Josh Romney mulling politics

He might run against Matheson for Congress

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  • Susan
    Aug. 24, 2009 11:57 a.m.

    Doesn't matter, I would vote for a Romney before I see Matheson in there again. Don't you people know that our governmnet is so corrupt, do you know that Social Security for our old folks is getting the shaft. Vote Matheson out.. get someone who isn't corrupt out. Call or write your congressmen to fix social security, as it is because of them that it is broke. They kept barrowing and spent it all.

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2008 9:31 a.m.

    Sounds like sour grapes! McCain is the Republican canadiate the lies have not changed that. Your family and father know about lies. Put your energy into being pro active by showing the maturity and integrity of a young man who wishes to change the country and enter into politics.I am saddened that you say you cannot support John McCain. Who will you be supporting Obama? Hillery? Maybe your family ideals are closer to democrats in theory they we all thought. and that's ok too I appreciate your desires to run for congress, we need men of integrity and faith, not one who needs to put others down to climb the ladder, but one who can stand on his own merits. The LDS community need men and women of higher standards of positive action. We have been taking a beating for our attitudes of belonging to some exclusive members only club, where our ideals and values are the only way. Not our fathers plan. Young Romney you can change the path and take the one less traveled by most politicians. Love and Respect for all is the answer!!! We can find a moral common ground to build upon in everyone.

  • Ardent
    Feb. 29, 2008 9:47 p.m.

    Anonymous, you are impossible. I do think McCain is a hero, however, I am not believing that qualifies him for the job as president!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 29, 2008 5:53 p.m.

    In fact ... I completely discount any military service. It's not important. McCain gets no consideration from me for his POW status.

  • To Sargeant
    Feb. 29, 2008 9:31 a.m.

    You are not an army of one, many of us have served and distinguished ourselves in military service to our country. I do not think it is a requirement for political office, but I do think it is a good reference of ones patrotism and self sacrifice to our nation's interest. In the early years of our republic many of our presidents served: Washington, etc. Today too many of our polititions are just that, tin horn opportunist. Semper Fi. And thank you for your service.

  • My 2 Cents Worth
    Feb. 29, 2008 3:42 a.m.

    I know how Joke feels. I can't believe that anyone, including democrats, could support the inexperienced, vacuous minded Obama.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 28, 2008 8:52 p.m.

    Wow bhparkman, I am not sure what you are trying to say there buddy. The Romneys are a great family and they don't consider themselves royalty or nobility or whatever. They are actually just regular people who want to serve their country. I pray they get the chance some day. I agree with Todd. I hope the same thing. I may hae to do a write in because there are such slim pickens. A person has to vote their conscience and my conscience just doesn't seem to like anything I see in the present arena. Oh well. write in perhaps.

  • bhparkman
    Feb. 28, 2008 5:13 p.m.

    Just great... another dynasty to mess things up.

    I guess I'm not really part the local society. I don't care what your name, family history, or the appearance of nobility. WE ARE SOVEREIGN! WE HAVE NO ROYALTY OR NOBILITY!!!

    If this Romney guy wants my vote, he'd better prove he'll be a good temp employee. And I want some sort of collateral to keep him in line. I've lost all trust and respect for these Huntsman's, Matheson's, Cannon's, and the rest of them.

  • sargeant
    Feb. 28, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    I would hope that everyone who gripes about the Romney sons not serving in the military are themselves enlisting and making sure their own sons, husbands, brothers, nephews, etc. are right alongside them. HOWEVER, it's most often just blowhards with nothing better to say and no action behind their words.

  • todd
    Feb. 28, 2008 11:13 a.m.

    I hope Mitt Romney re-enters the race as President or even as Vice President. The candidates that are still in the race are not real options. It makes me sick to know that all three Presidential candidates fall into the amnesty boat.

  • Dave
    Feb. 27, 2008 9:27 p.m.

    As someone who hopes to make it big one day I really am sick of the ignorant people of the world who see someone like Mitt Romney or his kids who has have made something of themselves and feel it their calling in life to act as if they are unworthy of what they have and that they are just some spoiled rich kid. It is these type of jealous bigots that tend to drive the truly hardworking Americans away from the Democratic party since people don't work as hard as they do just so they can be taxed to death and have their money given to others who aren't willing to put in the long hours. Time and time again the Democratic party tries to create entitlement programs but then fails to address the fact that luxuries like cable television aren't a right and if you have financial problems then maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't be spending your money on luxury items.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 27, 2008 8:58 p.m.

    Thanks Dianna. It is good for people to talk about the good things. It is about time something good was said about a really good man and his family. There has been an effort to dominate this board by whiners, complainers, bad sports and jealous people. Mitt Romney was and probably is a great hope for a great many people. I for one don't even know what I am going to do come voting time. There is not alot out there for me to choose from. Oh well. I still pray for Mitt and family.

  • Leroy
    Feb. 27, 2008 7:00 p.m.

    Go Josh Go. You have the birth right and your influence will make a difference. The constitution is hanging by a thread and representatives like yourself are the hope for the future. Go Josh GO.

  • Dianna
    Feb. 27, 2008 1:23 p.m.

    Who determines if comments are abusive, offensive, off-topic, misrepresentative? I have read a lot of those. Why are they allowed?

  • Dianna
    Feb. 27, 2008 1:19 p.m.

    To Trip
    Take back those lying words. You don't have a leg to stand on and don't know what you are talking about. Mitt Romney closed his business and took his volunteer employs with him to New York to search for a friend's missing daughter. They found her too! Mitt Romney and some of his sons traveled all the way to California to help fight the fires that were burning homes in the southern residential regions last summer. They dug dirt with shovels to create fire breaks. Did you do that? Mitt Romney and his sons served 2 year missions in areas where they served people on a daily basis, some of them on foreign soil. I know what that is like. I have 2 sons and a daughter, all who served foreign missions (Venezuela, Japan, Mongolia) and I know how they sacrificed and worked for the good of the people there evidenced by the love they have for each other. That is better any day than having to kill in war, but if they are called to do that, they will. You just don't have a clue about what you are printing. Aplologize.

  • Stacy from Sacramento
    Feb. 27, 2008 11:26 a.m.

    gosh Trip and John Huntsman, you sound like little spoiled children. SO they are rich, big deal? You guys need to get a life, grow up and find a way to work and play well with others. Otherwise, you will just continue to be pathetic.

    I for one am capable of respecting hard work and success. Get a clue

  • To Trip
    Feb. 27, 2008 11:13 a.m.

    Trip- If you have served in the military you are entitled to say that, otherwise, do not make such judgments.

  • John Huntsman
    Feb. 27, 2008 10:54 a.m.

    John Huntsman has been the best Democrat governor this state has ever had. I am pleased to have this "really a democrat" politician in office.

    I don't like Josh Romney...he has had a lot handed to him on a silver platter.

  • Trip
    Feb. 27, 2008 8:46 a.m.

    The Romneys are the leaches of this world they never give, no military service or any other patriotic contribution that others are expected to serve. The Romneys are takers, they are the bad seed of democracy.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 27, 2008 7:17 a.m.

    Go Josh,go for it !

  • sunnykc
    Feb. 27, 2008 5:22 a.m.

    It is NOT the better part of wisdom for a 32 year old man with a wife and three children to enlist in the war when plenty of other single, younger men are available--I don't care who you know who's done it. And YES being on the campaign trial is a valuable experience--it puts you in touch with the people--their opinions, their wishes, their needs. Many politicians have run for office with less relevant backgrounds. You go for it, Josh!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:47 p.m.

    I wish Josh Romney would run for governor. He'd get my vote. I voted for John Huntsman, jr. but won't again. I'm sure he's a very nice man, but as a governor he's a huge disappointment. I'm not sure what his vision for UT is, but I haven't agreed with much of what he's done yet. His apparent softness on immigration is appalling. I think he puts a wet finger up every morning and sees which way the wind is blowing. I'm beginning to wonder if the man actually has a back bone or an original thought.

  • ? Why the cruel words?
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:35 p.m.

    Alot has been said about the "Politician's" children or grandchildren becoming politicians and how that is wrong and to much like "Royalty". I don't understand how people can sling so much mud with no reality check. How many Plumber's children - become plumbers? How many Plant workers children - become plant workers? How many Teacher's children - become teachers? Do you get the picture? Nothing is wrong with any of that. How hard is it to understand that alot of people "become" what they have seen and experienced growing up. How many of you have the guts to get out and do something, instead of griping about it not being done? I would say not many. The people that make things happen don't just talk... they DO. If you want change - then YOU help change it instead griping and wanting someone else to change it. Why can't you "Gripers" give your children a better legacy and "Do" instead of "Gripe"?

  • CourgarKeith
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:12 p.m.

    In respects to earlier comments, Go Josh, Go... Don't let the comments keep you down.

  • Right thinking person
    Feb. 26, 2008 10:31 p.m.

    Josh exemplifies all of the qualities that we right thinking mormons hold dear. He is rich so he must be righteous, he doesn't work much, his daddy is rich, he goes to church regularly. He's one of us, so we all, as right thinking people should vote for him. I don't see how anyone could not vote for Josh. He's a Romney, he's LDS, he's republican. What more could you want in a leader?

  • Clint
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:28 p.m.

    Why all the hubub, he is a good man and that should be recognized. Josh served a mission, is active and Utah can relate and rely on that background. He is an ideal candidate and for those who cannot accept or at least take a look at him, you are clearly bigoted against the LDS church.

    In the end it wont matter as the LDS voting block will deem its will upon Utah and I am proud of the majority that will make that choice.

  • chill !!!!
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:13 p.m.

    this blog is getting the devil out of some of you who lost a great, great, great man just recently. Don't lower yourselves because he never did! Just looking at this blog and the sports blogs doesn't lend honor or justice to such a great leader!

  • To: carmstrong909
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:33 p.m.

    I will ask you that same question only a little difference: So you need to be LDS to run for office in Utah?

    What is that got to do with serving in the government office? Learning how to fight your enemies? Strategy to balance the budget? Enact or approve laws?

    Absolutely nothing but it seems to an overwhelming factor in being electable.

  • carmstrong909
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:16 p.m.

    So you need to be in the military to run for government office? What is that got to do with serving in the government office? Learning how to fight your enemies? Strategy to balance the budget? Enact or approve laws?

  • Jordon
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:12 p.m.

    This young man has great LDS values and those who have commented on his character are clearly incorrect. You would be well served by this fine upstanding LDS man and should strive to emmulate his values and fine family.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 26, 2008 5:35 p.m.

    If this turns out to be a duplicate post, I am sorry.

    this is to Hater and to Michael

    Hater: Your letter was rediculous. Of course, I have supported many candidates that were not LDS. I was NOT raised in Utah. In my view your judgements are unkind from one who doesn't even know him.

    AS for Michael: Talk about your bigotry. my my. You took one afternoon to convince yourself that Joseph was not a prophet. I am sorry you were not desirous to spend more time in your research. I have spent my entire adult life studying the life of Joseph Smith, early church history and the scriptures in depth. It takes much more than a cursory afternoon. If one does not wish to know the truth, any lie will do.

    If all else fails, one can always try the Lord's formula and search, ponder and pray. You read and study. You think analytically and with an open mind and heart. Then, you humble yourself before God on your knees and ask. It is a great experience. Anyone reading this, know I have done this. Joseph Smith is nothing less than a prophet of God. Great joy!

  • Chris Laurence
    Feb. 26, 2008 4:59 p.m.

    To hater,

    I sure would support someone raised in Massachusetts. Regardless, it is usually identity politics, not bigotry that causes someone to support "one of their own." For an accurate portrayal of bigotry, read the post below yours by "Michael" at 3:58 PM. That is bigotry.

  • Experience
    Feb. 26, 2008 4:38 p.m.

    The best part of this guy is his experience....or the lack thereof. Except for running a campaign that failed.

  • Maria
    Feb. 26, 2008 4:25 p.m.

    We,Christians,already know about Mormon teachings.Don't blame Huckabee.

  • Michael
    Feb. 26, 2008 3:58 p.m.

    It's not un-American that they did not want Romney because of his religion. Mormonism was the brain child of Joseph Smith and there is plenty of evidence to prove it's just another cult. It only takes one afternoon of good research to see that.

    I can't support a president who fell prey to a big fat lie because it shows he does not have good common sense and does not research something before he follows it blindly. We need a leader who considers everything carefully and does not just jump into something without careful research.

    Of course I doubt you will show this on your site because you are probably just as biased as the so called un-Americans that did not want Romney and you filter out the stuff you don't want due to politics.

  • hater
    Feb. 26, 2008 3:13 p.m.

    re: Indiana

    Typical knee-jerk defense of one "of your own." Did I pretend to "know" anything in my post? Re-read it and see if you can discern a statement of fact from a question. I am sure they are "wonderful people" as you say. I don't want him to represent me - plain and simple. You and many others are religious bigots without even knowing it. You accuse many of not supporting the Romney clan based on their religion. Problem is, their religion is the ONLY reason you support them. Ask yourself honestly, if Mitt and his kids weren't Mormons would you really support a non-native Utahn raised in the hotbed of liberalism (Massachusetts)to be your president, governor, or US representative? Of course you wouldn't.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 26, 2008 2:58 p.m.

    Why aren't the the Romney sons over in Iraq doing their patriotic duty or should just poor Americans die over there. Another Mormon in politics....just the same old Mormon agenda

  • Massachusetts
    Feb. 26, 2008 2:29 p.m.

    Romney for VP or replacing McCain. Please.

    I live in Massachusetts, in the community next to Mitt's.

    What a fake he is, a conservative. Come on.
    He says he's pro life but in his Massachussetts health care law he pushed in 2006 it requires Planned Parenthood to be on the policy board. Why did he allow that? Hmm. Any Mitt supporter's want to answer that?

    Mitt is a RINO in conservative sheep's clothing.
    And now he wants to take McCain's place because of lies in the NYT? Sorry, that's not going to happen.

  • Outside
    Feb. 26, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    LOL....Mormons in Utah complaining about religious bigotry is tooooooo funny.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 26, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    Hater: You may have aptly named yourself. You have also made some judgements that you know nothing about. How do you know he doesn't know how to pay bills? When I had a chance to listen to him, he was very respectful and concerned about the daily struggles of regular every day people. Once again, you "haters" just throw out unsnbstantiated junk that has no bearing. You have a lot of nerve if you ask me.

    I think that is the problem with alot of these comments, they are written by a limited number of people that need to put some other things in their spirits besides hate. Learn about these guys. You are just out there slinging stuf you know nothing about.

    These are wonderful people and many of you are doing nothing more than bearing false witness about people who do NOT deserve it.

    Shame on you. God bless those of you who really do your homework and try to find out about the candidate and the issues and then be supportive. Good things should happen.

  • hater
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    Campaign experience is not the kind of experience we need. Has this privileged kid ever wondered what it was like to worry about paying the bills? Has he ever thought twice about the daily struggle most Americans engage in to make ends meet. He has no clue. Neither does his flip-flopping father. I hope he wastes more of the family money in a futile attempt to unseat Matheson. The sooner the money is gone, the sooner this family becomes irrelevant.

  • Mike Miyake
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    I looked up Mitt Romney's Blogg and I saw Josh Romney for Congressman. I am not living in Utah, but I hope he will success there. I heard Mitt Romney is in Deer Valley in Vacation home. I am sure of lot of stress about his campaigning. "Mitt Romney understands of Reality of situation and can take a very unemotional approach." "Not winning isn't the end of the world" I do understand him very well. Lot of people against "Mormon"...? People doesn't understand America!!!"Believe" what? I want this country to Lead the country and to the world. We don't believe on "FAME" only. Who will build this country is the "BEST thought". It is politics are tough wishes to Josh Romney. from Mike

  • Pete
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    "For all you "Patriots" out there, why should a Romney join an army that has invaded Utah to occupy Mormon property on several occasions? This may be ancient history but some Mormons don't forget how they were treated in the east or the west. "

    After reading comments like the one I have quoted above, can anyone really claim to be shocked that a large segment of the population would never vote for a Mormon.
    This is almost as absurd as the Muslims who bring up the Crusades to justify their hostility towards Christians now.

  • John
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:08 p.m.

    The whole chickenhawk argument is so utterly absurd, it rebuts itself. We have an all-volunteer military in this country for a reason.
    Do the "geniuses" making this argument think we should get rid of civilian control of the military in this country also? If not, why? I mean, according to your "argument" only people in the military should be able to make decisions concerning the military. Good thing a majority of the population during WWII and the Civil war didn't take this asinine view, unless I missed the part in the history books detailing Lincoln's and Franklin Roosevelt's glorious military service.

  • Running into a brick wall is
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:45 a.m.

