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Published: Friday, Aug. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Like many said last week -- WHICH Mitt Romney?

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

It is much more complicated than that.

Romney is a good person and a smart businessman.

But, he was NOT a right wing conservative. And in a field where everyone was trying to "out right" the next guy, he was out of place.

How refreshing would it have been had Romney NOT raised his hand when asked if he would reject $10 in spending cuts to $1 in revenue increase?

He could have stood up and explained how common sense should win out over partisan hyperbole.

Instead, he played along. He got sucked into a game which he could not compete.

He was the analytical, fact based, numbers guy who tried to downplay his intellectual approach in favor of pandering to the far right.

And in doing so, he lost enough votes from the moderates and independents to keep him from winning.

That said, had Romney been true to himself from the start, he would have never won the primary.

This is much more of a GOP problem than a Romney problem.

And we will see it again in 2016.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Mitt Romney lost because the majority of Americans have learned they can vote themselves entitlements from the national treasury. Why not? It beats working for a living and think of the "greed and selfishness" of anyone who thinks otherwise! Obama voters are getting their rewards: food stamp recipients have more than doubled, free or subsidized healthcare for half of America (Obamacare), UAW and teacher's union bailouts. Everyone in America is doing much better except taxpayers.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

I had heard that Mitt Romney changed his stance on abortion and shortly after that announced he was running for the Republican nomination for president.

Being a pro-life person I thought to myself we don't need another Ronald Reagan, meaning people who claim to be on your side in the pro-life fight but when it comes right down to it they won't do what they claim.

I would rather have in office who is quote unquote pro choice then someone who claims to be on your side but when it comes right down to it will fold.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

@Mountainman. If republicans continue to believe that Obama voters voted for him because of entitlements then they will continue to lose elections.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@Shaun. Are you saying food stamp recipients have not doubled since Obama won? Are you saying half of Americans will not get free or taxpayer subsidized health care insurance with Obamacare? Are you saying the UAW didn't get the vast majority of the "bailout"? I have no doubt Republicans will not win the White House again because they believe in self reliance and personal responsibility which has become very unpopular in America, unlike Democrats. The real question isn't whether Republicans will ever win the White House but how the effects of our deficit spending and national debt will be and how long we can last as a nation, economically and culturally, now that's the question.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@cjb "...who is quote unquote pro choice..."

I find this usage absolutely cool! My first reaction was, hey, there's a key next to the pinky finger on the second row that you might want to know about. But now I want to leave it alone. I really like it.

And so that this is not completely off-topic...

Mitt Romney lost because the Obama campaign was able to create negative impressions about him which caused a segment of Republicans to stay at home. Not a large segment, but large enough.

Also, Obama got an assist from the moderator in the second debate, which knocked Romney off his game and stopped his momentum at a key juncture. Winning both the first AND the second debates would have made a real difference going into the final period. But the fact is, Romney wasn't all that prepared or willing to discuss Benghazi, or to point out how Obama's "smart power" isn't all that smart.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda. As things stand now, we can't repeal Obamacare, and we really need to.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

@Mountanman;

You're clueless about those who voted for Obama; we're not what you seem to think we are. Mitt Romney would have been a disaster for America; just as he was a disaster for those companies purchased by Bain Capital.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ RanchHand. Believe what you want but Mitt Romney saved many companies when he worked for Bain Capital, some were not competitive and could not be saved. Romney was America's last exit of the Obama highway to Greece, speaking of upcoming disasters.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

Romney lost only because Republicans didn't turn out to vote.

Sorry Charlie!
SLC, UT

@mountainman

yes, Mitt is just a victim of that 9% that rely on government assistance.

SEY
Sandy, UT

Mitt Romney lost my vote when he said he wanted to double the size of Guantanmo, and it went downhill from there. I couldn't vote for either major candidate because they both want to enlarge the size of government: Romney wanted more military spending, and Obama wanted more social welfare spending. You call that a choice?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Romney lost because the better man for the job won. It really is that simple.
No bribes, no voter fraud, no low information voters, no missing birth certificates, (although I don't recall anyone asking for mitts, over and over and I want the original copy for me to personally authenticate here in Pleasant Grove)
Obama may not be the end all, but we really dodged a bullet in not privatizing the country for profit instead of people.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ Charlie. 9%? You are way behind your times. Half (50%) of Americans will receive taxpayer subsidized healthcare insurance and about 25% (and growing) get food stamps and 47% of Americans pay no federal income taxes. Do you really think any of these would vote for Romney? Really?

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

I think one of the big reasons Romney lost is because of the corrupt things that Obama and his supporters did behind the scenes. The IRS scandal is just one example, and it should seriously scare all of us.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

@mountainman. If republicans believed in personal responsibility and self reliance they would not be complaining every second of the day about Obama.

If republicans believed in personal responsibility they would have not bailed out the banks and would have been first in line to prosecute the criminals at wall street and the federal reserve.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Do you really think any of these would vote for Romney?"

Absolutely.

Have you seen how many solidly red states are in the top concerning Government assistance programs?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

From my experience in life, there's never "just ONE reason" for any outcome (especially in politics and especially a Presidential election). Most everything in life is more complex than that.

When you think it's "Just one reason"... usually it's because you have "Just ONE thing" on your mind.

If you really think about it... everything's more complex that "Just one thing".
It's single-issue-minded people who think small who are able to convince themselves that complex things can be boiled down to "just one thing" (the one thing they are obsessed about).

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's a sad fact that Republicans will probably not win another election UNTIL they promise more entitlements and free stuff to the masses than the Democrats do.

Too many Republicans may stick to the "self reliance" band wagon too long, and they will lose their election to the person who promises the most free stuff in the election.

nonceleb
Salt Lake City, UT

Some just can't get over the loss. They speculate on various reasons, most of which do not point the finger at Romney himself. Did anyone get a sense of what Romney really believed? From a moderate in Massachusetts, to trying to be ultra-conservative for the Tea Party, he was all over the map politically. He changed his positions on bailouts, health care mandates, immigration, abortion, the coal industry, global warming etc. He would say what the constituency he was trying to appeal to at any given time wanted to hear. I could not vote for someone whose real positions are a mystery.

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