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Published: Sunday, Nov. 11 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think Mitt Romney ran an "honorable campaign" at all.
And I think a whole lot Utahns could use a lesson in humility, class, and grace in the face of defeat.
And I think Mike Lee's assertion that Utahns have an "extra gene of patriotism" is patently false.
What I observe every day is a whole lotta Utahns who have an "extra gene of arrogant self-righteousness".
When your candidate loses, it's best not to "out" yourself as a sore-loser...who likes sore-losers?

Ogden, UT

Unfortunately, Romney did not run an honorable campaign. From his comments and actions, it is clear that he did not run out of love for his country and a desire to improve it; he ran out of a desire for power and the feeling that he was entitled to be president (I got the impression it was something on his bucket list). He thought he could say one thing to a group or person, the exact opposite to another group or person, and nobody would have the "gall" to publicize his actions and call him on his mendacity and duplicity. He thought he could disparage almost half the people of the country and nobody would hold him accounable. He thought he could withhold his tax returns and the specifics of his programs (just say "trust me") and everyone would fall in line and blindly vote for him. They didn't. If he had been open, honest, compassionate, caring and truthful, he could have beaten Obama. Sadly, he proved that he was just the opposite. He was a deficient candidate, and paid the price for being deficient. Romney got the "respect" he deserved.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Romney lost because he followed the Pied Piper of extremism. Things might have been different if he had remained true to himself.

Salt Lake City, UT

Particularly disappointing was Romney's reliance on surrogates, like Trump, to launch malicious attacks on Obama. Romney could have distanced himself from Trump, but did not. Instead, he posed with Trump for photo ops. Maybe Romney was afraid Trump would turn on him. Maybe not. We may never know. But, regardless, Romney's silence on Trump’s bad behavior was hardly honorable. Contrast this with the last election. A moment that will forever ensure McCain is remembered as honorable is when he quickly shut down the rally heckler saying our president was a "terrorist." Romney had the same opportunity with Trump and, instead, chose silence.

Far East USA, SC

Both Obama and Romney are honorable men.

As far as honorable campaigns? They are few and far between and I would bet that neither are particularly proud of the campaigns they ran.

But, both decent Americans, husbands and fathers who both want the best for this country.

End of story

The Skeptical Chymist


You are right that candidates who disagree with one another honestly, and offer opposing viewpoints about where we are and where we should be heading deserve respect. However, Mr. Romney was anything but honorable in his race for the presidency. It is not honorable to change your positions with every new audience - that is called pandering. It is not honorable to criticize the administration while our consulate is under attack - that is a time for the country to come together. It is not honorable to lie to the auto workers that Jeep is going to ship their jobs to China - that is fearmongering. It is not honorable to accept the campaign assistance of those who still question that Obama is legitimately a native-born American citizen rightfully able of holding the presidency - that is disputing the authority of a sovereign state (Hawaii) to decide such matters. It is not honorable to impugn the dignity of 47% percent of the country that you wish to lead - that is arrogance. It is not honorable to refuse to release multiple years of tax returns - that is something that every other candidate has done for years.

Mr. Romney's campaign was anything but honorable.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

I have to agree with many commenters on this site regarding the lack of honorability of Romney's campaign. I have wondered and still wonder why Mitt Romney wanted to be the president as he appears to have a disdain for the federal government, why did he want be the head guy?

One other question for the GOP - over the past six years there was much discussion and commentary about Romney's religion (which happens to also be my religion) and many people finally claimed religion did not matter BUT many often accused Pres. Obama of being a Muslim and that they didn't want a Muslim in the white house. If religion didn't/doesn't matter why would you care if he really was a Muslim?

Steve C. Warren

Re: "Mitt Romney gave his heart and soul to run an honorable campaign"

I've been watching presidential campaigns fairly closely since 1960, and I believe that Mitt Romney's run for the presidency was the least honorable that I have seen.

By the way, as I look at presidential winners and losers since 1960, it occurs to me that Utahns have selected the worse candidate 10 times, the better candidate twice and a candidate that was neither better nor worse twice. (I thought that the choices of Reagan in 1980 and 1984 were the two that they got right.)

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, he does deserve respect and part of the respect is not throwing a junior high tantrum for more years.

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