Oct. 2, 2013

    The imperial leader, community organizer, pied piper, and divider in chief has indeed run this country right down the toilet and into the sewer system.

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

    What an excellent indictment of GWBush. Thankfully he is no longer in office, and can't hurt us any more.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    @majCoug 4:04 p.m. Oct. 2, 2013

    Ad I find it sad that you bought into Mitt's smoke and mirrors, one of his many etch-a-sketch positions on the world. He has never been able to tell a straight story to save his life. In fact, he wasn't right about anything. Much as I dislike Obama (I wrote in Jon Huntsman, the only qualified candidate the Republicans fielded in 2012), Romney would have bee much, much worse. it's highly likely that we would already be boots-on-the-ground in Iran and Syria, and its not clear how he would have paid for either attack.

    Financially, Romney made his money by bleeding companies dry, outsourcing the company's jobs overseas, and taking the company into bankruptcy. With one or two exceptions, he didn't build or grow anything. His record shows that he would do the same to the United States.

    By his own words, he showed that he had no concern or consideration for anyone who was struggling. He cared only about the affluent to the exception of everyone else.

    He didn't win because people recognized him for what he was and is. A disaster.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 6:57 p.m.

    I like how when Huntsman says the Republicans were wrong to shut down the gov't over Obamacare he's called a liberal but when Romney does it it's okay.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 7:00 p.m.

    @ute alumni
    The state with the highest taker/maker ratio (i.e. highest percent of people among the 47%) is that liberal bastion of Mississippi. In fact Romney won 8 out of 10 states with the highest percentages of state population not paying any income tax (Obama won Florida and New Mexico).

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Oct. 2, 2013 7:44 p.m.

    I am so glad our president informed all of us to put more air in our tires and get oil changes as an answer to save money. I can use all those savings to pay my healthcare premiums.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 2, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    "We have different tactics as to how to replace it, repeal it, improve it,"

    Really? 1 out of 3 maybe. What has the GOP actually proposed to replace it? What has the GOP actually proposed to improve it?

    I am not talking about a fly by comment here or there.
    I am talking about actual legislation put forth.

    We hear "repeal and replace" but we only see attempts at "repeal"

  • Reader Sandy, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    Lee and the Tea Party will kill this country.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 2, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    Wow. Just Wow.

    I read all the comments. I find it hilarious that no one on the right is blasting Romney suggesting that defunding the ACA is a poor strategy.

    Many others, even on the right, have said the same thing and got some pretty harsh treatment.

    And this

    "Romney said he believes global warming is occurring and is human-caused, although he added that he is not certain to what extent."

    No criticism? Just praise for Romney from the right? You all just let that slide on by. Amazing

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    America was not founded by the hand and whim of human frailty, and it will not stand under the hand of human frailty. And, America will never fail, despite human frailties.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    Truth is, Mitt Romney lost because he is not a true conservative. Mike Lee is a true conservative, that is why he won. I for one support you Senator Lee, and if I lived during the time of the Boston Tea Party, I would have supported them as well. Mitt's comments show his true stripes.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    I am having a hard time digesting the fact that some are still singing the praises of Obama. He has done an excellent job in wrecking our country. To begin with: Obamacare. Where is he planning to get the money to pay for all the subsidies which he promised the people who buy insurance? The Nation is how many trillions of dollars in debt? We can't even pay the interest on what we owe, and we are losing our credit rating in the world. This weakens American credibility. Yet he comes up with this insanity which will make Medicare look like a model health care insurance compared to Obamacare. He won't even talk about modifying some of the insane points in it. He refuses to discuss it and is in a power play with the House. He has to prove that he is king and no one had better go against him because he will never give in - even if it means wrecking the country. But this is only one thing and people like Furry 1993 and Pendergast can't see it. Pity.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    Since it was money changers who trashed our economy, I guess it's only fitting that another money changer (Romney) "fix" it. Romney - the great "Fixer."

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    Yeah, Furry, you're the kind who believed all the hype and stereotyping and distortions of the left wing media and bought into the liberal lies about Romney, as if the Country is really doing better the Obama way. You seem to be the type who rides on the coat tails of the loudest, the slickest, the coolest, whether they're right or not. Look what's its gotten us for the past 5 years? Fact is, both guys have good and weak points - but we should have seen enough of Obama's weaknesses in the first four years not to give him another four. Too many uneducated people voted for a messiah, a deliverer, a rock star, without ever reading or checking his policies. And with pit bulls like Pelosi and Reed around to back him up, why worry, eh? I say, let's try the ACA, and see if it works, and then if not, tweak it, change it, replace the parts that don't work - before it hurts too many of us long term - but a shut down is ridiculous! I'm with Romney on that too.

