Mitt Romney announces 2012 presidential exploratory committee

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  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    April 15, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    What is Mitt's "economic experience" really?

    He takes over and sells off failing companies.

    So? Obama did that with several US automotive companies, and a number of large banks.

    Mitt has nothing on Obama in that department.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    April 14, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    The next politician to skip the exploratory comitte is going to get a big bump in guts credibility. Someone just come out punching for once.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    April 12, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    The Republican Party needs a well balanced candidate, one that is true to the core values of the party. So far none of the "potential" candidates show those core values. Until the Republican Party can shed it's self of the likes of the Tea Party, Fox news and conservative commentators that keep the pot boiling so they don't lose their ratings it is not doing it's self any good. There is far more to being President than being a financial advisor. Romney and Huckabee have already run their race, we didn't want them before why would we want them now? Find some one with the core values that is a true Republican. And please don't vote for anyone just because of their religion.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 12, 2011 10:10 a.m.


    As a Mormon, I don't need you or anyone else haning my religion over my head and telling me how to vote.

  • JeanPierre Mesa, AZ
    April 12, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    As a Mormon, Mitt Romney should be leading the charge toward the restoration of constitutional principles to our government. I hope that Mormon voters will acquaint themselves with their responsibility to the principles of the original US Constitution and their preservation, and then compare them with Mitt Romney's track record in the political arena.

  • nick Provo, UT
    April 12, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    Mitts detractors focus on the companies he failed to save. Most companies that approached Bain Capital were dying and needed expert assistance to stay alive. Even the best cancer doctors lose patients. The amazing and admirable part of Mitts business career is that he managed to help such a high percentage of companies that otherwise would have died. Liberals and socialists who have no idea how business works have a hard time comprehending Mitts success.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    April 12, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    The only thing that matters for our country is budget and deficit. Regardless of what you like whether it is the environment, budget, gay marriage, abortion, national parks, medicare, social security etc. it takes money for all of those things. The country is out of money. To survive, cuts must be made and Obama is not the person to do that.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Mitt has been told "no" but he has not heard.

    Fortunately people outside of Utah can see through him and even though he has been promoting himself non-stop over the past 4 years that alone does not make him presidential material.

    Huckaby figured out how to unseat him last time, does anyone think he has forgot how to do that? Only Mitt.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    To whatnext | 8:00 a.m. April 12, 2011

    "I hear alot of people for and aganist Romney for President, but I hear nothing in regards to which potential canadit they would choose over him."


    That's easy. Jon Huntsman, Jr. who is a TRUE conservative, and willing to take (and hold to) difficult positions when that is the right thing to do. He has far more political (and ethical) guts, and far more qualifications, than Mitt could dream of having.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 12, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    I would take the man serious if only he actually present a plan. But to this date, all he has stated is talking points and rants against Obama. Anyone can do that.

    Where is the plan? Where is the detail? What is he actually going to do differently than anyone else over the last 30 years? He surely isn't trying to unify the country. I will wait for him to actually propose something that is actionable. Until then, this is just another ego trip for a wealthy American who wants to be voted the Classes Most Popular.

  • whatnext Clearfield, Utah
    April 12, 2011 8:00 a.m.

    I hear alot of people for and aganist Romney for President, but I hear nothing in regards to which potential canadit they would choose over him. We have seen what Obama's politics has gotten this country, it doesn't work and it's bad for this country. Personally, from all the individuals that are considering running for office, Romney seems to be the best choice.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    April 12, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    I really don't understand why so many people have such an inflated and unrealistic opinion of Mitt. He's not admirable, he's not qualified, he's not eithical and he's not good for most of the people in the country (with the exception of the "haves" and "have mores", to use George Walker Bush's terminology). He is He's a politician, nothint more nothing less, and will say and promise anything he has to in order to be elected. We desesrve better.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    April 12, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    Thanks Mitt!
    All Democrats

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    April 12, 2011 7:07 a.m.

