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Published: Monday, May 5 2014 6:35 p.m. MDT

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Wiaz
scottsdale , AZ

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

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

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.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

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".

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

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.

79Ute
Orange County, CA

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.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

About as far fetched as his chance of winning in 2012

A1994
Centerville, UT

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.

Kouger
Lehi, UT

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.

hairypatches
Hurricane, UT

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.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"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.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

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...

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

"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.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

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.

ElmoBaggins
Escalante, UT

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

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.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

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.

Esquire
Springville, UT

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

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

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.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

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.

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