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Published: Saturday, Nov. 24 2012 5:25 p.m. MST

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Charlotte, NC

Mr. Food Stamps did indeed win by gifts to key groups. He has created a welfare mentality, a entitlement mentality that says that YES WE CAN live off of other people's labor. Simply stated, there are now more takers than makers. It may not have been politically wise, but Romney was stating what everybody knows to be true.

Draper, UT

Wright is correct. Romney's "less than eloquent" remarks don't make him "a bad guy." But they do show...again...that Romney is out of touch with the average voter. He would have made a fine president and probably helped cure the country's economic ills, but potential leadsership is meaningless if a person can't get elected.

Given the nation's political climate future GOP presidential candidates are wise to distance themselves form Romney.

Danbury, CT

Mitt had some good ideas, but never talked like he was thinking about ALL the people. Go see the Lincoln movie to understand what a real leader sounds like.

Orem, UT

Romney was thrown under the GOP bus long before the election. The U.S. still has deep religious prejudices (yes, Utah does too), and it wasn't until late in the game when Republicans took Romney seriously, and mostly because it was a no-brainer.

Romney's 47% comment was bad news, mainly because I think 47% was too high a number (criticizing nearly half of the population doesn't help win elections), though everyone knows there are PLENTY of people who consider themselves victims. Romney's post-election comments about gifts, is dead-on correct, but needs to be expanded beyond Hispanic voters. Why is he taking so much heat for that? Politicians promise giveaways and get elected for it all the time. It's what they do! That goes for conservatives as well.

Romney lost because too many people in America throughout the political spectrum (GOP included) aren't really interested in a leader who speaks his mind, makes tough decisions and acts responsibly. They want someone with a hip image who will fatten their own wallet at someone else's expense.

Springville, UT


How about John McCain? He failed to get the party's nod in 2000, then ran again in 2008. Then there is George Bush Sr. He lost the nod against Reagan in 1980, who himself challenged Gerald Ford in 1976, but failed to receive the party's nomination.

Salt Lake City, UT

The circular firing squad has become conservatives' standard response to bad news. Kind of funny, kind of sad.

Today's GOP is struggling to contain the temper tantrum mentality of the Tea Party. The GOP has got to expel them the same way they did the Birchers a generation ago. They don't appear to be succeeding in that.

Blaming Romney's loss on "takers vs. makers" is childish, untrue and terribly damaging to the reputation of the GOP.

As a Democrat, I don't mind at all watching the GOP self-destruct. But as an American, I don't think it's in the long-term best interests of our nation to lose a cohesive, rational and relevant conservative political movement.

Saint Louis, MO

As a Catholic Nvay vet in the Midwest, I voted for Romney as well as McCain. However, there are some ominous numbers. Romney received three million less votes than McCain. There were five million more young (under 30) who voted for the incumbent. As a Catholic, I note with alarm the 50-48 advantage against Romney for Catholics choosng "social justice" over doctrine and overlooking the moral stand of the bishops. The issue for Catholics has turned into one of the "evil of capitalism" versus the perceived good of socialism. It has become a vision of a utopian "redistribution of wealth". The question becomes one of just who will produce the resources to be taxed to fund this "grand vision" for America?

Roy, UT

I agree with Mitt Romney, those gifts of my tax dollars Pres. Obama used to win election are a real concern to me. Anyone who ignores this is denying reality. Who better to know the reasons for election outcome than the one who has been leading as the candidate? No one else knows what he is privy to know, so all others can only guess.

Springville, UT

In all my years, including political campaigns, I've never seen anything like Romney, and I don't mean that in a good way. He was completely ill-suited to be President. And his post-election whining reinforced the idea he has absolutely no clue.

Herriman, UT

The national Republican Party has turned its back on Governor Romney because at this point in time they have no choice. He lost. Now what they need to do is bring people of color into their "tent". Fewer whites who could have voted did not. Let's face it. People will never do their homework on candidates as to what each brings to the table. People vote based off of very simplistic assumptions and they always will. The economy was not bad enough to get a change in The White House. The Governor did not make a strong enough case to people of color, black and brown alike,,to get them to vote for him. Unless the Republicans do that nationally, forget about it in 2016.

Ogden, UT

Mitt made some mistakes but so did Obama. Mitt is right Obamaclaus was a factor. Dirty tactics were another. Obama is absolutely the worst Pres. in history. He has succeded in dividing the country with the likes of class warfare and envy.I wish him the worst along with all of his supporters.

one old man
Ogden, UT

I watched Meet the Press this morning and was struck by a never before heard tone of conciliation expressed by several powerful Republican Senators, Representatives, and party players.

It was something that we have not heard for over four years. Perhaps there is hope out there that good sense will finally begin to prevail in Washington.

