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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Aug. 4, 2014 6:54 p.m.

    Mitt Romney was by far the best candidate in either party in both 2008 and 2012.


    America, America, oh, how the mighty has fallen....

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    His bowing to the tea party and Hannity ruined any nomination forever.

  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    Aug. 3, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    Mitt might have a tough go of it against Hillary. He comes from a patriarchal culture that doesn't afford women the same opportunities as women. We've even seen a questioning woman recently excommunicated from his church. I think this issue would be a tough one considering its likely Mitt would be running against Hillary.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 3, 2014 1:33 a.m.

    So wonder, is the earth getting warmer? If it is, is it man-made warming? What do you base your opinion on? Al Gore? a Failed Candidate who has made Billions because of folks like you?

    Personally, I don't know, it might be getting warmer... Might not... I think that it's pretty far fetched to say that it is man-made.

    There are scientists on both sides of the issue.... There are PACs and Activists on the "man-made" side and that of course that is politically correct... But I have a question for you... Why is that position Politically Correct when it was learned that some of the Scientists who people like you lean on were caught red handed cheating the numbers?

    Am I wrong? Is my position a flip flop if it appears both sides to the issue have valid points? And most importantly, is it a cheap shot to call someone a flip flopper when they are not a scientist? I personally think it is and I am not flip flopping on that.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 3, 2014 1:21 a.m.

    Don't think that you are very pragmatic pramatistferlife... In fact you sound very liberal to me.

    The idea that Obama rose above the fray to snatch peace with Russia and Syria is laughable... First off, there is no proof that Chemical Weapons are no longer in Bashar al-Assad's reach I have no idea how you came up with that... Actually, President al-Assad has killed hundreds of thousands of his own people and you think that's great?

    Putin has played Obama like a used fiddle... I guarantee you that Putting is NOT shaking in his boots over Obama's sanctions... We need Russia trade more than Russia needs U.S. goods right now and Putin knows it.

    In the meantime, Putin has invaded Georgia, put the fear into Obama so that he reneged on our agreement with Poland to supply them with Defense Missiles that were promised by the "W" Administration, He walked into the Ukraine and informed them that he was in charge... Our own Military Advisors say that we are in more danger today than we have been since WWII...

    Obama is incompetent and he is severely hurting this country.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 2, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    The Liberal Masses are alive and well in Utah

    Thank goodness the other 90% of the state's electorate is around to keep them in line.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    @BU52 4:24 p.m. Aug. 1, 2014

    I asked a Bostonian why they elected the Republican Mitt as Govenor in such a blue state as Massachusetts, his response was a classic-"Every once in awhile we realize we need to get an adult in the office to straighten out the problems."


    Massachusetts has a history of electing governors from both parties -- there is nothing exceptional about Republican Romney being elected.

    That Bostonian must have been speaking about Deval Patrick -- an adult in office was definitely needed to clean up after Mitt.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    a THIRD run? why don't republicans give us a viable candidate? personally , i am tired of the last 6 years.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Aug. 1, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    I asked a Bostonian why they elected the Republican Mitt as Govenor in such a blue state as Massachusetts, his response was a classic-"Every once in awhile we realize we need to get an adult in the office to straighten out the problems."

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    President Reagan was pro choice most of his life and even signed an abortion law when governor of California allowing abortion at will. When running for president, Reagan claimed to be pro life. However when he had the chance to actually do something about it, he nominated Sandra O'Connor to the court and she was confirmed. During her tenure, Roe v Wade did come up, and were it not for Sandra O'Connors vote Roe v Wade would not be the law of the land today. About a week after President Reagan left office, Nancy admitted that she was pro choice. While running for president, when Reagan had the chance to speak about cutting taxes he showed up in person. When he spoke to people about his 'commitment' to the life of the unborn, he spoke to them by teleFeed. He needed the religious right's votes to become president, so he told them what they wanted to hear, in spite of the fact that he really wasn't enthusiastic about their views.

