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  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    America messed up...big time.

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Jan. 14, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    Rather than touting a trip on a train that has already left the station....

    The film and the DN writer might do more good by answering the real questions of why Mitt lost, and investigating how someone who came across so well in his mormon service managed to get into business dealings that may have hurt workers, how he could apparently show such contempt for much of America (47%), and how he and the family managed to be so surprised and unprepared when he lost.

    Some of us were very turned off by those remarks, by the shifting or reversing of positions without explanation, and by Ann sounding like Marie Antoinette in TV interviews.

    A truly interesting film would explain how people who are so revered by many, and are obviously basically good people, could manage such a poor job of seeing how they came across to the public.

    .... and Please! There were no "dirty tricks" such as the lies about John Kerry. Mitt managed not to beat a President who had looked quite vulnerable.

    Treating the Romneys as "saints" (in the non-mormon sense) does not help anyone to understand.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    To: USAlover - you are so right...and when are these Americans going to take off their blinders and realize the harm they are doing and have done to our United States of America.

  • Jared from CT SOUTHBURY, CT
    Jan. 14, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    Many years ago I once went to church in New Hampshire while on vacation and Mitt was there. At the time he was Governor of MA. I didn't approach him, because I didn't want to distract or treat him like a celebrity. I lived in CT and know good people who know and love Mitt. I followed Mitt's campaign very closely, and read everything I could about him. Without a doubt, Mitt is a GOOD man. I also believe that Mitt would have been a better president than Reagan. But he lost. There are a lot of reasons why. But the most important reason is because America got what it deserved: Four more years of its worst president EVER.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Bob K
    portland, OR
    Romney's business dealings mostly had to do with companies who were on the edge of failure. The ones that were viable were made profitable and saved and the ones that were not viable were liquidated. The current CEO of Bain Capital donated to the Obama campaign and the money was gladly accepted. You have mistaken the message for the messenger. Don't shoot the messenger. The defamation of Romney by the left wing press and in the Democrat campaign were a gross distortion of the person that Romney is. Your post indicates the success of their character assignation.

  • Rebel ,
    Jan. 14, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    Like Jared from CT I too attended church in N.H. while Mitt was there. I would have been honor to have shaken his hand and visit with him for awhile but felt that was not the time to do so. Hopefully I will have an opportunity in the future. He would have been a great president and Ann would have been a great 1st Lady. America has made one its greatest mistakes of all time by voting in that guy who we now call President.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    It really doesn't matter who is in the white house. If Romney would of won and if the economy did not turned around on a dime the republicans would blame democrats. Just like democrats are blaming republicans for being obstructionist.

    Romney lost because he had a image problem he created himself and also let the democrats define an image of him.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 14, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    Article quote: "The problem is every presidential campaign is pushing the story of what a great guy the candidate is, so the people go, 'Yeah right, we’ve heard that before,'" he said. "But in the case of Mitt Romney, that’s actually true."

    All I can say is, I tried to tell you, America. Man, oh, man, how I tried to tell you....

    @ Bob K:

    No "dirty tricks" against Mitt Romney in the 2012 election? Are you kidding me?

    You mean like the media making him out to be a cold-hearted, uncaring, thieving millionaire?

    You mean like the media taking things completely out of context and making them seem 'bad'?, as in when he commented about the amount/kind of preparation England had done for the Olympics? Or about when he said he liked being able to "fire" people (never mind the fact he was talking about firing people who perform poorly. Hey, if you want a poor quality heart surgeon working on your daughter, have at it....)

    You mean like taking his entire "47%" comment out of context?

    Nope, no dirty pool there at all....

    America, oh, how I weep for you.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 14, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    The 47% comment sank him. It was an unbelievably heartless thing to say, and I believe he was rightly ashamed of having said it. Unfortunately, it's the kind of red meat brutality he needed to indulge in to get the Republican nomination. It's a party of harsh people. The reason Romney looked uncomfortable among Republicans is that he doesn't fit. He is not a harsh person.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Jan. 14, 2014 6:16 p.m.

    That's some really good advice, Bob K. It's too bad most people here seem determined not to follow it.

    Look, George W. Bush served two terms and America was still standing when he was done. I think you can survive three more years of Obama.

    That said, I look forward to seeing this. New York Doll was excellent.