    The GOP proved in the Primary that being a Mormon is a kiss of death if you have ambitions to be President. Your Dad was cheated by James Dobson and pals.

    Become a Conservative Democrat, we need them and there are no limits on what you can achieve.

  • Jim
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:43 a.m.

    The only thing Barack Obama understands is how to pander to as many people as possible to get elected. The man is as far removed from poverty as Mitt Romney is.

  • RobertMD
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:35 a.m.

    Mitt Romney could have had it all. Most of the Baptists we know were really behind him (most of them knew of Huckabee's secret liberal ways and ethics violations) until he started wavering from one position to another. The excuses didn't matter; "situational ethics" are just that.

    If he had just stood up for his beliefs, and been true to his religion (re gay marriage, abortion and stem cell research), he would have had almost ALL the conservatives' votes and Huckabee would be a dim memory.

    PS. Guess what? Huntsman and Matheson may be big potatoes in a little field there in Utah, but nobody we know here has ever heard of them! Go figure.

  • Mark
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:33 a.m.

    Evidently St. George does not hate the fact that a Democrat is their congressman enough to have voted against him. The person with the most votes wins in Utah still, right?

  • This Article is Biased
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:28 a.m.

    I was strucken by the obvious anti-McCain bias in the artice. "pundits" are suggesting the disreputed NYT article opens an opportunity for Romney to reenter the race? Maybe in Utah, but the rest of the country has moved on.

  • steve
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    Character makes the man and you'd be hard pressed to find people of better character than the Romneys. Josh should not be blamed for being a son of priviege just as one shouldn't be blamed for growing up poor. To many people seem to be jealous of successfull people and thats to bad because thats what America is about. As far as Mitt for president, I'm not electing a preacher, but rather a president. Mitt of all the candidates was the most qualified to hold that position and thats an obvious observation. srs

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:16 a.m.

    Gosh, I guess anyone who is not a Christian is evil.

    You people are morons. and WOW I'm a Republican. God forbid someone has a different religion than you. Forget freedom of choice.

  • Chris Laurence
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:07 a.m.


    A Satanist? Seriously? Is one running somewhere? Considering they represent the antithesis of everything this nation was founded upon, yes, it would be a problem, bigotry or not. The rule is not defined by the extremes. An atheist can be very open about the rights of religious people to exercise their First Amendement rights, so atheism per se should not be a disqualifier.

    Mormonism is well within American norms, whatever the anti-Mormon publishing industry may try to foist upon the public. I would encourage people to find out more.

    I suppose I will have to grapple with my own anti-Satanist bigotry. Honestly.

  • caron
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    Rather a clean living mormon (I'm Baptist) that keeps his family and business (employees)a success than these 'public servant'leeches who have never competed in the marketplace or had to write paychecks for others.

    America will get what it deserves we the choses we have left in the presidential race.

  • jd
    Feb. 26, 2008 11:01 a.m.

    I never served in the military, but I have the utmost respect for those who do.

    I also support the war because I believe it is a noble cause and what is best for our country. I do not support it because I am a war mongering chicken hawk.

    Those who are participating in it deserve our respect and one way we can serve our country is to make sure they are taken care of when they return from the theatre of combat.

    If idiots want to say you MUST fight in a war if you think it is an important cause, then they should take a look at their lives.

    Never drive a car again if your are an environmentalist.

    Quit your job if you hate capitalism.

    Pay more taxes yourself if you want socialized medicine (yes, the gov't will take your money).

    See how stupid that it? You can support causes without taking the most extreme measures.

    Just as we send letters and care packages to the troops without fighting, you reduce your emmissions, but you don't stop driving.

    People should use their brains sometimes to think these things through instead of just insulting others.

  • D. Jean
    Feb. 26, 2008 10:34 a.m.


  • me
    Feb. 26, 2008 10:39 a.m.

    He'd get my vote should he run!! Go Josh!!!

  • Caleb
    Feb. 26, 2008 10:04 a.m.

    Would it be bigotry to vote against a candidate who was a Satanist or atheist? Religion (or the lack thereof) does matter.

  • Spanky
    Feb. 26, 2008 10:03 a.m.

    RE:Peter Boyce Clark

    Dear mr. clark. Mitt Romney supported abortion rights when he wanted to be elected governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts. Maybe his son has daddy's values. Is Josh really a closet right to choose supporter? He could be. It was only after Mitt decided that he wanted to become president and get the conservative vote, that he had a very dramatic change of heart about his stand on abortion. Oh well, Mitt's a Mormon Republican so we can forgive him his flip flopping, even on abortion. Maybe Josh will do an opposite flip flop when he decides to move onto the national political scene? At least Pelosi has been consistent in her beliefs on the matter. Mitt flops around like a fish on dry land.

  • wolf
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:56 a.m.

    (Mormonism) just what is it? and what does it stand for? you may know what it is but let an open minded intelect (ability to comprehend and reason)look at it with an open mind and you will never get the votes you need to be the president of this great country. MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE MORMONS

  • On His Own
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:54 a.m.

    His opponent would not have to "paint him as a priveleged silver-spooner". He is one. A home in Millcreek and a vacation home at Deer Valley at age 32. That is pretty good. There is a villa open next to ours on the French Riviera. We'll be in touch Josh.

    If he had done anything on his own, ever, I might vote for him.

  • timmay
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:57 a.m.

    democrat or mormon?hmmm... Neither please.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:56 a.m.

    Josh isn't going to run but if he did he would win.

  • Chris Laurence
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:38 a.m.

    It is bigoted to vote against someone based solely on his religion. It is identity politics to vote for someone based solely on his religion. Identity politics is a problem when the group is the majority, as in Utah or the South. Bigotry is a problem when it rears its ugly head anywhere.

  • K. Garner
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:40 a.m.

    Even if Matheson is a Conservative Democrat he still is a Democrat. We need to win the house back and if Romney can help it is a good thing. Democrats back their leadership when they go to DC. A vote for Matheson is a vote for Nancy Pelosi. YIKES!

  • J.G.
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:31 a.m.

    Can anyone say "carpetbagger"?

  • Rob
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:30 a.m.

    We can see that the a good part of the Chickenhawk Brigade is out in support for a Romney to avoid the nasty work of actually fighting for something they say it so vital.

    Didn't Mitt also do everything he could to avoid answering the call from the United States when it was his chance to serve?

    I remember that Mitt said his sons were serving their country - not in the military - but by working on his campaign.

    But now Mitt's campaign is ended.

    If Mitt can't convince even one of his son's that this Iraq War is worth their time - he never had a chance of convincing anyone else.

    Sad, sad, sad...

  • Utah Voter
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:29 a.m.

    Josh Romney has bravely served his father,and thus the US, by driving a van around Iowa. Well, maybe he didn't drive it, but hey. As our fearless President says...."That's hard work!". Some of you people have no idea how difficult it is, say, when you get a flat tire in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa and you have to get on your cell and call some road service to come out and change it for you. It's very irritating and inconvenient. Believe me, it's every bit as irritating as being shot at in Iraq, risking your life on a daily basis, serving your country. Josh has shown that he can stand that kind of irritation and inconvenience, which would make him one fine Utah elected official. He also understands, that by serving his daddy, who is Mormon by the way, that he's actually better serving our great nation than by enlisting, because we all know Mormons have the only true religion and everyone should be Mormon. So go for it Josh! Run Josh Run! You may not be the one mighty and strong, but you are close to it! You have my vote!

  • Peter Boyce Clark
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:25 a.m.

    $$$ ?

    - Why do the "have-not's" hate the "have's"? What worries me is that so many posts complain that these people (whether Romney, Clinton or Obama) have money. Those with money create jobs in the US and every time we pass tax increases that take away money from them, we shoot ourselves in the foot by taking away OUR jobs and our kids jobs. Those posting comments against "the rich" are the people that would rob the rich to feed the poor. We are well capable of taking care of the poor ourselves in this nation and don't need the government to do it for us.

    Josh has the name recognition and has a vibrant personality to allow him to make for a great run against Matheson that John Swallow didn't. It is a shame that in the reddest state in the nation, we support Abortion activist, house leader, Nancy Pelosi, by voting Jim into Congress. Jim is a good man and not even a bad politician, but he does not represent the views of his constituents in southern Utah. We need to wake up and get someone to run against him who can win regardless of net worth.

  • frankie
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:25 a.m.

    Mormons complaining about bigotry is awesome irony. Cry us a river.

  • Ignorance is amiss
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:17 a.m.

    I don't know if Josh Romney is qualified to replace Matheson. He has very young children. Maybe he should focus on raising them and gaining personal success before running for public office.

    The talk about enlisting is absurd. I support the war, but I also have three kids, so I would not enlist. If I was drafted, I would willingly serve, and I am pretty sure Josh Romney would too.

  • Randy in Oregon
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    The anti-war socialist libs that believe that you can not support the mission and the troops without forcing your kids to join the military are hyprocrits! What they are ostensibly suggesting is that there be forced national service or a draft to make it "fair." The logic of these anti-war liberals is the logic of a spoiled brat child. Well I say, you should not be able to criticize the war effort unless you went to Iraq, Afghanistan, Phillipines, etc. How do you like that logic? It makes as much sense as your logic.

  • Sweet William
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:07 a.m.

    for all the people suggesting that Josh enlist to show his support. No Need! Like almost all good Utoids, he has the yellow magnetic ribbons on his mini-van and an American Flag lapel pin.

    That is support enough for any good Utah-Republican-Mormon-Bush supporter

  • Barrett
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:59 a.m.

    Run Josh Run!

  • Sweet William
    Feb. 26, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    and Romney brings what qualifications to the table? Oh yeah, he is Mormon, Republican and his name is Romney.

    There is still hope in Happy Valley that the Constitution will be saved.

  • Re; Mither
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:45 a.m.

    sorry, I meant that Jim Matheson got in office on his father, Scott Matheson's coat tails.

  • hank
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:41 a.m.

    By entering religion into the equation he is way ahead of the political game. Maybe he should convert to Judism and call himself Rabi Romney or he could become a Judge with the nickname Robonna Romney. Don't step on the tail.

  • Dan
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:33 a.m.

    All of you who are saying that he should join the military instead are truly ignorant. It is a volunteer military, no one is required to serve in the military. Serving as a congressman is also a service to the country. He is 32 years old with 3 kids and a wife, he is beyond the age when most people enlist. I doubt that half of you that say he should enlist would even consider enlisting, even if you agreed with the war. You're just a bunch of hypocrites that try to think of a clever line, but it just comes off as ignorant

  • my2cents
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:31 a.m.

    I did 20 in the Navy. I never served with anyone who did not want to be there. In fact, each man/woman made their own choices about serving. Some had kids old enough to enlist. But many of these kids did not enlist. Why? because they made the decisions that were best for them.

    I would be proud if my sons serve in the miltiary, and proud if they decide not to.

    I like Jim Mattheson. He's been pretty level. But, this is not about Jim. It needs to be about Nancy P and her ruling class in the Congress.

  • Mither
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:30 a.m.

    I'm sure if Josh Romney were to post his resume it would be more impressive than that he went to HS and college on his daddy's dime. The Romney's are a great family who support a great platform - values based for once. Scott Matheson got into politics on his daddy's name if you remember.

    I hope Josh runs. He would do the office honor with his morals and values. Everyone has to start somewhere and he has the support of many who associate him with all that is good and righteous (rare individuals) and he has the name recognition that is a big part of the battle in any political race in Utah.

    A huge minus for Scott Matheson is that he has bought into the biggest scam in history - global warming caused by greenhouse gasses. That is a fear-mongering piece of work by those with ulterior motives. One would do well to look into the "science" Al Gore used.

  • dignin
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:26 a.m.

    To enough:
    Can you explain how Garn's daddy got him involved in politics?

  • DB
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:28 a.m.

    As a Republican residing in the most Republican of Iowa's 99 counties, I can definitely say that Mitt's Mormonism had a LOT to do with his not winning the Iowa Caucuses. It's a shame. I felt he was the best of all the Republican candidates, and the underlying bigotry put a black eye on the Iowa Caucuses.

  • Diana
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:21 a.m.

    The USA is fighting to preserve our way of life, that of a democratic republic. The only way to have a democratic republic is to have a healthy capitalist society, without regard to religion, color, or gender. Capitalism means that you are free to compete for business. Business means you can support yourself, your family, and provide jobs for others so they can do the same. During this campaign it has become obvious that an awful lot of Americans hate capitalism. Many want to be taken care of by government and are hell bent on electing someone who intends to do that. Problem is if you kill the rich, you kill business. Then no one can work. Then no one can pay taxes. Then everyone is poor. Wake up. The best thing for this country is someone who understands the economy and knows how to increase global business practises. It is too late this time, but it will become pretty clear to you soon enough when taxes are increased, more businesses fail, more people lose their homes, and jobs and more successful people are punished for being smart.

  • Mass Resident
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:20 a.m.

    Let me first comment that I am a Mitt supporter (I will be writing his name in in the November election) but it always amazes me when I visit family in Utah the blind following that Mitt has in Utah. I'm sad to see that there are several people on this discussion board who are willing to transfer that blindness to Josh ("If" he decides to run). What qualifications does he have? Yes he did graduate from Harvard Business School, but that was only a few years ago and last time I checked, they don't teach classes on being a public servant. Voting for Josh would be about as bad as Massachusetts (and Rhode Island and Connecticut) residents voting for Kennedys

  • Jason
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:21 a.m.

    I guess it's possible that his mormonism affected the election, but I really don't think so. In the South, being a Catholic or Mormon might have hurt him, but he couldn't win the northern states.

    What hurt him? He came off as arrogant and smug. He said "economics" is in his blood. I took that as saying, "I was born with money, a silver spoon...."

  • John
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:05 a.m.

    To everyone who said that military service is the choice Josh should make to show his patriotism: How many, if any, of you served in the military to show your patriotism. I didn't see any of you mention your valiant service. personally I served in the Marine Corps and would be happy to support Josh who is a patriot even though he has not been in the military. He is certainly not like another non military man who did some very embarrassing things while serving as President and I would like to know the military background of Representative Matheson, a Republican when he is in Utah, a Democrat when he is in Washington.

  • Julie in Texas
    Feb. 26, 2008 8:01 a.m.


    Right or wrong, whenver I hear negative comments about Mitt Romney, it is usually because "he changed his set of beliefs to meld with the base of people that he wanted to vote for him." I do not usually hear anything about his Mormonism.

    Our family really like Mitt Romney and felt that he was treated unfairly by the media. We were very disappointed he did not win the nomination, but being the nice fellow he seems to be, we feel that he has escaped the intense warfare, backbiting, scrutiny, and maliciousness that the office of President receives. He should count his blessings that he is out of the muck and mire.

    In my humble opinion, if Josh is going to run as a public servant, he would be well served to choose his set of beliefs (hopefully Godly and constitutionally) and stick with them. I greatly admire a principled man--always will. In our present age, these men are far and few between.

  • Outside
    Feb. 26, 2008 7:45 a.m.

    Wow!! Utah really is isolated.'s a Mormon thing. The rest of the country ain't ever gonna get over it. Deal with it. Be grateful you control one state and continue to believe you are superior. Cheers.

  • BD
    Feb. 26, 2008 7:38 a.m.

    "Only a few times, he said, did he hear voters say they couldn't support a Mormon candidate for president. "I said, 'That's a very un-American thing to say.' I mean, this is a country that based on religious freedom," Josh Romney said."

    Un-American? For Josh Romney to accuse someone of being un-American because he can't support a Mormon is to deny THAT person HIS religious freedom. I can choose, based on my religious preferences, whether I want to vote for a Baptist, Catholic, Muslim, Jew, atheist, or whatever. That is exercizing MY first amendment right.

  • You Have To Be Kidding
    Feb. 26, 2008 7:35 a.m.


    The Obama's went to Princeton and Harvard. I would assume that would take any of us 15 years or more to pay that off.

    Don't paint them as "someone who truly understands poverty and discrimination"

  • unable-to-label
    Feb. 26, 2008 7:25 a.m.


  • Elwood P. Suggins
    Feb. 26, 2008 7:13 a.m.

    Your religion reallly didn't have anything to do with it. I lost you when you couldn't make up your damned mind. Flip Flop Flip Flop. that's what did you in. You sir were your own worst enemy. Run for Congress that is a body of idiots selling their souls for the next election.

    What next blame God? Stop it. Your enemies are always there and God and Religion is not one of them.

  • Nathan
    Feb. 26, 2008 7:03 a.m.