  • PG #1 FAN Lindon, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    As far right as the current Tea Party has taken the party, Mitt should run for President again.....as a Democrat with Jon Huntsman on the ticket with him.

  • snowyphile Jemez Springs, NM
    Oct. 3, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    For opponents of the ACA, electing Mitt was plan A.

  • baddog Cedar Rapids, IA
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:04 a.m.

    Believes in global warming? What was that recent report of global cooling over the past 15 years? Was that manmade or made up?

    From all we can observe, there is no amount of negotiation with the Democrats that would change the direction we are headed in health care. If he has a solution, I'd like to see it proposed to both sides of the aisle in Congress.

    Oh, by the way, health care and medical insurance are not the same thing.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    The thing I like about what Romney says here is he doesn't disrespect the other side, point of view or opposite party. But others here, regular posters, seem to feel the best way to get their idea across is to make arrogant comments, insinuating that only uneducated people could disagree with their own view point, that the only people who support the current administration or "takers"... Warren Buffet I guess being the biggest taker of them all.

    It is argument and debate via insults and arrogance. Little attempt to explain ideas, to express or explain a position, let alone promote an idea. No, criticism is the extent of their contribution. And one wonders why our political system, and even to some extent our society is so fragmented.

    Arrogance and pride... we know where they lead.

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Is there anybody out there who still believes in politicians? Not me, but anybody can do better than 0bama, the solution is to reform the wlfare sysytem and to monitor fraud. Please do it before is too late.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:46 a.m.

    Miss Mitt Yet?

  • Worn out 123 Farmington, MO
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    America choose the socialist state. R-e-d-i-s-t-r-i-b-u-t-i-o-n is now the name of the game. Some work while others loaf. All is distributed equally. Get used to it folks. It is the new America. The America I grew up in is "old hat" and gone forever. Trying to reserect Jeffersons America where you could raise yourself up to a better life is an excercise in futility. Share and share alike irrespective of ones accomplishments has arrived and the loafers will ensure it remains. As for me, I intend to vote with my feet. There exists several places where the govt. is not telling me I owe $150,000, where taxes are as they were here 80 years ago, or even lower. Let the "gimmie generation" reap their reward for insisting "Government" care for them from cradle to grave; gimmie abortions, gimmie more medical care, gimmie income, etc. It won't take that much longer.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    I find it interesting that "moderate" Republicans are always quick to criticize the tactics of Mike Lee et al., while the"moderates" have been completely ineffective at controlling government spending. Remember we had record deficits under Bush. He just looks a little better because we have a President now who simply doesn't care about any fiscal contol. The Federal debt is almost 3 times what it was when Bush took office. In 13 years the Federal government has spent almost $40, 000 per U.S. citizen more than it has taken in. The "tea party" crowd like Lee, Paul, Cruz, are the only grown ups who are willing to risk their political futures to try and stop the financial train wreck that is on its way.

    While he has been incredibly successful in his private financial life, Romney had been a typical politician changing with the poitical winds. Of course he does not like the the tea partu approach - he championed and passed a program very similar to Obama care while Governor in Mass. One that now makes it very hard to get a doctor. Lets elect a real fiscal conservative.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    To Web Geek: Yes we missed an opportunity to elect a man who would have looked out for the 1% of Americans who take care of each other. We missed an opportunity to elect a man who would have forgotten about everyday working people who make $10.00 - $30.00 an hour who he classified as takers and not givers. We missed an opportunity to elect a man who would have helped businesses keep the minimum wage low and laid off millions more so they could increase the share holder value for the owners of stock in those companies. We missed an opportunity to elect a man who (while holding solid moral values), would have put billions more into defense spending so we could stick our noses into the affairs of more countries in the world that want us out of their lives.

  • PhotoSponge nampa, ID
    Oct. 3, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    I think Mitt Romney is a good man and a leader. I just don't think he was conservative enough. And I don't like to hear him agreeing to global warming, which is proven hoax.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Mr Romney may have lost his bid for the presidency(it would not have taken too much more to win) because of his elitist attitudes (against almost half of the nation; the despised "47 per cent" of Americans who are too poor to pay income tax but who pay other taxes).