    OK, ok. No one wants to talk about the girl that Mitt is brining to the dance. Mormonism. Mitt cannot get elected outside of Utah, Idaho, and maybe, maybe Nevada because of his out-of-the-mainstream faith: Mormonism.

    You can talk 'til you drop. Christians will not support him. The previous primaries were a peace rally compared to what will come in the 2012 race if Mitt is the GOP candidate. The wing nuts of the GOP are hard core believers in what they perceived, right or wrong, as "Christianity." They will tunnel underneath the feet of Mitt, both in a primary and a general election.

    In a general election, Mitt has to have a vp candidate. That has to be a conservative, and that isn't gonna happen. Can Mitt be a vp candidate then?
    NO. In one word, NO. Who would risk their election by adding a Mormon? I just don't see the candidate, unless you are talking Trump. And that combination is beyond humerous. Way beyond Mars actually.

    But dreaming is good for the soul. So... dream on. But Mitt's date to the dance is really a leg iron.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 12, 2011 4:10 a.m.

    This is not what folks in Utah want to hear, but....

    Mitt is Just another politician who had not the courage, when the present administration was championing a version of health care reform that was just like the one he backed while governor, to speak up for what is right. For Mitt it is politics over the needs and wants of the people.

    Mitt will always be a fringe candidate because he will never ever have the backing of the rank and file conservative Republican, especially in the south and midwest bible belt areas.

    This country doesn't Governor Flip Flop, we need a man of courage and vision. Mitt possesses neither.

  • 1Infidel APO, AE
    April 12, 2011 2:01 a.m.

    I have to say my research on Pawlenty, despite the lack of name recognition, would give him the edge. A two-term governor who stood up to Democratic-controlled legislature, winning some major battles, and in a state that brings more electoral votes and weight to the national discourse than does Utah.

    He has been much more forthright about his own flip-flop, related to his early support for cap and trade programs, which he now says is just plain stupid.

    Still, one has to welcome Romney's contributions, if he plans any, regarding policies that would influence job growth and sanity as regards the budget.

  • wrz SLC, Utah
    April 11, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    If you think Romney flip-flops, Obama's flip-flops would fill several pages of single space type-written lines.

    If you think Romney's Massachusetts government health care is tantamount to Obamacare, think again. If there is to be government run health care, that decision should be at the state level... like Massachusetts... not at the federal level.

  • Miss Piggie SLC, Utah
    April 11, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    @no fit in SG: "Some of these guys, Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich, for instance, just cannot understand, "NO, WE ARE NOT INTERESTED", for an answer."

    If you're not interested then you will likely get the tax and spend Obama for another four years.

    @gizmo33: "let me help out Romney's committee I will not vote for Mitt Romney-- and his religion has nothing to do with it I would rather go through another 4 yrs of Obama."

    Proving there are some real nuts out there.

    @no fit in SG: "How can he be "THE ONE" we need as our President?"

    The person you don't need for another four years is the current WH occupant, Obama. Keep that in mind.

    @Happy Valley Heretic:

    "...his stances on many other issues have been inconsistent."

    If you want inconsistency, look to the current WH occupant. His is legion.

    "Another Career politician."

    Four years as Massachusetts governor does not a career politician make.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 11, 2011 9:41 p.m.


    "This is so interesting the way all the crabs (who like to pull others down)..."

    " I think Obama is even more of a dismal failure than Carter and we can't afford four more years of destructive incompetence..."

    Oh the irony.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Ooh, I like Romney. Wait which Romney is running, liberal romney or conservative Romney?

  • Gr8bald1 San Diego, CA
    April 11, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    There is much more to Romney than the very short interviews on news programs.

    His book "No Apology" portrays a balanced candidate. (Snickers are permitted).

    However, I am not sure he is the best one. I do also like Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Chris Cristie, and (yes) even Jeb Bush. Too bad these guys state that they are not running (at least in 2012). And I learn to know more about them.