    Mitt Romney's wealth should be considered an asset, not a negative. The country is a business and should be run like one. As far as his child running, thats fine I don't see a problem with it, but he better run in Utah where he might actually have a chance. As far as him needing to serve in the military, that is a load of crap. Now if they were attacking his age, that would be one thing, life experience is important. I am close to Josh Romney's Age, and I certainly don't believe that serving in the military should or should not bar me from entering politics, or my validity if I did enter. I am not saying that I disagree with people being in the Military, because I am not. If I was going to base my choice for president based only on business aspects, I would have definitely cast my vote for Mitt Romney. While I do have a hard time trusting anyone that is fervently religious to hold up the constitution, Mitt Romney is/was certainly a better choice for president that Mike Huckabee (who is funny).

  • deesee
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:45 a.m.

    i think him talking out of both sides of his mouth is what deemed him un-electable.

  • Mass Rich
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:46 a.m.

    I can't uderstand what out west see in his father or for that matter his son.

    What I saw was a polotican that mimicked was the polls. Every way wind blow he went. One day he for aboriton next he againsted. On day he for Gov managed care and then run for president he never heard of Mass Health which pushed. Then run for president and taxes are bad. In Mass raise those taxes and fees as high as you can. Another tax and spender

    If his son is same look out Utah you have fake. Rommeny no thank you, you keep em.

  • Bobby Wertis
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:37 a.m.

    Josh should become a conservative Democrat. It is painfully obvious that the GOP will never allow a Mormon to be President. The "Christian Right" of the GOP does not trust Mormons.

    If Mitt were a Democrat he would have won the nomination.

  • Mary / Rhode Island
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:33 a.m.

    Run Josh....and to Mark 3:27 a.m. Campaign Experience: Give Josh a break....he's probably had more experience in the last year than Patrick Kennedy congressman from Rhode Island has had.....(read his bio)........Also, for Mit Romney....hope you get in there somehow.....there is not ONE person on either side of this campaign that I like since you suspended your campaign....Have a good day to all..

  • shadow
    Feb. 26, 2008 6:18 a.m.

    Let's see: Matheson is effective and a democrat. The democrats are predicted to add to their majority this coming fall season. So he will be able to present and represent Utah even better than before. Probably get a couple of plum committee chairmanships.

    Josh is a very young guy, rich too, wife, 3 kids. But wrong party for the next 4-X years, and has no proven leadership skills except that he drove a van in Iowa. Did his RM work where? Does being an RM make you a candidate to lead others?

    Is this the best Utah's conservative wing of the party can offer up?

    The mountains are crying.

    The Shadow Knows.

  • It's Jon and John morons
    Feb. 26, 2008 5:22 a.m.

    Lee (12:49 a.m.) wrote "Could Josh bring his dad here and have him run for governor against Prince John? It would be great to have a governor that wouldn't threaten to veto immigration bills that the majority of Utahns support." Whose Prince John? Let me see if I can work out who this is with some logic. If Josh Romney were to bring his Dad Mitt Romney to "run for governor against Prince John" I take it that you are referring to Jon Huntsman or if you wish Prince Jon. I understand that ignorant people don't know their own Governor's name and constantly refer to Jon Hunstman as "John" Hunstman.

    I would consider this to be just a typo if it were not for the number of ignorant people making this mistake while still being able to type everything else without a problem. I find it interesting that the people who know Jon Huntsman name are those who oppose repealing in-state tuition and want to study the issue so that the majority can make an informed decision while a handful of vocal bigot can't get his name right.

  • Bruno
    Feb. 26, 2008 5:12 a.m.

    Since when is John McCain's campaign "faltering"?

  • Abe
    Feb. 26, 2008 5:17 a.m.

    If those who vote against Romeny because of his faith are bigoted, isn't the same true for those in Utah who voted for Romney because of his faith?

  • northstar62
    Feb. 26, 2008 4:35 a.m.

    How is the McCain campaign Faltering?

  • Richard
    Feb. 26, 2008 4:35 a.m.

    I am so sick of people disqualifying somebody for office in this country because they don't have prior military service.We would have a pretty small pool of prospective office holders if we did that.What gives you people the moral certitude to suggest that if someone doesn't sign up they can't legitimately support the war.Seems like something else is going on here-like envy,or maybe just religious bigotry.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 26, 2008 3:57 a.m.

    Ohhh dear Gosh no. I am Mormon, but Romney doesn't represent my views of values. Who does this kid think? I mean, being the son of billionaire doesn't make you a true champion of the people at heart. Matheson has done nothing to impress me since he got into office, and I am not even a democrat.

    Please Utah, don't tell me we have fallen so low in our political standards. It is scary how similar to modern Russia we are with these faux democracies.

  • john
    Feb. 26, 2008 3:51 a.m.

    I really don't get republicans. And it will be nice to see a Democrat in the oval office very soon. No way a Republican will win. hahaha. I am going to rub it in, too.

  • Army vet
    Feb. 26, 2008 3:38 a.m.

    Porter | 3:54 p.m. Feb. 25, 2008
    For all you "Patriots" out there, why should a Romney join an army that has invaded Utah to occupy Mormon property on several occasions? This may be ancient history but some Mormons don't forget how they were treated in the east or the west."

    Well said! And the rest of us won't forget this little gem of yours! With that attitude, why would we want a Romney to be Commander-In-Chief of our military? In fact, why would a Romney even want to have to be Commander-In-Chief of our Army if they agree with you?

    That little Romney fella should just stick to what his Daddy does; buying out companies and laying off their workers for a dime. Ka-ching!

  • Demos in power
    Feb. 26, 2008 1:45 a.m.

    Now that the Democrats have captured the House, Senate, and soon the Presidency, It might be wise to keep at least once Democrat from Utah.

  • Nduring
    Feb. 26, 2008 1:40 a.m.

    Three things a candidate should have:
    1. Strong values
    2. Ability to communicate those values
    3. Sincere desire to serve his/her country

    Josh has demonstrated the above criteria and would be a tremendous asset to Utah.

    Come on, Josh, jump in!

  • lovesaltlake
    Feb. 26, 2008 1:43 a.m.

    no offense, but I think I speak on behalf of most Utahs who live outside of Utah. Please don't run for office for a few years. We are all Romneyed out. Your dad's a great man and everything but we just need to catch our breath.

  • Bill
    Feb. 26, 2008 1:20 a.m.

    "Gary" must have a huge chip on his shoulder that he can't shed. He reminds me of one of the "mormon haters", who don't have any idea what they're all about.

    He calls Josh Romney arrogant, yet I didn't read one thing in this whole article that gave me that impression. And I can't help but wonder if "Gary" even knows what 'neophyte' means.

    As for matheson 'smoking' Josh in a congressional race? I think the only 'smoking' is what "Gary" has been doing.

  • smart move
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:45 a.m.

    Smart move. His Morman religion will work FOR him in Utah, not AGAINST. I would like to see him win. Geo. Romney was my horse in the race all along.I am a Catholic.I share his family values.

  • Chris
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:42 a.m.

    Glad to hear this, and I hope Josh does well. I certainly hope that his father does get back in the race if McCain continues to falter. He should've been our candidate all along!

  • An Independent
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:47 a.m.

    Seems to me it makes little sense ousting an effective congressman like Matheson. This Romney kid sounds nice but I'd much rather have someone who actually delivers as a representative to his constituents.

    Until Matheson proves otherwise we should keep him in there - he's done a lot of good for the second district.

  • Another Utahn
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:38 a.m.

    Seriously Josh, run for Cannon's or Bishop's seat. Matheson represents his constituents, and has done an incredible job bringing federal money into the state. He has worked up his seniority, all the while refusing to sell out to Pelosi. Can anyone honestly say it is essential we keep Cannon in office?

    I'm all for youth and a fresh perspective, but we shouldn't sacrifice Utah's most capable and effective representative (at least in the House) in pursuit of those qualities.

  • McTagh
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:28 a.m.

    I'm from VA...and I was so looking forward to voting in our primaries until Mitt dropped out. Me and my whole family had planned on voting for him. Instead, we ALL stayed home!!! We just couldn't bring ourselves to vote for McCain.

    I sure wish Josh Romney the best of luck and wish I could vote for him.

    On another note...why should he be experienced at caucassing? I think we need some young fresh blood in both houses of Congress...and as far as that crack about dynasty creation, and family, wasn't it old Joe Kennedy that started that kind of crap...and we still have that old fart Ted Kennedy in the Senate. Jeez, I wonder what kind of REAL job he had before he snagged that seat based on sympathy from his brother being killed.

    You democrats sure have a short memory.

  • James
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    An RM and an impeccable family; he has a shot to beat the liberal Matheson. Josh has my vote now will the rest of LDS stand up against the bigots that have posted negative comments on this page and stand up for your Brother.


  • Spanky Spanked
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:09 a.m.

    The only way the USA can be defeated in any conflict is through the loss of political will. It is becoming more apparent that we need more individuals engaged here in the home front active in supporting the victory in Iraq. Josh Romney needs to stay here in the United States and make it very apparent we will be victorious in Iraq and any other action our military needs to take in the future. The psychological warfare thrown at us by the left needs to be countered. Successful and accomplished people like the Romneys are in a perfect position to act as a counterweight that will bring a political victory to our soldiers. For Josh to join the military as it has been suggested would be great, and absolutely noble, but for victories sake we need many people to hold back and shore up our home front political battles.

  • Bookaholic
    Feb. 26, 2008 12:07 a.m.

    Hey--the DOPES are out tonight! Little normal conversation, instead a lot of stupid, inane comments worthy of a fifth grade bigot. Grow up, libs!

    Josh Romney is smart, moral, and educated. It's a free country. He can run if he wants to. I'd like to see him beat Matheson because we need all the Republicans in Congress that we can get. It sounds like Scott's son has a lot of support, so Mitt's son may have his work cut out for him.

    Still, he's a very personable and thoughtful young man. I would definitely give him a good look and listen were he to run.

    I am still hoping McCain chooses Mitt as his VP, as unlikely as that may be. I think he was the best candidate to come down the pike in a long time.

  • VA resident
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:59 p.m.

    People posting here appear very sheltered. Regarding military service, the vast majority of service personnel are married and have several children. Ergo, young Mr. Romney's family situation places him squarely in the normal life situation range for military service people. Let's have the big war fans enlist and serve combat tours.

  • W.Martin
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:42 p.m.

    I am an evangelical in Tennessee but my President doesn't have to be the same religion as me. I have no idea what Mormons believe and have no desire to learn. I spent a year learning about the Koran after the towers fell and I don't want to now have to learn about Mormom beliefs.

    That said, I did vote for Mitt. I agree with his conservative views and back him 100 percent on most of it. Personally, I don't think we need more HB-1 visas but for the most part he was the best. I spent a lot of time admiring his family at the website. That spoke volumes to me about the way they live their lives and the morals guiding them. I hated it when Mitt got out. I wonder if he regrets that decision himself.

  • deroy
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:38 p.m.

    the religious bigot mike huckabee joined the media elite in attacking romney's religion.

    the media seemed unconcerned that harry reid is a ormon and romney's father ran for president as a mormon and that jimmy carter's opponent in 1976 presidential orimary mo usdall was a mormon and that the senatorial candidate for the democrats in NM might be a mormon.

  • cumberbund
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:25 p.m.

    Young republicans would love to have Josh run here. Then they can serve their country campaigning for a Romney rather than serving in the Iraq war they adore so much, just like Josh and his brothers did! Run, Josh, run!

  • Frank from Washington state
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:31 p.m.

    Go Josh,
    We conservatives need you and your type!
    I would donate to your campaign just as i did for your father.


  • Gary
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:21 p.m.

    Matheson would smoke this arrogant neophyte in the 2nd district. Traveling around lying for his dad doesn't constitute experience. This puppy needs to get real.

  • Another Josh
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:20 p.m.

    A lot of hater and anti's out there. Keep it commin cause the truth we know will never let your insults effect us. Josh Romney seems like a good enough guy and his family looks great, something we should all strive for. We need new decision makers and from what I have read he would have my vote. Good on him and I hope he makes the run. CTR

  • Mahershalalhashbaz
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:13 p.m.

    I hope Josh wins. I was hoping he'd run for governor instead though. Either way though, Huntsman the Younger and the Mathesons got to go. I'll be happy if he beats either of them. I just hope and pray someone will run against Huntsman. He is a murderer in his heart. And Utahns had better wake up to him, and fast! If anyone reading this has the time and money, you need to run against Huntsman!

  • Mahershalalhashbaz
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:14 p.m.

    Lie #!-Joseph Smith more important than the SON of God=WAY wrong. Not a single mormon believes that. Ask any of us.

    Lie #2-Joseph Smith fascist, pedophile, charlatan? You forgot Horse thief, used car thief (which a lady on my mission told me), gold digger, murderer etc.

    Lie #3-Elohim lives NEAR the planet Kolob (please, at least spell it right).

    Lie #4-lying (who's the one telling lies here?), soul-less (everyone has a soul), drones, brainwash kids (no-educate our kids from day one). Mock Christianity? (no-pure Christianity).

    I hope you don't understand your Christianity as well as you understand "The Church of JESUS CHRIST." Why don't you tell us a better way, and maybe we'll see the light you see, rather than attack in a satanic hate diatribe?

  • Keep digging
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:04 p.m.

    Linker said, "Mormons have no allegiance to the United States."
    (Never mind the fact that thousands of Latter-day Saints have served in public office, or have worn the uniform of the United States military, including many who serve today)

    "They report to Joseph Smith and to "Elohim" who lives on the planet Colob with his many wives." (Report to Joesph Smith? Right out of Ed Decker's books, and we all know what a valuable source Decker is. By the way, you spelled Kolob wrong)

    "They are lying, soul-less drones who brainwash their children from day one..."
    (Why is it when Mormons teach their children about Mormonism it's called brainwashing, but when others teach their child to hate Mormonism, it's called love?)

    "Mock Christianity in the most open and brazen manner."
    (I don't remember any Mormons protesting at the funeral of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq.)

    "That they call themselves Christians is an ugly ugly joke that thankfully any intelligent person can see through very quickly."
    (Any intelligent person can quickly see that when it comes to those who bash the LDS Church, ignorance is bliss)

    Keep those idiotic comments coming. It only makes Mormon bashers look dumber and dumber.

  • Bubba
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:01 p.m.

    Comparing a two year paid religious holiday to serving in the military is ridiculous at best. No wonder the rest of the nation calls LDS people sheep who blindly do what their religious leaders tell them to do. And for that reason, there will NEVER be a Mormon president. Oh, let little Josh run in Utah using his religion, his daddy's fame and money to get him elected. You get the government you deserve, and it appears that people from Utah don't deserve much of one.

  • inmycircle
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:28 p.m.

    If Mitt was movie star would everyone be as jealous of him? He sings too.

  • Linker
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:13 p.m.

    Mitt Romney believes that Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism is a prophet and more important than The Son Of God. Joseph Smith was a fascist, a pedophile, and a charlatan. He was a corrupt, evil liar who controlled people by using fear. He wanted to build a government within a government. And look at Mormons today, getting into the FBI and the CIA and into high government jobs so that they can have access to confidential material. They have been taking that data and giving it to the church in Salt Lake for years. Mormons have no allegiance to the United States. They report to Joseph Smith and to "Elohim" who lives on the planet Colob with his many wives. They are lying, soul-less drones who brainwash their children from day one, and mock Christianity in the most open and brazen manner. That they call themselves Christians is an ugly ugly joke that thankfully any intelligent person can see through very quickly.

  • Kim not from Utah
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:12 p.m.

    Why is it that when a family works hard, makes money, and reaches a certain status they are attacked for it? However, more so if they are Republicans. There are plenty of very, very wealthy Democrats whose children have never worked while going to HS or College and have used their daddy's name to get elected. Does the name Al Gore ring a bell. The impressive resume could also be from anyone of the Kennedy's.
    And the Mormon thing. The Kennedy's used the religion card when it benefited John. Fast forward about forty years and his brother Teddy attacks Romney for his religion. How come Harry Reid, the Democrat who happens to be Mormon, never gets media attention for his faith?
    On the flip-flop thing with Romney. He's not the only politician who does this. Isn't it better to have someone change their minds on a topic then to stick to one opinion despite what others around you say. Remember what Colin Powell said about the war.
    If a certain someone had changed their mind maybe we would not be in the mess we are in now.

  • Pat
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:06 p.m.

    This is a country with religious freedom and I have to say I'm glad I'm free to not vote for a man to run our country who believes the devil is Jesus Christ's brother, that God the Father was once a human being, and whom believes he (Mitt) will be a God with his own planet one day. Thank GOD for religious freedom.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:11 p.m.

    Wow I have never even heard of Josh but he seems to be getting great praise and defense on this post. The d-news must have called the ward and told them he was going to be featured. People seem to know this onscure person on an individual level so it must be something along those lines???