  • jscmomof4 Zebulon, NC
    Jan. 14, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is one of the most decent, honorable, humble men to run for the office of President. He would have been one of the best Presidents this country has ever seen. I'm sad for what America lost in 2012 but I know that what could have been in 2012, can be again in 2016! #draftromney #MittVindicated

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    I have to chuckle when I read comments that President Obama is our worse President ever. Have the people who write these comments not familiar with Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew? Gerald Ford?

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Jan. 14, 2014 7:20 p.m.

    A Guy With A Brain
    Enid, OK
    @ Bob K:

    "No "dirty tricks" against Mitt Romney in the 2012 election? Are you kidding me?
    You mean like the media making him out to be a cold-hearted, uncaring, thieving millionaire?"

    --- No, he, his horrendous lack of candor on his taxes, and Ann did that on their own.
    But, actually, I would rephrase it to "out of touch rich people who want ordinary people to like them, but don't know how to reach out to them"

    "as in when he commented about the amount/kind of preparation England had done for the Olympics? Or about when he said he liked being able to "fire" people"

    --- Actually, he stuck his foot in his OWN mouth, and quoting him was fair game.

    "You mean like taking his entire "47%" comment out of context?"

    --- Did you watch the tape? The context was entirely clear. If you think that pandering to rich donors by degrading half of America is OK....?

    --- How about, months later, when Mitt opined that would have won if he had done a better job of explaining himself to minorities? Of course, he got almost no votes from them because they found him distasteful.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 8:27 p.m.

    I voted for Romney and yes I thought he would have been a great president. I was disappointed in his campaign. Bragging about wife driving two Cadillac's came across as arrogant. The problem is Romney and his circle think 400 K a year is middle income. They never made that connection with voters the way Reagan did and that is unfortunate.

  • Tuffy Parker Salem, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    @ Dixie Dan

    I certainly remember Nixon and Ford, however you may want to check on your reference of Agnew as POTUS.

    Nixon was actually a decent president - his foreign policy was way ahead of his time. Certainly made some errors in judgement and was somewhat hampered by being overly paranoid.

    Ford was neutral and filled the role while we recovered from Watergate.

    I noticed that you didn't mention Jimmy Carter who was perhaps one of the nicest men to ever serve but until Obama showed up, was the worst president in modern times. Foreign policy, economic policies, energy policies, national defense, etc. were abysmal.

    Water under the bridge now, but we missed an opportunity to elect someone who had the potential to be one of the best presidents of modern times.

  • BYU Joe MISSION VIEJO, CA
    Jan. 14, 2014 9:32 p.m.

    He should have embraced his 40% who really never would vote for him and then seriously apologized to the other 7% in the debates. Then spoke directly to those 7% and explained why they need to vote for him and no the other guy.

    He should have also admitted that 40% were going to vote for him no matter what and then appealed to the other 13% remaining.

    Because that is the simple truth - 8% already have made their minds up for the next 15 presidential elections - they will not change now or ever.

    The Soul of America lies within those 20% of free thinkers who really are willing to listen and vote their conscious.

    That was the truth then and remains the truth now. Mitts mistake was over stating that number and then not explaining, apologizing and correcting it.

    That and not being willing to open up his tax records in an exchange for Obama to open up all of his school records - which NEVER EVER would have happened - too much info on Barry in those babies.

  • BYU Joe MISSION VIEJO, CA
    Jan. 14, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    Sorry - 80% have made up their minds - not 8%.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 11:06 p.m.

    Is the Middle East more stable now than 5 years ago?

    Are our allies in the world pleased with their US relationship? Do they feel America is a strong partner?

    Is our currency stronger?

    Are health insurance premiums less expensive?

    Do more Americans have health insurance?

    Has our economy recovered from the Great Recession? Are more Americans employed with full-time work?

    Do more Americans believe they are better off than they were 5 years ago?

    Polls, public statements, and news report negatively on all of the above. More Americans believe we are headed in the wrong direction. More Americans distrust Obama. He is a poor president, undeniably.

    But...we're getting free condoms.

    And abortion will be covered by insurance plans.

    And gays can marry.

    So there is...progress?

  • CabezaMan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 12:02 a.m.

    There is no argument that Romney could have done a better job in connecting with the people, but obviously communicated well enough so that Barry just barely squeaked by the skin of his teeth. What sank Mitt's campaign and every Republican candidate to follow him is the far right wing of our party that forces the alienation of the fastest growing segment of our "melting pot" population. We have an opportunity to win over hard working family oriented and God fearing people. But we rather choose to breed fear and distrust and push them away, over to the Democrats to sweep them up and embrace them with arms of charitable captivity and loving oppressive security.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 5:06 a.m.