    What I am fed up with is the arrogance/pride/ego, the half-truths, and the unstated deception/guile of most politicians. I want a candidate that is honest, has integrety, is open, explains things clearly (will refer me to website "xyz" for more details).

    I will vote for the one that is the most humble, meek, candid, experienced, and teaches/instructs when (s)he does speak. The one that sets a proper example for kids/adults/citizens, and is a straight shooter.

    Maybe it's Mitt. Maybe not.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    April 11, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    I would like to vote for Mitt.

    Which Mitt would it be?

    I better form an exploratory committee...

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    April 11, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    Shocked!! Shocked at the news!!! Glad I was sitting down when I heard it.

    He can't get to the nomination for various reasons. Shall we go through them again class? Too liberal (middle of the road really) in Mass.
    Made too much money wiping out businesses. None of the sons have any military experience or record (but then again sons like father, no?). Hair is actually plastic. Too stiff by half. Walks like a very rich man and talks like a robot. Is Mormon and still can't explain how SLC will not control him when crunch time comes. GOP right wing is filled with southern baptists, or catholics, or... evangelicals from tiny tiny churches to megachurches.

    Obama must be giggling, laughing, and enjoying the evening. Mitt could win if he was........... wait for it.......... wait.... wait... a registered Democrat.

  • gogogoff Orem, UT
    April 11, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    Nice try Dixie Dan.

    Mitt is creating jobs in AMERICA.
    Mitt is PRO traditional marriage.
    Mitt is has said, REPEAL OBAMA CARE.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    they have this same news story over on Fox News. you should take a moment to view some of the comments being posted there to get an idea how the conservative crowd outside of Utah feels about Mitt. be forewarned though, it isn't pretty.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    Enough with career politicians?
    Romney is the son of George W. Romney (the former Governor of Michigan) and Lenore Romney.
    He ran as the Republican candidate in the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts but lost to incumbent Edward M. Kennedy.

    Romney won the election for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, but did not seek reelection in 2006.
    He signed into law the landmark Massachusetts health care reform legislation, which provided near-universal health insurance access via subsidies and state-level mandates.

    During the course of his political career, his positions or rhetorical emphasis shifted more towards American conservatism in several areas, though his stances on many other issues have been inconsistent
    Candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

    Another Career politician.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    April 11, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    Actually, I would have to say the most qualified person eligible to run for President would be George H.W. Bush. I wish he would run with Bill Clinton as his running mate. If you're really interested in experience, it doesn't get any better than that.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Looking at Mitt and judging him as an economic leader I feel like Mitt is the best of the bunch - on either side. I think Mitt has the experience, and the record as both a governor and CEO to make a pretty strong case. I really don't see anyone out there that is better.. or even close. You migth argue that Mitt has a problem with RomneyCare and other issues but I think the BIGGEST issue for most Americans is the economy. It's not just jobs its also lower taxes and dumping Obama regulations on business that is destroying everyones wealth. I trust Mitt. Will he get elected? Probably not but he is the best candidate.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Out of all the Presidential candidates to date, including the 'anointed one' Mitt Romney is the most qualified to lead our country out of the disaster of Bush/Obama. Please run and please run over the oppostion.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    April 11, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Last time MItt(Is he some famous baseball player?), wanted to run for President, he told the public " The really great thing is" MITT IS VERY WEALTHY AND CAN PAY FOR MOST OF HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN".
    Just now checked out his Internet campaign site......
    Mitt is asking for donations of $10-$2,500. Credit card and payments ok(Oh, boy!). He wants all of our personal information, as well.
    Ok, now were not we all impressed with him in the last campaign because of what is written in the very first sentence!!!!!
    What kind of money is he making nowadays? How are his businesses doing now? Has he closed any? Sent any overseas? Laid off workers?
    Read he recently sold a fabulous home he owned in the Park City area.
    Sounds like Mitt may be experiencing something "different" with his finances.
    How can he be "THE ONE " we need as our President?

