News analysis: Is Mitt Romney the 'worst Republican ever?'

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  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    March 29, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    Romney is a wolf in sheeps clothing

  • Utexmom Flower Mound, TX
    March 29, 2012 12:25 a.m.

    May I respectfully request that Deseret News take this article and picture of Mitt Romney off of your website top of the page? It's been there for days. I'm tired of it, and it annoys me.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    March 27, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    Yup, I agree. The press doesn’t necessarily tell the truth.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 27, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    On the internet site there is an electoral map that shows what states are a lock for Obama and what states would be a lock for any Republican. Obama has 196 electoral votes and 181 electoral votes for the Republican.

    161 Electoral votes are considered up for grabs. Some of those states are NV, CO, NM, MO, IA, WI, MI, OH, PA, VA, NC, NH, FL. 270 needed to win the election.

    So the big question is this, which of these states Romney more likely to win vs. Santorum and visa versa. IA was razor thin close between the two. NV won by Romney. Missouri won by Santorum in a non-delegate event. MI won by Romney, OH won by Romney, PA likely to be won by Santorum (perhaps), VA won by Romney but Santorum not on ballot, NH won by Romney, FL (26 big electoral votes) won big by Romney).

    Much has been talked about the backlash of evangelicals if Romney is the nominee putting the some Southern states at risk but could there be a Mormon backlash if Romney say is dumped at the convention that would put NV, CO and even FL in the Democratic camp for sure?

  • Eric Greene Holladay, UT
    March 27, 2012 6:24 p.m.


    Obamacare is not the only thing that matters in the end. I hope you have a more rounded view of politics, because Mitt Romney has great traits, but he also has some Mr. Hyde tendencies.

    Mitt Romney is not a friend to the Constitution. With the support of the NDAA, Patriot Act, Executive privileges to declare war (which power actually rests with the legislative branch), among support of other blatantly unconstitutional acts, Romney doesn't have a sound understanding of our government structure.

    Sure Romney is a great manager, but we don't need a manager. We need someone who knows how to downsize.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 27, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    Not sure if he is the worst ever, but...
    Mitt appears to be a disappointment to many. He had immense respect of voters as he was "just different" from the other candidates. He seemed clean and pure, not only because of his back round, but because of his ideals and his convincing words.
    Recently, however, things have gone a different direction. We have video recordings of him saying one thing, then switching to the opposite of what he had previously said. He offers no explanation for this. One might think, he has made a mistake, and misspoke? He again, within a short time, repeats this type of confusing behavior.
    He is now being caught in lies. Both the conservative and liberal media is producing proof of this, again through video coverage.
    What has happened to Mr. Romney? Why is he going against his upbringing and values. Does he think that those who have been such strong supporters of his campaign do not notice this?

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    March 27, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    To Mountainman 3:22 p.m.

    Is Obama the worst Democrat ever? Not even close. President Carter holds that position hands down, with LBJ and, perhaps, Woodrow Wilson being worse. And President Carter isn’t even the worst President ever. That designation goes to George Walker Bush.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    March 27, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Re: Owlmaster2

    Don't forget, the Republicans best campaign motivation is Obama himself. That should overcome the religion issue.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    March 27, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Re: alt134

    It still will need funding. That can be stopped. The majority don't want it.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    March 27, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    Folks, in case some of you have forgotten, Romney is a Mormon. The greatest strength for the Republicans is in the South. Southern Baptist country. Think for a second. Are those Mormon haters going to vote for a Mormon or are they going to stay home?
    Utah is a joke with the minor number of Electoral Votes it has. You can love Romney but he can't beat Obama. He has stepped on his tongue so many times that he will never recover.
    Santorum may carry the South but he'd never carry the east coast or the west with the exception of Utah, Idaho and Arizona.
    And Newt? Newt is Newt and has enough baggage to fill a 747.
    I actually wonder if Mormons are ready to face the persecution that will result in the fall out if Romney were to win. This is going to be a tough few months for Mormons.
    I'm betting $10,000 that Romney will be etch a sketched out in convention.

