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Rep. Chaffetz keeps Romney for President talk alive

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  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    July 11, 2014 11:39 p.m.

    A well put response,

    "Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, called Chaffetz's statement "wishful thinking." He said Chaffetz has no insider knowledge of Romney's intentions."

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 10, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    @gee-en 10:06 a.m. July 10, 2014

    I wonder though, would Mitt consider being called upon to be in the cabinet of a Republican administration? Secretary of State or Secretary of the Treasury? Would he consider being a candidate for vice-president on the the right ticket? Mitt seems to be the type to do just about anything for his country when asked.

    ---------------------

    That would depend what he could get for doing it. If he could get what he wanted (most likely enough money or the opportunity to make enough money), he would in a heartbeat.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    @LDSareChristians
    "If realclearpolitics were to place Romney on their poll"

    Real Clear Politics didn't issue the polls, they collected the polls other firms like Quinnipiac and Rasmussen have conducted. None of those have asked about Romney in over half a year.

    "If they were to ignore it and offer him as a poll candidate, he'd beat out all the other candidates combined. "

    I am confident that that would not be the case though unfortunately nobody has done the poll for that so neither of us can do much to prove our view on the matter until that changes.

    "Since the election a week earlier was already lost, I could only conclude the dream must be of the future. I have been at peace and calm, about all things political, ever since. "

    I see no reason to believe that dream was prophetic in any sense (of course you might've just left details out that explain why you think it was, which is fine, just understand my skepticism).

    @don17
    "Obama voted for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan(his wars too). "

    He wasn't in the Senate then, he only inherited them.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    I wonder though, would Mitt consider being called upon to be in the cabinet of a Republican administration? Secretary of State or Secretary of the Treasury? Would he consider being a candidate for vice-president on the the right ticket? Mitt seems to be the type to do just about anything for his country when asked.

  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    Keep hanging your hats on a candidate that was soundly defeated twice. If that is the best candidate your party has to offer myself and many free thinking liberals nationwide thank you. Our country will continue moving forward in 2016 rather taking a time machine back to the 1980's.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    July 9, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    The Question is, was, and shall remain:

    WHICH Mitt Romney?

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    July 9, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    Romney is saying he won't run, and I'm sure he means it.

    But then again, he might run after all.

    Why?

    First (and most importantly), he loves America. Not like Obama saying saying "I love America". Obama says that almost daily. But.....his actions prove otherwise. Romney? Look at what he's done. No, not what the media SAYS he's done, look at what he's actually done. Romney loves America. His patriotism is in his blood and in his every breath and he knows it.

    Second, he's smarter now. After running twice he knows the game. Particularly with the media. He'll think things through even more than he did the first two times when it comes to speaking to the media. And, I predict, he'll not only be more wise with how he phrases things ("My wife drives a couple of Cadillacs", "47% wont' vote for me", etc) he'll also be MORE aggressive with countering the lies the media spewed incessantly about him.

    Romney 2016?

    We'd be lucky beyond belief.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    July 9, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    I started supporting Mitt in 2007 right after he gave his "Faith In America" speech in Houston, TX.

    Incredible. Absolutely, positively incredible. Find it on YouTube and see for yourself whether Mitt understands America and what it means to be an American. Rich or not, that guy "gets it". I was so impressed with that speech I had my wife and kids watch it that same night.

    After that, over a period of almost 5 years, I found 28 separate, objective reasons why Mitt Romney would make a phenomenal President. That's right, 28. And, no, not one single one of them came from stories written by Deseret News writers.

    To see what we could have had, to what we have now in the White House, as an American citizen I hang my head in shame and disgust.

    How long, Lord, how long?....

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 9, 2014 5:02 a.m.

    If Romney is serious about not running for President, he should follow the example of General William Tecumseh Sherman when he was being considered as a possible Republican candidate for the presidential election of 1884 -- he declined, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected." Of course, given Romney's predilection for flip-flopping and etch-a-sketching, there is no way to believe that he would really mean it and do it, even if he said it.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    July 8, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    With Hillary being exposed for the inept politician that she is, there is new excitement. I doubt Romney will run again though.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    July 8, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    Hillary rolls from the left to the middle of the political landscape like an old Ford Truck running out of gas. Dead broke and no money for gas, at speaking tours at $200,000 a pop. Romney? He's dead in the weeds. Leaving Obama slip through on Benghazi in front of millions of Americans who wanted answers to that fiasco, left me cold about him.

    There are more political crises in the last 5 years than in the last 70, and the least popular president isn't done. The democrats time is up...they are through, It is time for real leadership for this great country.

    The Republicans will run a viable candidate, and he/she will have both the House and the Senate behind him/her to undo much of Obama's so-called "legacy." Can hardly wait for November and all of the howling from the hard left.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 8, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    Yes, let's draft Romney. He'd look good in an Army uniform.

    Perhaps if he knew he might have to go into battle, he'd be much more careful about his sabre rattling.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    July 8, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    Mitt Romney Really Dream On Jason . What color is the sky in your world ?

