After defeat, cloudy future ahead for Mitt Romney (+video)

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    Some of these negative comments were hard for me to read...evidently these people don't know Mitt Romney personally or they wouldn't feel that way. I'm saddened at the results but very proud of him for the positive, honest way he campaigned. He has integrity and loves our USA with all of his was evident. He has so much to offer and hopefully a way will be provided that Mitt will be able to further utilize his experience and continue to share and work with the knowledge he has. What a great and upstanding man he is.

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    coleman51 Orem, UT

    The negativism just seeps into the crevices of the mind and will, if people allow it to fester and grow, provide adequate justification for any view regardless of reality.

    Obviously, the partisan position extends to identifying "the good people of this country" as somehow better than the majority of people who re-elected the president. Talk about a refusal to heal! Fortunately, when you look around, you can't tell who was an Obama supporter and who wasn't. It must be difficult not having a clear indicator like skin color or eye shape to identify the "bad people".

    The take-away message one gets from such comments is: "My way or the highway!" I was grateful to hear Mitt Romney give exactly the opposite message in his concession speech. Perhaps the LDS Church authorities have to remind people that such thinking is what led to the expulsion and move West. I always thought Mormon history, if anything, taught the evils of intolerance and bigotry. When I read comments referring to "the good people of this country", I just wonder if anything was learned.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    Will Mitt Romney work to be a moderating force in the Republican Party. He's in a good position to know what went wrong. He just has to look at his spreadsheets and do a little regression analysis and conclude the obvious.

    However, he will have a very difficult time trying to make course corrections. The extremists are too entrenched in the Party. First, you have Fox News, obsessed with Obama to the level of being a mental disorder. Then there is Mr. Republican Nut Case, Rush Limbaugh, followed closely by Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and the other merchants of hate that are responsible for the Romney defeat. There's a lot of money invested in the Fox News Tea Party mentality.

    It might be a long time before another Mormon is selected as a Republican presidential candidate. The knives are out and the wingnuts are already taking swipes at Romney. Rushbo has announced that the Party should have realized that it nominated a "New England liberal" and never again will he allow that mistake to be repeated.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 5:02 a.m.

    The person who wrote this article is obviously an Obama supporter. He hasn't a clue about the character of Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney does not define his life by his political achievements. Nor is he that concerned about what to do for the rest of his life. Mitt is obviously a person of deep conviction and character running against a deeply flawed incumbent. To define Mitt under the ruse that there is no meaning to his life outside of his political career shows how little the main-stream media with all of it's corruption looked at this race. We, the good people of this country will look at regret over what greatness this country could have achieved under the presidency of Mitt Romney. We now have to settle for a country similar to California with expanding debt, deep division, a third-rate economy, and no moral compass under the worst example of a President we have ever had in our history.

  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    Pretty clear the voters didn't buy what Mitt or the right wing haters were selling. It's a diverse country, time for the GOP to step into the 21st century.

  • white46 Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    the stocks took a dive, watch out thats just the start,jobs, will be lost, inflation,,the middle class will live off rich. GOOD LUCK HOPE YOU HAVE FOOD STORAGE

  • George Bronx, NY
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    @mike richards
    he pays taxes the same way the rest of us do Mike there is no special tax that only romney pays, we all get taxed not he same money more then once, yet his income tax is still less then half of mine.

  • bigD46 Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    I feel the USA will be in BIG problems this coming year, More lay offs etc

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:31 p.m.

    Mike Johnson:

    In the last episode of The West Wing, the main character elected President (the first Latino President) played by Jimmy Smits, asks his political opponent, the Republican challenger played by actor Alan Alda to be his Vice President after his choice for VP died of a heart attack. Alda's character declined that position but said he would be Secretary of State.

    Of course there was a Hollywood message of bipartisanship but maybe it wasn't such a bad thought, President Obama making Romney part of his cabinet or making him an ambassador (if Romney is willing)...

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:31 p.m.