  • Sally Smiles-a-Lot Vernal, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    If Mitt runs, I will definitely vote for him. I believe he has the financial experience and savvy to lead us out of the quagmire we are in. Of course, it would not happen overnight, since we didn't get here overnight. But he has a great track record when it comes to rescuing corporations in distress, or the Utah Olympics, for example, and corporate America...and that includes all of us, since we all deal with multiple corporations...definitely needs rescuing. No candidate is perfect, but I like Mitt, and although I don't have any money thanks to reduced working hours and increased expenses, so therefore I can't donate, I will get to the polls and vote.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    This is so interesting the way all the crabs (who like to pull others down)come out in force whenever there's an article about Mitt.

    Mitt is the candidate most qualified with both private sector success and executive public sector experience. He's been making all the right moves in preparing himself for this new run. I hope he makes it. Ronald Reagan didn't make it the first time either. He came back after four years of Carter and won in a landslide. I think Obama is even more of a dismal failure than Carter and we can't afford four more years of destructive incompetence.

    We REALLY need Mitt's ability. And.....he doesn't have a messy personal life as some other candidates do.

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    April 11, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    let me help out Romneys committe I will not vote for Mitt Romney -- and his religion has nothing to do with it I would rather go through another 4 yrs of Obama

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    April 11, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    As long as the winner of the 2012 election is not Obama or Pelosi, we as a nation will be better off that we are now. If Romney wins, all the better. He has the knowledge and experience to set this country on the right track. If he doens't win, then it shows that America's priorities are messed up big time. I Romney runs and doesn't win, I will ignore all complaints by democrats about the economy being in poor shape.

    For all the success Obama has had, we might as well have elected Steve Young. Young would have probably done the job better, too.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    April 11, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I thought he already did this. Or am I mixing this up with last time? What exactly would an exploratory committee do that hasn't already been done? We've been seeing polls and speculative opinion pieces for months now.

  • oh ye confederacy of dunces Flushing, NY
    April 11, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Enough with career politicians in Washington. Let's elect someone who understands fiscal responsibility--someone who knows what it means to run a business and manage a budget. Bush Jr. was a fiscal socialist, and Obama is far, far worse. The spending must stop if we are to maintain the fantastic standard of living we enjoy in the US.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    'SALT LAKE CITY Mitt Romney announced Monday he is forming an exploratory committee for a 2012 presidential run, a key step in what would be his second White House bid.' - Article

    Who is ACTUALLY running?

    Not just saying they are, to get your money.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Mr. Romney is admirable and would make a great president; he should be congratulated for having worked in the "private sector" all his life." I wish Utah's Senators and Congressmen (excluding Matheson of course) had the same passion and experience and resume in the private sector.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    April 11, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    These egotistical maniacs will never be able to accept the truth, so........
    They have to "explore" because they did not like the answer they received the first time. They will continue to "explore and study", "explore and study", until the money is gone(and who's money are they using, anyway?).
    Their brains do not appear to work like the rest of the human race.
    Some of these guys, Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich, for instance, just cannot understand, "NO, WE ARE NOT INTERESTED", for an answer.

  • We the People Sandy, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    As a candidate, Mitt has flaws. However, I will vote for him unless a better candidate surfaces. Obama is a disaster and needs to be a one-term president.

  • BYU Deek Spanish Fork, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    Chris B, I genuinely like your comment.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    April 11, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Vote for Romney so he can send more jobs overseas. In addition, he will legalize gay marriage nationwide and insure we keep our new National Health Care Bill.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Great Man. It won't happen, because who needs a great business anyways. It's not like we're in any sort of financial troubles.

    Barack will continue to spend like crazy, and we'll be ok with it because he's promised it will work.

    "I will cut the deficit in half in four year"

    barack obama

    The joke hasn't even been close

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    April 11, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    No, thanks, Mitt -- don't need you, don't want you.