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    July 8, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    "To keep gas costs lower, just put more air in your tires, and tune your car up..."
    "You didn't build that..."
    The borders are secure...
    "Al Qaeda is on the run..."
    "If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your Dr, you can keep him/her..."
    "Here come those shovel ready jobs..."
    "It was the video that bought the attack on Benghazi..."

    Bush never had control of both houses like Obama did. It's a good thing that 2010 happened or this country would be in a worse mess than it is right now...can you imagine Harry and Nancy running the show today?

  • MaxxFordham OREM, UT
    July 8, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Hey, "Obama10,"

    Only 10 feet, huh? What about those 40-foot (or 39 1/2-foot) poles?

    (Oh, you might want to change your user name, because right now it looks like it's implying that you're in favor of Obama.)

    Mike

  • postaledith Freeland, WA
    July 8, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is the best candidate and she will win.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    July 8, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    Steamroller:

    Just some clarification on your facts: Obama voted for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan(his wars too).
    Bush came to office and the deficit was 5.807 trillion and left with it at 10.6 trillion.

    Obama came to office with the deficit at 10.6 trillion and it is 17.3 trillion with two years to go and projected yearly deficits at 1 trillion each. That would be double Bush's deficit period. (All Deficit figures from Treasury Dept reports not made up like your figures.

    When Bush became President the dot com crash was occurring and 9-11-11 occurred. In part because Clinton 3 times refused to give the order to capture Bin-Ladan when his where
    abouts were known!

    Obama proposed 2 budgets you are correct about. However, the facts are these: Neither Obama budget received a single vote in the House or the Senate. Not one Republican or Democrat voted in support of a Obama budget.

    As of July 4th 2014 the House of Representatives has passed 420 bills supporting small business, tax reform, irs reform, small business regulation reform, V.A. reform and border security to mention just a few, that the Harry Reid Senate has failed to bring to a vote!

  • AerilusMaximus Berryville, VA
    July 8, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    @ Sharp hooks

    Look at what is going on with the border right now. Illegals are pouring in through the so called "secure" border.

    "If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it"

    hmmm...who promised us that?

    I think his name begins with B..and end with Obama.

    Who promised us that the government was going to be more transparent and that health care costs would be lowered...I believe it was the same guy.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    July 8, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    To "SharpHooks" what "smoky stats"? Those are matters of fact. Tell us, what is better today than it was in 2008? You claim things are better, but the government statistics all show that things are worse now than they have been in the past 40 years.

    If you disagree, please prove it. I have listed out many indicators that are easily checked showing that things are in a sad and sorry state right now.

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    July 8, 2014 2:26 p.m.

    @ Frozen Fractals,

    If realclearpolitics were to place Romney on their poll, he'd blow all the others out of the water. realclearpolitics is at this moment simply honoring Romneys "I will not run" position. If they were to ignore it and offer him as a poll candidate, he'd beat out all the other candidates combined.

    Re the prophetic-ness of this news article...
    A week after the Nov 2012 election, after a weeks fretting about Romney's loss, I had a dream wherein there was discussed, in a matter of fact tone, Romney winning the election. Since the election a week earlier was already lost, I could only conclude the dream must be of the future. I have been at peace and calm, about all things political, ever since.

    The qualities needed to save this country, are only found in this one man, Mitt Romney!

  • Idahotransplant West Jordan, UT
    July 8, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    I know what Chaffetz is trying to do. It will not work. Mitt Romney was destroyed by lies, inaccuracies and false statements by the media, I get that. Our country is in pretty bad shape as this country does not need career politicians but those who represent the people. We Just finshed celebrating the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There were issues as the founding fathers conviened. The biggest was that of the smaller states verses the larger states and thier representation. There is a reason why we have three branches of government and there is a reason why we have term limits for our President. It is hard to predict if one individual would have done better than another because it becomes opinionated and subjective. I think Mitt would have done well but he would have had some failures as well. One Gripe I have is that many in this country, do take their freedoms lightly. Please learn the Bill of rights, the constitution, learn your history. During watergate one of the Supreme Justices, Thurgood Marshall stated that the President is not above the law, Niether is Barack Obama or anyone else.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    July 8, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Jon Huntsman would be more concievable. The liberal media loves him. And they (the media) are the king-makers.

  • Gunner South Jordan, UT
    July 8, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    I love the left always pimping "the unemployment rate is dropping!" Really? Anybody that's taken Statistics 101 knows if you include the numbers of workers who have completely stopped looking for work because they can't find jobs, would know that the true unemployment rate would be over 10% right now! Silly numbers!

  • Gunner South Jordan, UT
    July 8, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    SharpHooks: I see you left out fewest numbers in the work force since I believe 1976, a shrinking GDP for the first time in 5 years, more people on food stamps than any other time in history. I could go on, but that would be silly to tout real facts.

  • Casey See FLOWER MOUND, TX
    July 8, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    Dear SharpHooks,

    Democrats nationwide are rejoicing! Mitt proved already he has no idea how the common man lives and struggles. He is unfit for the job, and as such, we will dismiss him once again.