  • sbc Mesa, AZ
    March 26, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    People are asking what would we do if we retract Obamacare seem to have short memories. From the get go, many Republicans brought up two major things that are driving costs way up. 1) The cost of medicine and 2) the cost of insurance. For 1), open the borders to allow Canadian meds into the country. We have to study them to make sure they meet our standards you say? How long have the Canadians been using the drug? It should make for a short finding mission to see if it meets those standards. For 2) Liability Insurance for Doctors has gone through the roof. I have personally talked to some where private practices are paying way into 6 figures for insurance and that was more than a decade or two ago. Set limits on what someone can sue a doctor on and their expenses go down decreasing the cost. California already has this in place.

  • UGradBYUfan Snowflake, AZ
    March 26, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    I believe Mitt is the best candidate to work with congress. He may not be the 2nd coming of Ronald Reagan that the republican party is looking for, but this is a different time and we need someone that can work with both sides of the isle. I believe in Mitt's integrity and character more than any other candidate.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 26, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    Who came up w/ the headline? Comic book guy from The Simpsons?

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 26, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    Big Rich..
    Excedrin has been taken off the market. That political headache will need to be treated with something else.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 26, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    @ I M LDS 2

    I don't get the radical right (or left) thinking and being a Mormon. If Mitt is a Moderate, then it is "at best" not at worst. I wish he were more moderate...

    I guess you haven't been paying much attention to how deeply the far right Evangelicals hate Mormons.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 26, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    Santorum claims to be the most like Reagan. Reagan's 11th commandment was, "Thou shalt not speak ill of other Republicans." I don't care what you think about Romney, he is by far and away better than Obama.

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    March 26, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    NewsFlash: Political Pundits spin the truth! GASP!

    Ever get the feeling that a Santorum presidency would be four years of this event...on steroids?
    He gets way too rattled. This is not good behavior for Pres. but great prep for his next gig as the newest member of the Fox News Lonely Candidates Club.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    March 26, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    I supported Romney in 2008. His campaign was focused, intelligent, and generally positive.

    This time around, however, he has stooped so low in the mud to fill his sling, he has lost his own message, and lost track of how many times he has contradicted himself.

    That is the result of the "anything to win" approach he is taking this time.

    How the great have fallen!

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    March 26, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    Santorum is absolutely right!

    He is right about the media distorting what he said, and he is right that Romney is the WORST Republican to challenge Obama on Healthcare Reform!

    And if you are not going to challenge Obama on Healthcare, you have a tough battle challenging him on economy, foreign policy, or even "social issues" (like the "war on women" battle over contraception coverage).

    We must face the facts. Romney is a Moderate Republican, at best. Some people call that a RINO (how Mike Lee can maintain any sense of integrity endorsing Romney is a puzzle to me). Even Jon Huntsman is more Red than Romney!

    So the contrast between Romney and Obama is just not that great. A vote for Romney is NOT a vote for real change! And if you don't support real change, then why not just keep Obama in another four?

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    March 26, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    No not the worst. He lies the most of any GOP candidate I have seen. Most GOP candidates have the arrogance of never admitting mistakes ever, but Mitt tries to change his stance and act like it never happened. The ultimate flag pole politician--changes his stance with the wind of the day.

    As for health care, I agree, let's allow the good folks in the health insurance industry determine what's a favorable price and coverage--it's worked so well for us now. Repeal Obamacare if you want, but what will you do to fix the problem? Health Care in my opinion is a fundamental right and people should not be denied coverage because they get sick and the profit margin isn't as good. Do private businesses get to control the water prices? No, why should the human essential of basic health be different. Single payer or government option should be used. That would allow businesses not to have to provide coverage for employees and make them more competitive globally.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 26, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    Bush was worse.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    March 26, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Patriot is right on. Aren't we all sick of politics? And to think we have so many more months to go. Pass the Excedrin. Santorum and Gingrich are reduced to labeling, name calling, and basically anything else that is desperate. So much for issues. And Mitt will kill Obamacare because there are a number of democrats who dislike it also.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    March 26, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    When are Republicans going to stop being the "no" party and express some of their own ideas on to solve the health care crisis in the USA? People are suffering with the ridiculously high costs.I wish more voters would research Romney care more carefully instead of just accepting what the "talking heads" have to say. Romney was in a very heavily democratic state where he congress overrode his vetoes on Health care.They changed it even more after he left. Ther is also a difference between a nationwide and a state healthcare solution. After all, the core idea was conservative in origin! Newt Gingrich and the conservative Heritage Foundation among many others supported the idea of the individual mandate in some form.Even Ronald Reagan signed the Emergency Medical Leave and Active Labor Act (Part of COBRA) that required hospitals to provide emergency medical regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    patriot ponders "Mitt WILL kill Obamacare and isn't that the only thing that really matters in the end?"

