Blueprint outlines work former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, others did to prepare for President Romney

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  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    June 2, 2013 6:49 p.m.


    I never got a chain email about the voter fraud. In fact, the stuff I said was true. There were 59 precincts in Philadelphia that voted 100% Obama, and that is statistically impossible. There were people arrested for voting more than once. Of course, Obama worshipers don't like facts getting in the way, so I don't blame you for accusing me of being a low-information voter. Most low-information voters voted for Obama, by the way.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    Riverton Couger, you believe everything you read on the Internet I see. Every chain e mail you get you believe. Every utterance by Glenn Beck you believe.

    Well, yeah, there are people like that.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    June 2, 2013 12:08 a.m.

    "This has to be the most far fetched attempt to explain Romney's loss to date."


    I'll attempt to summarize his "far fetched attempt":

    As he said, people were predicting Romney would win. This isn't two-week-old polls, this is same-day stuff.

    In addition, the IRS scandal had already started, as he mentioned, which was targeting conservative groups.

    There were reports of poll stations in battleground states where GOP poll inspectors were harassed by democrats.

    Some military voted were not counted.

    Several democrats were arrested for voting several times in the election (were they all caught?).

    Many Republican votes were not accounted for.

    59 precincts in Philadelphia voted 100% Obama; not a single vote for Romney (if you have taken statistics, you know that's not possible; how many wards in Utah do you think voted 100% Romney?).

    There were reports of more than 100% voter turnout (Obama was really popular, I guess).

    Are you more aware now?

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    May 30, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    Coulda, shoulda, woulda. He gave it 100%, but at the end of the day, America has moved on. Unfortunately for them, but they don't care about nice, patriotic, ethical, responsible.

    They will rue the day, but our descendants will pay, pay, pay...

  • hermounts Pleasanton, CA
    May 30, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    Maybe they should reveal who would have held positions in the cabinet, etc., so that voters would know in advance what they were getting. Maybe we could even have "shadow" cabinet secretaries like they have in Britain.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    May 30, 2013 5:01 p.m.


    Hate to break it to ya, but you don't get disfellowshipped for doing a poor job on your church calling.

    Good effort, though.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 30, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    "I knew from my contacts that something was up that would give Obama an unfair advantage. The targeting that took place on conservative organizations and contributors had a chilling effect on voter turnout on the Romney side in places like Virginia, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire"

    This has to be the most far fetched attempt to explain Romney's loss to date.


  • minion BOISE, ID
    May 30, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    The past is exactly that—the past. Mr. Romney lost and it doesn’t make much sense to speculate about “what if” using tired campaign rhetoric.

    Sadly, Mr. Obama’s leadership has given us nothing but charisma. I just want somebody I can trust. The conservatives are mean; the liberals are sneaky; and the electorate is gullible.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Great...this is like salt in the wounds.

    Hype and Pain...I mean Hope and Change. Yes we can!!!

    Obama is a bigger joke by the day.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    May 30, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    If Romney did his church callings as bad as he ran for president he would need to be disfellowshipped

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 30, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Wow. So many deluded conservatives posting delusional conservative posts.


  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 30, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    There are a lot of Chicken Littles in these comments, claiming that Obama is the worst president in history, that America will not survive his presidency, etc. I disagree with that assessment. Obama certainly has many faults, and I disagree vehemently with his continuation of many of Bush's policies. He should have prosecuted those who authorized torture of enemy combatants, and helped to re-establish the rule of law in our country, for example.

    Regardless, to claim that Obama is the worst president in US history is certainly a stretch. We've had some pretty terrible ones, from James Buchanan to George W. Bush. And to be so fearful that Obama will destroy America is to have far too little confidence in the ability of America to survive. These times are far less trying than those we endured during the Civil War, but we emerged a greater nation after that. Have faith, America is too great for a single president or even a string of bad presidents to destroy.