    "You mistaken love of country for love of president! Most definitely not the same thing. I can totally disagree with the president..."

    Ranting and raving is no skin off my nose. Do what you want.

    But Tijuana is lovely this time of year. Good luck there.

    Be sure to pack your clean socks!

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    I wish America would wake up. I still can't believe they chose Obama. Besides the fact I can't stand the guy he will not lead us back to prosperity and peace. Everyone who voted for him will regret it.

    Good luck Mitt.

  • SS MiddleofNowhere, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    @ I M LDS 2,
    You mistaken love of country for love of president! Most definitely not the same thing. I can totally disagree with the president. My loyalty and love is not assigned to a man, it is assigned to this country. I can say whatever I want whenever I want, people have fought and died for that freedom. So stop trying to suppress freedom because people disagree with you. If you are getting sick of whining, practice your right to not read the comments!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:07 p.m.

    Worf - per FoxNews, the reason for the sell-off was

    "Wall Street succumbed to heavy selling Wednesday in a post-election rout triggered by concerns that sharp divides in Washington will create more fiscal uncertainty as the nation hurtles toward the "fiscal cliff."

    "With a polarized federal government we see little reason to increase the probability of avoiding the tax cliff, avoid brinksmanship over the debt ceiling or to expect pro-growth tax and entitlement reform in 2013,” the investment bank's Barry Knapp wrote in a note to clients.

    So sure, blame Obama... but also make sure you blame everyone who is involved. Lets not cherry pick who we hold responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. And that include blue and red people.... if you are being honest.

  • cpafred SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:06 p.m.


    I have forgotten more about tax in the last 10 minutes than you ever knew and I can unequivocally say that most of Mitt's income is not "double-taxed" as you constantly claim.

    To all: Are severely truth-challenged people good candidates for state presidents and GA's? I think not.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    Romney and Ryan didn't have spin meisters giving them everything to say.

    When I think of Obama speaking down to us everytime he speaks and Biden who was crude and rude in his language and now we get 4 more years of this type of behavior, which can become worse as they are locked in for 4 more years.

    There is no comparison to the class we would have had if the voters were the 53 percent that weren't discussed. The 53 percent didn't win in this election. That appears to be more than 47 percent and probably is. We needed someone that wouldn't sit around for 4 years and say it was the previous President that made it so this current President couldn't make a budget for our country. He believed we wouldn't understand it and make sense of it. The House sent him so many and the Senate didn't. Where was the leadership of budget making. Since he only had a law degree and not a license to practice and doesn't have an MBA that means he had to get a Secretary of the Treasury that didn't pay taxes until his Senate hearing.

    Enjoy 4 more.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    Liberal Ted - 4 years ago today.... the US was loosing 900,000 jobs a month. Not a year. A month. Flash forward 4 years, the US gained 170,000 plus jobs in a month. So perhaps in your world loosing 900k jobs a month is better. For the rest of us, gaining jobs is a bit better trend.

    "Being the CINC for another 4 years while the ex-CIA director is leading His military to new levels of old equipment while cutting out more dollars to that could have given improvements to equipment that will not be mission ready, when needed."

    Yep, those old fashioned drones we are using to kill our enemies are surely old school. We need more tanks, more infantry, more big honking ships which are easy to target. And JWB.... Mitts dad was at one time part of that derided 47% that needed government assistance. Google Mitts moms interview she gave when Mitts dad was running for office. Mitt never really was the hard core NeoCon you all wished he was. He just played that part on a TV reality show. He is in realty a moderate - Sorry...

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    If Mitt Romney and his family are as disgusted with the choice American just made as are the commenters on Deseret News, he will probably just move to the Cayman Islands to be with all his tax-evading money!

    And that wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit. It would be particularly great if he took some of these hateful commenters with him!

    Enough whining and bad-mouthing our President. America: love it or leave it. I hear Mexico has great opportunities. Go. There. And stay.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    I wish Mr. Romney the best for him and his family.

    However, reading some of the comments here I don't know if to laugh or cry.

