Utah GOP chairman: Draft Mitt in 2016

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  • Demiurge San Diego, CA
    May 7, 2014 9:10 p.m.

    As long as Republicans persist in the rhetoric that they lose because of "free stuff" and "voter fraud" and because of "RINOs", they will continue to lose. They are becoming the party of the new wealthy and paranoid religious white people (I'm white). They completely turn off absolutely every other vote with their anti-science, anti-minority, anti-people struggling to make ends meet rhetoric. Run Mitt again and he will lose. He's tarnished by his own flip-flopping, lack of coherent positive message, and his religion. If the Republicans don't put forward a RINO, you can count on a Hillary landslide because the independent swing voters won't elect someone far right as in the tea party.

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    May 6, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    @ funny_guy,

    I feel for you. But your suggestion of Newt Gingrich is horrible.

    I am not sure that Mitt could have found a qualified Evangelical to run with him, with so many of them actually living their attitude of "Saved in their sins".

    Who else would you suggest as a hypothetical running mate for Mitt that everyone, including Evangelicals could have voted for?

  • funny_guy Vacaville, CA
    May 6, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    Mitt can easily beat Hillary or any other Demo(n)crat candidate -- if he can find a way to get the Evangelical vote.

    Rather, Evangelicals choose to stay home rather than vote for an "evil" Mormon. If they had voted in comparable numbers as they did to elect Bush, Mitt would have beaten Obama. Sadly, Evangelicals decided they would rather see the country go down the toilet than elect a Mormon. All Mitt needs to do is reach out and get the Evangelical vote, possibly by selecting a VP popular with Evangelicals, someone like Newt Gingrich.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."Edmund Burke

  • kattawn ,
    May 5, 2014 5:32 p.m.

    It broke my heart when Mitt didn't win, but I believe there is a small window of time when it's your turn to run and possibly win, and Mitt's time has come and gone. Time to move on.

  • jtown702 Reno, NV
    May 5, 2014 4:43 p.m.

    Oh there is more than one single group working to convince Mitt to run in 2016. I know of thousands... TENS of thousands of people who are working to make this happen! #MittRomney2016, #DraftMitt, #DraftRomney


  • Interloper Portland, OR
    May 5, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    The amount of bias and dog whistling in these comments is telling. Quite a few claimed President Obama is for some reason unfit to be president. (Reading between the lines the reason is his race.) These people also falsely claimed the President was reelected due to voter fraud, which is pretty much non-existent in the U.S. Third, they insist that Democrats vote for a candidate who gives them 'stuff.' In reality, Democrats and some independents voted for Obama because they supported his position on issues such as foreign policy, immigration and health care insurance reform.

    Meanwhile, Mitt Romney had become "severely conservative," appearing to want to start a new war, force undocumented aliens to "self-deport," and deny health care insurance to Americans who cannot totally pay for it on their own. Have people already forgotten the positions Romney took?

    Cliven Bundy reminded the world of the ugly bigotry that was the norm of Mormons before 1978 with his ill-considered approval of slavery last week. The people who are arguing in favor of Romney running for President again seem to be outliers, too.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 5, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    We have an under-educated society, dependent on government assistance. They believe the propaganda thrown at them by corrupt politicians

    Because of this, any decent patriot running for office will not be elected.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    May 5, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    Highland, UT said "The first thing that needs to happen is a foolproof way to prevent voter fraud. Why not show ID?? Why, if not so they could cheat, would the Democrats be so against it?"

    You would think that a reasonable request on voting day.

    You would also think requiring people to register to vote on any of the other 364 days of the year other than Voting Day would be a reasonable request too.

    But I saw a usually stable, intelligent man become completely livid recently when watching a news show in which this was discussed. He kept yelling how "immoral" it was to suggest such a thing, and how it is a plot by the GOP to keep disenfranchised voters from voting.

    What the??

    But he couldn't come up with one rational or cogent thought about why requiring registering on any of the other days was a bad idea, or was not good for Dem voters.

    The level of vehemence was completely ridiculous.

    I had to conclude that there must be something that happens to otherwise rational intelligent people-- when they start buying into the Dem line of thinking and rhetoric.....

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    May 5, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    "The question has to be answered: What's changed? And what we predict is those who didn't vote for Mitt Romney that allowed Barack Obama to be re-elected have seen enough that they have buyer's remorse," Evans said.