    Lets get back to real politics Utah keep a man that has held his own. Re-elect Matheson, at least we know this man.

    Feb. 25, 2008 10:03 p.m.

    I think it's a good sign that someone with strong religious ties does not get elected. What Mormon's believe is --well, hard to believe. A president with those beliefs would scare me to death.

  • Arizonan
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:49 p.m.

    If Mitt was offered the VP slot (which I highly doubt would happen) I don't think he would take it. After all McCain teamed up w/ Huckabee to bring him down in WV. Yes he was disliked by all the candidates, but I think some of that was because he told the truth concerning their records. As for those people saying Josh should enlist to show his support for the troops grow up! There are numerous ways one can support troops w/o enlisting.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:48 p.m.

    Yes, I'm sure he could buy a seat in Congress. Buying the Presidency is a bit more difficult as Daddy learned. Mitt Romney gave me the creeps.

  • Chris Laurence
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:44 p.m.

    Please keep the comments coming. The more attacks come in, the more the people of Utah will want to elect a Romney just to stick it in your faces.

    The man has a wife and three children at age 32. He has served his God and his church for two years. We could use more such good examples for our teenagers to follow.

  • Sick of the haters and whiners
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:40 p.m.

    Man, some of you people should read your posts before you hit the submit button. You sound so petty and immature. It is heart breaking really and if I was your parent, I would give you a good swift kick in the backside and tell you to get over your snideness, your hypocrisy and your petty natures. Strap yourselves up and figure out that it is ok to work hard/smart and be rich. Mitt used most of his own money for his campaign, a thing you should respect if only because he used so little of yours!!!! But you cannot as you would rather gripe. Buckup and get a grip you gripey, whiney spoiled children. I hope Josh runs, he is a great guy and really has a wonderful message if you could shut your nasty mouths long enough to hear it.

  • Stewart
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    Some of you that complain about the attention that Josh Romney would get because of his father, must have forgotten that this is how Jim Matheson was first elected. Remember he campaigned as the son of the well liked Governor Scott Matheson? What is the difference? His interest it seems, is making the democrats that read this paper (I didn't know that there were that many) nervous.

  • Jules
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:23 p.m.

    To those of you do not believe Josh Romney has sacrificed or given back to his country--- His pappy donated million upon million of his own dollars to the economy in his failed campaign for the presidency. Many millions probably came out of poor Joshs trust or endowment fund. Poor Josh he has suffered with the rest in this down turn of the economy.

    I pity Josh and may now campaign for him on pure principle.

  • Amazing. Still......
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:14 p.m.

    Wow, a small article in a (relatively) small newspaper and it generates over 220 comments and it seems at least half are baseless, idiotic attacks on a man who is the SON of a former Presidential contender. Sheesh!

    So just how long do you "anti-Romneys" think you can keep up your rabid hatred of things you don't understand nor want to understand? And do you really think you can go on hating something you don't understand without your hatred and contempt negatively spilling over into other areas of your life? Your hatred is a cancer that harms the carrier the most and since when is "just a little cancer" a good thing?

    I find it incredible that likely 99% of you who scream for Mitt's sons to join the military are probably a)not in the military yourself or b)wouldn't join either because you don't want to risk getting shot or killed. Yet, rest assured my fellow American, your criticism carries much weight as you sit on your couch and flip between re-runs of "Friends" and "ER".

    Major Dan Maloy
    Vance AFB, OK

  • pkut
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:05 p.m.

    I hope he runs. matheson is nothing but a sheep in wolves clothing. he can always be counted on the lick the boots of pelosi and what ever leftist group needs him to

  • RE robert Forbush
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:01 p.m.

    That is the biggest load I ever read. Success in life doesn't equal ability to lead a nation. Moral character doesn't equate to ability to lead. By your logic only the morally sound, rich and successful people have what it takes to lead our country. I am sorry that you are so shortsighted and have an inability to look past the image a person throws at you. Next time listen to the whole man, meaning what he is saying now, what he said yesterday and ask yourself if he is sincere or just playing politics.

    If the penniless bum had the qualifications and was the best person to lead our country then yes, I would vote for him. I spent 10 years in the military, I have seen kids come from extremely poor families who have impressed me with their leadership, integrity and character.

    I have been blessed to have served with and learn from great leaders and had the honor to lead some of our countries finest. I don't think for one second that I am a bad judge of character. But I can already tell that you are you.

  • Keith - not the couger variety
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:51 p.m.

    Nice article and even a better family portrait of the Josh Romney family in the kitchen. Based on the picture he already has captures the vote, heart and minds of Utah county.

    I cant predict the future but would bet my existence on the Deseret News endorsement for this young man if he chooses to run.. or then again was this article the endorsement?

  • Indiana
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:42 p.m.

    I too think that taking 2 years out of your life to try to bring people unto Christ is a great service. If more people listened and came along, there would be a lot less need of ugly wars and ugly hate filled comment boards. Those of you/us who are praying people might consider that now is a great time to fast and pray for our country and that this election can have a positive outcome.

    Thank God for people like the Romneys who really do know the meaning of "sacrifice" contrary to what those of you who will not even lay your hate on the sacrificial alter can understand.

  • What hypocrites
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:29 p.m.

    I really don't know why everyone is so shocked that Utahns voted overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney. After all, the religious right tells Latter-day Saints they belong to an evil, satanic, brain-washing cult. The liberal left tells Latter-day Saints they're racist, hate-mongering, homophobic thugs. Then, all these people have the dumb nerve to act shocked when we decide to vote for one of our own for president.

    Truly, hypocrisy at its finest.

    Oh by the way, I don't even like Mitt Romney, but he was a lot better candidate than the other jerks and bigots out there like McCain and Huckabee.

    Is Ron Paul still running?

  • Susan
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:22 p.m.

    The Romney boys have served. The boys served the Church and Heavenly Father on a mission. Now how many young men have been willing to take two years out of there life for that. It is good enough for me and based on that the Young Mr. Romney will have my vote.

  • DO IT!
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:25 p.m.

    I think it would be a great race....DO IT!

  • RAF
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    How about serving the military first? Waiting for one of Mitts five military age sons to sign up, now that their Daddy's campaign is over.

  • Colleen
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    Best news for America would be for McCain to drop out and have Mitt Romney replace him.

  • BBKing
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:16 p.m.

    Hey Freedom Fighter, your absolute political correctness to the point of no free speech has much more in common with fascism than anything else. Having served myself I have earned a right to an opinion. So blow that out your pie eater!

    As for Gabriel, what does Josh stand for?

    At this point, not a thing, other than his family name. Besides those who know him personally, Josh has never said where he stood on so many issues: Immigration; debt; keynesian economics; social security; land use; medicaid; CHIP; tax reform; Socialized medicine; unitary president; fast track authority; NCLB; Iraq; Iran; Nato; ASEAN/China/Pacific Rim policy; Global Warming; cap-n-trades; etc, etc, etc.

    Josh has not publicized a position on any thing! Not ONE thing!

    And you are going to vote for him?!

    And to think that he is just like his father. Great, which one? The one who Governed Mass? Or the one who ran for President? Those are two wildly different men.

    If elected, what will Josh do? And please, the moment you tell me he will be a great Congressman is the moment you lose all credibility. You have no possible way of know how he will vote.

  • Dana Downes
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:15 p.m.

    Good Luck, we wish you and your family the best!!! Karen, my wife followed you dad around NH when he was running in the primary. Glad he got the Silver but he is a Gold Medal winner in our hearts. We like the Romney family and your beliefs in family values, stategy on the economy, immigration, and middle income tax structure. Karen & I would like to volunteer for your campaign, keep in mind we are on the east coast. GO JOSH!

  • Greg
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:10 p.m.

    It would be political suicide for Josh to run against Matheson. Matheson has great support among Republicans and Democrats. I'm a Rep but would vote for Matheson over Josh, the reason: Matheson has experience and consistently votes his conscience (often Rep)...I trust that Matheson's position will stay constant. Matheson is the only Congressman that I would want to stay in office (get rid of all the other establishments).

    Josh, run against Cannon. He's the worst of them all.

  • Leary
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:14 p.m.

    Good looking, rich and LDS. He obviously must be living righteously. Having the Romney name wellBINGO!

    Please escort me to the lever labeled Republican because hes got my vote!

    Stances and political views don't much matter but Josh sure does have the pedigree and surely based on that would make a great Utah representative.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:07 p.m.

    I agree with Robert Forbush. Romney is still the best candidate out there. It is a sad thing that he "suspended" his campaign. I wonder if it was premature, but I am not is his shoes and doing whatever it is he does to make decisions. He is a wonderful, great man and America will be worse off with him not in there. There are not alot of choices out there. Such a sad day.

  • Dutch
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    Go for it Josh. Of course you're young, but you'll vote your values on legislation. This'll be 100% better than any "experiencede" democrat. I think you'll win in a landslide.

  • Robert Forbush
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:53 p.m.

    Mitt Romney was and is the best candidate for President. If you think otherwise, you are a bad judge of character and ability as well. Forget about his religion, he has what it takes to be successful. It looks to me as if people are jealous of his success. What does it take to impress? Would you be happier with a penniless bum off skid row? Right now, you have three wanna bees running, and none of them actually have the ability, the moral character or any other of the many characteristics it takes to be a whole man. I guess you have never heard of the whole man concept. We will all be the worse off for Romney having failed to stay in the race.

  • why?
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:53 p.m.

    Matheson is one of the best congressman in the nation. He doesn't vote strictly party lines, he is what he was elected to be - a REPRESENTATIVE. Cannon and Bishop can't say that much. Matheson actually likes the people he represents, I heard him speak two weeks ago and he was all but bragging about the accomplishments made in his district, especially the improvement in schools. If Romney Jr. runs, much less wins, he is doing the state (especially the people in the 2nd Congressional District) a great disservice. Matheson makes it clear that he represents his constituents, not his party or special interest groups. If anyone doubts that you need to look at his voting history. More Congressmen need to follow his lead. Losing Jim Matheson would losing the only Representative truly in touch with the people in Utah. Not that Josh can't handle the job, he just wouldn't match Representative Matheson. All I can say to Josh is, if you want to run, wait for Matheson to take Hatch's seat in the Senate when he retires, then run for the House. Otherwise, do Utah a favor and wait!

  • Gabriel
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:51 p.m.

    This is a young man to admire and vote for. He has principles and he believes in the right things.

    Those of you who are hate-filled, are very disgusting.

  • Steven
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:50 p.m.

    OK I have been waiting for this for some time and now I feel sickened that it could actually happen.

    The republican handlers have seen that Utah is sadly a superficial state when it comes to voting.

    Please tell me what this young man has accomplished in his life that the privileges of wealth have not accounted for. Ill then compare my accomplishment against his based on circumstance and you guess what---- I think Im the better man to run for office; unfortunately I cannot waste nor have millions of dollars to campaign.

    It is sad but our political system is becoming a semi-monarchy. We have the Kennedys, Bushs, Clintons and newcomers Romneys. Please folks look at where we are heading and the common mans opportunity to legislate.

    He may be rich and LDS but that doesnt account for good leadership or the ability to legislate.

  • Zach
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:48 p.m.

    This is some garbage journalism. The author makes assertions that are clearly dated and inaccurate. Not moving to a real paper any time soon.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:48 p.m.

    Anonymous 7:35

    That was a completely provocative remark designed for nothing more than to cause an inflamed argument. That is disgusting. His family was completely out of that ordeal and you know it. You just want to make people mad and you probably have gotten to a few who are really fighting the temptation to bring the failings, proclivities and preoccupations of that particular Presidential Administration into the conversation.

    But I won't....

  • Jackson
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:45 p.m.

    Any state would be lucky to have any of Mitt Romney's sons represent them at any level of government. They are moral, well educated, and interested in the political process. They had wonderful grandparents and have wonderful parents. They are ideally suited for government service. I live in MA and wish more Romneys would run for office here.

  • Linda S.
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:38 p.m.

    You people that have such hate for anyone that has made money are sick. Stop the class warfare. All men in this country have an equal chance. The poorest person can rise to any height if he works hard.
    If an American is honest, faithful to wife and family, works tirelessly to make America a better place, loves his country, and is one of the most talented and intelligent men to run for office in many a year, that person should be revered not put down with such vile words.
    Your comments say more about you than they do about Romney.
    We would have been very fortunate indeed to have had Mitt Romney as the POTUS.
    It is our loss that he will not be elected this time. I pray that he will have another opportunity.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:35 p.m.

    So Josh wants to fight the war on terror in Congress? I say go for it. If more young men like him had been willing to stand up to Saddam Hussein he never would have attacked on 9/11.

  • Humptydumpty
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:22 p.m.

    I have read all of these posts. A lot of anger.

    To you have to be kidding: You are silly and seem bitter. Nit picking with not a lot of critical thinking other than just being critical. The Romneys are really good people.

  • You have to be kidding!!!!
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:14 p.m.

    Wow if he is going to run, let him run for his home state--the only reason he would run in Utah is for the blinded vote of the LDS faithful.

    Personally I thing it is dead wrong as this young man has not proven anything in life other than being raised by a weathly and because of weath has an influential family and thus many of the LDS faith thing he must be a true a just man.

    Good luck my friends in creating a birth right in order to run for polical office. I would expect if you choose to vote for Josh on polictal influence and family profile then Chelsey Clinton would be highly popular in Utah as well. Think about it folks and if Josh is desirable but Chelsey is on the outs then people are right---Mormon+Republican=Yes. Add in a little media hype and the LDS are all over it.

    Good Luck.

  • loletta
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:10 p.m.

    What we have here is a bunch of jealous yahoots who should join the service themselves. It's always easy to be a critic. Mitt would of made a good president, better than what we have to pick from.
    We have too many immoral people in command.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:05 p.m.

    Amen and thank you so much Freedom Fighter.

  • C Jones
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:56 p.m.

    Good, lets get rid of Matheson who is nothing more than antoher Democrat illegal alien amenesty hack. He is on both sides of the issue, we need an enforcer.

  • Freedom Fighter
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:50 p.m.

    I've fought in the war on terrorism. If you havnt that shut your mouths. All of you telling him he needs to enlist. I provided him and his family the opportunity to lead a life back here in the states to do as he pleases, The same for the rest of you. He has my full support for congressman and his dad for the whitehouse.
    Freedom isn't Free. Quit being the whipped Americans of the 2000's and learn something from your grandparents about being the generation that did what needed to be done and defeated those that wish us harm and in the process liberated a people that don't know what true freedom tastes like.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    My my such vitriol from so many of you. Someone said this has just become a liberal blog or whatever. Sad but seemingly true.

    The Romneys are very good people. Too bad there is such an all out effort to villify them and demonize them. It should not happen to good people, but it does.

    I love and respect Mitt. I fully support him and if his son decides to run, I pity him. Just the experience on this board is terrible for him should he read it. Can you imagine it if he did actually run. They would do to him what is still being done to his dad, they hate and fight, demoralize, villify, demonize etc... tragic for those of you that allow your self to be an instrument of hate. ick

  • Spanky
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    BAWK! BAWK! Chickenhawk!

    Enough of these rich guys who grab onto rich daddy's coat tails, have never worked a day in their lives, never served, but promote war.

  • Mike R.
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:40 p.m.

    Hey Bill, we do believe that Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers which is a gross oversimplification of the subject. It even talks about it in the Bible.

    I ask all of you who are hung up on Mitt's flipflopping to tell me one political candidate that has run for anything that hasn't changed their position on an issue.

    If Mitt truely has had a change of heart, then he didn't flip flop. Ronald Reagan used to support abortion. He said that his worst mistake was signing that abortion bill that was passed in Kalifornia while he was governor. Since he flipfloped on a very significant issue that is dear to the heart of all conservatives. It didn't seem to hurt Reagan at all.

    If Mitt's son wants to run. Fine, let him. I wish he'd move to Kearns and run against Cannon. I think Matheson has everyone snowed.

  • Edge
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:45 p.m.

    I am still a huge supporter of Mitt Romney and would love if he would either get back in the presidential sweepstakes as a frontrunner or again in 2012. Until that time comes, I would love to see another Romney in Washington. God bless you Mitt Romney, and sons. Run, Josh, run!!

  • Observing from Ohio
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:39 p.m.

    The jealousy and envy displayed by the majority of contributors on this page is pathetic and sad. Almost every posting belies a hatred for a wealthy family.

    The suggestions that Josh Romney run down to the recruiter and enlist belittles the military.

    In fact, this seems like a blog site for angry liberals.

  • Clark Roger
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:30 p.m.

    If Josh Romney is serious about running against Jim Matheson, he will have to explain to voters the important differences between himself and Matheson.

    The strategy District 2 Republicans have used in the past boils down to the statement, "A vote for Jim Matheson is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy."

