Romney says it again: 'I'm not running'

Romney criticizes White House foreign policy

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  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    June 17, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    Anyone who is so strident in saying they aren't running obviously is. Mitt is foaming at the mouth just waiting to come in riding the white horse saving the party after the Republican primary season turns into a combination of the Keystone Cops meet the Three Stooges with a lot of hate speech thrown in. I say let him run again. Run again and lose again. Works for me.

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    June 17, 2014 4:04 a.m.

    He can do what he wants. As for me, am writing his name in on primary ballots and most likely again in Nov '16 should his name not appear on the ballot.

  • JimmyJackJohnJones Jonestown, TX
    June 16, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    Thank god.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    June 16, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    I'm guessing he's running!

    Another classic flip-flop!

  • LiberalJimmy Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    @Liberal Ted...Sir. Yet another highly intellectual and extremely eloquent post. You're absolutely correct. What a highly intelligent idea you mentioned. Apparently, I misread your post. Those on the left are the "nut jobs"? The ones that believe in equality for all! How sane to you believe one come across with ideas such as actually physically dividing up our country? Very good thing for the true "nut jobs" in our country that "we the people" do not employ your idea. After all, where would the Flat-Earthers, those that deny climate change, those against health insurance for all citizens, those against separation of church and state, those that believe man and dinosaur co-existed, those against equality for all live? Right here in Utah, Texas or the deep South! Apparently these are the places that highly intellectual thoughts and ideas flourish.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    June 14, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    Mitt Romney would be a fantastic President but I don't blame him for not having the stomach for another run. With all the vitriol I have read in this rag the American public does not deserve a man of his intelligence, wisdom and correct principals. I recently attended a scout camp where several scouts were touting how wonderful it was that they get free school breakfast along with their free school lunch. They said that it was awesome because they didn't have to pay for it. They had no clue that it was indeed others who paid for their lunch. One boy said after the discussion that he could make is own breakfast but because it was free at school had chosen to wake up late, run to school and eat his sausage corn dog instead. We are building a society of people dependent upon the Government. A man like Mitt, who did it himself, has no place in a socialist society. Like it or not, this is what we are becoming. Too bad. America was a truly great nation.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 14, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    "...Romney says it again: 'I'm not running...'’.

    Which Romney?

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    June 14, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    Romney wanted to only reduce taxes slightly for the wealthy, but cut out the tax loopholes which would have in fact caused the wealthy that take advantage of those loopholes to significantly pay more in taxes. Mental midgets have difficulty comprehending such things. Our current President ran on the same thing his first go round, and did nothing about it, but attacked Romney for wanting to actually do something about it when he ran for his second term. Could it be because he too would have to pay more? After all, he made around $450,000+ dollars himself, but only paid the same as those in the lowest tax bracket.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2014 1:52 p.m.

    Lots of hate here for Mitt.

    When taxing rich people, handing out health care, housing, food and money to half the nation, and making small business more and more difficult finally comes to a conclusion, let's have a discussion about whether liberal/policy really works.

    I remind you of a simple truth, when has socialism EVER worked?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    The overall position of presumed conservatives on this blog is this: if things go bad it is the fault of INDIVIDUAL behavior. And why not, that is the view of the dominant faith in our area.

    But Piketty in "Capital in the 21st Century" and Marx in "Capital" demonstrate that the SYSTEM is important too. The system can create undesirable outcomes. As Marx might say "it's not the people it's the system."

  • waikiki_dave Honolulu, HI
    June 14, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    If Mitt were President we would be signifcantly involved in civil wars in both Syria and Ukraine. In addition to that we would have had a sustained military residual presence in both Iraq and Afghanistan. More US soldiers would be denying to maintain occupation forces. Iran would have had a field day stirring up anti-American sentiment in the region. The US debt to sustain these hawkish endeaveors would have bankrupt our economy. Interest rates would have soared. Not to mention the social issues he would have rolled back to the 20th century (i.e. a woman's right to choose and marriage equality). Thank god for Obama.