    Sadly, I haven't seen that level of intellectual honesty or ability to connect-the-dots in the Dems I know.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    May 5, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    I have seen many elections at the age of 88 years old, and have voted in many. However, I have never known such a poor president that is now in office. It scares me for my grandchildren and great grandchildren, on the type of world they will be facing. Also as I look at History, president's have been impeached for much lesser reasons, My question is why is Obama still in Office?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 5, 2014 5:26 a.m.

    @CDL 5:23 p.m. May 4, 2014

    Sorry -- the truth is the exact reverse of what you said in very regard. Please -- re-check your information sources. They appear to be sadly lacking.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    May 4, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    Mitt ran a poor campaign against Obama, we blew his chance and the money I sent him. Give me a fighter.

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    May 4, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    No, please don't try to draft Mitt. He is a wonderful person on so many levels. But he does not, cannot, will not connect with the average Joes of this world. He has many great talents. And we should keep him as the valuable resource that he is. But he is NOT the one to help the GOP win next time. Romneycare is too much like Obamacare. Let's move on. No Bush people either. Please.

  • bookscape Cleveland, TN
    May 4, 2014 7:27 p.m.

    For the sake of his family, Mitt said he would not run again. I felt like he would have been a very good president (at least the better of the two choices), but he said he wouldn't run again and I believe for the sake of his family and his good name, he should stick to his guns and not be suckered into another try. Let's keep the bow-out a graceful one.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    May 4, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    Elitist? Romney was a self made man who earned what he has on his own. He gave any inheritance to charity, something most would not do which shows a higher character than most other Politicians and something that most that criticize him would not have done. He is the shear image of what the American dream is about, which is why the left hate him. If an elitist is what some are afraid of then they should not vote for any of the Progressive choices available. Elitist- adjective 1. (of a person or class of persons) considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, power, wealth, or position in society: elitist. He has spent his life quietly helping others without cameras or the expectation of anything in return. Wouldn't that make a novel and good example of what an American can be. Unlike those that seek to tear down this country and have a wife that travels all over the world (with her daughters and mother) spending trillions of tax dollars, staying at the most expensive places and leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those that are forced to assist her, talk about elitist!

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    May 4, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    wouldn't they want to choose someone that might win this time?

  • Dan Taylor Keyser, WV
    May 4, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    I will vote for Romney if he in fact runs, but here's another way to look at it. As prophesy has said, the constitution will one day hang by a thread. Do we really want him in there to possibly take the blame for that? Obama has messed things up worse over his time being in there and I'm sure Mitt would have done better, but there are other ways to look at this thing that maybe should be considered.

  • The_Laird Patchogue, NY
    May 4, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Huntsman was a more electable candidate than Romney in 2012 and would be again in 2016.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    I guess the Utah GOP chairman wants to disprove (I mean validate) Einstein's definition of insanity?

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    May 4, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

  • David Lloyd-Jones Toronto, 00
    May 4, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    Mitt apparently thought that the 47% who paid no taxes were the same people as the 47% somebody had told him were committed Democrats under any circumstances at all.

    It was merely a coincidence that the two numbers, 47 and 47, were the same.

    The ability to distinguish between accidents and meaningful data is basic to policy making. Mitt flunked the test. End of story.

    Now then, Governor Huntsman, by contrast seems like a pretty bright lad...


  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 4, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    As a Catholic Navy vet, I voted for Mr. Romney and would do so again. However, there needs to be a realistic assessment of his chances which are nil. He has an image problem as does most of the Republican Party. The radical left wing of the Democratic Party has gathered together all of the "Antis" in one grand coalition. Labor is the swing vote and the Republicans are doing nothing to ingratiate that segment of the voting block. Even Catholics are voting far left wing because they believe that socialism is the answer. The entitled are making political decisions and the Republicans are being consistently painted into the corner of a "privileged" elite. The Republicans need to come up with a dramatic answer or we will indeed return to the national socialism of the 40s and a one party government.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    May 4, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    I do wish Romney had won. There have been Presidents who won after the 3rd try. But, I respect Romney's decision to not go at it this time. Why should he put up with the lies from the left as well as the far right? Yes, even some on the far right lied and distorted the truth about him whether tea party or religious bigots. And he began a new job, why would he? He lost by 3%. Obama won by 3%. 3-4% of voters, individuals that usually vote connected to those groups stayed home. 3% is not considered a landslide by a longshot, but with voter fraud and fringe ideological voters it was enough to cause division in the party and further damage to the country by allowing an Obama second term. Honestly, after a lot of fact checking those candidates supported by the right fringe, well let's just say won't win, further causing damage to this country.