    Clearly, this strategy has failed and will fail again unless Romney can bring much more substance to the argument.

    Josh Romney's name might help him earn a few more votes, but if he wants to go over the top, bumper sticker platitudes won't cut it.

  • James
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:31 p.m.

    Diana is a bigot. Not all Americans are Christian, Diana. You are a horrible example of Christianity.

  • Greg
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:25 p.m.

    So it's OK for Mormons to vote for a guy because he's Mormon, but if non-Mormons do the opposite they are bigots? Personally, I would call racism up until 1979 (many years after Civil Rights) bigotry. I have in laws in Utah, have been there many times, and to claim bigotry is a bit of the pot calling the kettle black.

    Romney wasn't a bad candidate and, had I never been to Utah and experienced "Utah Mormonism", I might have voted for him. Myself being Catholic and from Chicago, I can't imagine using "oh, he's Catholic" as a criterion for selecting a candidate. Utah Mormons (yes, you are different from the others across the country) need to read the Constitution and understand that you don't need to pass laws against anything and everything you disagree with or don't participate in. Utah is somewhere between mainstream USA and Saudi Arabia.

    If Utahns truly want to succeed, they will stop encouraging their teenage sons to mission and daughters to become impregnated while their American counterparts go to college. Also, not giving preferential treatment to other Mormons in business situations helps too.

  • R Wankier
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:22 p.m.

    I would love to see someone run against Matheson who could actually beat him. Josh could very well be the guy. Go Josh! I will be in your corner all the way

  • Robin Compagnone
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:17 p.m.

    I believe that Mitt Romney was the only candidate for the Republican Party. We now have absolutely no hope. I would not doubt it if Conservatism as we know and love it, is on its way out forever. God help us all. We are in the worst shape going forward possible. We are faced with a choice of which Liberal to choose. I do not even think the choice of a good VP will matter, unless by some chance too much damage isn't done in the next four years.

  • Veteran
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:16 p.m.

    Josh must be joshin'. His Dad is "someone whose principles I line up with almost entirely" but he "can't say the same thing for Sen. McCain."

    First, which of his Dad's principles is he referring to? Those he held for political advantage in Massachusetts or those he switched to for political advantage when he ran for President.

    Second, is one of McCain's principles that he doesn't line up with serving your country in the military in time of war?

  • marls
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:19 p.m.

    Did any of you complain about Clinton never having served? He sent Americans off to war, remember? Those of you that are complaining (whining) about his money, do you complain about Kennedy's money? Or Gore's money? Or Kerry's money? No, probably not. Stop revealing yourselves with such abandon. The hypocrisy is hard to take.

  • Mark Drummond Burrell
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:08 p.m.

    Josh Romney would probably have better luck in Massachusetts or Michigan than running against Congressman Matheson who has a proven record serving Utahns versus the bird droppings shelled out by Teflon Mitt. If McCain dredges up Daddy for V.P., and I pray he's too smart to pick Ole Flip-Flop, I'd vote for whoever might be the Democrat.

  • Diana
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:03 p.m.

    Oh, my, I apologize. I forgot that this was an LDS newspaper. That's right, you don't allow any freedom of speech on here! No problem, I don't want to be on this site anyway.

  • Diana
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:00 p.m.

    I'll say it again and if you remove it, I will sue you for stopping my rights to free speech. Utah can have Romney and his sons. Utah deserves them! America was not and will never be ready for a Mormon anything. They need to stop pretending they are even Christian. Pitiful. Maybe Romney's son could spend a little time in our military! Out of five sons, one at least honoring our military would be great. They are the ones pouring their blood out for the freedsom that allow these types to even run for office.!!!! Legal here, don't remove my posts!!

  • magpie
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:53 p.m.

    Mormons are a strange breed; they believe in baptism after death

  • Perturbed
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:53 p.m.

    Please not another good mormon with Daddy's and the churches blessings, enough is enough.

  • MikeA
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:51 p.m.

    The article states: "some suggest, the party's nominee if the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., continues to falter." How is McCain's campaign "faltering?" How does the writer figure his campaign is "faltering?" Over that absurd New York Times piece which was nothing more than a gossip column masquerading as investigative journalism? Sorry, but McCain's campaign is hardly "faltering" and 2 new polls show McCain now ahead of the King Cult Koolaid Purveyor, Barak Obama. This just goes to show how only journalists can take one another seriously. No one else does.

  • Honest Gabe
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:38 p.m.

    Josh,your dad din't lose because he was Morman. He lost because he was not a faithful Morman. I am a Morman and I saw all those You-Tube videos of your Dad saying "he supports Gay Right's" and "he supports the right to an abortian" Why did he do that??? He let himself down...and made us look bad. All so he could win the liberal state of MA. Next time Utah..let's send a Man that is JUST.

  • RG
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:37 p.m.

    Let's see: There was religious bigotry against Mitt which helped his ooponent win, but the same article claimed 90% of Utahns voted for Mitt. No Mormon bigotry there, I guess.

  • Deejay
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:37 p.m.

    It's great that Josh Romney has the ambition to run for Congress. This Country needs Moral leadership NOW as well as for the future. Go Josh!

    Using religion has cost us the loss of the best, potential President. I grew up in Michigan, where Mitt Romneys Father was a several term Governor. I had no idea he was Morman. He was a great Governor and that should be the most important point. I'm horrified that this country would be so harsh on a certain type of the Christian Faith. Mormans are hard working, moral people. I hope Mitt becomes one of our Countries leaders. We need him and his sons to help continue the fight for the Moral Right.
    Amen to the Romneys!

  • Beowulf
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:31 p.m.

    Captain logic, there are MANY alcohol-restrictive places in America, and the vast majority of those places have nothing to do with Mormons. I doubt they have anything to do with Fascists either...

  • Chris
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:30 p.m.

    I read this article on the Drudge Report and am a conservative from Virginia. I became a supporter of Gov Romney during the campaign after careful analysis of all the Republican candidates. I was shocked and disappointed that he dropped out and was perlexed by the reasoning. After reading this article now I can understand why Romney dropped out. I now understand that Iowa and New Hampshire could have established momentum...but did not. This was very informative. Thank you

  • SCC
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:28 p.m.

    I am one of those who would not vote for Romney because he was Mormon. Of course, I was also not for him because his political experience is from Mass. But saying someone like me is un-American for that choice? First, I am a veteran. I am Caucasian, middle class. Not really religious. I don't really care what the Mormons believe or don't believe. That is their business. My distrust of anyone who is Mormon is based on experience. I lived in Utah for a while. Every time I tried to get a job, I would have a good interview up to the question, what ward was I a member of. Once the interviewer realized I wasn't Mormon, it was over. Time and time again. I do appreciate that I experienced discrimination from the Mormons there, it taught me what that really feels like. A valuable lesson I have carried my entire life.

    I have had similar negative encounters with Mormons in the work place outside Utah. I don't see how I can trust them. That affects my opinion for whom I would vote. That is experience, ie negative, that helps guide me.

  • Re: An American
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:27 p.m.

    He didn't say it was un-American to vote against a Mormon. He said it was un-American to vote against someone just because they are Mormon. By no means was he saying that, in order to be American, you must vote for a Mormon. Please don't willfully miss-characterize what Romney said. It makes you sound unintelligent.

  • open mind
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:32 p.m.

    Josh will have my vote once he improves his bonafides. Specifically, he will need six children by election day to be convincing. Go Josh!

  • Another Chicken Hawk
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:22 p.m.

    The Romney family wishes to inform that enrty to the military is below their dignity.

    But they are ready to send others off to serve in military posts.

  • A Utahn
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    I'm no big Jim Matheson fan, but I'd discourage Josh from taking on the Congressman who, according to this paper, is Utah's "Most Popular Politician" (Bernick, 16 Nov. 2005).

    For the record, in that Nov. 16 article Rep. Cannon's and Rep. Bishop's approval ratings (50% and 49%, respectively) were more than 25 points lower than Rep. Matheson's (78%). Don't we want to keep politicians with that kind of approval in office?

    Also, while Matheson is well-connected and privileged, his financial endowments pale in comparison to that of a Romney (or a Huntsman for that matter). If Matheson is to be condemned for his status as a "favorite son," critics would do well to choose a different opponent than Josh Romney.

    I'm not trying to make any grand defense of Rep. Matheson - but his critics frequently miss the point. But hey, if Josh Romney is the best Utah republicans can do (and Smith, Swallow, and Christensen set the bar pretty low), go for it. I would say he's a bit late but I guess he won't need to fundraise...

  • Jane88
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:14 p.m.

    I hope he's not a liberal as his dad.

  • Solvangmick
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:13 p.m.

    Mitt Romney's candidacy was the worst thing that could have happened to the LDS church as it brought scrutiny on a religion founded on fraud and whose beliefs are so ludicrous that only someone brainwashed into the religion could possibly believe them. The fact that Romney dropped out of the race is the best thing that could have happened to the Mormons as the extra scrutiny that the church would have received if he were a candidate in the general election would have set the religion back to the stone age where it belongs.

  • Tai H.
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:18 p.m.

    If he is anything like his father and gradfather, he is a patheitic liberal who advocates global communism.

    Don't blame me - I voted for Mike Huckabee.

  • dcc
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:08 p.m.

    He's like Cheney. He has other priorities.

    chicken hawk and carpet bagger

  • Diane
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:11 p.m.

    Go for it Josh, keep your name in front of the press. Your family is a very fine family.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:07 p.m.

    Well, well, I feel I have to jump in here.

    First for those of you saying rude things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am sorry you have a huge misunderstanding of the Church. WE believe in Jesus Christ as the Saviour and redeemer of the world. We believe in continuing revelation. We do believe that God loves His children as much today as in days of old and continues to send us a prophet to direct and support us. We believe in the Holy Spirit to bless our lives with personal revelation and guidance.

    I do not believe in anything weird. Many of my friends and family are LDS and they are not "nuttier than a fruitcake". We love and live just like you.

    As for Josh and his dad. NO where is it written that you have to serve in the military to be a good servant of any kind. They are very principled people who love the Lord, their family and their country. We do live in a time where criticism is the new blood sport and many of you are the lions and are definitely out for blood.

  • Michael
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:05 p.m.

    I don't necessarily agree that Josh should join the military just because he and his father and all his brothers are so willing to commit the miltary to the Bush war in Iraq. But I did find it really insulting when Mitt said that his kids were performing a more important service to the country by working for his canidacy. I am quite tired of the chicken-hawks of Bush- Cheney and Rumsfield being so trigger happy with our soldiers. By the way, I did not serve in the military, but my older brother did- and so did my father.... and so did my twin brother.

    I have no problem with Josh running for Congress- it is a free country - everyone should have the right to run. I probably wouldn't vore for him- but he is not in my district- if he were, I might vote for him- I would ceertainly look at him- he might be better than Bishop.

  • Ryan
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:48 p.m.

    I love how people complain about religious intolerance and then support a candidate because he comes from your same religion. How many sides out of your mouth can you speak? Is it simply a coincidence that Mitt received 90% of the vote in Utah?

  • Kay from Pa.
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:42 p.m.

    i say good for you Josh, you run, never mind these jerks and their comments about being from a rich family, its just plain jealous remarks, we can't help who our parents are, as for yours your mom and dad seem to be okay. good luck to you Josh.

  • BBKing
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:42 p.m.

    Boy, there are some pretty aggressive and offensive supporters of Josh on this group.

    On the military thing, ten years myself. Does my opinion count on the subject?

    As for the Josh never having served, settle down and think about this.

    In Iowa Mitt was asked if any of his sons served. Mitt said two things: One, No. Two, they're serving their country by helping me get elected.

    The moment he said that he irritated of all those annoyed at another politician good enough to serve over us, never good enough to serve with us.

    From that moment on, like it or not, being annoyed at their 'getting Dad elected is good enough' attitude really grates people.

    Mitt should have just said No.

    As for service counting, it does. Certainly not the whole picture. What are you willing to do for your country? Are you willing to sit in 2' of snow 15 below freezing, pulling an LP/OP for 4 hours while the rest of the company is stuck in snow drifts 5 feet deep? How about putting in 22-23 hour days in 118 degree temp in the deseret? I did.

    Oh, driving a Winnebago.

    The two are not equal.

  • Marie Devine Divine-Way
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:40 p.m.

    The divine will of God is that godly people would be sought out to lead the nation and world in righteousness. The power to be that leader is found in the solutions God has in His word to solve world problems we created by ignoring His wisdom.

    Some candidates have said their religion would have no affect on their decisions in the White House and I have watched them lose ground immediately.. It is not money or experience in government that will win this election, it is God with that candidate and a people wanting God to govern by His word.

    We are not looking for mans wisdom; God said that will fall. When? It will fall when we realize that the goal is not employment; the goal is retirement in a garden paradise with edible landscaping and useful pets for healthy foods and healthy bodies. A retirement lifestyle of beautiful useful gardens is the only solution to global warming, energy crisis, pollutions etc.. and gardens will make all our wisdom seem foolish.

    Any candidate with dedication to use the word of God will be lifted on high above all nations. It is the divine way.

  • Jimbo
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:39 p.m.

    Deseret News sensors the opinions of people. Full and truthful statements critical of Mitt Romney and his religion are not allowed in this site. Good job hiding your head in a pile of sand. You are as bad as the New York Times.

  • John Burbridge
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:42 p.m.

    Matheson votes the party line, liberal. He should be voted out of office. If Josh is a conservative he should run or we should find someone who is.

  • Timmy
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:36 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is a deceitful lying Mormon who was pro-abortion in Mass, and suddenly became anti-abortion when running for Pres. Mormons are scam artists and professional deceivers. They are taught how to lie before going on their mission, and they become experts as they grow older. No Mormon should be allowed in government. They can run in Utah if they want to, but the national political theater should be off limits to these conniving two-faced liars who can invent their opinions on the fly and never answer questions when they are asked. Granted, many politicians are scoundrels, but dealing with Mormons is like dealing with horse-thieves and snake oil salesmen. Mitt Romney is a LIAR even if he has 5 billion dollars. No amount of money can cover the fact that he is lying scum and a danger to the US. Thankfully no one outside of Utah voted for him, which comes to show who supports him.

  • SoreLoserman
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:34 p.m.

    Good thing he doesn't come across as a sore loser. Oh wait...

  • MassHatesMitt
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:30 p.m.

    Go right ahead Utards.
    Mitt screwed Massachusetts BIGTIME
    Have his kid do the same for you...
    US Politics are the worlds JOKE
    and the romneys are the jesters

  • SLMG
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:29 p.m.

    At last the Utah Reds that say they could not possibly vote for John McCain, now have a third choice, they can vote for Ralph Nader and save there write in vote. He is neutral so at last you have a choice and not feel you have to vote for a Democrat instead of McCain. To even things out you have Josh Romney to vote for, so all is not lost for your Republican vote.

  • alphabetsoup
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:28 p.m.

    The whole tone of the article is delusional. McCain's campaign is not faltering. 2 polls released today have him leading both Obama and Clinton in the general election. The NYT smear was a huge flop and backfired. The whole idea that Romney still has a chance to be President is insane.

    Mitt Romney had a million flaws as a candidate. His Mormonism was not one of them. Why not try to focus on the real flaws and try to improve them for next time? The denial will not help anything.

    Good luck to Josh if he runs. I wish he would lose the indignant attitude first though.

  • captain logic
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:24 p.m.

    yes, Mitt fizzled as a candidate because he's a mormon. Most people that have met mormons understand why. I spent about 10 weeks out of the past year working in salt lake on business and was astonished at how many aspects of daily life there are dictated by morman-based laws. the alcohol laws being one of the most obvious. mormons are overzealous when it comes to spreading their faith and drafting legislation that is based on their faith... Fascism is the word that you start to think of after spending time in SLC!

  • Houston
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:21 p.m.

    Good for you, Josh Romney! Those of you adding comments about JR enlisting, the military is not for everyone. My family is a military family. From my grandpa in World War I, my dad WWII(my dad-in-law WWII), my cousin was killed in Vietnam. Six of my seven nephews have served. My son-in-law did 2 tours in Iraq & South Korea. I have two sons, one is in the military and one son who prefers to enlist in the military. It's not for everyone. God bless America. I'd like to add. Go Gov Mitt Romney in 2012.

  • John in Rhode Island
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:23 p.m.

    The problem with electing any Romney is the public display they make of their religious beliefs. One's religion (or non-religion) is a private and personal
    matter that is best left out of their public and professional lives. I certainly do not want my life impacted by someone that ignores history, logic and scientific inquiry.

  • Tara
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:11 p.m.