    I really don't understand why the DesNews, and others, are so determined to try to rehabilitate Romney. It almost looks like they're trying to clean him up so he can make another political run. I sincerely hope not. People saw him for what he really is and was the last time around, recognized his deficiencies, and sent him packing. Thankfully, we dodged a huge problem and disaster when he was kept out of the White House. We don't heed to have to face that risk another time around.

    Romney isn't really news. Gossip about him (like this "documentary') isn't needed. Let him (hopefully gracefully, although I don't see that in his nature) into the obscurity he so richly deserves.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 15, 2014 6:21 a.m.

    Did I miss it, or did the article omit that Greg Whiteley is also LDS.

    Not a huge deal, but it is relevant.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 15, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    Romney lost because the majority of Americans will not vote for good leaders. We have become like the ancient Nephites who became so corrupted they always elected leaders like themselves; corrupt! Eventually, they destroyed themselves!

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 6:48 a.m.

    What are we still talking about Romney? This is getting ridiculous. It's time to let it go and move on folks.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:14 a.m.

    Loved the 47% comment. Call me heartless, but I think it more heartless for people to go out and work hard, while a good % of this country just takes handouts, while living off the labor fruits that are tax, stolen, from the government. If I want to help the poor shouldn't I have the chocie, not forced to do so. When you are forced to help anyone it is not counted as a rightoues act.
    Mitt would have been great, and for those of you that are upset with how things are and did not vote for Mitt you brought it on yourself.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    Maybe Obama can invade Iran to make up for the "mistake" Americans made by not electing Romney.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    What's amazing. Isn't Romney's 47% comment. It's the number of comments from Obama, the number of bad ideas, the number of comments that have widened the racial divide, the broken promises, the mounting debt.

    Yet, people have all the energy of the world to bash Romney (who isn't in a decision making circle), instead of directing their energy on the real problem. Who is Obama, the senate and congress.

    Think it through people. Beating up the team that has already loss isn't going to make the victory more victorious. Beating a dead horse, isn't going to make the horse give you a reaction.

    But, that is the character of the activists and voting block. They are more concerned about thinking they're right, rather than correcting problems, all the while we are being robbed right in front of us. Our children have been robbed and their children and their children.

    It's time to not only balance the budget, but, we need to pay off the debt. Raise taxes to a flat tax. 10% across the board. Everyone can pay their fair share.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    Current polling shows that if the election were held today, Romney would have won.

    Why is this nation so foolish? No one seemed to be able to see past what they perceived as "cool" and their government benefits. The Obama campaign did an excellent job of character assassination because a lot of people believed it. Who would have ever guessed that someone with such a terrible record could have been re-elected. I agree that we are becoming like the ancient Nephites. It's a sign of the times.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Give it up, Romney supporters. Romney was not suited for the job. This does not mean he is not skilled and talented. It just means it was not a good match, and the people who hire for the job saw it. And I think Romney knew it, too. He was pushed by other forces and did not push back.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    So many posters assume Mitt would have been a good President. We'll never know. We do know he was not a sucessful, one term Govenor, leaving office with an approval rating in the 30's. He also could not even win his home state when he ran for President. The last candidate who did that was George McGovern. None of this means he's not a good man or possibly would have made a good President. It just means we'll never know.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Jan. 15, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    I'm excited to see this. I hope it will be made available in a more portable and permanantly accessible form too, such as a DVD or Blu-Ray.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 15, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Earnest T. The more likely scenario is that due to Obama's mishandling of Iran, they will use nukes in their already proclaimed jihadist war in the near future. Obama basically has said to them, If you like your nukes you can keep them! When they have them, they will used: "Death to the infidels", which includes you by the way!

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 15, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    America will forever be grateful to President Obama for saving the nation from Mitt Romney.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    @ Irony Guy - "The 47% comment sank him. It was an unbelievably heartless thing to say...."

    OK, time to apply some truth to this:

    Did Romney say 47% of Americans don't pay federal taxes?

    Yep.

    But what was the context of this "heartless" comment said by a "heartless" person?

    He said it at an election fundraising dinner. Let that sink in....an election-related event. Elections revolve around "votes". And you need votes to win. Romney was not bashing 47% of America, he was simply stating the truth: that the 47% who depend on the government for money would not vote for him. (And, no, I don't care if the money the 47% are receiving were entirely Social Security money that at one time was "theirs"...the government has it and (at least some of) the 47% now "depend" on it to survive.)