    We did survive George W. Bush, didn't we? Some of us feared we wouldn't, and we were wrong.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    May 30, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    Nov 6,2012 election night I had the feeling that something was very wrong. The pundits including Dick Morris and others felt Romney would win. Having lived in liberal blue states and helping in governor and senate campaigns I knew from my contacts that something was up that would give Obama an unfair advantage. The targeting that took place on conservative organizations and contributors had a chilling effect on voter turnout on the Romney side in places like Virginia, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire. The opposite happened when liberal and union organizations were given the green light and tax exempt status helped immeasurably in getting their people out in critical swing states. As the lawsuits are pursued and what really happened between 2010 and the election we may actually see if this election was stolen. Democrats were certainly helped by the IRS and Republicans and tea party groups were hurt. The executive orders giving favorable treatment to classes of people may eventually be proven as totally political motivation on Obama's part. We now know the depths the Obama campaign went to win or steal the election.

  • 3boyzmom chattanooga, tn
    May 30, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    What is the use of discussing the things that did not happen? America deserves what she has voted for and what she has sown... whether that be a fruitful harvest or the whirlwind. It remains to be seen which one will be the result.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 30, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    The majority of Republicans in Utah did not vote, for any office. You could say that by the time the vote got to us, that President Obama had been elected. However, the majority of Republicans haven't voted forever, the mayor, governor, State and U.S. Representatives and Senators, even the Attorney General. They are not involved with politics, whether the caucus or primary system. The caucus system at least, some people are involved. Primaries for offices will cost millions of dollars more and will bring in outside money for our elected officers. We are a state and don't want to become like California, New York, Illinois or even Texas. We have our foibles but those are better than corruption at every level. We may questions the land developers intentions whether governor or legislator, but that is for their personal gain and not the normal corruption. Are we accepting normal corruption? It starts as a benign kind of corruption and then grows beyond the ability to stop it, even with chemotherapy or radiation. Tooele county has both chemical and radioactive waste and they are short of money as the federals contracts have dried up. Utah is setting itself up.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    May 30, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    I'm so thankful that I don't have it on my conscience that I supported Obama. Never in my life have we had a more divisive man as president. The trouble is that there are more people on the wagon than pulling the wagon. Romney's problem is that he overestimated the intelligence of the average American voter.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 30, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    Your probably right Jane, nobody would be talking about benghazi after Mitt started a pre-emtive war (war of aggression) against Iran or maybe North Korea because that's what he was told to do.

    Aren't the same prophets who were predicting the end of the world in his first term, getting tired of being tools for less than entertaining news groups?

  • Captain Green Heber City, UT
    May 30, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    How sad for our country! We could have one the best prepared men ever to run for the presidency serving the USA with a strong and talented team right now. And we could have been on track for a giant recovery. Instead we are watching the destruction of our republic from within as our derelict Usurper-in-Chief takes us down a totally losing path. We blew it big-time and we may never recover from it! The reasons Obama won are because he's Black and because half the nation are on some kind of government dole. It appears that now we will never be able to elect a decent person like Romney ever again. And that spells the end of America! Hope those who stayed home and didn't vote plus the Progressive, Liberal, Marxist, Democrats are proud of themselves! They did this to us!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 30, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    "All these years now and I have yet to see a comprehensive proposal from the right wing that addresses the issues."

    Not quite true Esquire.

    The "comprehensive proposal from the right wing " WAS the ACA. I am sure that you remember the Heritage Foundation and Orrin Hatch proposing the insurance mandate in an effort to counter Hillary Care.

    The easiest way to get the GOP to change their mind is to adopt their plan.

  • Jane B Portland / Clackamas, OR
    May 30, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Star Bright is right.

    It seems that a lot of the comments here today are from people who did not do their homework on Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. They just accepted the false and vile information about Romney that the MSM fed them. So sad that we have such an incurious and gullible electorate.

    Mitt Romney would have been a fantastic president. I can guarantee that he would not have,
    1. Refused to provide proper security for personnel in dangerous places,
    2. Refused to send help in attacks like Benghazi
    3. Would not have lied about a silly video for weeks on end
    4. Would not use fear and intimidation via federal gov. agencies to suppress political speech in opposition to his agenda.

    People, please wake up before your country is completely gone.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    May 30, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    I voted for Mitt Romney. I wish he had won the election. It would have been nice to see what could have happened.

    That being said, I have to agree with some other commentators. He did not win the election. There's no saying where we "would" be if he "had" won. I was willing to risk it and vote for him since I don't agree what has happened for the last 4+ years. However, we cannot prove where we would be had Mitt won this last election.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    May 30, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Obama won. The United States of America and its citizens lost.