    As a military spouse, I am offended when anyone says you have to enlist in the military to show you support the military. Does that mean that everyone else in the country with no military ties is unpatriotic? No way, no how! Showing your pride in your country by serving in a political office in an honorable way is great Josh!!!!!Run!

  • Service Criticism
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:16 p.m.

    Ok, there are about 50 comments saying "I don't see why you criticize Josh for not serving in the military. I'll bet none of you criticizing have served either."

    Use some reason. I am critical of Josh for not serving in the military. I do think he and his dad expect the lower class to serve. And NO, I MYSELF HAVE NOT SERVED. So do I have a right to be critical of the Romneys? YES!! I would never serve for an immoral war that has cost the lives of tens of thousands of people simply so the rich oil companies have a friendly regime in control of oil-heavyweight Iraq. If I ever supported this war and hadn't served, then I could be called a hypocrite. But if politicians want to insist on using all my tax dollars and putting my children and grand children into debt to attack a country out of aggression, then those politicians better be willing to send their own children to prove to the lower classes that this is a war we should actually support.

  • phat_manner
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:12 p.m.

    I was kinnda hoping Daddy would run as governor in Michigan to fullfill campaign promises.

  • An American
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:03 p.m.

    It's not un-American to choose to vote against a Mormon. Isn't that what freedom of choice and the freedom to vote is all about?

    Using little Romney's logic, in order to be American, you MUST vote for a Mormon?

    Theocracy - no thanks, and this coming from a committed Christian.
    Thanks but no thanks, I will continue to vote against Mormons, nice people, but not who I want representing me.

  • whammer
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:54 p.m.

    "if the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., continues to falter."

    Continues to falter??? There must be some bad crack out there in SLC.

  • Porter
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:54 p.m.

    For all you "Patriots" out there, why should a Romney join an army that has invaded Utah to occupy Mormon property on several occasions? This may be ancient history but some Mormons don't forget how they were treated in the east or the west.

  • Bootsie
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:59 p.m.

    Only if you believe that Father in Heaven is the father of all his children, we are all brothers and sisters, and that Jesus Christ and Lucifer were also his children...then you can believe that they were brothers prior to the "fall". They then became opposing forces. If you can't believe that...then obviously you can't believe that they were brothers. Doctrine of the gospel requires more than cursory study.

  • hank
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:50 p.m.

    any man who has five sons who have never considered military service should not even be considered for the position of commander in chief...i would never vote for mitt or any of his sons who consider themselves above the average voter...

  • Bill Phillips
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:49 p.m.

    I was a bit surprised to see the number of dim bulbs opining about Josh and his brothers not serving in the military. Then again, sometimes these national posts disappoint with the lack of intellect and the pure emotional drivel.

  • Kirie
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:48 p.m.

    Hey, you who keep bringing up enlisting thing. THERE IS NO DRAFT AT PRESENT. Get a valid gripe. And please, don't you enlist, we don't need another Abu Gharib.

  • russ
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    to Jon: I have been in the military. So I will critize Josh. I find it smelly and repulsive that one of Mitt's five alive guys runs for office as if it is theirs for the taking. Seems like Utah is actually a southern plantation where the massa tells the other folk what to do and when to do it.

    Since when did Utahns give up the right to think? This guy Josh has done what? Fathered some children? Driven a van in Iowa? Sells and does some magic in real estate?

    Too old to be in the service? Yes. Now. Today. But how about when you were younger? Too much of a sacrifice? Too much mingling with the lower caste?

    Come back when you have done something, something for the people. Come back then and get re-examined for an office that is for the people and by the people. Go earn it.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:42 p.m.

    Romney is being quite the nice person when addressing the prejudice that was obvious in the newsmedia. AOL, and most major news networks said and reported things that they would never report or say about a Jew or a Muslim.

    I am not a Mormon. However, I was ashamed of the newsmedia in relationship to the spreading of hate. And I do mean the major news outlets. I suggest if you doubt this go back and look at some of the stories from 4 to 6 months ago. Substitute another religion in place of "Mormon" and see how it sounds.

    Shameful. I'm sure if Obama were a Mormon it would have been very different.

  • Derek
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    Immigration Sense--I agree with you that we elected Gov. Huntsman to lead, but that certainly is not what he has done. When he should have led, he has wavered. If he has led Utah at all, it has been towards a cliff (i.e. in environmental policy, education policy, and economic policy).

    As sad as it is to say, I think it would be great day for Utah if John McCain became president and appointed Gov. Huntsman to a cabinet position. This post has little to do with the article, but then again neither do most of the posts on this message board. Most seem to be about people's personal issues about the war in Iraq, Utah voting practices, etc.

  • It gets old
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:37 p.m.

    The one thing I don't like about the Des News forum vs. the Trib, is that here one person under multiple different "handles" can dominate the conversation. They can even carry on a dialog back and forth with themselves, and the rest of us are clueless. Of course, they do leave a few telltale signs. If you look back through this thread, you'll notice quite a few posts from the same person, beating their own dead horse about how Romneys need to enlist in the military. Step away from the computer and let someone else talk!!

  • Adam
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:35 p.m.

    For all those that say the Romney boys should enlist in the military, "Because they support the Iraq War", I have a question. Do you support your local police force? Do you support your local Fire Department? How is it that you didn't join up to be a voluteer Fireman or become a Police Officer? Those people put themselves in harms way, why shouldn't you. There is no difference. You are just voicing a tired argument.

  • CTman
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:33 p.m.

    Even the reporter is in the tank for these losers "McCain campaign faltering" explain that bias to me

  • KansasGirl
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:30 p.m.

    Jim, you are "lazy"! You "think" you work as hard as him! Then "you" have failed!

  • Sugar524
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    A fine man from a fine family. Mitt Romney would have made a great President. I wish he would move to Nevada and run against Reid. He's the one who gives Mormons a bad image. Young Romney has just as much experience as the Kennedy boys who ran and won with only the families political expertise.

  • RobertMD
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:28 p.m.

    Huckabee didn't knock Romney out of the race. He asked a question which we should be able to answer simply, yea or nay. The truth m'friend, always the truth. And Huckabee, considered liberal by his own denomination, is not getting the Baptist vote as much as the vote of those who can't stand the others.

  • KansasGirl
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:25 p.m.

    Heh Spanky, and it didn't cost "us" a dime!

  • bobby
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    doesn't anybody agree that mormons are weird?

    nuttier than a fruitcake?

    believe in pretty bad stuff?

    Only redeeming feature is that the girls are stunning who knock on my front door. I invite them in, but only to leer!

  • Dan
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:12 p.m.

    Your father wasn't successful in this election due to his mormon religion. He was unsuccessful due to his changing stances on many issues, coming across as insincere and distant, and spending way, way too much money to get that job. I just couldn't find any way to trust this guy.

  • David from San Diego
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    Of Josh Romney, the article says: "... he's been approached to run ..." Really? By whom? We know he's never deigned to wear the uniform of our country. (Too dangerous!) Why would anyone think a 32-year-old who has achieved nothing beyond procreation make a good member of Congress? The Romneys, all of them, should limit their procreation to two children apiece.

  • Bootsie
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:08 p.m.

    "Re: DBL

    You have to read between the lines to find out all of young Josh Romney's accomplishments, all of the hard work he's done, and all of his experience. Let me lay it out for you.

    1. Went to HS, but didn't have to work because he has a rich daddy, like his daddy before him.

    2. Went to college on daddy's dime and didn't have to work, like his daddy before him.

    3. Drove around Iowa in his daddy's van trying to get people to vote for his daddy.

    4. Is now using his daddy's name and influence to get into politics without ever having done one day's actual physical labor in his entire life.

    Pretty impressive resume. "

    How is the devil do you know that??? You have no idea...

  • MikeMaz
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:07 p.m.

    Just as an aside to the reidiculous comment about the aurge "working". Well of course it "worked. If you put more people anywhere of course thinsg will get better. That doesnt mean the war was good to begin with.. just because of the surge.

    Thats like saying hey lets invade Saudia Arabia with 100,000 troops. And then a year later put in 200,000 and say well we were right.. see how much better we are doing.

    We shouldn't have invaded to begin with and lost 4000 american lives and THOUSANDS of injuries. But not only that it was recommended that we go in with more troops and Rumsfeld and Bush ignored that.

    So now you want a good old pat on the back because 5 years later you do a troop surge to clean up your mess? I dont think so

  • Tony P
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:06 p.m.

    Josh, Mitt, Hillary, Obama, McCain, it does not matter. Unfortunately it took segregationist Governor Wallace to reveal the truth that "there's not a dime's worth of difference between" Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, detaining protesters, banning books like "America Deceived' from Amazon, stealing private lands (Kelo decision), warrant-less wiretapping and refusing to investigate 9/11 properly. They are both guilty of treason.
    Support Dr. Ron Paul and save this great nation.

  • Army Veteran
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:05 p.m.

    Little boy Josh Romney needs to enlist his candy a$$ into the military.

  • Phil
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:05 p.m.

    Romney family has never lived like the Huntsman family. If you want to say that Josh never had to work because of his rich family, why has it not been said much about Gov. Huntsman. I don't know who I would rather have replaced by a Romney, Rep. Matheson or Gov. Huntsman. But please some good change would be nice.

  • Bootsie
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:04 p.m.

    There is one point that has been totally ignored...when people talk about the Romneys money. Look at the amount of money that they personally put into the economy and the jobs that that created. They are great Americans! An economic genius......

  • Dana
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:03 p.m.

    So many of the people on here would be downright hilarious if not so scary. Let's see: you can't be president if you are rich (there goes George Washington) or haven't served in the military (there go John Adams and Thomas Jefferson). What a bunch of bilge! People are so bigoted, angry and invious. I do not care about the military service nor the money but about the character and the views of any candidate. Even rich guys like Romney, Clinton and Obama can serve. The mote in the eye is so big that many of you can not see your own faults.

  • Mark
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:03 p.m.

    A Republican version of the Kennedys. Never mind what he believes. If he's Mitt's son, he's got to be a viable candidate. Disgusting.

    Disgraceful waste of space. If Utahns elect him, heaven help you all...

  • John B
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:58 p.m.

    Unfortunatley most of the people running for congress today are political hacks. Anyone that thinks that our congress is full of former war heros is sadly mistaken.

    For all the comments mocking the Romney family's wealth: Get over your own personal failure. The sooner you accept the fact that you are a bunch losers the better.

  • suprmn54
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:58 p.m.

    His dad failed because he is a quitter like his grandfather did in 1968.The Mormon thing only stopped those that believe it to be a cult

  • Duke
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:58 p.m.

    To those who criticise Josh, you should know that all the battles are not fought on the battlefield.
    As a Vietnam Vet, I am aware that the war was lost in Congress, not in SE Asia. With more supporters of North Vietnam in Congress they were able to defeat a military that would have been unbeatable otherwise.
    Josh can do more for the war on terror in Congress than he can in uniform.

  • Tango
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:56 p.m.

    Quick - let's take a poll. How many of believe that families with more than one child should "give" one of them to the armed services? Anyone? How about YOUR family? Have you assigned one of YOUR children to enlist? How exactly would you make them do that? Oh, I see...this guideline wouldn't apply to YOU. Just to politicians who support the war. Uh-huh. Let's make it retro-active then. YOU go sign up and represent YOUR family.

  • Zippy
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:56 p.m.

    Best of luck to you. I voted for your father, I hope he is willing to run again in 2012. This country needs a man like him in power to clean up the mess we have in Washington.

  • xsync
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:55 p.m.

    I'm getting tired of family nepotism in politics. I can understand and respect a family for having a long tradition in the military, but a family tradition in politics smacks of royalty.

  • Haskell
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:54 p.m.

    Two Words: Magic Underwear. 'Nuff said.

  • David
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:51 p.m.

    Matheson is twice congressman
    you will ever be

  • Kelly
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:50 p.m.

    Just have your Dad buy this office for you..Or call Elder Hales to clear the way for you to run.

    You will not need any qualifications.

  • To: Military Service
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:43 p.m.

    You served in Vietnam as a volunteer enlistee? Shut your trap. If Josh had been drafted, he would have served too.

    And the rest of you idiots calling for Josh to enlist. I notice none of you are in Iraq...bunch of sorry hypocrites.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    I am a vigiliant GOP Catholic woman from South Florida---I am so sorry Mitt is still not in the race. And everyone I talked with was supporting him too. The Mormon Factor---- I put it aside- although many people see Mormonism as a cult because of its secrecy--- and a very Strange Church. That is what probably sold the deal..Sorry -- but thats reality.

    Too bad- Mitt was and is the best candidate to come down the pike in years hands down.

    I hope he runs again- and next time I will really support him and be more active. Our loss.

    If Mitt was not Mormon.... he would 100%+++++ be our next President--- ABSOLUTELY.

    Mitt---- might you convert - to your wife's religion she was raised in?????? Pres? Lutheran???

  • Richard Schrader
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:42 p.m.

    I live in Florida/voted for Mitt, Would work for Josh From here. He would be great. Mitt for vp or president !!!!!!

  • Kim Andereck in Cheyenne
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:47 p.m.

    The Wyoming GOP will support Josh across state lines. He is a quality young man with a strong work ethic. He stumped for his dad in Cheyenne, Douglas and Casper in January. The Rocky Mountains is "Rommey Country," whether it's Mitt or Josh!

  • Great
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    What a great waste of time. I'm sure he got a lot of great experience driving a motorhome around Iowa.

    To all the people that forwarded this article to "everyone in your ward" - I think it's time to move to Missouri. Or perhaps you can do us favor and hold your breath until Mitt is offered the VP ticket or even better, hold it until this article suggests Mitt somehow wins the GOP nomination. DUH.

    Drink the kool-aid, drink the kool-aid.

  • Phidda
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:40 p.m.

    I think that we need more troops in Iraq, now that your Dad's campaign is over and your "service to the country" has wound down.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:35 p.m.

    I really enjoy reading comments from those who feel so passionately that Mitt's sons should immediately rush out and enlist, simply because the support fighting terrorists in Iraq. I supported the war from the beginning too-guess I should rush out and do so as well. But wait! I am in the military already. Guess that option is out. I wonder how many expressing this opinion have themselves served in the armed forces?

    Incidently, not everyone can serve. The military is not that large. A good 40% of 18-24 year olds are unfit for military service for various reasons. While it is true that some older folks have joined up since 2001, there haven't been that many, and most signed up for Guard or Reserve; not that there aren't plenty of Guard or Reserve members serving or who have served in Iraq.

    Those belittling Mitt's kids about not serving, why don't you grow up, get a life, and find something else to complain about? Better yet, why not do something constructive yourself?

  • Matheson
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:40 p.m.

    Since there are so many dopes that are asking for Romney to join the military, which arm of the service did Matheson serve and is this the only criteria that you need to get elected? If so Obama and Clinton lose.

  • Kate
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:31 p.m.

    I'm not sure what world the author of this article is living in, but to think that McCain's campaign is faltering and that Mitt Romney has a chance to insert himself back in the race and take the nomination is delusional. That NY Times article was bogus and extremely lacking in the facts and authority for anyone else in the mainstream media or blogosphere to take seriously. McCain isn't even being challenged by Huckabee (who is actually still in the race, yet mathematically out of contention). I hope Josh Romney makes it into Congress, but someone needs to inform the author that his dad's presidential dreams are over.

  • Linda
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:36 p.m.

    I was also disappointed that Mitt did not make it-He is a very smart and intelligent man when it comes to business. Imagine someone who would encourage more people to become self-sufficient instead of depending on the government to take care of them. We already have enough people that are dependent on freebies and consequently their offspring will do the same.His wealth was self-made and if people are jealous of this, get out and try to do the same.His son should run for political office, if he wishes. He comes from good stock- good family man, etc.I agree we need new blood in Congress and the Presidency.They're all stale and professional politicians, who also have made plenty of money while in office.Let them spend their own money for once to buy their own healthcare and pensions. Too bad for Mitt- I will go vote even if it means for McCain. ABC (anybody but Clinton or Obama)

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:28 p.m.

    Josh Romney needs to enlist in the Army. Mitt Romney will never be choosen as VP under McCain, since the Huckabee, Dr. Dobson, and Pat Robertson will raise their bigoted heads and complain.

  • john1
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:26 p.m.

    He is a likeable enough guy...he seems a bit phoney/plastic and my last reason is very un-american but his jesus is not my Jesus, that is why I can not vote for Mitt.

  • Bill
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:26 p.m.

    Do Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers?

  • tim from Michigan
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:25 p.m.

    Don't kid yourself; Huckabee played a role in the anti-Mormon prejudice that surrounded Governor Romney's campaign. The sly "Eddie Haskell like" crack about Jesus and Satin being brothers.

    He could have done much to temper the anti-Mormon bias. Sadly; it is my opinion that he encouraged it.

