Democrats to speak at Romney retreat in Deer Valley

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  • ZorroPC Park City, UT
    June 6, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    All you folks talking about Romney and principles, please explain what principles you are talking about? What it that he was strongly pro-abortion for 30 years before he was pro-life for 8 years. Was it that he was pro-gun control for 20 years before he was pro second amendment for 8 years? The problem was that nobody is sure what principle he truly believed in and he did not offer a stark contrast to Obama. He received less Republican votes than John McCain and in that states that included religion in there exit polling he received less LDS votes than any Republican in the past. Romney and McCain not giving us a conservative contrast to Obama.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    @ "Superfluous"

    "Who is Mitt Romney?".

    Well, the Business World knows him as one of the smartest money minds in the world and his wife and family know him as the best husband and father and grandfather in the world and his Church knows him as a lifetime servant and giver to the people.

    How's life at your house?

  • Clifton Brown Sequim, WA
    April 29, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    Much of what I see here are variations of Romney's 47% comments. (The only people who vote for Obama and Democrats are people who want 'free stuff'). It never dawns on you people that the biggest takers of federal tax dollars per capita are deeply red states. It kind of blows that whole theory out of the water. And most welfare recipients that I have known do, in fact, work - albeit at low-wage, no benefit jobs that Republicans would love everyone to have.

    Hillary had it right when she said Republicans refuse to live in an evidence based world. They complain about the economy under Obama even when job creation has improved considerably compared to Bush's second term. (Look it up.) They complain incessantly about how their taxes have gone up under Obama (but unless you make over $400,000 a year, they haven't.) They complain about Obama's anti-business policies while corporate profits and the stock market are at record highs. They create and believe their own polling data when national polls consistently show their candidate trailing. Being a Republican means living in an alternate reality. They parrot FOX news talking points and consider themselves well informed.

  • az roadrunner Apache Junction, AZ
    April 27, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    In my opinion, Mitt Romney didn't lose the election because a large segment of our society are freeloaders. Conservative columnist George Will had it exactly right: "When the voters don't like you, you have a problem. But when the voters think you don't like them, you have an even bigger problem."

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    April 27, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    @Superfluous 2:38 p.m. April 26, 2013

    Who is Mitt Romney?


    A legend in his own mind. Thankfully people saw through his machinations, and rejected him summarily.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 27, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    I'm going to say this is a cool concept. As one who likes to follow politics I wish I could go but the 5K thing, well I guess I'll have it to hear about it somewhere or some way else. I think the tea-partiers need to relax a bit. I mean it would be a good idea to learn some things from Axelrod...I mean it's a good idea to know one's "enemy" so to speak, obviously the D's did something right come election night. Romney owes the tea-partiers nothing and if he wants to put together a collection of interesting and powerful people for a think tank, more power to him. Maybe they could come up with some ideas and solutions that will move our country forward...

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:12 p.m.

    Mitt Romney knows that Obama was successful in his voter suppression efforts in the last election that led to Obamas narrow victory. The fact that 3 million republicans sat it out shows how Alinskys rules of radicals and Chicago style politics has succeeded. The brutal name calling and lies told by the Obama team against Romney achieved victory for Obama but a huge loss for America.

  • Superfluous Anaheim, CA
    April 26, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    Who is Mitt Romney?

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 26, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Romney is the reason we're stick with Obama for another 4 years. Any other Republican would have cleaned house last November. Why is he still making speeches?? Another run??

  • ray vaughn Ogden, UT
    April 26, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    The only talking Democrats at the retreat will be allowed to say is "Would you like to order your dinner now".

  • George New York, NY
    April 26, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    @mountainman and his 13 likes

    That’s the right attitude, lets insure that the GOP continues to remain out of touch with our modern world, our you could start to rejoin us back in reality. While I am a liberal I do think our politics need to be balanced by at least two parties that can differ on policy without the childish rhetoric of modern politics (yes from both sides) but until we expect more from ourselves and our politicians then what you are offering we will continue to get what we already have, your choice.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    April 26, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    It shows again, that Mitt Romney is far more capable of bring people together from different walks of life. Something that Barack Obama has failed to do.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    "Mitt Romney is proof that the majority of Americans will not vote for principle, but they will vote for something free from the government, even though the government can not pay for it. We got exactly what we voted for; moral decay, economic chaos and a dying country!"

    You're just upset you didn't get the free tax cuts Romney promised without providing any real way to pay them in the budget.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 26, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    Right. The Republican Party is "out of touch"! Why don't we all just apply for disability and kick back? It is so easy to get these days. Rock on!

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 26, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Looks more like a Utah version of the "Bilderber Group" to me.

    Secret Meetings, Political neutrality -
    The rich who truely control the world.

    Meanwhile --
    Glad to see the "Democrat haters" out in force this morning.
    Wouldn't want Americans to come together and improve America as the "United" States of America.
    Always gotta a bone to pick, and axe to grind, a chip on a shoulder -- and political point to score.

    Talk about being divisive to the root core...

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:46 a.m.


    Really? Michael Bloomberg as a leader? What has he led on? He isn't leading, he is dictating. His decisions. A leader listens to the people they represent. Banning soft drinks, ear phones, and monitoring baby formula and narcotics in hospitals is not leading. It is being a school yard bully who throws a fit and gets what he wants because people will do nothing to stop him.