    Most of the comments above show that our country deserves the disaster that is taking place. If these represent the majority view, then the "low information voters" truly did win, and will be paying the price in increased taxes (if they pay taxes) and a drastically lower standard of living, worse healthcare, and increased threats from foreign enemies, and a spiraling loss of freedom. Any one of which could end our existence as a free nation.

    Unfortunately, the hard working, tax paying, productive people in this country are doomed as well. Leavitt's book is a good explanation of the thoughtful preparation that the Romney team put into preparing to save our country. It probably would have worked, especially with a strong leader who loves this country.

    By contrast, we are stuck with Obama's ceaseless campaigning, never taking time to govern or solve problems, all the while surrounded by his gang of Chicago grifters, and more scandals coming to light every week.

    Obama won. Our nation and way of life lost.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 30, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Presidents have an impact on their employees and the people by the integrity and honor they have and live in their personal lives. You have to have a President that is real and down to earth and can govern. This President has yet to learn how to govern. He is on the campaign road all the time and needs to do governing by interacting with his cabinet members. Cabinet members appear to be rogue members of society and can do anything. That way there is no direct involvement with the President and he can't be blamed.

    He has not been a governing person of a company, state, county or city. His family can take expensive vacations on their own with 100s of people in the entourage at government expense. He doesn't set an example of one that can govern or even know how to budget. He gets his way when he forces the Congress to do his bidding and they pay the price of what they did, not him. Congress passed Obamacare, he only signed it into law.

    It is like watching TV news in the 1960s at supper with all the events of Vietnam and biased news.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    " a Secretary of State that says, "What difference does it make" if 4 of her diplomats and corps die while we don't give support."

    I don't really feel like taking the time to address the total amount of absolute nonsense in your post, so lets just look at this fabrication.

    Can you provide the actual quote where Hillary Clinton asked what difference it makes if four people died in Benghazi?

    And if you can't will you try to show a shread of integrity and admit that you just make stuff up to try to make people you don't like politically look bad?

  • gotold Ivins, UT
    May 30, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    Gosh JWB I'm surprised you could stop watching Fox News long enough to write this post. The facts are that unemployment percentages are down, home values are rebounding nicely and the stock market is at an all time high. To be fair, I think the same things would have occurred if Romney would have been elected. Presidents don't really have much influence on how our economy reacts and works.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    We have a Vice-President that was very open about the $300.00 total donation he made in 2011. He is so benevolent to our citizens. The President isn't much different about his open donations to Acorn and SIEU or other entities such as those with goods in kind. He has made a difference from Chicago to Washington, D.C. President Lincoln went from the Chicago convention to Washington, D.C. but ended up a different kind of President that tried to unify our divided country. It wasn't easy but he did it with rebellious people and states.

    He paid the ultimate price as he did his work, day and night, sitting at the telegraph because he cared about his citizens. He supported the nation's Constitution and had to spend hours, days and years to do it. He had a plan and his advisors didn't necessarily like his plans.

    The main thing, he didn't run off to a campaign event or prepare for his nightly Jay and David shows at the sacrifice of even 4 dedicated servants of our country, such as in Benghazi. Lincoln's family suffered but this President's family takes millions of dollars in vacations.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    Star Bright is forgetting about the Bush administration.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Mitt Romney has done something with his life in his businesses, government, volunteerism with the Olympics and many other events and activities such as his family and Church. He has not torn down moral values but lifted them by living those principles. Is he perfect? No, but he appears to have and has had plans for living within the government's abilities.

    President Obama hasn't had a 100 nor 200 nor a 4 or an 8 year plan. He knows how to tear down principles that our country has lived with, for and in for over 200 years. He has brought in more racial and ethnic discontent than any administration for 40 years with his give to anyone that will vote for him policies. He has brought down our military morals with Generals he has appointed, CIA-director, Attorney General that deceives, a Secretary of State that says, "What difference does it make" if 4 of her diplomats and corps die while we don't give support. Now, with Obamacare looming in the distance, we find out the IRS, the lurker of our lives is deeply into partisan politics and covert procedures similar to Germany in the 1930s.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    "Knowing Romney's position and keen economic experience I would not have let those employees go if he had been elected."