  • Minorkle
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:22 p.m.

    I really liked George Romney back in the day/

  • mj
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:21 p.m.

    I do not understand why everyone gives the Romneys so much grief about the kids not being in the military. That is rediculous to expect his kids to be in the military to qualify for office. If you think it is such a great idea, why dont you join?

  • wilbur
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:21 p.m.

    All this talk of serving gives me an idea. I think only those that serve should be allowed to vote. After all they have contributed. I think this will clear out some of the issues dont you?

  • fubar
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:24 p.m.

    Why doesn't this coward enlist along with his brothers.

  • Bill
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:14 p.m.

    Mitt didn't lose because he's a Mormon. He lost because he was too slick, and because his newfound conservatism was found to be inconsistent with positions he occupied as recently as 5 years ago.

    Pandering never wins in the long run.

  • Bobbi
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:12 p.m.

    SPANKY: It is envious people like you in our country that really gripe me. So what if Mitt worked and strived to build his own business to the extent of being able to send his children to any school he wanted to! Right now, Michelle Obama is making 400K a you think her children will be going to the schools of their choice and will probably never have a job? Please give me proof that Josh did not work to earn his way. You sound like a really bitter person! You are probably living off the government!

  • RobertMD
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:08 p.m.

    If Obama loses will he say it was because he is black?
    If Hillary loses will he say it was because she is a woman?
    If McCain loses will he say it is because he is 71?

    Romney did not lose because he was a Mormon. He lost because sometimes he was, and sometimes he wasn't, at least when it comes to Mormon moral beliefs.

    Each of the above, if they lose, will lose due to their own personal faults, and not their age, race, gender or religion. Just another sign of whining.

  • JT
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:08 p.m.

    This is one Mormon who knows that Mitt Romney flip-flopped on his positions, doesn't like that fact. . . and yet thinks he is the best of the major candidates who are or were in the race. Rudy Giuliani? John "I'm only winning because Rudy stayed out of my way and Huckabee wouldn't get out of Mitt's way" McCain? Mike Huckabee? Hillary Clinton? Even Barack Obama, who seems like a generally nice guy, is even more liberal than Hillary, so he is out. No, I'm not crazy about Mitt Romney, and have seen other candidates in the past who would get my vote instead if they were able to run. But his experience both in business and as a governor leaves him as my best choice out of a poor field.

  • VOTE McCain
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:03 p.m.

    Josh Romney is a father of young children and to ask that he join the army is stupid. This war is justified and we will win with McCain and lose with Obama or Hillary. Mitt Romney will be chosen as VP much in the same way that George H.W. Bush was select to be VP after that nasty primary between him and Reagan. Just like Dole picked Kemp in 1996. They recognized their weakens and picked up a strenght. Romney will be a great VP for the next four years and then after McCain retires (he promised to serve only one term) Romney will make a great President.

  • LD$
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:03 p.m.

    I'm one of those pockets of bigotry Josh is talking about. After living in Utah for two years, I would never, ever vote for a Mormon or any party. I just don't trust you people.

  • Charlie C
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:08 p.m.

    I guess if Hillary had legs like Obama, she'd wear a dress once in a while.

  • Utah Dem
    Feb. 25, 2008 2:02 p.m.

    Well, if anyone wants to run against Rob Bishop in District 1, I would be happy. I can't as I am a federal employee.

  • Gordo
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:56 p.m.

    For Romney to complain about voters being "UnAmerican" for voting against a Mormon is absurd. In Utah he will count on people voting against anybody who is NOT mormon. What goes around comes around.....

  • Norm
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:54 p.m.

    Just what the country needs, another political dynasty family. We have the Kennedy's,the Bush's,the Clinton's, the Dodd's, the Bayh's, the Cuomo's and I'm sure many others. What makes any of them uniquely qualified to assume the reins of power other than being their father's sons or husband's mate?

    What makes Romney's young son believe that his recent experience supporting his dad's election efforts bestows upon him the wisdom, relevant experience and intellecutal fortitude to do anything other than conduct a political campaign for office? It does not.

    One of the reasons that this country is not moving forward on important, substantive issues is that the thinking of our "leaders" in government is a re-hash of all of the old partisan ideas that their fathers' or husband's had before them. Even worse,once elected (God forbid) there is so little time spent by them on activites not related to re-election that the business of intelligent direction and guidance of our nation is severly short-changed. Sometimes, like now, to our evelasting detriment.

    It's time for leaders who put the country's best interests first, and not the furtherance of a family political dynasty.

  • Joe airman
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:52 p.m.

    I was just wondering...How many of you recommending enlistment in the military are veterans? My guess is few or none. So, unless you've been there...shut up..

  • David
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:50 p.m.

    For the people mad about Iraq, that one is almost wrapped up now. The surge has worked and things are a lot quieter now. Especially as more Iraqis are stepping up and taking roles, now that they know the US has their back they are taking it to the bad guys.

    I've heard Democrats say that Romney's Mormonism hurt him but not many Republicans. With Republicans I think what happened was a fractured field on the conservative side. Romney did OK but couldn't catch McCain. I wish him the best, he got my vote in the primary here in New Jersey.

  • Jud
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:47 p.m.

    Why do we keep electing these Huntsmans and Mathesons and now Romneys who were all born with silver spoons in their orifices? What qualifies them other than accident of birth? Matheson's done nothing. Huntsman's scorecard is empty -- what has he actually achieved? These are just pretty rich boys married to various Barbies who consider high office their personal sandbox. Can't we find someone who can actually do something?

  • I'd vote
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:52 p.m.

    FOR Josh, if he were running against Hatch, I think it's time for him to go.

  • Josh -- Please don't
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:44 p.m.

    We're "Romneyed out" as it is. Enough is enough.

  • John
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:45 p.m.

    Too bad Josh Romney ended his interview with a weak attack on Senator McCain. Perhaps he would have a different opinion of the good Senator if he had ever served in the Nation's defense.

    Senator McCain beat your father fair and square. And, if you did some serious research, you would learn that your Father (a very good man also) and Senator McCain share most policies in common.

    What happended to good polite Utah conduct. Shame on you Josh. I know that I would not vote for you.

  • able to read
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:36 p.m.

    heres a key line from the story:
    "Josh Romney told the Deseret Morning News that after a year of campaigning across country for his father, he's been approached to run as a Republican against 2nd Congressional District Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah."

    he was asked to run by an operative who obviously thought he could win. Why don't you ask him what his positions are, maybe you'll like him?

  • jer
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:35 p.m.

    What is this envy of Romney's wealth? I'm hardly wealthy (I'll be making a car payment today, 25 days late) but I'm tired of such pettiness. Why is success a bad thing? Or is it just easier to attack a minority group (the wealthy) since they will always be a small number?

  • Is Josh Romney un-American? JK.
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:30 p.m.

    According to the article, "Only a few times, he said, did he hear voters say they couldn't support a Mormon candidate for president. "I said, 'That's a very un-American thing to say.' I mean, this is a country that based on religious freedom,"

    What kind of person calls someone else un-American for expressing their sincerely held views? It's not the kind of peron who will get my vote. I think Mr. Romney needs to apologize for his comments. I too am Mormon and I don't like it when people express their view that they can't vote for a Mormon but it's their right.

    It's as much their right to not vote for a Mormon, as it's to not vote for any person for any reason and it is more un-American to call someone un-American for choosing to exercise their right to vote as they choose than it's un-American not to vote for someone based on your opinions of a person's religion, lack of religion, or their position on moral issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion or the countless other factors that caused many people to vote for Romney.

    So Josh Romney needs to get a clue and stop the double-standard!

  • Jim
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:29 p.m.

    I wouldn't vote for him. Why should I?

    I work just as hard, probably harder than him. I worked my way through college, and now I'm working hard by day, including nights and weekends, and I'm still poor as dirt. I look for jobs and go to work. I pay taxes. I could never be congressman now. I don't have any coat tails to ride like Romney Jr.
    What I do know, however, is that if I get laid off, the Romney's think I'm poor because I'm lazy and the government shouldn't help me.

    Keep the incumbent in office. We don't need more spoiled rich kids in Washington.

  • Rob
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:27 p.m.

    Hopefully some of Romney's sons can sign up for the war that their father and they support - apparently - as long as others actually do the fighting.

    Why should he sign up? Simple - it is easy to be a cheerleader while nice and safe - its another to be a supporter and actually be willing to put one's body on the line for the belief.

    If a war isn't worth the effort of even one of Romney's sons, the family should really review their priorities regarding the importance of the war in Iraq. After all there are plenty of soldiers in Iraq who have children back here in the states.

  • DanOregon
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:18 p.m.

    "faltering McCain campaign?" Huh?

  • Mike Maz
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:22 p.m.

    personally I dont see what the big deal is by not voting for someone who has a certain religious belief, so his comment to the person who said he could never vote for a Mormon was off base. I am sure there are plenty of religions people follow that would preclude someone from voting for them. Would all of you vote for a Muslim? A Scientologist? Someone who practices witchcraft?

    Im an athiest.. do you think Josh would be able to overlook that religious freedom and vote for me?? Of course not. It was a silly comment showing his naivete.

    Religious freedom means that we all have the right to practice or not practice our religion. It does not mean we have to vote for someone if we do not believe in their religion if we dont want to.

  • McCarroll
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:16 p.m.

    *McCain's campaign has been hurt by a report that implied he had an improper relationship with a female lobbyist.*

    Hurt? You gotta be kidding. The NYT did McCain a big favor with that piece of tripe. You're letting your liberal flavor show a bit too much in this hit piece.

  • WesternGOP
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:07 p.m.

    "If John McCain's campaign continues to falter..."

    What? Because of the Times story? Right. I'm sure the LDS bias of this paper, plus the liberal wack jobs in New York would LOVE to see Romney become the nominee IF McCain continues to "falter." There is only one problem...Republican primary voters already spoke. They didn't choose your guy. Its called democracy and it works. This story is a fluff piece and more nothing but more sour grapes from the Romney camp. Get over yourself Mitt and Co.

  • russ
    Feb. 25, 2008 1:00 p.m.

    Josh is talented. He can drive a van. Host a party. Have children. And get into real estate development.

    Good enough for me, and the other sheep.


  • shadow
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    Did anyone not see this coming?

    Only the deceased missed this one.

    Will he make it? Yes.

    Yes, because of the name. Nothing else matters.

    His record? ha ahha haha ahahh ahahhah a real estate development dude. 3 kids. a wife. Oh, did I mention his daddy's name? Again, no military service. so what... look at my name everybody!!

    Who could have missed this one coming?

    The Shadow Knows.

  • Wondering
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:52 p.m.

    I wish Josh would tell us what Mitt Romney's principles are, and why he thinks they're so different than McCain's. His dad didn't do a good job of explaining them. I'm sure Romney has principles, however he ran as a conservative, but promised a multi-billion dollar bailout for Michigan, farm subsidies for Iowa, he ran to McCain's left on prescritption drugs in Florida, and his health care plan is a proposal for individual mandates that it basically what Hillary Clinton is proposing.

    Does Josh like the National Review Mitt Romney, or the Massachusetts "I Don't Want to Go Back to Bush-Reagan" Mitt Romney. Something in between? I honestly don't know. Some people act as though they know Romney's principles with certainty, and I honestly don't see how they know this. Maybe they know that he's a Mormon Republican and that's good enough.

    "we elect people who are good at campaigning vs. those who are good at leading and governing."


  • Chris Laurence
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:40 p.m.

    Josh Romney would be crazy not to run. He has the campaign issues, the slogans, the money, the connections, and a population that went 94% for his dad in the Republican primaries. Matheson is winning by cross-over votes -- Republicans voting for him. Josh could squash Matheson. Try running without money and connections, it won't get you far. The chickenhawk argument won't fly in Utah. If we are to succeed in the war on terror, it will take civilian support here at home. Learning on the campaign trail is extremely valuable as well. He will not have a better opportunity that this one now. He can achieve what has eluded both his father and grandfather: federal elective office. Opportunities this good don't often return. Seize the day, Josh! ;)

  • Jun
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:22 p.m.

    I'm quite tired of the Deseret news running any story with the name Romney in it.

  • UT
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:07 p.m.

    It is a sad state of affairs when we have to get all our worms from just one can.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:12 p.m.

    Why cant a privileged son of a wealthy, well-connected politician join the military? Im tired of these hypocritical Republican hate mongers that waste our tax dollars on needless oil wars in the Middle East.

  • Mick Stockinger
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    Mitt just spent 40 million dollars to go from an unknown to a household name. He also won a record 90% of the Republican primary vote. If Josh has a fraction of the business sense of his Dad, he won't leave money on the table.

    The reality of modern politics is that this is the kind of capital you need to get elected. Would Jim Matheson have been elected if dad Scott hadn't been the governor? Sen. Bennett also exploited his family's name recognition as have dozens and dozens of politicians in both parties.

    For the whiners complaining about it--this is America--go get rich and famous and then run yourself, otherwise button it.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:58 a.m.

    Another person running on the family name. Seems to be the trend these days. Mitt Romney to some extent ran on his father's name, particularly in Michigan, the only significant state he won. Of course then there's the Bush family, the Clinton family, the Kennedy family, the Huntsman family, the Matheson family, etc., etc.

  • mukeiken
    Feb. 25, 2008 11:28 a.m.

    I would suggest that Josh Romney first run for school board, city council, or some other entry-level position so he can learn about working with people at a local level on real problems. Then he can look at the possibility of the state legislature and, after that, representing hundreds of thousands of Utahns in Washington.

    Driving a Winnebago in another state is not preparation to represent Utah, anymore than being married to an office holder prepares someone to parachute into a state in which one has never lived, in order to run for the Senate. Campaigning for a relative has little to do with the actual work a legislator does. Do some real community work in your own community first.

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:54 a.m.

    The discrepancy between the number of critical comments posted and the votes in support of Mitt Romney in the recent primary reflects that this is not a representative sample of voters.

    We have had an all-volunteer military for 35 years since Congress decided to make military service an attractive career rather than a form of minimum-wage involuntary servitude. If you had to prove your bona fides as a patriot by military service, why even allow non-veterans to vote or run for office?

    Does someone who supports an effective police force have to be a police officer? Does someone who wants effective medical care have to go to medical school? Does someone who wants good schools have to get a teaching certificate? Do you have to graduate from law school before you criticize the courts? Should you live overseas before expressing views on foreign policy?

    The answer is no. Your right to run for office is part of your heritage as an American citizen.

    I am a Lt. Colonel, an attorney and prosecutor, a college instructor, and worked in Japan. I'm more qualified than most of you on many topics but I don't try to shut you up on that basis.

  • Ken Baguley
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:48 a.m.

    I'm not a quitter...I'm still holding out for Mitt as VP or even President depending on McCain's outcome. McCain is not complete without a guy like Mitt who can handle what McCain cannot.

  • Wealth or the lack thereof
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:37 a.m.

    Anybody looked at the founding fathers lately? Hmm, plantation owners, gentleman farmers, wealthy businessmen... yes, some of them worked hard for what they have - many started out with inheritences. They expended that wealth establishing our freedom, but also in the education and study that created our Constitution and the institutions that supported it. Wealth isn't the enemy people, it's the means required for many great enterprises. How many of your children would have college loans, if you had the means to pay for their education? I keep reading people call Romney's kids "trust babies" - hmm, they don't ACT like trust babies. They all have educations and careers and stable families. They are all clean cut, hard working, scandal free. What evidence do any of you have that Daddy did anything other than normal support for college and missions?

  • Matsonrun
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:41 a.m.

    Oh god, not another one.

  • Romney08
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:39 a.m.

    I am so excited I forwarded this story to all my ward members! St. George has been waiting for someone strong to run against Matheson, and Josh appears to be our man!!! He went to Harvard and is now a successful real estate executive, not to mention he has been around politics his entire life, and after helping run his fathers campaign probably knows more about the our country's issues than Matheson hands down.

    As soon as you officially file Josh you can expect a check from me and my husband!

  • Ryan Arnell
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:31 a.m.

    He graduated from BYU and earned an MBA from Harvard-not an easy accomplishment! Josh is a great guy and has my full support.

  • Uh Spanky
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:24 a.m.

    Unlike you, I served in the military for 20 yrs. I'm now 'retired' and raising my family. I support the war on terror. I also support children who are adults, make their own decision if they should serve in the miltiary or not.

    Obama never served.

    Hillary never served.

    Huckabee never served.

    Mitt never served.

    Don't see why it's a big deal. If my sons want to serve,and they are adults making big boy decisions about their lives, then I will support them. These men and women who serve are NOT Childen, but adults, who think for them selves, and sign the paper and raise their little hands all on their own. At least respect their ADULT decisions.