    They were shown in his inability to reach out to conservative supporters of Ron Paul, supporters who might have, in the election, voted for Mr Romney if he had made any meaningful concession to them and their honest aspirations. His militarism, his lack of sympathy for anyone who was not an American and not in his restricted group, his lack of diplomacy, may well have defeated him.

    If he repents of these things and shows it by his words and his works there might be some point in running again. I wish him well in his life.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    Mitt, this is EXACTLY why you didn't beat Obama. You are a soft, milquetoast politician that people who really care about liberty and a limited federal government couldn't rally behind.

    Your ways may have worked in the 1970s or 60s but no longer will we just stand by and go along to get along.

    This is why Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and others are the real leaders rising up.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    Romney's comments are direct evidence why he lost the election.

    He sounds exactly like Obama!

    Millions of conservatives stayed home (the difference in the election) because he did not rouse the base.

    He became too agreeable with Obama (and still is doing that) and provided no alternative to the extreme left.

    Notice how the extreme left here are fawning over him now, now that he sound like one of them.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Obama's biggest program, the one that he is most dedicated to, is supposed to be open for enrollment but just isn't ready, and that is after taking all the employer part out. He can't get the job half done on time.

    Romney's biggest program was the Olympics, which were behind schedule and over budget at the point he took over. The Olympics were completely ready on time, and under budget.

    Since the democrats loathe success in any form, and will never vote for a capable person, perhaps we can get them to do like the small town in Alaska and the one in Mexico, and elect a cat for president. At least it won't do any harm, like raising the debt 7 trillion, or starting programs it can't come close to managing. It won't spout anti-white racist rhetoric in our faces. It wouldn't run up the air force one bills trying all the best golf courses. It would try to send US people to die in Syria.

    It would sit in the white house looking regal, and manage any mouse problems that might come up.

    Fluffy for President!!!!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Moderator
    My comment was not a "duplicate" you did not post it yet!
    4th try, revised

    "Romney said there were plenty of leaders in the Democratic Party who "care about the country and will do the right thing"

    Unlike the Republicans in Congress.

    Aside from Romney's nightmarish foreign policy ideas, I don't think a Romney president combined with Democratically controlled House and Senate would've been too bad. The problem with Obama's tenure isn't Obama, it's the extremists, authoritarians and authoritarian followers that make up today's Republican Party. Republicans went after Clinton with endless investigations and finally impeachment. With Obama they've done the same. Authoritarians are sore losers. Extremists, "true believers" are dangerous to a civil society and functioning democracy.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Amazing!

    12 months ago you were singing the praises of Mitt Romney.
    You voted for him.

    And now Mitt Romney [the namesake of RObamneycare]
    one again aggress with global warming,
    Says the Tea-Party is out of whack,
    and agrees that there ARE other was of changing laws rather extortion.

    so, now you throw him under your own GOP bus?

    pathetic.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Senator Lee and Representative Chaffetz make Utahns look like we are tea party people without the tea bags or bales.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    After all these years of Karl Rove and Big Tent Republicans we are seeing that the GOP can never compete with the Democrats. The more similar they become the worse the situation gets.
    The current situation is really Old GOP money (a la Deer Valley summit meeting) vs. the kitchen table conservatives who are thrilled that someone is standing up to the old ways in Washington.
    Why not try? Democrat-lite wasn't working.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Wow, I actually liked just about everything that he said! If only we could have seen this normal Romney during the election. I've said it before on here and I will say it again, the tea party are political terrorists. If the Republican party hadn't gotten hijacked by them we would probably have a Republican president right now and we could repeal Obamacare through normal processes without having to hold the government and economy hostage. The more the Republican party lets themselves get taken over by extremists the more they will continue to loose in the future. Thanks Mike Lee.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    @Utahbluedevil

    I agree 100%. Like I commented yesterday, if I ever forget why I left the Republican party I just have to come to KSL or the DN and read the comment boards. Ironically these same people are doing more harm than good. If the right would have focused on coming up with solutions and strengthening their party from 2008-2012, instead of the constant whining about Obama we would probably have a Republican president right now.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    For all the people out there who think Mitt is wrong, please read anti-ACA Republican Justin Holbrook's editorial in the Christian Science Monitor. He has it exactly right. Obamacare isn't an existential crisis to America. The tea party is.