  • Joemamma W Jordan, UT
    May 4, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    Please no more progressives!!
    We need a none establishment candidate chosen by the people not the Rep establishment.. That candidate is not Mitt Romney.
    Mitt has already categorized him self as a puppet of the Rep establishment and a progressive big government entity.
    I'm sure most of solutions to current problems involve government growth.
    Thanks but no thanks.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 4, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    @The Real Maveric
    You are absolutely spot on.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 4, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    Without the Democratic hegemony of the news media, we will never see another GOP president again.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 4, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    The whining by the poor victimized left is pathetic! Mitt Romney , whom I didn't vote for, for the very same reason I wouldn't vote for the Socialist Obama, made some money! The left is so full of envy they just can't bear it or even admit it, which shows not only their envy, but total ignorance of economics and Capitalism! They can have them booth! As for many Americans, as evidence by the emergence of Libertarianism and the Tea Party as well, it is a joke to watch both parties and their leaders come face to face with themselves and it isn't a pretty sight! The electorate has one thing right overall! Washington is a sewer made up of greedy, power hungry people who delude their followers, the immoral, inept, and lazy, into voting for them and defended them. To hear people defend Obama, you would think that our economy and Jobs were soaring through the clouds with unprecedented wage increases and opportunity! Talk about delusion!

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    May 4, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    GOP is in Trouble !!! I had High hopes for Jon Huntsman , there is a good man and would get my vote. Chris Christy would also of been a Great candidate but that Bridge and closed lanes snafu really hurt his chances. There is no real stand out in the GOP . Hillary 2016 by a huge margin.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 4, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    It's not democrats who hated Romney... It was his own party!

    Think southern Evangelical Republicans want to see a Mormon again? Mitt was attacked by the left just like any republican was. However, he was attacked, thrown under the bus, and smeared by his own party during the primaries.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 4, 2014 7:31 a.m.

    Here's the essence of the Republican bubble.

    "It happens when half the population are addicted to handouts, and attend government run schools."

    This fantasy that they and only they are hard working, responsible, informed patriots. To fuel this fantasy you have to include Social Security and Medicare recipients. Wait until the old folks figure out you are talking about them as addicted to handouts.

    As for younger folks who receive SNAP benefits, the vast majority of them work and they have figured out you fantasy is an insult.

    Another key component of this fantasy is the group who pay no federal income tax. I hate to tell you dreamers but the President nor anyone else has excused them from the tax. They fill out the form just like everyone who does pay. The difference is simply when they compare income to tax obligations they don't make enough to be required to pay. No free stuff here, in fact there is a paucity of stuff.

  • UteRB77 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 4, 2014 2:54 a.m.

    It's obvious from the comments that pride and thick heads keep so many from learning lessons of the past. It saddens me to see the hate and anger that continues, and the selfish, destructive, unlearning childish mindset that is spreading like cancer throughout our nation. We no longer look to knowledge and experience, success and achievement for leadership and guidance. Many simply hate what they can't be, vocally decrying and railing against those that they secretly envy, the obviously unfair accomplishments of others. So they join the choir to besmirch and destroy without any desire for the truth. I remember class elections in grade school. My friend promised Kool-Aid in the drinking fountains, and we all laughed because it was absurd. He won. Today we don't laugh, but applaud and rejoice over the absurd. The Kool-Aid kid is still winning at a much bigger game. What difference at this point does it make? We don't deserve it anyway.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 4, 2014 1:45 a.m.

    I'm 53% certain he'd lose. But then he'd still have a (wait for it) 47% chance! Oh, that one made me smile.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 4, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Romney's campaign was not as poor to the job performance of Obama. Period!

    People just believed the false information, and promises.

    It happens when half the population are addicted to handouts, and attend government run schools.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    May 3, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    Hillary will be the next Potus. There is no other candidate that will beat her, democrat or much less, any republican. The pendulum has swung to the left to stay, with Romneys 47 percent an even greater number now, who are the low information voters addicted to gobment handouts and whatever the media deems popular. They will be all for the novelty of a first woman president.