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    June 14, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    The whole group are lost in their self-deceptions. One subject, one problem that is never discussed. Our Broken Equality Under All Laws.
    You can't have Bribery and Slavery based drug laws in a Democracy. It can't be allowed to continue no matter how much we trust how things are working.
    Driven like sheep to the slaughter, where we could correct our mistakes and be moral creatures.
    Hi Mr. Schieffer(face the nation), some thoughts worth sharing. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Atheist or what ever your beliefs support.
    Equality under all laws are broken and must be restored to follow the civilized path and treat one another fairly.
    A message to our Public Officials and Citizens. Open your mouths.
    .Only in Satan's eyes not in followers of Christ.
    We are not teaching our children the true principles of democracy. Not at home or in schools. The single most important principle is Citizen Equality under all laws. That single rule protects freedom and liberty with justice for all. my brothers and sisters....Satan-instinct program blocks our choices and moral behaviors for the good of the group..........Only in Satan's eyes not in followers of Christ.

  • ElmoBaggins Escalante, UT
    June 14, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Romney is slightly less relevant than John McCain!

  • ElmoBaggins Escalante, UT
    June 14, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Oh Please Mitt Run Again!Hillary will eat you for breakfast!

  • ZorroPC Park City, UT
    June 14, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    Perhaps a break from drinking cool-aide would be helpful for some folks. Please remember the reason that B.O. Obama is our President is because McCann and Romney both ran terrible campaigns. They lost. Romney lost 2 senate bids, 2 presidential bids and by all indications would have lost a run for a second term as Governor had he run. We need to run winners

  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    June 14, 2014 4:17 a.m.

    I am for free enterprise, people being rich and wealthy and above the power of lobbyist and PAC's and threats from developers and war lords. But Romney is not the man for the job as president who must be a non corporate self centered egotist.

    FYI, Romney is the father and creator of the ACA and the fraudulent health care exchange programs which forces people whether they are entitled or not to medicaid repay Utah by confiscation with covert undisclosed tax debt to Utah government. After paying into the Medicaid program for 50-60 years the health care exchange revokes Medicaid as a paid entitlement. Romney is definitely for socialized government controlled health care which is double profiting state revenue fraud.

    Romney is a trained crook with the mentality of a common criminal using covert plans outside the rights of individuals skirting laws with deceptions to shield fraudulent and extreme profiteering taxation on the dead and dying in the medicaid cost recovery fraud.

    Since the defeat of Cantor and Romney the movement (tea party) is taking control of the GOP, its SOP policies, and old corp Republicans are scared that business are losing control of the government.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    June 14, 2014 12:18 a.m.

    If Mitt Romney were not a Mormon, would the DN and it's LDS commenters still be so utterly enamored with the guy?
    Just saying...

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    June 13, 2014 11:35 p.m.

    The article really doesn't capture how mean-spirited Romney's comments regarding President Obama and Hillary Clinton were. Nor does it reflect the vagueness of his policy prescriptions. Romney says everything - domestic and foreign policy - should be "fixed." He offers no solutions, though. And, he still hasn't gotten it through his head that it is not the U.S.' role to run the Mideast.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    June 13, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    I am glad he isn't running again. He didn't want his last election bad enough.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    June 13, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    Mitt is all about himself and his money. He should go work with Jimmy Carter and build homes to house economic disadvantaged families, it would do good for his education and soul.

  • K_ANN Palatka, FL
    June 13, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    Disappointed Dr Ben Carson wasn't invited

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2014 7:33 p.m.


    How is it being critical of Romney to say he would of have of faced a divided congress? All the democrats would of done is stone wall him like the republicans in the house stone wall Obama.

    Politics are toxic now and to pretend that Romney would have achieved more is pure speculation.

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    June 13, 2014 6:16 p.m.

    I like mitt. But I can't stand politicians. So I'm perplexed.

  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    June 13, 2014 6:08 p.m.

    Dear Sharp Hooks,
    He would have been better than what we have now by a long shot.

  • Happy Liberal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 5:19 p.m.

    OK, Mitt, so if you're not running, why are you always pontificating? Go, Hillary!

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    June 13, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    I wish Mitt would run again! I'd vote for him in a heartbeat!

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    The last two GOP candidates should go on a nostalgia tour of all the States they won and spell out their "plan for tomorrow"! The "Mitt and McCain Show" would be a big hit in red America (the 53%ers). Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan could show up as surprise guests and harbingers of the future of the party. The grand finale would be an arm wrestle between the stars of the show on Immigration to determine if the future platform should be "amnesty" or self deportation.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    "(almost all of his income is classified as long term capital gains and he wants to remove all of the tax from that category of income) "

    Romney merely wanted to lower capital gains taxes. It was Gingrich who wanted to eliminate it completely. It was funny during the primary debates when Gingrich attacked Romney for paying little in taxes and Romney countered with 'under your plan I'd be paying zero'.