    So you fired employees from a small business not based on your sales figures or production needs or any other kind of actual financial numbers or planning for your business, but based on the outcome of a federal election?

    Yep, that seems like sound business planning.

  • Happy Liberal Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Thank goodness that ship did not sail! We would be in much worse shape with R-money at the helm!

    May 30, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    It appears the Romney transition team forgot a little thing called Congress. You know, those 535 people who can't agree it's Thursday. President Romney, like President Obama, would have accomplished very little in his first 200 days.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    May 30, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    by not electing Mitt president the first time we shot ourselves in the foot
    by not electing Mitt the second time we shot ourselves in the head

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Star Bright, I can't let your channeling of Michelle Bachmann go unchallenged.

    "People's lives are being ruined by this administration" No, people's lives are being ruined by GOP hostility to the middle class. Healthcare financing is a joke - the #1 cause of personal bankruptcies.

    "This administration will be proved by time to be the most criminal that has ever held the office." Only in your FOX-fueled imagination.

    "IRS" - trying to cope with the toxic political landscape created by Citizens United and Tea Party political groups seeking tax-free status.

    "Fast & Furious" - the focus should be on American gun manufacturers' total disregard for where their guns are going.

    "Benghazi" - Good luck with that. Maybe talk to your GOP reps about why they repeatedly voted to cut State Dept security funding.

    "AP" - Not happy about this, either. But when you dig deeper into the why and who, it's not as simple as you'd think. And OBTW - Republicans were clamoring for the source of the intelligence leaks exactly as much as the Obama Administration.

    You want civility and honesty to return to politics? Me too! Why then did your post contain so little of either?

  • rhappahannock Washington, DC
    May 30, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Mitt Romney has obviously lived a life of exemplary service. The saying "you can pretend to care, but you can't pretend to show up" shows the huge contrast between Romney and Biden who never gives anything.

    However, Romney doesn't really have a signature charity that people could point to, often giving in secret. Certainly good from the perspective of personal enlightenment. However, if he had taken a few million from his advertising budget and built schools in Africa and Mexico it would have done more for him than more TV commercials. It would have blunted the racial divide, and been a huge contrast point to Biden and Obama.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    We are most fortunate that things worked out as they did.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    May 30, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    That most of you just spit out the dem line in the face of all that is going on is pathetic! People's lives are being ruined by this administration & you think that's funny. This administration will be proved by time to be the most criminal that has ever held the office.

    And no, I read everything, not just right wing info. Please tell me what you read?
    Do you not understand that if another administration, not on your side, gets in and does the same thing to the progressives you will scream like a stucked pig.

    The IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, AP, Rosen - all have to be investigated.But everyone in the admin "knows nothing, underlings did it!" Get a clue!

    This has got to stop and civility and honesty has to return to politics.

  • Barb Wire USA, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    We would be in the same or worse shape we are in now. At least the middle and lower class. Get over him. He lost big time...

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    We dodged a real bomb when Mitt was defeated. His election would have been a national disaster far greater than the ones when President Cheney and his little friend slid into the White House.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    I agree with a lot of what fowersjl said. One thing I will say... my company of 45 has eliminated 12 employees since the election due to economic conditions brought on by new government regulations since Obama took office. Knowing Romney's position and keen economic experience I would not have let those employees go if he had been elected.

    Electing and then Re-electing Obama is the biggest mistake the American people have ever made.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    May 30, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    Bad thing about Oboma winning is more people expected something for nothing. Now Obomacare is forcing many businesses to hire more part time workers, and raise prices. So how does it work now? Minimum wage raising will also raise prices too.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    May 30, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    For $16.19 (on Amazon) you can escape into the fantasy world of the Romney presidency that never was.
    I suppose that's no more delusional than escaping into the alternate realities that are carefully constructed 24 hours a day on Fox News and MSNBC to entertain their respective followings of faithful idealogues.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 30, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    Replace the ACA? With what? All these years now and I have yet to see a comprehensive proposal from the right wing that addresses the issues. Actually put a concrete plan on the table, which the GOP has never done, and then let's talk. The Romney campaign was nothing but weak platitudes and talking points, and never gave us, the American people, a reason to vote for Romney. It was all about "Obama bad, me good." All without a vision nor a sense that Romney stood for anything but himself.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 5:53 a.m.