    Now you understand the context of what Romney said. To further prove he is not "heartless" one only needs to do some research about his good works for his fellow man: he's donated MILLIONS to both LDS and non-LDS causes. Millions, and that's a document fact. Plus, he's done many other non-monetary charitable acts.

    "Heartless"?

    No way.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    @Esquire

    Romney not suited for the job. Maybe you are right. But do you really think Obama is?

    @Sergio

    Obama saved the nation from Romney. I had no clue this was the funny pages. That is a good one. Who is going to save us from the destruction Obama has done and is doing?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    When Mitt Romney made his 47% comment, it HAD to include retired people on SS and Medicare as well as a huge chunk of the military. You cant get to 47% without including this group.

    Medicare is our countries biggest problem. Look at the projections.

    Yet, show me one person on Medicare who does not think that they deserve it (as they paid in).

    Mitt went too far in trying to placate the base. Many of them agreed that 47% of the country is made up of "takers" not realizing they he was talking about them.

    As long as the Right forces candidates to profess a far right ideology, they will continue to lose.

    Currently on Chris Christie is the only candidate who is polling well against Clinton.

    And, the hard right base will look on Christie just as they did with Romney while thinking that they need a far right candidate to win.

    Denial (look at the polls) is alive and well in the GOP

  • AllBlack San Diego, CA
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    For those anti-Obama's here, and there are several: I'd like to point out that there are massive differences between Obama and Bush. Bush gave us two wars when only one was needed, stopped chasing Bin Laden, and left us the worst recession since the 30's (or even as republicans agree since the '80s). Obama ended that useless illegal war in Iraq, ordered the Bin Laden raid, and got the nation out of recession. The results speak for themselves.

    Now I agree that Romney would have been a good POTUS, maybe better than Obama, however no one was as bad as Bush Jnr judging by the results of their respective administrations. So maybe the extremists here could cut Obama some slack and let the results speak for themselves for once.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    Joeblow

    sorry but most us in the military did or a moment think the 47% appiled to us since we do work for a living.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    The documentary looks like it will be a good thing to watch. It's cool they got so much access to the family and candidate. I don't think all candidates allow that sort of thing. I thought he would've made an excellent president, but with Congress as it is... who knows if it even would've mattered. Still, I'm sure there are a lot of things to learn from the documentary. Can't wait to watch it.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    I wish we would argue with cited, verifiable facts rather than harsh innuendo. Some do. Most don't. Political conversations can be civil, folks. I voted for Mitt. If the election were held again tomorrow, I would vote for him again. No one is perfect, but he had/has much more administrative experience and talent than the current POTUS.

  • petuniababi ,
    Jan. 15, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    I am hoping Romney's political ambitions are over and done with.Why are people still trying to make him look so caring and giving after the race has been run? He should have thought of these things when he and Ann were acting so superior and phony.Instead of thinking they were better than 47 percent of the country they should have tried to understand that some of us aren't millionaires not having to worry about social security,medicare and how our families were going to be fed.You don't write off a big percentage of the population in that way and expect to get their support.That's why i really think something is wrong with him, emotionally.Whether we think that our President is doing a good job or not,i am so glad Mitt didn't win.That man scared the daylights out of poor people,like me.He has no concept of what it is to be poor.I got the feeling he thought we wanted to be that way.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    @ UtahBruin, yes, Obama is suited to be President and has done some pretty good things despite the enemies of America who swore to make him fail (i.e., the GOP). Yes, under the circumstances, both the obstructionism of the GOP and the mess he inherited, he has done a darn good job. But if you disagree, not only is it your right, you can select another person in 2016.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 15, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Guy with a brain says

    "OK, time to apply some truth to this:
    Did Romney say 47% of Americans don't pay federal taxes?
    Yep."

    Nope. That is not what he said. I wont quote the whole thing but here is a piece (cut out just for space but without losing any context).

    Part of Romneys Quote

    "there are 47 percent who are with him (being Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, ...........These are people who pay no income tax. ..."

    Went a just a tad further than merely saying the 47% pay not income tax. At least be honest with your description.

    I think Romeny is a good guy and would have made a good president. Unfortunately, he had to pander to the far right and leave his moderate comfort zone.