    "Romney's worst critics are obviously low-information voters who have formed their opinions without any research into facts"

    Sounds like Obama's worst critics. Technically, one could argue anyone's 'worst' critics are the uninformed ones. The best critics know what they're talking about.

    "he was forced to work with a Democrat state Congress in Massachusetts, and was able to accomplish a great deal. "

    Unlike the current Tea Party infused Republicans in Congress, Democrats actually believe that governing is part of their job description. Republicans have this tendency to think that gov't is the problem and not the solution, so it makes sense that one party is much more willing to compromise than the other if that's their ideologies.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    to Numinous

    "Undoubtedly, Romney would've been much better"

    War w/ Iran would have been just swell?

    Seriously (?), lets hear it hindsight & confirmation bias.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    June 13, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    OK lets discuss freedom. Because freedom seems to mean something different to me than you. You seem to think freedom means that people are free to make the choice you want them to make. In my mind freedom is letting people do what they want, as long as it doesn't infringe on someone else's freedom. So to use drinking as an example, a place with laws that reflect freedom would allow the market to sell alchol(not be controlled 100% by the state) you would be allowed to drink as much as you wanted in bars, and you'd be able to purchase booze when you want to. If you then choose to drunk drive, well that is infringing on everyone elses freedom to have safe roads, and you should loose your freedom. Marijuana is a very similar argument. When it comes to abortion and gay marriage, again, just because it isn't a choice you would make, does that mean you have the right to tell everyone else they have to follow what you believe? It seems like that is your view, and that seems like authoritarianism, not freedom.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 13, 2014 3:41 p.m.


    If you knew even half as much about Mitt Romney as you seem to think you do (most of his critics actually know almost nothing factual of him), you'd know that as a Republican governor, he was forced to work with a Democrat state Congress in Massachusetts, and was able to accomplish a great deal.

    He proved time and time again that he knew how to compromise in order to get things done. That is a concept totally foreign to the current political administration in America that has Washington DC more stagnated and in gridlock than ever before.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 13, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    @ Hank Pym:

    Actually, you couldn't be more wrong. I stand by exactly what I wrote.

    Who else but modern day liberals could call a group that stands for going back to the original Constitution and following it's dictates and principles exactly as they were written, an extremist political group? It's very ironic.
    That simply goes to show how far out of touch with what made America great that modern politics has become. For having so much information available, it's surprising what an overall low-information society we currently are.

    I'm certain the signers of the U.S. Constitution would nearly cry if they could see how far we've strayed from what they intended for it to mean. To rationalize our falling away from it by claiming it's a living document that should be continually modified is a total farce.

    Do yourself a favor and actually spend some time reading and studying about what the Tea Party actually stands for, rather than just assuming you do. If you are honest with yourself, you will be very surprised how far off-base your current assumptions are.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    June 13, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    I don't care if Mitt says he's not running... but he should. And anyone who has a thought process should press him to run.

    He's the only guy out there who has run a successful enterprise. If you don't like him because he's successful and rich, then you have Hillary who is rich but NOT successful.

    He's the only guy out there with ethics and was right about Iraq, Russia, Afghanistan, and on and on. If you don't like him you could replace him with Hillary, or Biden or ??? who botched all of these.

    Simple. Choose someone who knows how to lead, knows how to run an economy or chose a clueless Democrat.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 13, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    @ Noodlekaboodle:

    Unfortunately, almost everything you itemized has a history of hurting America and negating it's greatness.
    In case you haven't noticed, America has become a lot weaker in multiple ways over this past decade. More people are becoming disillusioned than ever before, and America has lost much clout and respect worldwide. We're obviously headed in the wrong direction overall.

    Abortion has killed and ruined millions of lives and left personal psychological trauma in it's wake. It's totally barbaric to destroy one's own offspring.

    Making drugs and alcohol more available is certainly nothing to brag about. It's hard to believe you would even list them in support of your argument. Both cause more DUI's, job losses and broken families. I've never known or seen a happy alcoholic or drug addict.

    I can't say anything about gay marriage since that entire concept still seems very weird to me. I simply can't relate to it at all.

    If your list is the best that liberals have to offer, you'd better go back and try again. Because that list wasn't impressive at all. In fact, it was just the opposite.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    to Numinous

    Actually, The analogy in your 1st paragraph aptly describes the Tea Party.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    & what will Mitt's advice be tomorrow?