    There will be no other outcome. Career power-drunk legislators on both sides will continue to get nothing done, while the executive branch and judiciary continue their equally rampages for any group with a grievance, thus insuring the left stays in power evermore.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    May 3, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    Romney was considerably more "moral" and definitely more honest when he was governor of Massachusetts than when he was running for president. Once the tea party types started to bash Obamacare--which was a clone of Romneycare--he joined in, disavowing everything good that he had said about it. He courted the looniest fringe of the Republicans, telling them what he thought they wanted to hear. The fundamentalist Christians despised his religion and he tried to butter them up with the sound bites from the far, far right. They were not fooled--they had no choice but to name him as the Republican candidate but still held their noses when they voted for him.

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    May 3, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    Romney fans,
    Dry those tears and always remember "Nice guys finish last".

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    May 3, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    Personally, I hoped Romney would have won in 2012, but that didn't happen.

    Call it voter fraud, uniformed voters or how ever you want to label it, as I see it, this country has forgotten its roots and prefers the course of least resistance. we want a president who tells us what we want to hear; since we only complain when we are told how things really are and what is needed to fix the problems. We have no wish to be productive and prefer to have a president who is willing to give us other people's money and we don't want anything to get in the way of our T.V. shows. Someone else make a decision.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    May 3, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    Romney sold out to the Right? If he had, he would have won. The numbers of Conservatives who did not vote for his is documented, and was the difference in the loss!

  • Charlie Sheeno Boyle, AB, 00
    May 3, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    After Mitt's 47 percent comment of 2012, why would anyone vote for Mitt?
    “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. … These are people who pay no income tax. … and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
    — Mitt Romney, remarks at private fundraiser, Boca Raton, Florida, May 17

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    May 3, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    Yes, Riverton Cougar. And after they have spent all there is, they print more so they can spend more than they have. What a sad time we are living in. We're kind of OK now, but what of our children and grand children? Our government leaders are not looking ahead - they are like race horses with blinders, so they can't see the complete picture.

  • docport1 ,
    May 3, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    Had Romney not sold out to the extreme right instead of being his own man that might be a more viable position. Jon Huntsman is a much more viable candidate.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    May 3, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    Wow, another Republican plan to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I have to say that Mitt Romney is probably one of the best and most moral people I have ever seen involved in politics,BUT! We do not need another guy who can "work with the opposition." Romney's second and third debate gave us the clear message that he does not have the instinct to move in for the kill when the adversary is on his knees.

    Being a good guy and a nice guy are two different things. Having a moral core cannot interfere with the ability to make decisions that that may hurt but bring about righting the ship of state.

    The important part here is that we do not need a nice guy who reaches out to the left (a Left which has NEVER reached out to the Right) in a mistaken belief that it will garner votes from the left. Leaning Left gains no votes there, but loses enough votes on the Right that the election is lost. Survival of this country requires a Cruz or at least a Rand Paul, not a Bush or McCain type!

  • TandJ LaVerkin, Utah
    May 3, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    To one vote who said, "Maybe he will not follow the tea party and Hannity if he runs again" unfortunately Mitt was and is a Rino like his father. Unfortunately, Mitt DID NOT follow the tea party and Hannity when he ran, and undoubtedly would not do it if he ran again. Lets get rid of Rino losers and elect a real conservative who (at least I hope still has time) might bring our country back to its constitutional basis and save us from becoming another third world country.

    May 3, 2014 10:58 a.m.


    Can you tell us just how much election fraud there was in the last election please or in any other's. And if you do have proof that it is running rampant solely in the Democrats favor, then please take it up with the local law enforcement agency or the AG office.

  • wilson-kelly Vale, OR
    May 3, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Well, I guess some are just slow to learn.
    Hey, Mitt is a nice guy. Good.
    He is also a guy who needs a lawyer to help him understand the constitution, he stated this in the FIRST run.
    He also talked of repeal and replace with the health care.... replace with what... more socialized health care?
    He also hasn't quite overcome the 'I was first for abortion before I became against it' issue.
    He also has a very weak understanding of the financial mess we are in... more support for the Federal Reserve? What about the values of the dollar? We never quite get around to talking about that, now do we?
    Oh,and one of my favorites... His sons serve their country by helping him get elected. Uh, huh!(stated in the last run!)
    Of course he is running again; hence the nice family cookbook, the constant photo-opts, the nicey-nice documentary.
    Good luck with that...again... Hey.. maybe he can run a 4th or 5th time!
    We are in trouble, but not just because of a President. Where are the checks and balances form the congress and senate? MIA!