    He portrayed himself as something he was not (a "severe conservative") and it probably cost him the election.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Jan. 15, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    Mitt Romney may be nice up close, but he was not running as candidate for my neighbor, he was running for the office of President. As such, he needed to listen to the voices of all people. I did not see that important quality in him. Instead, I saw a man who, not unlike many who regularly post here, equates wealth and power with righteousness and poverty with sin.

    "And it came to pass that the people of the church began to wax proud, because of their exceeding riches...which they had obtained by their industry; and in all these things were they lifted up in the pride of their eyes...and set their hearts upon riches and upon the vain things of the world...and the wickedness of the church was a great stumbling-block to those who did not belong to the church...[Alma] saw great inequality among the people, some lifting themselves up with their pride despising others, turning their backs upon the needy...and those who were sick and afflicted." (Alma 4)

    Romney chose to align himself with and be promoted by a political party. In GOP he trusted. The voice of the people did not.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    It still amazes me how much hatred so many posters have for BO. This was an article on Mitt yet somehow it always dissovles into a rant about BO. BO was reelected President in an electoral landslide. Why, because the majority of voting Americans thought he would be a better President than Mitt. Posters telling us how they "weep" or feel "sorry" for America come accross as spiteful, jealous and petty. Can't we just appreciate what Mitt is doing and has done instead of always expressing one's opinion on our POTUS?

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 1:17 p.m.

    Here is what bothers me when the left uses Mitt Romney 47% comment...
    They use the version the liberal media and Obama used.. Which incorrect.

    What he ACTUALLY said was "47% of voters who support Obama", that is a far cry from 47% of Americans...

    But why would the left want to be accurate....

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    Here is Romney Quote....

    ""There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it"

    So he was not talking about 47% of Americans, but 47 of Obama Supporters.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 15, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    Confused

    Here is the exact text of the first part of what he said. Didn't post all because of word limitation.. Why would you write in without checking? It is easy easy to find.

    There are videos. Who is inaccurate?

    "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    Fact: 47% of Americans are on one form of state assistance ie Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Welfare, food stamps, unemployment.

    Another Fact: 49% of Americans don't pay income tax

    Yet Another Fact: When the number of people sitting in the cart begin to outnumber the number of people PULLING the cart, the cart goes NOWHERE!

    Even Liberals can't create enough MATH to solve this problem.

    Hate on Mitt Romney all you want, but if you want America to ever be prosperous again, you should listen to what the man has to say.

    After all, our current President has never had a job in his life.

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    America made a HUGE mistake in not electing Mitt and instead reelecting Obama. He and his campaign could have done better with his "image problems", but you would have to have not paid attention at all to honestly think that the liberal media didn't do all it could to spin things to hurt his image more. As for the 47% comment, sure it offended some voters but it was also absolutely 100% spot on. Can't fault a guy for being honest (and right), unless you are a liberal apparently.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 15, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    USAlover, do you realize that Mitt Romney also has never had a job in his life where he did an honest day of work, and the same can be said for more than half of the Washington politicians; so what is your point.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 15, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Bush never stopped looking for Bin Laden. It's ridiculous to say otherwise. And Obama didn't do squat about capturing him. It was the Navy Seals that did it. Obama just sat in his easy chair watching what appeared to him to be a war movie. He even went to play cards during part of it because he couldn't take it.

    I seriously wonder why some people read the DN at all. It has become a sport to put down conservatives and Mormons and complain about any take the DN has on anything.

    If you hate Mormons and Conservatives so much, there is another local paper that welcomes you with open arms.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 4:46 p.m.

    Skeptic said "do you realize that Mitt Romney also has never had a job in his life where he did an honest day of work"

    Are you serious, Mitt and a few friends created and started Bain Capital in 1984. Not sure what you classify as "honest day work". But he worked hard to get the company off the ground and become successful

    Have you ever been involved in creating and establishing a company? It is a lot of hard work and dedication.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 15, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Not only did the left distort the truth, but there were others on the right who also disparaged Romney and perpetuated untruths. Either because of their own bigotries, or simply because he was not their guy. Both of these reasons kept 3% of conservative voters home that normally vote. Obama only won by about that. Unless the right can come together we will be stuck with Hillary and she won't be any better then what we have. The future of this country isn't looking good.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 15, 2014 6:51 p.m.

    bungalow~ you assume a lot. Just because people dislike this President and rightly so, does not mean that people have not prayed for the guy. But, this guy is determined to enrich his cronies and supporters, he has a history of it as Senator and now as President, more then actually doing right by the country itself. Apparently those prayers have not been able to change his heart.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 6:55 p.m.