  • Numinous Richfield, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    The trivial little sound-bite comments by detractors taking cheap shots at Mitt Romney remind me of chained up noisy little dogs trying to convince everyone walking by that they actually know what's going in the outer world, when in truth, they are actually only familiar with their little fenced in political yards... so truthfully know very little of what they think they know.

    I wish I could open up such judgmental and closed minds. It's so obvious to those of us who know much more of Romney than they do, that he could've and would've been so much better for our country than what we now have and what they are assuming.

    It's both a little bit sad and somewhat funny to watch someone whose been in the dark for a long time to finally light a candle and think they are fully illuminated. Their world could be so much brighter, but there is no way to convince such people.

    They refuse to listen to what could be, as they walk away smirking and bragging about the little candle they found. I can only hope that Mitt detractors someday become more enlightened.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    June 13, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    Things that this RINO didn't stand up for when he stole the nomination from Ron Paul so he can lose the election to Obama, which was the plan all along.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    If Romney had won, he would have to still worked with a divided congress. To say the economy would of been better is just pure speculation. It might have and it might have not been better.

    The fundamental problem is our politicians do not work for us. They work for special interest. Case in point, how come I can not easily find the fees being charged on my retirement 401k account? It should be listed in the prospectus clear as day but it is not. Why? Because Wall Street doesn't want you to see all their hidden fees. A bill was introduced to have a clear disclosure of these fees, but of course it was defeated by Wall Street lobbyist.

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    Surprise!! The Deseret News did a Mitt Romney story!! Utterly shocked!!

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:27 p.m.


    Romney has no interest in reducing his own tax bill to zero. That is just silly. The goal is to eliminate disincentives to do business, create jobs, and lift the overall economy. Liberal policies, on the other hand, kill jobs. Romney has no interest in adding taxes to the middle class. I'm speaking for myself here, but I believe that everyone should have some skin in the game, albeit only a percent or two. It makes no sense to have a perpetual underclass who pays no taxes yet continues to vote themselves entitlements from the public treasury. Just my opinion... Regarding Bain and his business career, you really have no understanding of capitalism. Capital follows the opportunity to make a profit. Romney never invested in a company with the goal of killing it. But when a company fails to make profit, market forces dictate that the business must close and the capital then flow to more profitable uses. It is a rough and sometimes heartless system, but it is efficient and far superior to whatever is in second place. Just ask a North Korean about how that other deal is working out for them.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    "Give me one example where your Democrats have stood for freedom or prosperity."
    I'll give you three.
    1. Gay marriage, conservatives want to restrict the right to marry, democrats want to allow it. Which one is giving people more freedom?
    2. Marijuana legalization, democrats are pro legalization, conservatives are anti legalization. Who wants to let people have more freedom, who is trying to restrict it?
    3. Abortion rights, democrats want to let people choose to have an abortion or not. Conservatives want to ban it.
    And a local bonus who wants to give people more freedom answer,
    Which side puts anti free market laws on the sale of alcohol in Utah, including license caps, over the top government regulations, and a socialist system of liquor distribution, the democrats or republicans?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 13, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    Romney is like a realtor trying to sell the White House to the highest bidder.

    Money rules America. Not the people.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    June 13, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    Ya republicans, listen to Mitt's advice. I mean, look at how well he did in the last election he ran in....

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 13, 2014 1:21 p.m.


    Give me one example where your Democrats have stood for freedom or prosperity. The exact opposite it the case my friend. It is because of the welfare state - victim - mentality that your guy in the White House has created that has reduced this nation to it's lowest GDP in years and allowed China to bypass the US economically for the first time in history. As far as freedom goes...a dependent people are not a free people....anyone understands that basic principle. Your idea of America as a European socialist like state is not what our founders created or invisioned. You couldn't be more wrong.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Maybe Mitt will run again after Hillary's 2 terms...

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    @ Furry1993:

    Actually, it's AZKID's assessment of Romney that is much closer to the truth than your's is. You present opinion only and with nothing factual to back it up. As such, that's all it is and nothing more. You obviously know very little about who Romney really is and what he actually stands for.

    I wholeheartedly agree with the comments of Numinous and Cletus.