    The last thing we need is an other president that pretends to be pro-life but really isn't.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    I think Mitt is really interested in seeing that good people are elected in 2014 and then sit back and wait. So far Rick Perry and Mitt seem to be the only competent options, but Mitt would only accept the nomination if unanimously drafted without all of the 2012 primaries. I hope Hillary stumbles and falls by the wayside for the good of the country.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    One of the earlier posts said Romney would never win because he has recently said some non-kooky (rational) things. I guarantee you that if he does end up running, he will disavow those non-kooky positions and everyone on here will swear that he NEVER said them. He NEVER said climate change existed, etc. Just like they swore up and down that he NEVER said his health care plan could be a model for the nation, etc. Just watch the old flip flop begin, and all of his supporters will rewrite history. So no worries on that front.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    @ 2 bits
    1% more of the vote needed to win, could have been easily bought, stolen, miscounted or fraudulently grabbed. Not to mention the "amnesty" given to illegals just before the election to insure a little "push" ahead at the finish line. We have no idea how accurate the true count really was. I say it was too close to call, and Obama won by default, not because of the actual will of the majority of the people.

    I would be in favor of spending money on the next election to ensure an accurate count with a reliable system.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    The term "failure to launch" comes to mind.

    It's hard to launch someone who doesn't want to be launched... Ref the 40-year-olds still living in their mom's basement!


    RE: "Perhaps in the meantime Mr Romney with all his money could be doing some good and paying back to a nation".... (skeptic 7:38 am)...

    Google "Romney donations to charity"...

    "Romney and his wife, Ann, gave 29.4 percent of their income to charity in 2011, donating $4,020,772 out of the $13,696,951 they took in"....

    "Romney 2011 taxes: Mitt gives more to charity than President Obama, Joe Biden"...

    Maybe you SHOULD be harping on Barack Obama and Joe Biden???


    About gloating over him failing twice.. that's twice more than most have even tried.

    Obama got 51% of the vote (hardly a lanslide). It's hard to beat an incumbent who didn't fail (only happened twice in my lifetime). And with all the "Stuff" Obama promised... while Romney proposed the TOUGH way out... That's tough.

    He was correct on the 47% comment. Google it.... 47% of Americans pay no Federal Income Taxes. So why vote against tax increase???

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    @ Skeptic

    "Perhaps in the meantime Mr Romney with all his money could be doing some good and paying back to a nation and people that have given him so much."

    Yes skeptic, and those of us who haven't done anywhere near well as Mitt has, can just pile on with the cheap shots.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    "The daily article on mitt Romney! I was wondering when it would pop up!" LOL if it's daily, your still wondering when? Funny sarcasm.

    Another example, The sunrises daily, I was wondering when it would pop up.

    Another example, The daily Obama photo op, I was wondering when it would happen.

    Thank you for the funny sarcasm.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 1, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    Romney is doing what Nixon did in the mid-1960s...getting lots and lots of Republicans beholden to him so that when he takes his next shot, they'll be on top of the station wagon with him.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 1, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    Oh please let it be true--let it be true--please, please, please, puh---leeeeeze. I yearn for the days of Rafalka, of the 47 percent and of European road trips. I giggle at the memory of Haircut Gate and I would roll around on the floor hugging myself to hear a debate opponent say "Proceed, Governor," just one more time. Run, Mitt. I want to hear more about a little thing called culture and see Karl Rove melt down to the point that Fox News anchors are telling him he's nuts. Don't dismiss this out of hand, Mr. Romney. When you speak, fun things happen.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    the moment came...and went.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    What good does it do to "make friends" with the enemies who would just as soon stab us in the back? Obama is making best friends with the illegals at the border who will eventually over run this country and it's ideals with lawlessness, because he has swung the door wide open, saying, "You are welcome to come right on in and break our laws". He has sold us to China and told Putin he can do what he wants around the globe without restraint from the US. Then he has discharged our military and taken their livelihood, leaving us virtually unprotected. He has America on our backs with our soft underbelly exposed to it's enemies, and distracted his voters with all kinds of free stuff so they won't notice the peril we are in. I don't think he'll be praised historically by anyone but those who want to hurt and take advantage of us.

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Run Mitt again Please. It will assure a Democrat as President. Rerunning Mitt is like trying to repeal Obama care again and again, or the other favorite GOP past time of Investigating Benghazi. The Party of Old ideas and old guys will live up to the reputation for nothing new, and nothing getting accomplished to move the country forward.

