A third Mitt Romney run seen as 'far-fetched'


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  • Jim Cobabe Provo, UT
    May 10, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    I think perhaps those demanding Romney to run again need to believe him when he said he would not. What is there about "no" that you do not understand?

  • sthomaslewis Corvallis, OR
    May 9, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    Although I voted for Romney in the November 2012 elections, I favored Ron Paul. Ron Paul is more committed to Constitutional freedom and the preservation of the Bill of Rights than Romney is.

    If Romney runs against Rand Paul in the 2016 GOP primaries, I will support Rand Paul. However, if Romney wins the GOP nomination, I will vote for him.

  • The_Laird Patchogue, NY
    May 6, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    Huntsman was the more electable candidate in 2012 and would be again in 2016.

  • RednSilver Lawton, OK
    May 6, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Romney might have been a good President, but he was an incompetent candidate, both in his public statements (being unable to remember from one day to the next what his position was on any given issue and thinking that reporters should not notice or comment upon his inconsistencies) and in his choice of campaign advisors (who assured him that he was winning right up until the polls closed and their employment was ended).

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    May 6, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    @ Itsjstmeagain - Merritt Island, Fl "It is being reported that Romney Care in Mass is being dismantled and participants moved to ACA. Maybe he was smart mot taking ownership during the campaign."

    If you'll do some research, Romney actually wanted a much more streamlined, simpler, and cheaper, form of insurance in Massachussetts. It was the Democrat-controlled state legislature which added on so many bells and whistles which made MA's state health care burdensome and expensive.

    So blame them, not Romney.

    Your move....

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    May 6, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    Man!, oh, man!, oh, man!

    I'd fight for Mitt Romney again in a heartbeat! I posted 5,000+ pro-Romney commments on one popular website alone in 2008 and 2012. Over a period of 5+ yrs of reading about Romney I discovered no less than 28 (yes, 28) separate qualifications Romney had to be President, and.....NOT ONE came from a Deseret News-researched story. Not. One.

    The 'mainstream' media crucified Mitt Romney.

    Who cares?

    The mainstream media is waaaaaay liberally-biased and is America's number ONE enemy. That's right: number one.

    Any wise person knows if today's mainstream media says something is bad, it's good. If they say it's good, it's bad.

    Romney 2016!

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    to Esquire

    Democrat/Republican. Its like Coke/Pepsi, Burger King/McDonalds, Nissan/Renault, yada yada yada.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 6, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    @ Brio, you say "American has shown that there are still far too many uninformed, low-information voters." That's exactly my point! That's exactly what the Republicans are relying on. Without them, they are done and over.

    @Wally West, vote Democratic.

  • GK Willington Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    per dmcvey moments ago

    Mitt knows as much about working people as GHW Bush knew about barcode scanners in grocery stores.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    Mittens, another Bush, or Chris Christie? If I were a republican & had these 3 choices; I'd vote Libertarian.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 6, 2014 9:27 a.m.


    That's the problem. People don't understand.

    People have voted in corrupt leaders who placed us into a seventeen trillion dollar debt, and don't understand how it happened.

    Half our people are on their knees for assistance, and don't understand why.

    Despite a huge amount of funding, our citizens are under educated. Many don't understand that either.


  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    May 6, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is completely tone deaf when it comes to talking about working people. There is no groundswell of people regretting voting for Obama over Mitt Romney. I don't understand the people who seem to view him as some kind of savior.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Sadly, American has shown that there are still far too many uninformed, low-information voters who are not yet ready to get off of that what's-in-it-for-me bandwagon.

    After the last presidential election, I watched as a TV crew went out on the street to talk to the first dozen Obama supporters they could find at random. Only 2 even knew who the vice president was and besides mentioning getting Bin Laden (which Obama had very little to do with), none of them could name anything constructive Obama had accomplished during his first term. They were basically excited about having Obama as president, but with no good reasons why. It was truly sad and pitiful.

    Even with the disaster that Obamacare is proving to be and the obviously botched foreign policy moves Obama has made, liberals are still willing to continue going down with the ship rather than admit they were wrong about Obama and/or that a change of direction would've been so much better (and still is).

    Everyone except politically blind dyed-in-the-wool liberal Obama supporters now know what huge mistakes the last two election results were.

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    May 6, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    If Mitt Romney would turn on his party and serve the people instead of his instincts? He would say corporate bribery is against our laws and must be ended.
    Mitt Romney would be our next president. If he could only make himself do what is right. That would be in direct opposition to Satan/instinct programs power over status quo operations. He would definitely need God to help him to open his mouth. All things are possible with God.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    May 6, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    I'm not expecting anything really of this... But why not? Trying to support righteous people in office is an unending burden, but having someone as clear-cut and obviously suited as Br. Romney to back makes it fun.