    @ Irony Guy:

    Sadly, your comment is reminiscent of a liberal socialist standing on a soapbox spouting generalized ideological rhetoric. Unfortunately, you presented nothing of substance at all that adds to this dialog. Didn't even mention Romney's name once.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 13, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    Hey Nouminous –

    “Romney is an economic genius??” You mean . . . Because he was born rich and he’s still rich?
    Well good for him. That doesn’t help America though does it?

    “Undoubtedly, Romney would've been much better” Better at what? Acting like a Republican? Well yeah but Jeez . . .

    We just had one of those. Remember GW? . . . The Republican who took a prosperous nation at peace, with a history of balanced budgets, strong international allies, and a strong economy . . . And totally screwed everything up?

    We don’t need another one of those . . . Ever.

    I hope Mitt Romney runs again for POTUS though. I’ve grown fond of seeing him waste millions of his own dollars in campaign after campaign . . . And LOSE every time.

    All the flip flopping is pretty entertaining too. That guy absolutely cannot stand still and commit on any issue.

    If the breeze of public opinion wavers just a little bit, then so does ol’ Mitt.

    And I really wish I could have heard Mitt talk to those other Republicans. It's so interesting how they can all make up great big lies to tell to each other, and act so sincere about it.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 13, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    "I am convinced America is not destined to decline."

    I'm convinced of that to . . . Just as long as we can keep "Conservative" Republicans far, far, far AWAY from the reins of power.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 13, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Yes . . . "Stand for freedom, strength, prosperity" . . . just like the Democrats do.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    It's both entertaining and somewhat sad to read the liberals start coming out of the woodwork to put in their two-cents worth whenever Romney or other certain Conservative narratives are presented. And to say such blather is worth even 2 cents is actually overstating it.

    Romney's worst critics are obviously low-information voters who have formed their opinions without any research into facts and have no understanding of what he stands for or who he really is. Their rhetoric makes that very obvious.

    I spent a lot of time reading and researching before each of the last 2 presidential elections. There is no longer any doubt in my mind that Romney would've been one of the best presidents this country has ever had. No doubt whatsoever. He has scruples, is principled and has economic savvy. He is the exact type of Conservative that liberals love to hate because he has the ability to actually succeed.

    The greater a Conservative is (or would be), the more liberals will try to tear him (or her) down with idealogical blather. Many of the nasty posts to this article is total proof of that.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    Standing for those principles is great and all but how many Americans even value freedom and prosperity anymore? I would say less that 50% of this country. More than 50% could care less about freedom and as far as prosperity goes - what ever the government can give you for free is all that matters. We have become a welfare state like it or not and there are dire consequences for that choice. A dependent people are the exact opposite of the self reliant strong Americans that built this country. Seeing yourself as a victim that is owed something is not the sort of people that created the American Dream. It is hard to NOT absorb this toxic victim mentality when you have a president that preaches continually "ask not what you can do for your country but ask instead what your country can give you for free". We see thousands of children being dumped on our borders now simply because that same president told the parents of these kids to just dump em here and we will take care of them. A leadership change is obviously required in this county.

  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    June 13, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    The Federal government must meet its obligation to secure its borders. Allow those here already WOP to work legally to provide for their families so they will receive no government welfare, and become better contributing members of our communities BUT without establishing a path to citizenshop or granting amnesty.
    My family are immigrants from Poland and Germany. We waiting in line. We took a sponsor until we stood on our own two feet without government welfare, we learned English and took the Naturalization Citizenship tests and oaths. We served our country in uniform and have been working hard 40-80 hours per week. That is the American Dream Act we know because we live it every day.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:23 p.m.


    "Stand for huge tax hikes on prosperity, full federal assistance to those not needing medical insurance, guns away from citizens and into the hands of every criminal. I want you to demonize the wealthy, and kick those who succeed to the curb. I want you to stand for exclusion, and utter disdain for anyone who isn't a member of the liberal thought police or who believes the government owes them at least 2 vacation homes. Increase the minimum wage regardless of qualifications or experience, tax the heck out of what's left of the middle class, and grant amnesty to every illegal alien in order to increase Democrat voters.”

    Kind of silly to make overgeneralizations isn't it? Of course, that's what liberals like SharpHooks seem to do best when they attack conservatives.

    It's this kind of thoughtless rhetoric that polarizes our country.

  • Numinous Richfield, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    To those who have the ability to look at the world in an unbiased and objective way, it has become more than apparent that the United States, and by extension the world, would've been much better off at this point in time had Romney won the last presidential election. There is no longer any no doubt.