    May 3, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Hey Cats:

    If you would please state some facts about where these polls were taken. You can do that right? And if you would, please tell us just who it was that did the polling. Thank You

  • ZorroPC Park City, UT
    May 3, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    Romney ran a poor campaign and gave us 4 more years of Obama. No you want him to give us 4 years of Hillary? Time for some new talent. Mitt had his time at bat and struck out!!

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 3, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    @Riverton Cougar 8:25 a.m. May 3, 2014

    Romney knows nothing about running a business (unless, of course, you are referring to a vulture capital firm like Bain). He does know a lot about how to rake in obscene amounts of money while acquiring companies, driving them into bankruptcy, and sending their equipment and jobs offshore to the detriment of the people who had been working for them. With the very few companies he didn't gut and shut, he pillaged the retirement funds of the employees and forced them into taking massive cuts in pay. Even during the campaign for president, when he tried to brag that he wound be a creator of jobs, he proved to be just the opposite -- he profited from the gut and shut of Sensata's Freeport, IL, plant and wouldn't even meet with the employees who were losing their jobs -- jobs that were being sent to China -- after the workers were forced to train the Chinese workers to do their jobs.

    Romney doesn't know how to make a profit for a company, just for himself to the detriment of the company and its employees. NOT what the USA needs.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 3, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    Repubs complaining about the economy must be living in their own dream worlds.

    Corporate profits have never been higher
    Stock market has never been higher
    Unemployment is 6.3 percent
    Hundreds of thousands of jobs added last month

    Sorry repubs, but the economy has recovered. The only thing needed? Them folks at the top to start sharing the profits! Where's the trickle down? Either give us your wealth voluntarily via more jobs and better wages or lose it via increased taxation!

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    May 3, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    America has not 'earned' a Mitt Romney or any other "worthy" individual as its president.

    Darkness/Apathy/Ignorance cannot 'abide' in the light, truth which is rapidly digressing in America.

    In America, evil is gaining too many converted, dream team superstars and is 'overpowering' good.

    In America, Political/Religious/Atheist/media leaders are using faux popular propaganda (illegal immigration) in the name of political correctness to avoid the real, filthy, unpreponderable slavery, torture and murder that it is hiding behind.

    In America, Atheist/political/religious/media leaders have been verbally beaten into using verbiage such as tolerance, love and understanding as an argument to excuse individual responsibility/morality, opening the door to an incomprehensible numeration of disease, filth and death.

    The youtube video: "The Book of Mormon and Freedom" has the cure and if followed, I would have to suggest America might be ready for a Mitt Romney or any other "worthy" Patriot(s) to lead her until the Savior Jesus Christ returns.

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    May 3, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    All parties right now are without ethics or morals: Because of accepting money from corporations and then openly supporting those who gave them money.
    This is not lawful behavior. Why on earth we citizens permit bribery to operate our elected government is not examined by experts in law or PhD. Psychologists in class or debate.
    If we don't address this bad behavior we will receive our just rewards. Cause and effect are rules of reality, the effect will be catastrophic unless we listen to the Lord and do what is right. End corporate bribery and defend equality under all laws. Those are the rules of conduct whether you are Christian or not.
    Our human instinct program is blinding us to our true reality, doing its immoral job, survival.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 3, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    What does he have left to run on?

    Obama passed his Romneycare,
    We are getting out of debt,
    The Stock Market is at an all time high,
    People are getting back to work...

    What's next,
    yet another Presidential run,
    of an still out-of-touch uber-rich saber-rattling elitist?

    Just what the former Middle and Lower classes of the 99.9% of America needs...

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    But Mitt Romney was a successful businessman! Doesn't this guy know that successfully running a business and knowing how to make a profit is a BAD thing!? The cool thing nowadays is to tax and spend until there's no more money to spend.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 3, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    School children are tested, and their scores are nationally compared.

    It would be great having standardized, and IQ tests given to candidates, so voters have more to ponder than campaign speeches, and rhetoric.

    When running for president, Obama didn't know how many states made up our country.

    One of our Congress members thought the Constitution was written during the early 1600's.

    Not good.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    @ Chris B

    I hear your sarcasm. The first thing that needs to happen is a foolproof way to prevent voter fraud. Why not show ID?? Why, if not so they could cheat, would the Democrats be so against it?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    What a terrible idea. We dodged a disaster twice already hen he was defeated. Third time is not a charm. No thanks.