  • riverofsun St.George, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Does Mr. Romney have relatives in the DN newsroom?
    Does he have stock in the DN?
    Does the DN really want him to run for President again?
    Is there something the public does not understand, or has not yet heard about Mitt Romney?
    Never seen any other losing candidate get this kind of repetative news coverage week after week.

  • Spas Ivins, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    What's that saying about the definition of insanity? Is it repeating the same action and expecting a different result?

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    Maybe Willard can be the 1st guest on Palin's "news" channel? Oh, the fun John Stewart would have.

  • The_Laird Patchogue, NY
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    Romney will always be gaffe-prone. In 2012 it was "47%" and "corporations are people" and "binders full of women" among other gems. He would still have these hanging over his head along with whatever new ones he comes up with if he runs again.

    Huntsman is more eloquent, qualified and (name recognition aside) more electable.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    Yup. No sense wasting time on Mitt.

    Too much work to do to convince gullible people to vote for other Republicans.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    Article after article about Mitt. It's almost like he is running. If he does, that won't add to his credibility. His word will mean nothing and he will be just like any other professional politician. So all you Romney supporters, let it go.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    Aug. 1, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    Mitt, Hillary, Ted, anybody.

    It is offensive to start politicking so soon after the last election. Can't we just wait a bit. Nov. 2016 is a long, long way off.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    Mitt is already being compared to Ron Paul as a chronic losing Presidential candidate. I think he wants to avoid that.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Aug. 1, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    "his predictions about Russia, Syria, Iraq etc., have proven correct"

    Actually Romney said Russia was our number one geopolitical foe, and then explained that by saying they line up with all the bad actors in the world. At the same time Obama was taking heat for telling Russian leaders that he would have more flexibility after the election. Yet it was Obama who got Russia to cooperate with world to convince Syria to give up their chemical weapons.

    That's the difference between a leadership style that bloviates, calls people names, and threatens war, and one that gets us out of wars we suffered through for ten years, and creates cooperation with our "enemies" to accomplish peaceful ends.

    The first is obvious, crass, and frankly juvenile. The second is less appreciated in the immediate but praised by history and perspective.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 1, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    The main reason Mitt is still in the news is because the "buyers remorse" from Obama is so high and increasing everyday!

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 1, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    It would be comical if Mitt Romney in two years from now were to run for a third time , but then the nation needs a good laugh from time to time. Perhaps in the meantime Mr Romney with all his money could be doing some good and paying back to a nation and people that have given him so much.

  • Betcha Waltham, MA
    Aug. 1, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    WOW is'nt hindsight great??? this country is having a bit of monday morning quarterbacking, and we all blew it by not electing Mitt Romney in the first place. What a opportunity we lost...To many people in our country don't want to be led, they don't want a better life, they want a free life, free from consequence, free from work, free from responsibility. Things are just going to get worse.... GET READY!!!

  • mauister Wailuku, HI
    Aug. 1, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    Strategically, one does not want to start running for president too soon. You think Hillary really hasn't made up her mind yet? Mitt telling people "no" at this point in time rather than just laughing it off leads me to believe that he has already decided to run if the window of opportunity to jump in as a viable candidate opens up. That condition must first be met, but don't tell me Mitt wouldn't love the chance to be a viable candidate again, if possible.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    Yawn. He was dead in the water after his 47% comments. Look, people, the guy tried twice and failed both times. He's not going to be elected even if he did run again, which apparently he doesn't want to. The Republican party needs to look ahead at what is coming down the pike. The millenial generation is not the same as the generations before it. They are much more likely to identify as independent, and they hate the "establishment" Republican party as well as the Tea Party faction. The only Republican candidates that are going to get any traction with this group of voters are the libertarian-leaning candidates who can demonstrate that they have an actual plan besides "oppose Obama/Democrats." 53% of millenials would support candidates who are "socially liberal and economically conservative," a common characterization of libertarian ideals. Romney and his silver-spoon, big business, establishment Republicans will continue to get pulverized in national elections, as will hard-line religious/evangelical right Tea Party candidates. Gotta find a new plan and re-tool, because this one isn't working, and it's only going to get worse.

  • rj Moss, Norway
    Aug. 1, 2014 5:17 a.m.