    Romney is an economic genius who would've actually had this country headed out of the stagnation it's still mired in.

    As far as foreign policy goes, it would nearly impossible to do any worse than we we currently have... which is a complete disaster.

    Syria is getting it's way over America's objections, Putin is getting his way over America's objections. Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons over America's objections. Israel and the Palestinians are still nearly at war.

    Our southern border is currently being flooded with illegals of which a vast number of youth are creating a humanitarian crisis for America. Also, Iraq has now almost been taken over by extremists since Obama refused to leave a small American military contingency group to prevent it.

    Undoubtedly, Romney would've been much better.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    June 13, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    The Romney rhetoric sounds nice. Unfortunately the policy implementations are not so nice.

    Freedom and opportunity for all. Unless you are a gay couple. Or the child of an immigrant (the recent ones, not like his dad.)

    Stand for a strong America! Who wants a weak one? His plans seem to infer we continue our occupation of the world with American troops. Just who is going to pay for that and how?

    Nice words, not so nice policy.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 13, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    Republican freedom is the freedom of capitalists to oppress people in their wages and to pollute and pillage without restraint. Republican strength is dissipated by elective wars fought to keep defense contractors rich. And Republican prosperity is inevitably wrecked by short-term profiteering. Two words: Bush/Cheney

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    @AZKID 11:19 a.m. June 13, 2014

    Unfortunately your description of Romney is totally inaccurate. His "tax reform" would reduce his own tax rate to almost zero (almost all of his income is classified as long term capital gains and he wants to remove all of the tax from that category of income) while increasing taxes on paople who have a hard time eating while putting a roof over their heads. He made his fortune as a vulture capitalist -- driving companies into bankruptcy while raking in obscene "fees" from them and, ultimately, sending the company's assets and jobs overseas while putting the workers out of work. He even profited from that exact scenario days before the last presidential election and wouldn't even meet with the workers who were losing their jobs because they wanted him to intervene with Bain Capital so they could keep their jobs (google Sensata for the full particulars). At the time he was profiting from the workers losing their jobs, he was talking about how he would bring jobs bck to the country. Yeah, sure! And if you believe THAt one . . . and that's just a start.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    Romney should read Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" and tell us what he thinks of it. As a matter of fact Piketty should have been invited to Romney's retreat. It would have demonstrated an openness to ideas outside of the Republican silo. Sadly none of such is evident.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    Romney should read Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" and tell us what he thinks of it. As a matter of fact Piketty should have been invited to Romney's retreat. It would have demonstrated an openness to ideas outside of the Republican silo. Sadly none of such is evident.

  • Jeremy234 SLC, UT
    June 13, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    If you listen to Romney you can also lose the election by 10:00 EST!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    All of the obamas czars and all of libs intellectuals couldn't put Iraq together again. But, at least they freed murderers from gitmo right? Now they're flooding this country with illegals, thinking they'll push amnesty through.

    It won't be much longer before people in this country have had enough of each other. We'll divide ourselves up, and set up new governments to rule over us. Which probably is the best way to go. I'm tired of being forced to do what left wing nut jobs think is best for me, while they do just the opposite. So on and so forth.

    So let's part our ways. Liberals and democrats to one part of the country. The rest of us to the other part. They can have all the government oversight they want and illegals. We'll continue to do what made this country great. They can have Southern Cal, AZ, NM, We'll take the rest.

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    June 13, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    @SharpHooks, you are mistaken. Here is the truth on all your points:

    "Stands for tax reform to generate prosperity for all, not tax and spend, free market healthcare reforms and tort reform, right to defend ourselves against violence and tyranny. I want you to champion personal freedom and responsibility, and lift everyone from the curb to which they have been kicked by government dependency and the victim mentality. I want you to stand for the freedom to pursue the American dream, to work hard, and enjoy the fruits of your labors, and to lift and prosper others through your efforts. Create high paying jobs and lift people's vision to work towards obtaining them, lower taxes by reducing the bloat and waste in government, and have a compassionate, yet lawful and orderly immigration policy".

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    Run Mitt! Run!

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    "Stand for tax breaks for the rich, no federal assistance to those needing medical insurance, guns in every house. I want you to champion the wealthy, and kick everyone else to the curb. I want you to stand for exclusion, and utter disdain for everybody who isn't a member of a country club or doesn't own at least 2 vacation homes. Lower the minimum wage, tax the heck out of what's left of he middle class, and have lots of undocumented workers employed as your servants".