    Pick another example of a leader.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Romney's intelligent approach to a national industrial policy comes through in this gathering. The low information voters continue to object to rational debate and instead focus on class warfare. No wonder the framers of the Constitution had reservations about a direct vote for the president and the tyranny of the majority. Liberals still want the inmates to run the asylum.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 26, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    But please---no Democrats with cell phone video! LOL--Just kidding Mitt! Well, 47% in jest I guess I should say!

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic

    The thing that gives me hope for America is that Obama got less votes this time than in his first election. So that at least is showing a trend in the right direction. Plus, it is the effects of entertainers as you put it, from Hollywood, as well as on the major news networks that are keeping the low information voters from the whole truth. If America does as they usually do, after an 8 year run by one party, they will vote in a Republican in 2016.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    The Facts of Life (as I see them) for Republicans

    Not to upset my Republican friends, but I will tell you frankly that Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, etc., will never under any imaginable circumstances be elected president of the United States of America. And adding the likes of Herman Cain and Donald Trump to the mix only makes matters worse. Any of them gives an unfair advantage to an opposing Democratic candidate such as Hillary Clinton.

    Pushing ultra-conservatism at the national level is largely a fool's errand. There is of course the momentary thrill of a presidential campaign, but in the end there is always the bitter aftertaste of wasted time and money.

    Why not play the game for real and consider for U.S. president more moderate and acceptable Republican candidates of genuine ability and proven leadership such as Michael Bloomberg, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush? And come to think of it wouldn't that also be a good idea in choosing our Utah representatives here and in Washington?

  • Arizona Border Dude NACO, AZ
    April 26, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    I sincerely hope this retreat brings into the open the GOP has stubbornly held to the tactic of talking to the GOP. The reach out to the Independent voters in 2012 was too little and too late. Too many independents were fooled by the liberal media blitz and the fuel for that which was provided by the anti-Romney crowd on the far right of the GOP itself.

    America made a mistake. Many of us know it, and most wonder what went wrong.

    The GOP had nothing to counter the tactics of mind manipulation the liberal establishment unleashed. They could never get out in front of the assaults they were facing.

    Had the GOP done a better job with the growing independent voting bloc the outcome may have been different. In my state the independents are the second largest voting group. Nation wide, they are close to that status. Ignoring them isn't good tactics.

    God bless the United States of America.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 26, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    The horrors. They're democrats therefore to be despised.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    April 26, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    This is part of the reason he lost. He was a Republican one day and a Democrat the next.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 26, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Mitt has invited members of the 47%?

    Seems it is not an official Republican meeting so nothing said can be detrimental.

    Most at the meeting with come and leave with their own agendas. It would be nice for the GOP to figure a way to decrease the government size, lower the debt and meet the needs of the electorate.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    One has to wonder why you live in our great country after reading your constant negative posts how terrible this country is and what it has become. Seeing the sacrifices so many have made (my father included)to make this country free, safe and still the "shining city on the hill" makes me so grateful to be an American. Personally, I'm glad to see Mitt is still looking to make a positive impact to our political process.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 26, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    Mountanman said: "Mitt Romney is proof that the majority of Americans will not vote for principle, but they will vote for something free from the government, even though the government can not pay for it. We got exactly what we voted for; moral decay, economic chaos and a dying country!"

    So then you'll be there giving money to mitt, right?
    Don't you want to save the country from moral decay, economic chaos?
    Do you actually believe what you repeat from your radio?

    Mitt Romney NOT being President is proof that not all Americans believe everything they hear on the radio and actually understand better than those educated by entertainers.

  • snowyphile Jemez Springs, NM
    April 26, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    An advantage of a private retreat is that we won't hear the proceedings. I wish our elected officials would speak only when spoken to.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 26, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is proof that the majority of Americans will not vote for principle, but they will vote for something free from the government, even though the government can not pay for it. We got exactly what we voted for; moral decay, economic chaos and a dying country!

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    April 26, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    "Jowers said the list of speakers shows that Romney 'remains a very vital part of the political and policymaking universe" post-election.'"

    While the list of speakers may impress, the price per person says this is also about paying off campaign debt.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    April 26, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    I hope the retreat will focus on what the nation needs to focus on in the next 30 years. Should heavy and light manufacturing be encouraged and bring back industries from overseas. Is the R&D efforts here keeping up with the world. What is necessary that can support real jobs for the working family and get away from focusing on only wealth enhansement in the markets.

    I am especially hopeful this is not a "rebranding" strategy meeting, developing fluff with no substance and no plan to change the basic core principles of the current GOP.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    April 25, 2013 11:21 p.m.

    I wouldn't let Axelrod or any other Democrats anywhere near my event. Democrats have brought this country down to new lows, morally and economically.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    April 25, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    Instead of a "white flag", it sounds more like a pragmatic approach and concession to the fact that the GOP truly is out-of-touch with the rest of the country. They desperately need to regroup and re-strategize. I don't think there is much unity in the GOP, mainly due to the fact that they are largely comprised of alpha types, who are used to running their own companies. Hence, the mud-slinging in-fighting during the GOP primaries. They were even more self-cannibalizing than the Dems. Reap what ye have sown, elephants.