I can only imagine the turmoil and ugliness that would be taking place now had Mitt been the winner.

The entire nation needs to settle down and heave a great sigh of relief.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Mitt was no where near "the best the GOP had to offer". He was just the best who ran that they could stand (until he lost). As a progressive I must admit that I was happy about that because I (like Ann Coulter) was certain that he would lose once people outside of the Mormon womb knew what he really stood for. And, as much as the Democrats defined him, he defined himself. And the people did not like what they saw.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

It doesn't matter anymore who sits in the White House. America as a Constitutional Republic is dead. Utahns are feeling distraught because Romney was not elected but they haven't yet figured out why they also feel a sense of hopelessness. The truth is America has reached the point where big business and the president THEY have chosen and the 99% of the population they have enticed with government freebies are more powerful than the 1% intelligent Constitutional vote and American voters (most Utah voters included)are nor smart enough to know that they have been sucked into a handout to slave deathtrap.

Here's the real statistic that nobody wants to talk about. 99.99% of Americans (Utahns included) want something from the federal government that is not within the framework of the Constitution; even if it's just an income tax break or housing assistance (FHA loan). We are all guilty of letting America slide into oblivion because we just don't know the law well enough to vote smart and Constitutionally correct and we don't care enough to learn it or protect it. Our forefathers saw that this would happen. Their blood was spilled for us in vain.

Patchogue, NY

With unemployment over 8%, this election was Romney's to lose and he lost it. His only assets were his warchest and the fact he'd been running for 5 years already. As Jim Messina said last week, Huntsman was the only GOP candidate who could have won. He would not have made the numerous gaffes Mitt made or flip flopped on issue after issue. He would not have hesitated to withdraw his support for Mourdock after his rape comment. He had significant foreign policy experience compared with Romney's none. Huntsman was not a gaffe waiting to happen. The best moment of the primary was his Lincoln-Douglas style debate against Gingrich.

With the fiscal cliff looming, I'd feel a lot better with Huntsman as President. And it would've happened if the GOP had shown some common sense in this cycle and backed him rather than Romney.

Springville, UT

I forgot about Nixon, who lost against Kennedy in 1960, and then ran again in 1968.

love idaho
Pocatello, ID

I believe our country and everyone in it will pay dearly for the sad decision that was made. I do believe that it was the people on welfare that won Obama the Presidency. Romney wanted to create jobs. Too many people don't really want to work. They voted for the candidate who promised hand outs. Our current President is not a true patriot and that is what this country was founded on. We will see our constitution slowly (or maybe quickly) fall apart. Who wouldn't feel sick over that? Yes Obama won and his supporters make a big deal, but he only won by one percent. That was one close race. I think if we could have that vote, again, in six months, Romney would win hands down. We reap what we sow. I was shocked AARP supported him. Under his Obamacare, the older people have few right, other than a limited number of pills. Death will come much earlier with little rights and respect. Read the bill, people!

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

It sounds like people are disagreeing with what Romney said. I don't think that constitutes throwing him under the bus or something. How are you supposed to respond to the remarks mentioned in the article - especially considering the fact they were directed against Blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities? I'm sure Romney was very sincere in what he said, but he was sincerely wrong.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I find it humorous that many are talking about a prejudice against Mormons by Americans. That prejudice does exist, but where does it exist? In the republican party. Only the republicans referred to Mr. Romney's religion. No democrat ever called Mormons a cult (remember Mike Huckabee). The party of the majority of Mormons is the party that is prejudice against Mormons.

Mr. Romney may have been the best candidate, but he was stuck with the baggage of the republican party. He had to constantly try and appease the tea party crowd. He had to attack anyone who disagreed with him, because to be a true republican today you have to understand that you are right and everyone else is wrong. He had to be uncompromising because that is what is required to be a good republican today. Late in the campaign when he started to make a move it was because he started acting presidential, he moved to the middle but by then it was to late. Rush Glen and Sean do not represent the views of most Americans.

How did the republican view of Americans work for them in this last election?

Ogden, UT

The treatment Mitt received came to him because, by his words and actions, he asked for it. Throughout the campaign he proved that he was incapable of telling the truth, or even saying the same thing twice in a row if he was talking to two groups who had separate opinions and postions on issues (he apprently thought he could etch-a-sketch his way out of anything). Granted, he showed his true self on a few instances, generally when he didn't realize he was being recorded -- his 47% comment was his biggest disclosure of his true self, and one of the mmost damaging. Mitt was a deficient, damaged and dishonest candidate and both he and the Republican Party paid the price for his duplicity. And then Mitt whined continually because he couldn't complete an item on his bucket list to which he thought he was entitled when he was not elected President (his "gift" comment was both untrue and obnoxious). Mitt proved that he was not what the country needed, and the voters conirmed that fact.

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