    @USAlover
    Fact: Mississippi is the state with the highest rate of people not paying any federal income tax (after all it's the poorest state so this makes sense).
    Fact: Romney won easily in Mississippi (as well as 7 more of the top 10 states for highest rate of people not paying any federal income taxes, and of the two Obama won, NM and FL, the latter he barely won).

    So if Democrats are allegedly so good at getting lazy people who don't want to take personal responsibility and aren't paying any income taxes... how come Democrats aren't winning these states?

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Jan. 16, 2014 2:28 a.m.

    CabezaMan
    Cottonwood Heights, UT
    "There is no argument that Romney could have done a better job in connecting with the people, but obviously communicated well enough so that Barry just barely squeaked by the skin of his teeth."

    A-- Some respect for the President -- Barry!
    B-- I guess the President's teeth have very thick skin, because he received over 80% more Electoral Votes than Romney.
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    Thid Barker
    Victor, ID
    "Romney lost because the majority of Americans will not vote for good leaders. We have become like the ancient Nephites who became so corrupted they always elected leaders like themselves; corrupt! Eventually, they destroyed themselves!"

    ---Sorry, I think you accidentally typed in "Americans" when you meant "Utahns"
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    bungalow
    SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    "... how about the First Presidency's admonition to pray for President Obama? When was the last time you did that? Because, like many conservatives on this forum, the hatred of our President is always expressed."

    AMEN!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    @ Esquire

    I did select a different candidate both times Obama was running. And what good might you be talking about.

    Is it most recently the lie he told to the country about Benghazi, to save his political aspirations rather than doing what is best for out country.

    Is it the increase in the National Debt

    Is it ObamaCare - Laughable - You can keep your plan. Ha Ha

    Is it Illegally ending the welfare to work passed by congress

    Is it apologizing to Islamist and Terrorist for offending them

    Is it the tax increase he promised would not happen in 2008

    Maybe it is the blocked Keystone Pipeline that would have created jobs in the US but instead no jobs and forced Canada to sell the majority of their oil to China

    Or is it that for three years in a row his budget proposals received zero votes, not even from a democrat

    Maybe it is the disrespectful form letters sent to Navy Seals families upon death

    Or maybe it is simple a president who wont put his hand over his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance

    Which is it?
    GOP had nothing to do with these, he did these things himself.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    @ O'really, if Bush never stopped looking for bin Laden, for 8 years, and never found him, was he ineffective? Under Obama's leadership, bin Laden was found and the problem was cleaned up (something Robert Gates has called courageous). So he would be effective. Reflecting your comments back, it appears you think Bush personally hunted bin Laden, and Obama got the Navy to do it. If this is true, then Obama must be a whole lot smarter than Bush. In the end, it seems to me that for you it is "all Bush good," and "all Obama = bad." Hardly objective and rational, wouldn't you think?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Romney is special to this newspaper. Practically daily articles about him. Can you tell us why?

  • ambistoes Vernal, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    It's so strange to me how some U.S. citizens are so angry and bitter at people who are rich. That was a huge problem for Romney. You know those Americans wouldn't be complaining about wealth if they had it. They've been hoping B.O. will make them wealthy, but so far he just helps to squander away more taxpayer dollars and get us further in the hole. So, for you greedy and bitter Americans who want to be wealthy without any effort, good job, you elected the man you deserve.

  • SuziQ Springville, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    Although I am a Republican, I don't see a lot of future in them winning many national elections. It is really hard to win the race against a party whose official policy is to take from those who have and give to those who have not. While I do not object to giving those who are down a helping hand up, I am seeing an entire culture who acts as if society owes them a certain standard of living. And those who run the government don't seem to mind providing that standard of living without requiring something in return other than a continued vote to keep them in power. The recent policies have eroded the family to the point of oblivion (wonder why we have so many shootings) and put government in charge of the economy. Someone will pay for these changes and I'm afraid it will be all of us. Are you really better off? Not me.

  • Willem Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 18, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Mitt didnt want to talk about being a Mormon because he knew it would open the floodgate with all kind of perhaps embarrassing questions?And what is up with all of those relatives that still live in Mexico? Something not kosher there.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 18, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Here we go again. Romney got beat because of his lack of knowledge of middle-class Americans - simple as that.