    Mitt -- if you really want to keep your word and make yourself truthful for once, you will tell these people "no way". Follow the example of General William Tecumseh Sherman when he was being considered as a possible Republican candidate for the presidential election of 1884. He declined, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected." And then work for a candidate like Jon Huntsman, who would actually be good for the country.

    Mitt had his chance and he was sent packing. Thank God!

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    May 3, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    "too smart, talented and rich" for consideration in this upside-down country. besides, barry is doing a great job anyway. takers won the last election and most likely will going forward as free stuff is hard to run against

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 3, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    I'd love to see Mitt as president, but it think he is done running. I think three times is more than anyone could take.

    Polls show that if the election were held now, Mitt would win.

    The country made a terrible mistake in re-electing Obama but, unfortunately, I don't think we can go back and fix that now.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 3, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    Chris B -

    "The last thing this economy has needed is a guy who knows how to make unprofitable entities profitable."

    Yes Chris, but I think there would be an ethical quandary to laundering illicit drug money.

    It's probably not something in which the United States government should involve itself.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    May 3, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    The 2016 GOP field is so weak that Romney does look like the pick of the litter.

    About 2% of the older, whiter, Republican electorate will have aged out by 2016, and GOP voter suppression efforts seem to be having trouble in the courts.

    Looks like Hillary in a landslide.

  • ElmoBaggins Escalante, UT
    May 3, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    Romney lost because he's an elitist and he'll keep losing for the same reason!

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    May 3, 2014 12:40 a.m.

    I would have to second Informed Voter's assessment that Romney failed due to poor campaigns. Each time he allowed his marketing folk to craft a "Romney" that was not the genuine article. The disparity between the real mand and that carefully manufactured image is why neither campaign ever really gelled.

    When Mitt Romney dropped his candidate persona after his first run at the CPAC conference, it was the best speech he had ever given! Why? Because it was genuine Mitt. The real deal is what will convince the American people he can do the job.

    The Netflix "Mitt" movie resonated with a lot of people because it peeled off the veneer and showed what the man and his family are made of. Unless Romney is willing to eschew the image-makers and run as himself, any third attempt will be as futile as the first two (in my humble opinion)!

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    May 3, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    I do not understand why republicans blame everybody else but Romney for his lost. Romney and his campaign are at fault and not "low information voters."

    Blaming everybody and everything is just sour grapes.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 2, 2014 11:20 p.m.

    Still carrying that flame, eh?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 2, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    Mitt Romney has been reduced to an endorsement machine by the Republican Political Machine.

    It's highly unlikely Republican King-Makers would spend money on a twice failed candidate...

    But you never know...

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    May 2, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    Mitt had his chance and ran a poor campaign. Why is it anyone thinks either Mitt or Jeb should run? Next, they will want McCain to try again! There are better new people to be the GOP candidate.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 2, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    Is there a chance that DN will require posters, whether subscribers or not, to back up some of these huge accusations with a fact or two? More than quoting the neighbors, I mean.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2014 9:38 p.m.

    Maybe he will not follow the tea party and Hannity if he runs again.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 2, 2014 9:13 p.m.

    Romney would be a far better President than either Obama or Miz. Clinton, but sadly, he has been so badly damaged by negative (and largely false) media attacks in 2012 that he would likely not win in 2016 either.

    The "low information voters" are easily misled, and lead to the polls by the skilled liberal operatives. And, the widespread voter fraud (by voting early and often, or the dead or ineligible being allowed to vote, badly tips the scales in favor of the liberal candidates. This renders the chances of ANY Republican winning a lot less than if a fair election was held among voters who had a clue about what is going on, and what candidates would do.

    But, "free stuff" will win over solid proposals to cut back our unsustainable spending and debt. Sorry, Mitt.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 2, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    Our country is so unstable, and on its knees to government handouts.

    Lincoln, or Washington wouldn't beat Obama.

    What a pathetic state.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2014 6:57 p.m.

    The last thing this economy has needed is a guy who knows how to make unprofitable entities profitable.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 2, 2014 6:55 p.m.

    " . .those who didn't vote for Mitt Romney that allowed Barack Obama to be re-elected have seen enough that they have buyer's remorse . . ."

    Now there's some wishful thinking. Buyers remorse huh?

    Obama beat Romney by 124 electoral votes in 2012. But if the election were held all over again right now, due to Obama's unpopularity, Romney would probably lose by only 90 or so electoral, votes and YES, that is a BIG improvement.

    Yes, the GOP really should draft Romney in 2016 . . . And let this "buyers remorse" thing work its magic.