    I see that the Republican addiction to self-delusion and sour grapes continues unabated.

    That's unfortunate for all of us.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    May 30, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    Mitt Romney was on the record as saying he would have ADDED 2 TRILLION dollars in defense spending on top of Department of Defense's requested budget. Now tell me how fiscally ridiculous that would have been with Republicans barking about the debt. Republicans talk about cutting spending that helps the poor and needy buy love to help their contractor buddies.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 30, 2013 4:43 a.m.

    Geez Louise, DesNews, give it a rest. Mitt lost, and the country won as a result. Let him return to the obscurity he so richly deserves.

  • NorCalCougarFan&Alum Elk Grove, CA
    May 30, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    I think it would've been a closer race if Romney thought things through before he spoke. Two things hurt his campaign. First, he tried to shift further to the right during the primaries after having been a centrist governor. When he tried to move back to the middle during the general election, too many people thought he wasn't sincere or very disingenuous. Second, he never thought before he spoke. He did a great job of antagonizing 47% of the population who receive some sort of federal assistance. The 47% included the elderly and married enlisted military. The Republican Party would have been much better off going with Jon Huntsman. Huntsman was the real candidate the Obama campaign feared would win the Republican nomination. As long as the Republican Party insists that their candidates be to the right of Attila the Hun, the Democratic Party will continue to win the presidency for the next couple of decades. The Democratic Party is salivating and hoping that some wing nut like Michelle Bachman, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rick Perry, Rand Paul, or Sara Palin gets the Republican nomination. The Democrats will be able to call it a day on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    May 30, 2013 1:27 a.m.

    Look at the grief and pain he's saved himself.... Except for the millions he spent on losing two campaigns.

  • TMR Los Angeles, CA
    May 30, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    Memo to D-News: the election is over; time to move on.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 29, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    If Romney and Leavitt had published this book 60 days BEFORE the election, it would have been more someone who likes Romney and read/watched much of the election, I still had a hard time understanding the specifics of how Romney would govern other than that he was "not Obama". What a frustrating election since we wound up exactly where we were after months of campaigning and hundreds of millions spent!!

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 29, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    2nd terms are notorious for scandal, abuse, & investigations. It looks like Obama will not disappoint.

    It would have been a breath of fresh air to have a Romney presidency.

  • Marian Salt lake, UT
    May 29, 2013 11:10 p.m.

    We are so lucky this team did not win the election.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    May 29, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    @ flowersjl: When Obama was elected in 2008 he didn't take advantage of a law that was passed in 2010?!?! What a slacker!

    And how sad that so many people think so poorly of Romney that they feel the need to repeatedly offer the same disproven reasons for the outcome of the 2012 election instead of allowing him the dignity of owning his errors and his loss.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    May 29, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    @fowersjl: "The Romney campaign did not lose the election, rather the millions of voters that would not vote, either because Romney wasn't the right religion or didn't fit the exact libertarian idealogy desired." Seriously? Good grief. How's the weather on your planet?

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    May 29, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    @Pragmatic, do you suppose the Obama campaign had a readiness plan for the first 200 days? Doesn't appear to me that they did, but rather "fly by the seat of their pants" was about what they planned. The Romney campaign did not lose the election, rather the millions of voters that would not vote, either because Romney wasn't the right religion or didn't fit the exact libertarian idealogy desired. Another problem in this country is exactly what Mitt alluded to in his famous 47% comment: too many people would rather sit and let the government take care of them, and those folks will never vote for a Republican. It's a sad day to think we could have had a man who was actually planning to improve things like the tax code, Medicare, etc. Instead, we are going to reap the whirlwind as Obamacare starts to really take affect. Know so many small companies who are reducing their numbers, making full-time workers go part-time, etc. It's going to be an interesting time ahead. Start storing that food!

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    Perhaps there time would have been better spent running a winning campaign; not a losing campagin. This is water under the bridge. How ridiculous to write a book about something that never happens? Silly!