    What matters in the end is finding a solution to rising health care costs. You don't believe Obamacare is that answer - OK - what is the answer? I haven't heard Mitt offer any solution to the problem.

    Curious what makes you certain that Mitt will kill Obamacare? Because he said he would? Scary thing about Mitt is he is VERY comfortable with lying. He's hooked you, so mission accomplished.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    March 26, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    I would say the worst republican in my life history is Nixon. The list of worst democrats would be a long list.
    NO Mitt Romney is not even close to the worst. He is a man of honor and integrity. The democrats and liberal media are doing their best to slam him down. Hollywood moguls and other celebrates are trying to bash him because of his values. truly not hollywood standards.
    so Mitt is the best since Bush and Regan ! Our country needs Mitt Romney as president and Ann as the classy first lady.
    of course the democrats will do all they can to knock him down. santorum a man whom would ruin our country because of his mouthing off gingrich i just do not trust him, paul well he must be smokin something daily to think he can be a good leader.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    March 26, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    Mitt started out this campaign by focusing on the things he is capable of and believes in, his strengths and achievements, and what he believes he can accomplish as President. But over the course of the debates he has been pulled into negative campaigning due to...mainly...having to defend every little thing he says, and countering all the charges and accusations made by his opponents. Perhaps he was a little naive in believing a campaign based on issues would be successful, but I think that is how it should be. By the time opposing candidates in any type of election spend all their time and money saying things about their opponents, we as voters have learned little about the ideas and views of the candidates themselves. I sometimes go to vote, wondering what a particular candidate actually believes in, or hopes to accomplish. I support Mitt Romney, and I hope he is eventually the candidate, and that the rest of the Republican candidates, and the Party, will support him completely.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 26, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    Worst - hardly. Working really hard to go that direction, yes. In his former life, he tried to be a principled leader of all those he was voted to represent, right and left, without compromising his standards. To become president, he has had to take silly stands that not only pointless, but things he knows as a very smart man he will not be able to deliver on.

    As Patriot says, if all he accomplishes is repealing Obamacare, he will in fact be one of the worst decisions we could make. Voting in someone who is simply against something is a waste of four years of presidency. If Obamacare is wrong for the country, I want someone who isn't simply against something, but actually brings something to the table that solves the problem. If Obamacare was the wrong bandaid for the soar, simply ripping the bandaid off and leaving the soar exposed doesn't solve anything - it in fact makes the problem worse.

    I hope to have an option to vote for someone who will actually be "for" something, not just against something. If Romney is simply against things, then yes, he could become the worst Republican.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 26, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    A far better question: Is Obama the worst Democrat ever?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    March 26, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    santorum is desperate. he stands no chance. Mitt will clobber obama.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 26, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Not yet, but the competition is tough.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 26, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    I understand how we got the Tea Party, but these people are scary: no ideas, no compromise, just threats and inane arguments. I feel like a lot of former Democrats did in 1980 - I didn't leave the party, it left me. It's going to seem pretty insincere when Santorum and Gingrich endorse Romney in 4 weeks.

    I don't love Romney but I think he could be the perfect person to look objectively at Obamacare since he understands better than the others what works and what doesn't work. He also understands how to work with both parties and diverse groups. What we don't need more of is politicians who say my way or the highway...

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    "Mitt WILL kill Obamacare and isn't that the only thing that really matters in the end?"

    Assuming he's elected and he has the house and senate and is able to get past a Democratic senate filibuster (we had to get 60 to pass it, Democrats will sure as heck not let that get taken away without Romney needing 60).

  • justaguy Out There in, WI
    March 26, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    Santorum is saying that because Romney is the only things standing between him and the nomination. He’s using the same tactic Gingrich used at the debate when CNN moderator John King asked about the allegation that he had asked his wife for an “open marriage”. It worked for Gingrich; the media pretty much backed off that issue. Maybe it will work for Santorum. I’m not saying I’m a Romney fan but I do think there’s a certain amount of desperation with Santorum as the numbers close in on him more and more.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 26, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    I hate politics. Bash the other guy to death then turn around and support him. It reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live skit where the news anchor goes on and on and on ranting and raving about something then stops and says... never mind. Mitt WILL kill Obamacare and isn't that the only thing that really matters in the end?