    I agree that as a presidential candidate, Romney is probably unelectable now. However, I think he could have massive influence as an advisor to the next POTUS, assuming a Republican wins the next election. He absolutely belongs in Washington, as his predictions about Russia, Syria, Iraq etc., have proven correct. He doesn't need the scrutiny (read: distraction) of the presidency, but working more behind the scenes as a Cabinet member, for example, he would be perfectly positioned to both lead and inform the President.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 3:35 a.m.

    I can only conclude that the former Governor did not learn his lesson the first time.

    Even with a weak economy that did everything to provide Americans with a reason to vote for him and not the incumbent, Mr. Romney still lost most convincingly.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Aug. 1, 2014 3:26 a.m.

    "retaining influence in the party"

    Sounds like self promotion behind the scenes, not work for the betterment of the people at large. And isn't that what politics has become in America.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 1, 2014 12:16 a.m.

    Hey, Thid B.: It's pretty easy to win an imaginary election if your guy is winning all 3 or 4 wars his party wanted him to start. I suppose the banks would have regulated themselves too, right?

  • MikeRidgway 25 years in , UT
    July 31, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    My name's Mitt Romney. I'm thinking of running for president for a third time. And I'm a Mormon.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    July 31, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    Yesterday in this very newspaper, there was a great editorial on how important investigative journalism is. So what is the lead story the next day - Mitt isn't running, or is he? Come on Deseret News, there are actual news events happening in our state that need investigating. Mitt Romney maybe or maybe not running for President in two years is hardly the stuff of a quality newspaper.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    July 31, 2014 10:33 p.m.

    I'm personally looking for the right person to lead this country out of the purgatory that we have been in for so many years... I really don't care if that person is Black, White, Hispanic female or male... Don't care if that person is hip, boring, old or young... I want someone who has the brains, the know how, the patience and the willingness to deal with adversity, someone who has the genuine talent to fix this this place we call America because it is broken and broken bad.

    I don't care if that person has never run for office or someone who has run multiple times... I want someone with a track record. I am fed up with trying to figure out if a candidate appeals to a certain race or gender... In fact, if I am in that race or gender I am offended that so-called "strategists" believe that I belong to a block whose personalities and demographics can be defined, labeled, and placed in a box with a judgment on who I would vote for and who I would not.

    If Romney is the best we got I want him... yesterday.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 31, 2014 10:33 p.m.

    Who cares about Mitt at this point?

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2014 9:56 p.m.

    Republicans need to focus on mid-term elections, get out the vote, and WIN! Morale is at an all time low with states now being required to take in these illegals and house them, feed, them and educate them.

    The laws that are already in place at the border aren't being enforced. We need to put a fence to protect our southern border. With big money being requested by BHO for everything except border security, Republicans need to stop the money flow in the House. they have the power of the purse. "Come on Congress, come along and pass these laws!" is not the battle cry the president should be giving in my opinion.

    We'll never know what Romney would have done. I think we need new leadership in Congress and in the Executive Branch with people who actually love this country and will abide by the laws in the U.S. Constitution! There are too many in big government who want power and money for themselves!

    God bless America!

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    July 31, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    Mitt is far too qualified for the many takers and uninformed voters. Look what we have in the WH now. Pathetic!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 31, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    The daily article on mitt Romney! I was wondering when it would pop up!

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    July 31, 2014 9:10 p.m.

    According to recent polls if Mitt Romney ran against Obama today, Romney would win in a landslide! Maybe America has woken up!

  • The Reader Layton, UT
    July 31, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    Romney would not have a chance. He is unelectable. The republicans would be asking to lose if they put him up for election in 2016. They are too much to 'angry white guys' to attract the minority vote or the women's vote. They need to proved that they are inclusive. With the changing of voter laws they are trying and the anti women image they are projecting a large part of America will not vote for them.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    July 31, 2014 7:15 p.m.

    Todd from ??
    That is exactly why he should run. He is the only one having sense enough to lead the country.

  • Todd from Santa Ana Encampment, WY
    July 31, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    Mitt is un-electable now. He came out saying he believes in man made climate change, and is in favor of raising the minimum wage. Not hardly stances to win the republican nomination.