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    May 6, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    From the article: University of New Hampshire political science professor Dante Scala said: "Typically, activists up here are looking to the next thing, what's the new thing in American politics. They're also looking for a winner in 2016," Scala said. "And Mitt does not fit either of those categories."
    They are looking for a new thing, a winner, and Mitt does not fit those categories.
    I think with the photo-ops and just happening lately to be there at the right time to comment that Mitt would love to be begged to come in and be the Republicans savior. I think it's a great idea. I agree with ElmoBaggins.
    Let him run again.
    Let him lose again.
    Works for me.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    May 6, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Romney had Obama on the ropes after the first debate and somehow let his handlers tell him to take his foot off the gas. What image do we have of Mitt in those last two debates? Smiling as Obama personally thrashed him on TV.

    Mitt had his chance. He sold out to the far right too often instead of being a fiscal conservative who let everyone else battle over social issues (issues that don't get solved by politics).

    I would never vote for him again and I had reservations about whether he was authentic or electable during the last election. One of the things analysts said killed Romney was evangelicals simply did not turn out to vote. By not voting, they chose Obama over Mormon Romney.

    If Jon Hunstman made a run again, I would support him. He is a fiscal conservative who isn't afraid to stand up against the liberal spenders but also took a stand against the extreme right of his own party.

    What this country needs is a strong dose of independent and a lot less Democrat and Republican. Huntsman is that guy.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    May 6, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    To quote a Disney song that's been pounded into our ears recently, let it go, DN. Mitt Romney is never going to be president.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 6, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    In our party Chris Christie has been shown to be on the take in his home state, were he to venture onto the federal stage he would be eviscerated...as he should be. Paul Rand has gone so far to the right he no longer is seen as a centrist or a has a fiscal plan that is plausible.

    If Mitt could be trusted he would have been a great man for the white house but he told so many whoppers during his run he became unelectable.

    The parties are rehashing the Bushes and Clintons and Mitts. That way they can keep the electorate in the dark, keep the middle class in limbo and with power and money can elect the person who will run Washington and ignore the country.

    Both parties have front runners just neither party has a winner.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 6, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Are Republicans so bound to the past that they can't let it go? Time to move on.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 6, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    I hope a third Romney run is impossible. Bad as Obama is, and I never wanted him as President -- I wrote in Huntsman, who would have been a great president -- Romney would have been infinitely worse. We dodged a huge disaster when Romney was sent packing. Hopefully he will stay gone.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    May 6, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    It is being reported that Romney Care in Mass is being dismantled and participants moved to ACA. Maybe he was smart mot taking ownership during the campaign.

  • ElmoBaggins Escalante, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:48 a.m.

    OH PLEASE! Please nominate Romney again that would make Hillary's landslide victory that much bigger!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    The nation made a terrible mistake in 2012, but it's a mistake we're all going to have to live with.

    Mitt would have made a great president, but he's not running again.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    "Romney didn't say Russia was our foe, he said they were our #1 geopolitical threat. Has that not been shown to be true?"

    No, he did not say that. He said Russia was "a geopolitical foe" - one of several geopolitical foes (echoing Bush's "Axis of Evil" statements).

    Romney made no unusual or uniquely prescient predictions, so he couldn't have "gotten it right" on Russia. And Russia is not our "#1 threat"! Not by a long shot!

    Our return to the Presidency will not happen with such thin reasoning and bogus claims. The Republican Party - MY Republican Party - will only succeed by solid principles of liberty and equality as we did from Freemont and Lincoln, to Reagan and Bush Sr. Half truths and speculative innuendo will only continue to marginalized us.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    That the Republicans would even consider running a two-time loser only shows how desperate and out of touch they are, and how empty their viable candidate bucket really is.

    That said, I think Romney is too smart to fall for it. But who knows? Politics is very addicting.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 6, 2014 6:01 a.m.

    Romney lost because 2 million fewer Republicans voted in 2012 than in 2008. There are still plenty of Mormon-hating Conservatives out there and Romney himself did not make the strongest case for why we should vote for him, other than he was not Obama. If I thought he could tell his story better about exactly what he would do (beyond "grow jobs"), how he would reform government, reduce its size while increasing its efficiency (we are rated 65th in the world by the Economist magazine in terms of government spending efficiency), then I would think another run would be worthwhile. But in my view, he ran both campaigns pretty much the same way.

    Just let it go people. That ship has sailed...

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 6, 2014 5:49 a.m.

    "I personally think that Romney would have made a fantastic President"

    I would agree with that with a caveat.

    If Romney would be Romney, with all his business experience, I can agree.
    If Romney would look at (insert issue here) and make decisions on where the data took him, like all good businessmen would, he would do well.