    And as for Mitt running again, silly idea. There's no way the Republican Party would ever again nominate a faux conservative. They will nominate Rand Paul or Paul Ryan or, heaven forbid, Ted Cruz. They will then lose the final election by 30 percentage points. They must get more extreme before they will see the light. That is, of course, if they don't destroy the country before 2016. Odds on that? Anyone's guess.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    re: UtahBlueDevil

    "Arrogance and pride... we know where they lead."

    Where? My guess. A college Football game in Provo.

  • wilson-kelly Vale, OR
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    Hmmm.... more go along to get along philosophy? Hey... it works every time right?
    We finally have people taking a stand, THANK HEAVENS! And we see others who want to 'reach across the isle' and kick the can down the road. Nice to see who you SHOULDN'T support!
    Mitt did NOT win the election because he did not have a sound message.
    His health care plan was the same as BOs.
    He had no support outside of Utah, his message was weak at best.
    He thinks the Federal Reserve is doing a fine job!
    He needs a lawyer to help him define the Constitution, per his first debate.
    He felt service to the country was represented by his son's helping him get elected, can you say out of touch? On this and many other issues. He doesn't seem to mind putting your children on the front line.
    There is more, but why bother.
    I am afraid the out come will be the same no matter how many times he runs.

  • Brent Garner Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Mr. Romney, I am bitterly disappointed in you! Once again you prove why you weren't elected President. That reason is that you are not much more than a so-called conservative democrat. Senators Lee, Cruz, and Rand are doing more to defend and protect the foundation principles of this country than you have ever done! If you had been a true conservative, you would be sitting in the White House, not the Great Usurper! So, take it from a Tea Party member, we don't need or want any more advice from establishment Republicans who would compromise away all that is correct and right just so that something can get done. We want men and women who will fight for the truth even if it means losing everything! Sorry to say Mr. Romney but you don't qualify!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    He should have taken on the tea party one year ago.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    A people dumfounded by government schools, and plagued with a bias liberal media, has led to the voting in of our current leaders.

    Our country has become dependent on a government in debt $100,000 for every second of six years.

    What's going to happen when health care, and other benefits can't be paid?

    Are we going let our country be destroyed before finding quality leaders?

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Nothing one can negatively say will diminish of take away the sterling qualities and manly attributes of Mitt Romney. I said it before and will say it again America shot itself in the foot the first time Mitt was not elected president and shot itself in the head when he was not elected the second time he ran for the presidency.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Romney would have been better than what we have. However, I don't think that Romney - while he is an honorable and good man - is committed to principles that are authentically conservative. He would not have been a champion of conservative or libertarian thought and values - he just doesn't think that way. Republicans have evolved into the party of compromise - rather than champions of principles - which is something that people who are generally open-minded lean to.

    In a republican democracy we get what we support. In a capitalistic society, we generally reap what we sow, so long as we are accountable for our choices. I am grateful for the system, while the minds of the majority are giving me pause for concern. The Republicans are having some difficulty finding their purpose and allowing a true leader dedicated to conservative ideals to come forward and lead.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    The fact that some of you cannot tell the difference between Romney and Obama, only demonstrates how completely blind and indoctrinated you are to your own personal ideaologies.

    It's a scorched earth approach, if I can't have it my way I'd rather see the whole world burn. Romney was a great alternative to the liberal extreme, but because of you malcontent, we are all just collateral damage in your ideaology war.

    It's time to stop embracing the mindset of terrorists. Stop anarchy. Stop destroying everything when you don't get one thing you want. You're losing ground by engaging in these sorts of destructive tactics.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    Romney may have been better than what we have now, but by trying to placate the tea party crowd who wouldn't support him anyway cost him the election. I would have voted for the Governor of Massachusetts, the 2002 Olympic Chairman in a New York minute. I was not going to vote for the guy that had to pander to the tea party. I am not a fan of President Obama, but I am less a fan of the tea party. They are they greatest danger to the country at this time.

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Mr. Romney is a good man who was not elected. If I had heard his comments on global warming, and the other issues he is speaking of here, I may have voted for him. However, he would have been held hostage by the extreme fringe of the GOP. The Teapublicans make demands of the majority of voters and hold their (GOP) leaders hostage. The last election most certainly signaled that the majority of the voters want the AFC act, known as Obama care. Ten million citizens who are uninsured, will have insurance by the end of the year. They will also pump billions of dollars into the insurance system through their premiums. A healthy society is good for all of us.