  • Spanky
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:12 a.m.

    RE: Some of you are real ignorant

    Mitt and his sons came out in favor of the war in Iraq. If you're in favor of a war, then you better be willing to fight it instead of having "the little people" fight it for you. In other words, if you support war and violence, then being non-combative isn't an excuse for being a war promoter, while being unwilling to serve. That's what people refer to as a chickenhawk. And, if young Josh wants to be in the political limelight and run for office, then it is VERY MUCH every voters business.

  • Some of your are real ignorant.
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:08 a.m.

    Back in the day, where there was not a choice and young men were drafted, my brother was drafted. He is a very sensitive and non-combative person, lucky for him he didn't go to Nam, he was stationed in Germany and that caused him to have a nervous breakdown. They had him living off the base and gave him an assignment as a cook assistant, that was the only way he could survive where he was without killing himself. We do not force every 19 year old boy in the LDS church to serve a mission and like the LDS church, our country right now does not force every man to enlist. It is a personal and private matter about who chooses to enlist, it is none of any of your business, so give it a rest. It is your business who you choose to serve as your political leaders, there you can take the pros and cons of each person, even the things that have nothing to do with the job and vote. I do not agree with trying to force a young man to serve his church or his country, so let them all choose for themselves.

  • Immigration Sense
    Feb. 25, 2008 10:01 a.m.

    The majority of Utahns do not favor the current immigration legislation anymore than they did vouchers.

    In any case, irresponsible legislation should be vetoed by any governor worth his salt. We elected governor Huntsman to lead, not simply to rubber stamp bad ideas supported by a small but vocal minority.

  • Of all people
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:57 a.m.

    I am sure Josh is a good man with a bright future--not because he is Mitt's son but because of his own intellect and capabilities. But to think that he is better prepared to represent us in Congress than someone with more life experience, i.e. experienced tough financial times, raised a family and built a successful career is insane. I don't know who that person is that can run but it is certainly not someone who can only cite campaign work as his experience. That represents what is wrong with American politics--we elect people who are good at campaigning vs. those who are good at leading and governing. To have both is great but in choosing one over the other, I will always choose the latter.

    Of all people, we ought to look at the substance of a man rather then be awed with superficial elements. Too often we elect people who have the highest ambitions and not the ones who have the highest qualifications.

  • Spanky
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:57 a.m.

    Re: DBL

    You have to read between the lines to find out all of young Josh Romney's accomplishments, all of the hard work he's done, and all of his experience. Let me lay it out for you.

    1. Went to HS, but didn't have to work because he has a rich daddy, like his daddy before him.

    2. Went to college on daddy's dime and didn't have to work, like his daddy before him.

    3. Drove around Iowa in his daddy's van trying to get people to vote for his daddy.

    4. Is now using his daddy's name and influence to get into politics without ever having done one day's actual physical labor in his entire life.

    Pretty impressive resume.

  • John S.
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:51 a.m.


    The Obamas may paint themselves as poor, however, they had all the priviliges afforded Americans.

    Michelle grew up in an middle class neighborhood in Chicago. Barack's grandparents lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Hawaii. He attended Punahou Prep School.
    Michelle made approximately 400K last year with her salary and being on the board of a corporation. the comment about just paying off their student loans shouldn't impress you. She was probably investing the money elsewhere, like on their 1+ million dollar home.

    Furthermore, how does someone who understands poverty make them a great president? If so why not get an impoverished person from South America and make them President.

  • Goodness Gracious!!
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:48 a.m.

    No member of the Romney clan will ever have to buy campaign ads in Utah as long as The Deseret News promotes them and their cadidacy(ies) for nothing. It did it for the Mittster, now it's doing it for the youngster. Objectivity??? Hah!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:34 a.m.

    Congress needs all the new blood it can get. He'll definitely have my vote.

  • tenx
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:27 a.m.

    Amen to comments by Lee & Anonymous.

  • To my2cents 8:02
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:26 a.m.

    Just so you know, both Michelle and Barack Obama came from very humble roots. Michelle's father worked for the city of Chicago--even after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. And Barack was the son of a single mother, when he father left them, when he was two years old.

    Michelle made the comment at the Salt Palace that they had finally paid off their student loans, a few years ago, once Barrack wrote a best-selling book; but it shouldn't have to be that way. I agree.

    Barack also lived for a time with his paternal grandmother in Kenya, in a hut with no running water. Do you want a president who needs advisers to explain to him what it's like to live in a 3rd World country, or one who has actually lived it?

    If you want someone who truly understands poverty and discrimination, I'd go with the Obamas.

  • Jay
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:32 a.m.

    Matheson is the best congressman Utah has. He is smart, pragmatic and has done more for this state then the other two congressmen conbined. Move to Utah County and oust Cannon if you want to run for Congress.

  • Spanky
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:23 a.m.

    Isn't he one of the Romney boys that are for the war in Iraq but have better things to do than fight in it? Yeah, that's right, he is. Isn't he one of the Romney boys that when Mitt was asked why his sons aren't fighting in Iraq Mitt said...."they're serving their country by helping me get elected." Yeah, he is one of those Romney boys. Well, we've had enough of people of privilege who expect everyone else to do the dirty work, running this country. And we've had enough of chickenhawks running the country for the last 8 years. If young Mr. Romney supports the war in Iraq, let him run down to the nearest recruiting center and sign up, or shut up.

  • DBL
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:22 a.m.

    The truly striking thing about this article is that it doesn't list a single accomplishment in young Josh's life other than campaigning and skiing. Matheson had at least built up a small business in environmental consulting. I'm not a big Matheson fan - though I think he's been a decent representative - and he's mostly a DINO (Democrat in Name Only), but young Master Romney had better come up with something better than a name and a thorough knowledge of Iowa geography.

  • Re:Anonymous 6:22
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:15 a.m.

    I know you are a wise 22 year old. But you can enlist as a 32 year old with kids. My neighbor's husband recently enlisted as an officer and he is pushing 40. It's never too late to support a cause you so passionately believe in.

    Feb. 25, 2008 9:06 a.m.

    Does your last name have to Hatch, Matheson, Garn, Romney, Huntsman, et al to run for elected office in this state. Does Daddy have to pave the way for every politician? Or is it the "family" business, politics? I have voted against these guys just because I am tired of family domination that seems to prevail on the national level as well. I always seem to end up supporting the person that does not have a "Utah Family Political" name.

  • St. George
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:09 a.m.

    This is one Republican that will not vote against our best Congressman, because he is a Democrat.

  • Military Service
    Feb. 25, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    My father served in WWII(Phillipines),While I was guarding airplanes in the jungles of Vietman and Thailand,Mitt was in Paris,my son-in-law was in Iraq.
    This is what patriotic Americans should do by nature.
    I was an average guy with a m-16. John McCain is an American hero in the warrior tradition. I am a member of the VFW,for the Romney's that means Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  • GoodGuyGary
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:49 a.m.

    People hate Josh becasue he has a rich dad.

    Feb. 25, 2008 8:45 a.m.

    Josh, stay home and earn an honest living without money from good 'ol dad. I don't know why people are criticizing those who say they would not vote for Mitt because he is Mormon. Most of the people who support the Romneys in Utah simply do it because the Romneys are Mormon. What is the difference. People in Utah have such tunnel vision it is scary. Josh stay home, please.

  • LOL1
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:43 a.m.

    support still does not address the issue that it is not necessary to serve in the military to be a true American. It is perfectly acceptable to fight for the values we hold dearly in other areas on our own home soil. As a former military and father of military sons, I sure do want good, upstanding people providing for those of us on the front lines. Military service is only ONE way to support the troops.

  • Mark
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:42 a.m.

    This is the perfect opportunity that we as Utahns have to stop whatever liberal agenda the Democrats will try to implement: electing Republicans to Congress. Although Matheson has done well representing his district on many issues, he falls short in some critical areas. (Voting green too often, supporting Speaker Pelosi, etc.) Josh would be wise to run on his father's platform. Along with 90% of the Republicans in the state, I voted for Mitt because of that platform. If he carries that same number of Republicans in the Second District he could win it. I will certainly be one of the first to start making phone calls once he starts the campaign. Go for it Josh. Those of us who helped your father will be here to help you.

  • AntiMatheson
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:36 a.m.

    Matheson is sweating, and I love it! This is great news for the Republican party, possibly the only congressional seat that the GOP can gain this coming election. This is BIG news and great for our great state.

  • RPH
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:28 a.m.

    I love that people are tossing Mitt's name around for the VP slot: don't you people read any press other than FOX news? All the other Republican candidates, including McCain, HATE Romney, and it has nothing to do with Mormonism and everything to do with the fact that they all thought he was a jerk on the campaign trail. He's not going to get a VP nod from McCain. Especially because if he did, McCain would know that Mitt would just be campaigning for himself for the whole 4 to 8 years to succeed McCain. Forget about it people.

  • Jon
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:16 a.m.

    Go for it Josh! Probably 3/4 of the people asking about your military service haven't done so either. There are more ways to serve a country than the military. Josh you have my vote!

  • my2cents
    Feb. 25, 2008 8:02 a.m.

    Also the Obama's and the clintons and the huckabees are also self serving.

    Did you know that the Clintons are Rioh too? Did you also know the Obama's are not living in a Rose Park type area? Yea, they've got some cash too. It's not JUST a Romney who has money. Clintons got it, McCain's got it, Huck takes it from his church goers and Obama's have it. Middle class for any of these folks? Phffftt.

  • BBKing
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:40 a.m.

    I can't express enough the alarm this causes me!

    First, we have entire blocks of Utahns that completely ignored the reality of Mitt Romney's voting and leadership record of two plus decades.

    Think about this. For Mitt's entire life he was pro-choice. He wants to be President he concocts a story about a Harvard scientist (the scientist completely disagreed with Mitt's version of what happened) and suddenly Mitt is pro-life. Of course right before he wants the nomination.

    Mitt was completely Open Borders on immigration with plenty of evidence. He wants to be president, bingo...he is tough as nails.

    I could go on, and on, and on.

    And Utahns in record numbers bought the flip-flop. Holy cow!

    And now, let me see. The very people whinning about Huntsman are about to do it again?

    With Huntsman you bought into someone who had never accomplished anything, outside of what his Dad gave him. His Dad gave him money, name recognition, connections, and the chance to win. The GOP recognizes in large part that Huntsman is a flop.

    Now you are going to take the exact formula and give another son who has done nothing the keys our lives?!? Snap-out of it!

  • support
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:42 a.m.

    LOL there is many a family man in this war, why should a ROMNEY with kids not be included. The Romneys support the war, that is not supporting the troops. I find too many Utahns support the troops in words only and rush to send their 19 year olds of on mission like they did during Vietnam -- sorry if you support the troops and have kids of an age the put your son/daughter where your mouth is. ROMNEYs are self serving people --

  • JOKE
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:38 a.m.

    Are you kidding me?? One year on the campaign trail (must not have real job) and he is not ruling out running for congress????
    Has this guy even been to a local caucus meeting?
    What scares me even more is how people have said they will vote for him.

  • PLEASE...
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    To Mitt:

    P-L-E-A-S-E do NOT campagne for McCain.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    Josh, please run against Cannon. Matheson represents his Utah constituents very well. Cannon is out of touch.

  • my2cents
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:25 a.m.

    I'll bet Josh will stand in line at the recuriters, right behind Ms. Chelsea Clinton. After all, her mum voted for the war, before she was against it before she was for it...oh darn. What's her position today? Chelsea is much better positioned to be recuited. She's single, likes to party and is younger than good old boring, stable Josh.

  • Ego stroker
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:24 a.m.

    Republican power players tell anybody who will listen they should run against Matheson. Especially at the time when ones father may have become the Republican nominee. Come on! Stick to spending the trust money on "real-estate development". Is it me, or is the job description of all trust fund babies "real-estate development"?

  • Jay's thoughts
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:15 a.m.

    Nuts? LOLOLOL. What? you don't want to work for what you have either? Huntsman sr. wants to die broke. Who gives a fig. If Josh is right for the job, it's up to the people to elect him. Personally, I would hope that Mitt is the veep nom, and not that bigot Huckabee.

  • authentic
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:16 a.m.

    Josh, I would think that one of the Romney brothers would want to serve their country in the military. I support you enlisting in the military and showing that you're willing to be authentic with your desire to serve. If you're so willing to send young men and women to fight Bush's war, then I'd encourage you to show your committment by fighting for this country in a war that your dad so wanted to continue fighting.

  • phebe
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:12 a.m.

    There are so many people who are envious of the Romney money. Money is not a bad thing--most of us could use a little more.

  • Blind voters
    Feb. 25, 2008 7:03 a.m.

    There are enough morons here in Utah were they would vote party before the person, so trust fund Josh may go somewhere.

  • Jay
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:46 a.m.

    A "nut" doesn't fall far from the tree.

    Go, Josh, Go.

    Spend more of your daddy's money and your brother's inheritance.

  • LOL
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:32 a.m.

    He's young, but not recruiter's office young. Why must a 32 year old with 3 kids run down to the recruiter's office and enlist to prove he's a supporter of the troops and/or American values? Many true blue Americans do their part in battles that need to be waged without guns on our own soil and in our own home towns. If he were 18-24 and unmarried, that would be a great time for him to enlist. But now? Let him prove his support in other ways.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:22 a.m.

    To the two people that are asking for Romney to enlist because he supports the war on Terror. Grow up, please. He is 32 years old, has several kids and a wife. He is in no position to enlist.

    As a 22 year old mulling over whether to enlist and with what branch this year, I would say to you that your words are vile with the way you trivialize the decision of enlisting. Might I also add that you are lucky there are people in this world willing to put their lives on the line so you have the freedom to say such disgusting things.

    And as to this young Romney's candidacy, I would welcome it with open arms. To see Matheson, another one of "Utah's favorite son's" be knocked off his high horse would be a sight indeed.

  • WB
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:09 a.m.

    Maybe I'm a different kind democrat, but I have always voted for people based on what they stand for or stand against. I was hoping that Mitt would end up as the Republican nominee, and supported him. Not based on religion, party, or anything else other than issues and what he did and didn't do. I would think that if Josh ran, there would be other people who would also vote for or against him based on his platform rather than name, religion, or party.

  • David
    Feb. 25, 2008 6:06 a.m.

    Run, Josh, Run!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:39 a.m.

    You're right, you are young. I hear they need a few good young men in that pesky war in Iraq that your old pops supports. So why don't you prove you support the troops and go to the nearest recruiters office today!

  • Don"t do it
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:44 a.m.

    Matheson is the best Republican we have in would be a major mistake for Josh to run against Matheson.

  • Bobbi
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:33 a.m.

    If the war on terror was the number 1 reason that Mitt dropped out of the race, why doesn't Josh show how determined he is to help win the war by enlisting? More action, less talk.

  • UtahforROMNEY
    Feb. 25, 2008 5:04 a.m.

    I am so excited! Ever since Romney dropped out I have been so depressed that there is no one I am looking forward to voting for this November - UNTIL NOW! I promise the do all I can to support Josh, I shook his hands at Pres. Hinckley's funeral and I could tell he was a good man with a political future, his good looks, money, and great family assures him a poltical future - maybe HE will be the Romney to finally land the white house one day

  • TylerUofU
    Feb. 25, 2008 4:58 a.m.

    I would definitely vote for Romney Jr., as would almost every person I know in St. George that hates the fact that a democrat is our congressman

  • itsa
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:47 a.m.

    Let him have Cannons job in the third.

  • BNH
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:38 a.m.

    Lee, you are right. That immigraton bill should pass and not be vetoed, and if Huntsman does veto it, I hope we get a "Mitt" for governor rather than another four years with Huntsman.

  • Mark
    Feb. 25, 2008 3:27 a.m.

    OK, so I'm not sure what experience prepares one to be a good congressman, but I'm pretty sure "campaign experience" isn't the quality I'd look for first.

  • Lee
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    Could Josh bring his dad here and have him run for governor against Prince John? It would be great to have a governor that wouldn't threaten to veto immigration bills that the majority of Utahns support.

  • Josh Romney
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:27 a.m.

    Should Run, Right to the nearest recruitment center to show he is will to fight for what he belives in.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2008 12:27 a.m.

    If Romney decides to run I expect the Democrats and the press and all the state's leftists to make much of the fact that Josh Romney is nothing more than the privileged son of a wealthy, well-connected politician who has, himself, not done much to demonstrate his commitment to the people of Utah.

    Because Jim Matheson was not at all like that when he first ran.

    Just the other day I was talking politics with a friend and stated that, given his performance in the last election, Jim Matheson is probably Congressman-for-life. Well, maybe not anymore. Thank goodness.