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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 3:20 p.m. MST

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USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

America messed up...big time.

Bob K
portland, OR

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

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

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

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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@ 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

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

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

David
Centerville, UT

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

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

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.

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