  • jtown702 Reno, NV
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    This man can still be our president in 2016! Yes, he has said he wouldn't run again because that is all he can say. If he were to even hint he was thinking of a final run, he would get it from both sides. The press would be all over him. I think he's doing exactly what he needs to do to leave the option open to him... keeping the press at bay but at the same time staying in the press and showing his MUCH NEEDED leadership role within the party.

  • jtown702 Reno, NV
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    Mitt Romney can be president in 2016! Join the movement!

    facebook dot com/groups/MittRomney2016

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    Of course Romney didn't agree with the GOP's tactics. Obamacare is his invention and he doesn't want to see it abolished. Romney and Obamas only point of disagreement was their party name. Yes Utah Conservatives continue to bill him as the "Next George Washington" when he is nothing more than an Obamaclone. Utah Republicans love their socialism and Obamacare if a guy like LIKE Romney did it, which he would've if he cot elected.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Romney invented Obamacare while he was Governor of Massachusets.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Utah Republicans expected Mitt Romney, the inventor of Obamacare, to repeal Obamacare. That's hilarious.

  • Joey5 SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Lucky for the LDS church he didn't make it. Could be that parts of the media might have then taken a much closer in depth published look at his beliefs.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    "Since the democrats loathe success in any form, and will never vote for a capable person, "

    I suppose that you have absolutely no idea how ludicrous that statement is.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Anti Bush-Obama
    Washington, DC
    Romney invented Obamacare while he was Governor of Massachusets.

    Really??? The Mass program worked from the day it rolled out.

    And do you think Romney invented Obama too?

    Ludicrous!

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    Joey5

    "Lucky for the LDS church he didn't make it. Could be that parts of the media might have then taken a much closer in depth published look at his beliefs."

    I don't think that there is any belief Romney's church that would be anywhere near as alarming as the teachings of Obama's favorite church under his favorite pastor, Jeremiah Wright. But then the media's job was to cover Obama, and scourge any of his opponents. That would be the real fear.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    re: Badgerbadger

    "And do you think Romney invented Obama too?"

    But don't Ivy Leaguers share 1 brain?

    If so, Why does Olbermann have a monopoly on it?

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Furry 1993; and how is your boy doing? not so good I think.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    "When you don't have a president, every congressman, every senator, every governor, thinks they're the spokesman for the party," Romney said. "And the one that lights their hair on fire is the one that gets on the evening news."

    Well said. Mitt just provided the recipe four our current state of affairs... Leadership, and in this case the lack thereof.

  • majCoug Bagram, AE
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    @Furry

    You speak of "smoke and mirrors" and not being fooled in believing in the wrong Romney. All your jargon is just regurgitation of the liberal pundits, near word for word. You have been deceived and have fallen victim to the deception of the left. You are a prime example of why the left uses its scare tactics today to sway the ignorant. Romney never said he didn't care about the 47%. He said that he couldn't focus his message to the 47% because they were unreachable, dependent on the governement for food and for thought. You are one of the 47%.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    Oct. 3, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    the dream to have mitt romney as our commander and chief is not going to happen. the gadianton warriors are winning the battles right now but they will not win the war. honor and honesty is not what the deep pocket politicians want and what the blinded voters want. i am grateful that mitt did take the chance. he has my support !

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 3, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    @majCoug:
    "He didn't win because he couldn't mobilize the Republican base..."

    Not even close...

    He didn't win because he didn't understand a basic principle about politicians... you gotta promise the voters lots of free stuff and handouts... like Obamafones and free healthcare. You also need to capture the votes of the tens of millions of illegal immigrants ... not the illegals themselves but their citizen friends and relatives cheering them on.

    And you have to tell alotta lies about what you're against... like a huge national debt even thou you plan to forget or totally ignore what you said.

    Mitt couldn't do that. He's to ethical and honest.

    "...as the great democratic party hand out. Biased greed won out."

    OK. I guess you got it after all.

  • Alfred Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 3, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    @Anti Bush-Obama:
    "Romney invented Obamacare while he was Governor of Massachusetts."

    Government healthcare is a prerogative of the states, not the federal government. Keep that in mind.