    Mr. Romney was a businessman, he was a speculator that took businesses at risk to kill them or rebuild and make money in the transaction. He never "created" anything new. He is not the messiah, he is not even a very good salesman. He lost the election, people didn't buy his message.

    Please get over it and lets move on.

    Be happy for him, he got to experience something that very few people have a chance to do.
    He did his best, for that he has my respect. The whiners who followed him are getting annoying.

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    Mike Richards I think that I understand what you said. I did not vote for Obama. I voted for Romney. Honestly I think that Obamacare is going to bankrupt the country. I do not see it as being "afordable". I cannot afford it!! I guess that I'm not too optimistic right now. Even the stock market took a dive. I'm worried.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    Elections have consequences.

    Today the stock market dropped, who knows how much more? Investors had been counting on Mitt to turn things around.

    Next - inflation. Watch for double digit inflation.
    When this admnistration (dems and Repubs.)run out of "millionaires" to tax, who do you think they will come to next? They'll try to put more and more governmental hiring and Obamaphones on the nations credit card, which in turn will drive up the cost of government debt, which will, in turn, require more and more tax revenue.....which will disincentivise companies from hiring or from workers bothering to work.
    Why work if you can get food stamps, healthcare, and an Obamaphone?

    Obama does two things successfully.
    He was able to enlist the full and total support of the media.
    He offers enough "free stuff" to get people to vote for him.

    As I watched all the "twenty-somethings" jumping for joy last night in Times square; I had to wonder if ANYONE could be that happy knowing that up til last night they owe $210,000 each on the national debt. They obviously ENJOY debt.
    Some of the rest of us don't.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    Don't go away mad Mr&Mrs R, just go away.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    Once again the man with no substance and no leadership ability prevails. Huge debt, huge deficits, huge tax increases, increase in government spending, bloated public sector jobs with the ever burgeoning imposition of government into our private lives...the list just gets longer as America moves headlong to the precipice of disaster.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    @Mike Richards. Everything will be alright.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    I was thinking a Seventy. In have wondered about that for some time now. While I wanted Romney to win, I did ask my mother a few weeks ago whether she thought the Lord wanted an LDS member in the White House or an individual that had achieved a high profile public persona for people throughout the US and throughout the world in some capacity in church leadership at the general level or an Area Seventy in the North America Northeast Area (which includes DC, Massachusetts, and Michigan).

    On the other hand, I heard rumors in the federal government today--probably based on Obama's victory speech about reaching out to Romney about how the two of them could work together to solve the economic problems--that Romney would be asked to run a new executive department on Business Development. Now, that would be a twist--a president appointing the nominee he defeated to his cabinet. Almost too absurd to consider.

    Like others have said, the Romneys will be fine, even if they walk off into obscurity. But, I think they may be in a great position to do some good in the world and I hope they do.

  • SS MiddleofNowhere, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    To all of you democrats, can the Republicans take your game plan in four years and say, "It's Obama's fault" in answer to every problem?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    The 47 percent were swinging and having a ball last night knowing the payday has come again. Maybe with the $16T debt doubling in 4 more years with more flexibility we will have a greater future for our great to the 5th grandchildren to maybe pay off 10 percent for the excesses of this administration's vacation and jaunts around the world spreading their type of good cheer to our world leaders and especially the dissidents that dislike America.

    We definitely need to increase our prayer levels as more and more social ills become the norm now that the economy wasn't the main issue of the campaign since people elected the person that didn't even change course of spending.

    Being the CINC for another 4 years while the ex-CIA director is leading His military to new levels of old equipment while cutting out more dollars to that could have given improvements to equipment that will not be mission ready, when needed.

    Mitt Romney has had a plan of "Doing It" his whole life with a purpose for what his father showed him by example and by studying and practicing what he learned with high degrees and abilities.

    Thanks for serving.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    No one has ever paid a higher tax rate than Mitt Romney. He was taxed twice, once when he earned the money and again when the money earned interest. The political bigots who tell us that he didn't pay his fair share don't understand the tax laws.