  • jr85 United Kingdom , 00
    Jan. 18, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    I intend on seeing this documentary. When I first heard about Mitt Romney I was in my early 20's working full time at a gas station. I had no plans for my future and thought I'd work at the gas station forever (quick easy money was awesome). On one particular graveyard shift I read the Time Article 'Can a Mormon be President?' and it changed my life. I started reading up on the mans life and accomplishments and watched every step of both his campaigns. I never had that example in my life and I found the man interesting and talented. I never had good role models growing and here was this guy who had chose a path in life, worked hard and it and it paid off. I respect him as a man and even started to idolise him a little. His story encouraged me to go to college (something friends and family thought were impossible for me), and find something I was good at. I start my dream job tomorrow and as I do I remember that article in Time magazine 8 years ago. And the funniest thing yet is that I consider myself a liberal.

  • None99 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 1:58 a.m.

    America doesn't need a good President. Good is for priests and school teachers. What we need in a president is a Sheepdog - wise, strategic, and tough. Mitt would have led like Jimmy Carter and it would have produced a dynasty of spoiled and sheltered Romney kids running for public office for the next 50 years. Thank goodness we avoided that one

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 14, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Thank Goodness we didn't elect this man President!

    America needs another Republican administration like it needs to fight two more wars, alienate allies, and crash the nation's entire economy.

    Republican "Leadership" is nothing but bad news for this nation and the world.

  • Snapdragon Midlothian, VA
    April 1, 2014 6:18 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is an amazing man. The U.S.A missed an amazing opportunity to have this man be the leader of our country. He has a good heart and strong values. He also could have been the man who got us out of the financial mess this country is in right now.

  • bobidaho SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 21, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    Not sure why the attempt to bring Romney back is going on. There is another good looking Mormon ex Governor that is a lot smarter then Romney and could get moderates to cast their votez for him. But maybe Huntsman is not Mormon enough.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    May 5, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    @bobidaho--

    Really? You might be able to make that case in the rest of the country, but any Utahn who lived through the Huntsman era knows that he campaigned on one platform, but governed on one dramatically different. I have a hard time believing anyone can take a Huntsman candidacy seriously. I can only assume they're completely unaware of his record as governor.

  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    May 6, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    I think it's quite a good documentary, well worth viewing. And it does paint a good portrait of a man who never really came through during the campaign.

  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    July 2, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    FT said: (Romney) could not even win his home state when he ran for President. The last candidate who did that was George McGovern.

    Response: Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee in the 2002 Presidential election.

    And your characterization of his approval rating as Governor ending at 30% is also not true. It ended at 39% and got that low mainly because he was rumored to be exploring a presidential run, then announced he would not seek re-election. His state is also only 11% Republican.

    President Obama's current approval rating is 41% per Gallup in a country where 45% of voters claim to be Democrats or Democrat-leaning.

  • skrekk Dane, WI
    July 24, 2014 1:01 a.m.

    I'm not sure how Romney could have been a good president, given that he thinks only some Americans deserve full civil rights.

  • LeDoc SLC, UT
    July 28, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    A good man can likely do more real good privately instead of in the oval office beholden to special interest groups. Mitt lost because people just didn't believe him. That's still true. He says he's done, no more bids for the WH but he still acts like he wants to run. If he does run it'll be seen as another flip-flop. He should just gracefully exit the political scene.

  • Robert Johnson Sunland, CA
    Aug. 12, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    The problem with Romney is that he sold his soul to the devil (the radical right-wing of the Republican party) in order to secure the nomination. He was hoping to be able to return to his true self, however, he realized that you can't just "shake the etch-a-sketch" and reinvent yourself all over again in national politics. If Romney had just had the integrity to be who he was, he probably would not have gotten the nomination, but he would have at least been true to himself.

  • MoNoMo Fair Oaks, CA
    Sept. 15, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Why does this article keep coming back to "Most Commented?"

    It was published in January?

    While many other articles with more comments disappear, never to be seen again.

    It seems DN is on a non-stop Romney promotion?

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    Dixie Dan

    "I have to chuckle when I read comments that President Obama is our worse President ever. Have the people who write these comments not familiar with Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew? Gerald Ford?"

    Many of us are quite familiar with them and can confidently say Obama is the worst president ever. We chuckle that some remain willfully blind. It is also ironic that many of the posters who dislike Mitt (Furry etc) are the same ones who routinely scream that Obama is a victim of mean critics.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 4, 2015 10:59 a.m.