  • postaledith Freeland, WA
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    Thank goodness that the people who still support Romney do not represent the majority of the country. I find great offense to referring to Obama as the "organizing boy." I find that very racist. I live in Washington state where pot is legal and I do not use it. There are a lot of people who use it for medicinal purposes. Romney lost. Get over it. I was born and raised in Utah, and I am much better off living in a blue state such as Washington.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Oct. 3, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    @ Web Geek - Lehi, UT - "America, you missed the opportunity of the century to elect a man of sound judgement, sober thinking, and experience. You missed a man who looks beyond partisan politics to find real solutions. You missed a man with a real plan to help America become great again. You missed a man who was right on Mali, Iran, Syria, the Affordable Care Act, Detroit, and much, much more. I'm sad that Mitt Romney has declared that he will not run again, but I don't blame him. America, you.... we.... missed out.... BIG TIME!"

    If I could give you a thousand "likes", I would.

    I was initially a McCain fan in 2007 (during the run-up to the 2008 election). Then I heard Romney speak in Houston, TX in December 2007 in his "Faith in America" speech.

    That guy knocked it OUT of the park!

    Over the next 4 1/2 years I found out 28 (TWENTY EIGHT!) qualifications Romney had to be President, ALL from non-Mormon sources. That guy was THE most qualified President for the problems America had.

    What a disgusting plight we put ourselves in by not electing Romney....

    How long, Lord, how long?...

  • Furrry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    @majCoug 1:50 p.m. Oct. 3, 2013

    "Smoke and mirrors" is a term I have heard since my childhood (I am a woman in her 60s). It refers to the obfuscation tactics used by stage magicians to divert attention from what they are really doing to what they want people to think they are doing. That term has been around for a very long time, and is not unique to the political world. Are you saying I shouldn't use common terms because others use the same terms?

    I'm not a member of the "left" -- I'm a moderate, mainstream Republican -- and I'm not influenced by anyone. I'm a trained political scientist and lawyer who does her own research from original sources and evaluates everything I find, from all parts of the political spectrum, in a very unbiased way. That includes watching the entirety of the meeting from which the 47% comment comes. Mitt tried to etch-a-sketch his comment, but the comment in its "surroundings" shows exactly what he things -- he doesn't give a fig about anyone who is struggling.

    Your comment that I'm one of the 47% is hilarious. Thanks for a really good belly laugh.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    All talk, and yet still no vision, no proposals, no substance. It is absolutely incredible.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    Since he never had a plan, he defaulted to the radical tea party and hired radical conservative advisors. If he went more Huntsman moderate he may have won. The first tea party huge loss preceding the current one.

  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    It is possible that a scandal item announced on local leftwing radio stations here in Houston (if repaeted elsewhere,) may have had something to do with Romney's loss.

    A specific commentator reported that Romeny, along with investment partners, bought a portion of bankrupt GM that was essential to automobile production in the U.S., and then used it as leverage to get concessions before announcing that it would move the manufacturing overseas. I'm not repeating any more details because I could not confirm this story from any other source. But it looked like just the kind of excuse an independent voter might need to justify voting for Obama.

  • Mimette Romney Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Mitt, my father Lowell knew your father. I would like to meet you, there are things that have been happening here I need to talk to you about.

  • ignoramus Boise, ID
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Remember Julius Caesar? Mitt is playing the part of Mark Anthony. Those who don't remember history....

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 5:55 a.m.

    Romney was defeated by false narratives inserted by the Main Stream media. The first being that Mitt was a rich, corporate raider unable to connect with the common person. The second was that Obama would unite the country and was not an extreme partisan but a moderate. These two false narratives repeated often enough and the willingness of Obama's minions to use the IRS,Doj,Fec for power and influence to target conservative groups so they could not get the vote out was effective in electing Obama. Romney was the candidate of the common man, who deeply cared about our country and was committed to creating jobs and bolster our economy. Obama was a deeply partisan community organizer without experience or desire to accomplish anything but doubledown on leftists causes and implement socialized medicine and other leftist causes. We were duped big time by these false narratives and the $17 trillion debt and stagnant economy is what we have. Voters made a bad choice and we have to live with it.

  • RosaMaria Laie, HI
    Oct. 5, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    I would like to know his reasons about Global warming. I still believe it is a bad scientific information.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    Now Mitt is too liberal for Utah.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    re: one vote "Now Mitt is too liberal for Utah."

    Or are Utahns fickle? Maybe they just have short attention spans that are now captivated by Lee?

  • shabam Ogden, UT
    March 26, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    Yawns* Damage Control, the GOP Big Govt Majority getting real good at playing good guy after they stage their true intentions anywhere they can get away with their hidden agendas.