    Americans used their agency to give away that agency as they demand that government pay for their aspirin and birth control pills. They forgot that tens of thousands of valiant men and women are buried all over the world who paid the ultimate price for freedom. All they want is for someone else to pay their way through life.

    We get the government that we deserve. When Obama knocks on your door and tells you that YOU are the rich guy, don't be surprised. That was his plan from the beginning.

    We missed a great opportunity to have a real leader who knows business help us out of this mess. Americans chose - now we'll all suffer because of that choice.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Sad ending for someone who would have been so good for the country and the free world, and turned things positive in a dramatic way. He couldn't always articulate his message and talked a lot in terms that many outside of business couldn't understand or relate to, but he knew he could do the job and meet the challenges, and leave the country in a far better position. But now we'll never know just how good it could have been with Mitt as a leader. We're subjected to at least 4 more years of abject failure and absurdity, and further proof that big government and socialism don't work, never have worked, and never will work. But will a nation with so many parasites even know the difference?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:08 p.m.


    Taking hundreds of millions for vacations after telling us to tighten our belts is really cool.

    Increasing the debt by six trillion then seeing unemployment spiral is also cool. Of course that was Georges fault.

    There's the Embassy, and fast and furious.

    You, like so many others, have chosen wisely. We should follow the opinions of the crowd.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    Everyone in Utah know what will happen...when a politician is defeated he goes to the mission field to get a fresh start. Hey if they sent Lavell to New York, that would be a perfect place for Willard. He could bring the faith to Wall Street Bankers and Hedge Fund managers!

    PS. Worf, Lib Ted, and Anti-Gov : the topic is Romney not the bile in your stomach.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    I listened to some of the AM stations last night that normally spew right wing at vitriolic levels. They were apoplectic, blaming everything from candy crowley to the weather. But a lot of their vile was pointed directly at mitt.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Obviously there is no way of knowing, but I feel Mitt has too high of popularity and status to be a mission President. It would be hard.

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    Truth be told, Mitt is probably lucky he lost.

    We the People on the other hand are not so lucky. He doesn't have to fix the mess that BO got us in but we all have to endure 4 more years of damage and "europization".

    Yes that would be the same Europe that is Greece and the other socialistic cesspools that are not far behind it.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    That's right everyone. The first time bo was elected things just became better. Now with a second term he has more time to finish his deals with Russia and other dictators.

    After the second term when things aren't better, where are all of the folks that support him now? Will they still stand with him and his policies? Will they be willing to give more of their paychecks?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    I am one of those "working people" that pay a much higher tax rate then Romney and you need not worry about us we choose a president last night that understands that people like himself and Romney need to stop taking handouts. you however may wish to rethink the rhetoric you have been using for the past four years as it clearly has failed you.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 7, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    Today the stocks took a dive. Enthusiasm for Obama.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 7, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    I'm not worried about Romney. He'll be fine.

    I'm not worried for the takers in America, they'll continue with the handouts till things explode.

    I worry for the working man/women who'll be taxed, and brought to their knees, until they come to subjection of government. After all, they don't build businesses. The playing field will be level, and money will be redistibuted.

    This is what our people have been begging for.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    Out of obscurity.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    re: xscribe

    I'm laughing! That was funny! My feelings exactly!

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Nov. 7, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    CPA, you took my idea :) I think he and Ann would make fantastic Mission President and Mission Mother. Maybe their time and season is now for the church, it has been in a way, they have brought a very positive light to the church.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Nov. 7, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    The guy has $225 million. I'm sure he'll find something to do!

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    Mr. and Mrs. Romney are extremely fortunate individuals. They have resources only very, very few are privy to.
    Imagine for Just a moment, what is possible with the Romney family retirement package and fortune. Additionally, a great deal of money is available to share with less fortunate folks.
    Not the same pretty picture for many who have lost their livelihood in recent years, and are on the precipice of retirement.

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Mission President?