    I just held my nose and watched the movie. It was an interesting piece of fiction. It was intended to glorify Mitt and was very selective in the scenes that were chosen to be included. I am now even more glad that Mitt was sent packing. he is NOT what this country needs.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Jan. 13, 2015 7:13 a.m.

    The press anointed Obama as their chosen one. That same image-maker machinery painted Mitt as a robotic non human entity to demonize. They did a good job. Now, we're stuck with the worst president in U.S.history.
    The anti-Mormon evangelical element didn't help either. They back Huckabee in the first round in 2008 and Catholic Santorum in the second round in 2012. They couldn't stomach the idea of a Mormon president. America got what it deserved, the worst scenario of a two term Obama, with two more long years ahead.

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2015 12:10 p.m.

    Another Romney article in the Deseret News. I hear he currently building two or three more houses to live in. He bought two house in Walker Lane Salt Lake City to demolish to make way for his newest home. Recently he said he was going to focus his next campaign on the poor and the needy. I don't see how.

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2015 12:15 p.m.

    Why does Romney try so hard to be a Republican ? He would make a great moderate Democrat. There must be another reason why he wants to be President. His religion maybe?

  • 1utah_man! Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2015 11:21 p.m.

    Geeze, this was last year's Sundancd.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    June 25, 2015 7:08 p.m.

    I tried watching the documentary, but it become boring about the mid-point and I didn't have enough interest to keep watching.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 24, 2015 12:27 p.m.

    America has spoken twice with regards to Mitt and the kind of politician who seeks to represent those who find themselves (usually through no hard work of their own) in the 1% and those who they can fool into believing that they are just a wink and a nod away from becoming a 1 percenter themselves. They chose our beloved President and he brought honor back to the Presidency. Being on the wrong side of history stokes the fires of anger, hatred toward the "other" and self loathing, but it doesn't change history and it doesn't change which side you were on. Mitt would have continued the failed policies of the sad Bush administration. People had a chance to see him up close and personal and they smiled and said "no thanks". We've had a president who has faced angry obstruction and has stared it down like he did Osama bin Laden right before he planted one right between his eyes. And yes----he did that. And soooo much more. Deny it if you choose to--we'll have another two terms of his policies (Hillary--you go gal!). Live with it.

  • Manzanita Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 10, 2015 11:45 a.m.

    Who did Mitt pay at the Des News to have this article permanently listed as "most commented across site" on Des News website, even though the story is over a year and a half old, and hasn't seen any appreciable level of comments for at least a year?

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2015 10:52 a.m.

    How much fun is it to do the Saturday night quarterbacking after the end of the game. The facts are that the right man won the presidency and the loser lost. And the nation has profited by its sage choice and avoided a disaster. End of game.

  • UtahTroutStalker draper, UT
    Oct. 6, 2015 11:05 p.m.

    David-

    Why do you think the middle east is in turmoil. Not Obama's fault - he inherited that from Bush. The economy too.

    As for gays being allowed to marry? Well let's see - we live in a country where we all value freedom of religion. The government has decided to get involved in marriage - tax breaks, civil family law, probate, etc... So yes denying what was so freely being given out to straight couples was discrimination and wrong.

    I know I am better off than I was 5 years ago. I make more money, my homes value has continued to increase, I was able to refinance under HARP, and now if I switch jobs I don't have to worry about my wife or children's pre-existing conditions not being covered because we have RomneyCare uh I mean Obamacare.

    Sour grapes I guess from so many in Utah. It just was not God's will for Mitt to be President - deal with it.

  • UtahTroutStalker draper, UT
    Oct. 6, 2015 11:20 p.m.

    On this board - I keep hearing that Mitt would have been a great leader. I also hear that he did not stay true to himself, but pandered to the far right.

    Folks - that is not leadership. Why can't anyone in the GOP see that. Where are the voices of common sense and decency in the GOP? Why aren't they shouting down the extremist on the far right?

    This is why I left the republican party. Yes I voted GW Bush the first time, but not the second, and no way could I vote for Sarah Palin to be one breath away from the oval office. From there it was all downhill - Mitt's callous comments about the 47% which includes the elderly, the disabled, and oddly enough the super wealthy were just the icing on the cake. The GOP needs to do some soul searching. They claim to be the party of Christ but Trump now leads in the polls - what does that tell you?

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Dec. 24, 2015 8:27 a.m.

    Mitt Romney like Jeb Bush and Ben Carson is a great person, but not going to be president. DN needs to move on. Tired of the we miss Mitt stories.