    Unfortunately, he had to pander to the right wing and say things that he did not believe, take positions that he was not comfortable with and become a person he was not.

    He morphed into what someone else wanted him to be. That makes him a sellout.

    No thanks.

  • hairypatches Hurricane, UT
    May 6, 2014 5:48 a.m.

    Reasons why a third Romney run makes sense:

    Third time is the charm! Ask Nixon...

    Republicans have no visible front runner. For those of you who have forgotten the popular vote, the final popular vote totals were 65,899,660 for Obama-Biden (51.1%) and 60,932,152 (47.2%) for Romney-Ryan. Romney was only 5 million votes shy of winning the popular vote and with the state of things since the election Romney could overcome that margin better than any other candidate.

    Romney has been right about foreign policy, the economy, the Affordable Care Act and most other issues that he ran on.

    Romney has the national organizational structure that any other candidate would have to build from the ground up, personal money/money backers, national name recognition far and above any other potential Republican candidate.

    Another bloody RNC Primary would probably doom anyone else except perhaps Jeb Bush.

    The nation has any Bush vs any Clinton fatigue.

    Mitt would be great at articulating mistakes in the last campaign and how to lead and correct them in a new election.

    All of the Mormon issues have been brought to light and more than enough reasonable people don't have a problem with it.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    May 5, 2014 11:53 p.m.

    Romney is too good for the political mess America has found herself in because of he incompetency of Obama. Presently, America is on a slow but sure decline and Hillary is perfect for finishing the job Obama started. Now, China is becoming not only the number one economy but an emerging world superpower. History will repeat itself as Hillary is set to repeat Obama's socialist incompetent and corrupt legacy. Sadly it's the Americans who will make sure that America's fate is sealed by making the same mistake of electing someone who is weak, incompetent and does not fully believe and invest in the American ideals.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 5, 2014 10:45 p.m.

    Not going to happen. The country should have elected him when we had the chance. Last week we find out we had 0.1% economic growth. This country got it soooo wrong with Obama.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    May 5, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    About as far fetched as his chance of winning in 2012

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    May 5, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    Romney didn't say Russia was our foe, he said they were our #1 geopolitical threat. Has that not been shown to be true?

    Obama successfully mocked Romney in the debate to the disadvantage of the USA. In real life, Putin has successfully mocked Obama and NATO countries, repeatedly, to the disadvantage of Ukraine.

    Have you read the news breaking on Forbes tonight about the Crimean election sham? After the "election" scheduled in eastern Ukraine on 5/11 to annex eastern Ukraine, where will Putin hold the next "election"? Latvia? And after that?

    The problem isn't just that Ukraine is embroiled in civil war that Romney didn't specifically predict, the problem is Putin's imperial dream - our #1 geopolitical threat just as Romney stated. Ukraine is a subset of that threat.

    Putin is taking advantage of our president and his meaningless red lines and lines drawn in the sand while the country keeps its head in the sand.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 5, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    I personally think that Romney would have made a fantastic President. We are in a world of hurt when it comes to the economy. Who better than Mitt to fix it?
    Who could create jobs better?
    Mitt's experience with the Olympics allowed him to rub shoulders with world leaders.
    He lived in Europe for two years and learned to speak French.
    He has conducted business around the world.
    He is smart enough to hire talent when he is not an expert on something.

    That said; there is one sad fact, that as a member of the LDS church bothers me. Over 20% of the population would never vote for a Mormon. That would probably doom and attempt to run again.

    Mitt, love ya, but please don't run.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    May 5, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    As a lifelong member of the GOP who voted for Obama because my Party didny offer anyone worth voting for the past two Presidential elections, If I had to choose from among Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, or Mitt Romney, I would choose Romney.

    But what is this nonsense about Mitt being "right about Russia"? Mitt never warned that Ukraine would be embroiled in a civil war. Mitt didn't predict anything. All he said was that Russia and Putin are our "geopolitical foe".

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    May 5, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    Let's see -- not trounced in 2012, appears correct in light of foreign policy gaffes during and since his defeat, Affordable Healthcare Act repercussions have been significant, post-election popularity has remained steady or gained (especially in people realizing he really is a good person; it wasn't spin), people feel he can be trusted, we're due for party to change at the top... If he has good ideas for current foreign affairs issues and a plan to clean-up the Obamacare mess... yeah, he could give Hilary a good run.

    Basically, nothing has tarnished him since. And yes, there are good number people who voted for Obama in 2012 that have second guessed themselves.

    He should avoid the circus of last time and not burn himself up in the GOP Primary... let a primary be about who besides him should run, squabbling amongst themselves... if he declares, he would already be the front runner.

  • Wiaz scottsdale , AZ
    May 5, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    Didn't Romney embarrass himself enough in 2012? Well Hillary will trounce him