    I agree that Mitt probably won't run again, HC has even less of a concept of how the common man lives. She and Bill never even lived in their own home until after he left the White House. She thinks subsidized housing is the governor's mansion. Look at her comments on her and Bill being totally broke upon leaving the White House. Yes they had more debt than tangible assets, but they also had the means to pay that debt faster than any common man. $200k per speech, plus a large monthly stipend, and a retirement check from the US government plus Arkansas that is bigger than any working man's annual salary.

    Both parties' candidates have very little insight into the working man's world. What we need is a candidate that understands Economics, Diplomacy, and dealing with the other party to get things done.

    not many have those qualifications. Those that do are vilified by those who don't.

  • apm22 sparks, NV
    July 8, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    Does it really matter what we the people think who should run? Based upon recent history, it seems that we the serfs will be forced to vote for whomever the establishment puts up for us.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    Realclearpolitics average of polling for GOP 2016:
    Rand Paul 13.2%
    Jeb Bush 12.2%
    Mike Huckabee 12.0%
    Chris Christie 10.8%
    Paul Ryan 10.2%
    Ted Cruz 7.0%
    Marco Rubio 7.0%
    Scott Walker 5.5%
    Rick Perry 4.4%
    Rick Santorum 3.5%
    Bobby Jindal 2.3%

    Romney is not among the top 10 candidates most likely to run.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    Anyone (like Chaffetz) who says Romney should run again is merely highlighting the fact that the Republicans don't have a viable candidate at all.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    July 8, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    To "SharpHooks" surely you are joking. We are in worse shape now than ever before.

    National Debt is nearly 4 times what it was in 2001 when Bush took office.

    The average unemployment rate under Obama is still higher than under Bush. Along with that, the labor force participation rate is at a 40 year low.

    Deficits are still higher than under Bush.

    Gas prices are double what they were under Bush.

    Health insurance rates have increased by over 40% (national average).

    Incomes have DECREASED by over $5000/yr.

    The US has had its credit rating downgraded 2 times, meaning it costs us more to service the national debt.

    Gitmo is still open.

    The NSA has even more power to spy on US citizens.

    We are going on 5 years of the government printing money.

    The borders are letting more illegal immigrants in than ever.

    Even the stock market being up isn't a good thing because that is artificially inflated because of the quantitative easing.

    There is more civil unrest now than under Bush.

    I don't know what bubble you live in, but things are not getting any better.

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    I'd love to see him as President - Mitt could clean this mess up like few could.

    We need a business minded president.

    Let me ask our liberal leaning friends a question: if liberal policies are so effective and good for the country, why don't you live your personal life the same way?

    Let me explain by asking you a few questions:

    Why don't you spend more than you make (by a 2 to 1 margin)?

    Why do you try to get every deduction possible on your taxes?

    Why do you want as much personal freedom as possible?

    Answer: Because it doesn't make since to do anything else.

    So if it's good for you, why wouldn't it be good for the country? Mitt would be an amazing success as President because he knows how to make money - and would run this country like a successful business.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    Romney isn't going to run - the GOP had better move on and find a replacement. There are several GOP governors who have turned their repective states around economically taking over for failed liberal Democrats. Any of these governors would be a great candidate. Pick a young, successful popular GOP governor and run with him or her. It doesn't matter as much who because the Democrat low information voter won't care anyway - they just listen to their propaganda masters at the top of the party and follow like an obediant dog. "Stupid is as stuid does" Forest Gump. America is full of stupid people on the left unfortunately and that is THE biggest reason for the "great American decline".

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    I'd bet romney wonders how many timea, and how many ways, he has to say no.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    Lots of hate-spewed comments on this post. Sad.

    We are Americans. Let's start acting like it and be civil to one another!

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Chaffetz keeps a lot of dead topics alive.

    Reaganomics, Benghazi, and Romney for President...

    Let's stop giving Chaffetz the attention he wants. Eventually sometime in his career he might actually accomplish something for the middle class.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    @Obama10
    It's less of a mess than was left by GWB--and we're in better shape altogether.
    Stock Market up, unemployment down---Welcome Hillary!

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    Democrats nationwide are rejoicing! Mitt proved already he has no idea how the common man lives and struggles. He is unfit for the job, and as such, we will dismiss him once again.
    (Plus--I KNEW he would run ---as soon as he said he wouldn't!)

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    @BYUalum 11:13 a.m. July 8, 2014

    Please read "One Nation" by Dr. Ben Carson. Then decide who would be the candidate to beat HC!

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    That's easy. Neither Romney nor Carson. Carson would be a great person to consult if one needs a neurosurgeon, but not for President. Romney isn't good in any category.

    The good candidate, and the candidate who could beat any Democrat, would be Jon Huntsman, Jr.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Why would Romney want to inherit the mess Obama is leaving him? I wouldn't touch it with a 10-ft pole.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 8, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Please read "One Nation" by Dr. Ben Carson. Then decide who would be the candidate to beat HC!