The mixed messages of Mitt Romney

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  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    Dec. 14, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is trying to keep the Romney name relevant. There is Josh Romney to think about. And Mike lee, of course.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 11, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    Hillary may be at 52% now, but she's done too much to keep that lofty rating. Since she was the master if Obama's inept foreign policy, the Republicans have a ton of ammunition to use against her. I see Biden and Liz Warren causing problems.

  • Jim Cobabe Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    What exactly does anyone find inconsistent in "I'm not running"? Romney promoters missed their chances to elect him. These second-hand rumors are worth just what we pay for them. Mr. Romney has been perfectly capable of making his own personal decisions through all these years without being "guided" by the ever-benevolent media. I say, leave him be. If you liked him, you should have gotten him elected instead of voting for Obama twice and ended up suffering from late-stage buyers remorse.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 10, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    "Do you think anybody actually believes you may vote Republican in 2016? Regardless of who their candidate is..."

    Cant really say that I care if anyone actually believes that. But, you may be surprised as to how recently I voted R in a presidential election.

    "That's just silly. What Republican (that could run today) could you actually vote for?"

    I very possibly would have voted for Jon Huntsman. I would consider him if he ran in 2016. I would consider Jeb Bush (although not thrilled at the prospect of another Bush).

    Not to worry though. Any R candidate I would consider voting for wont even get close to winning.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 10, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    2Bits - if a Romney, Bush or Clinton are the choices we have, I am praying that for once we have a spoiler of a third party candidate. I can't stomach yet another dynasty run for the White House.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 10, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    You could have stopped right there with title... and that would have been enough. That in itself speaks volumes with what has haunted Romney.

    A good man I am sure.... but who he is today is a challenging thing to understand. If he could just go on the public speaking tour representing mainstream moderate republicans, and the values his faith bring to that discussion, he could do far more good than soiling himself with another presidential run - with all the compromises needed to be successful in that arena.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    Dec. 10, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    Please Don't run again Mitt. If Americans want a warhawk, they will vote for Hillary Clinton.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    Should be the mixed political positions of Romney. Why is the DN continuing to report on and speculate about Romney? It is getting so boring. Is any other news source continually trying to extend what was his brief moment in the sun? How about a new refrain? Promote another Mormon, Huntsman, who is at least consistent politically.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 10, 2014 8:56 a.m.


    Re: "I will decide to vote R or D when I see the candidates"...

    I applaud you for saying you will wait to see who the candidates actually are. So many have already made up their minds (even though they have no idea who is even running... they already know if they will be voting R or D).

    But let's be serious...

    Do you think anybody actually believes you may vote Republican in 2016? Regardless of who their candidate is...

    That's just silly. What Republican (that could run today) could you actually vote for?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    @ bikeboy and others, I think Obama's support runs deeper than you give credit for. Polls are transitory, and the American voter is woefully uninformed when it comes to labels. Substantively, they like what Obama is doing, and I know it goes contrary to the Obama-hating talking points, but this President has in fact been pretty successful, particularly in light of the sworn, but irrational, opposition of the GOP, and the enormously deep hole we were in when he took office. I would say the results are pretty darn good.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Dec. 10, 2014 6:12 a.m.

    ‘The mixed messages of Mitt Romney’


    Pretty much says it all.

    Which Mitt?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    George Romney had integrity.

    I did, and would again vote for a man like George Romney.

    I have read Mitt's books as well as books written by people who are solidly in his camp.

    I am fully convinced he has/they have a vision for America.

    However, as other DN readers have asked as well as wondered...If Mitt were to run again...

    Which Mitt?

    Among others, would it be...

    The Mass. Mitt?

    The Iowa Mitt?

    The Hew Hampshire Mitt?

    The Georgia Mitt?

    The S. Carolina Mitt?

    The Mitt who sought the blessing of Re-Publican Kingmaker/Gambling Magnate Sheldon Adelson yet found himself spurned when Adelson eventually blessed Newt Gringrich's efforts to be the candidate, with millions of gambling profits?

    Or would it be a combination of these Mitt's let alone other Mitt's that have not been mentioned?

    Again...Which Mitt?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    Move on. It's time for a new relationship. He's just not that in to you.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    Why would a party nominate a candidate that lost in the last election, lost his home state by 20 points and left the only publically held office he held with an approval rating of 35%? Utahns may love Mitt but the American people have spoken twice. Unless they want to lose again, the GOP needs to find a winner.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren are the best choices to be the next president.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 9, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    The 2016 presidential election will be closely contested. I have no idea who will run, but I can tell you that the race will be close.

    Those of you on the right or the left who think 2016 is a slam dunk for your side are in for a surprise.

    I will decide to vote R or D when I see the candidates.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 1:47 p.m.


    "polls show that if the election were held today, Mitt Romney would win"

    I conducted a poll myself. It showed that I would win if the election were held today. Considering I haven't even announced my candidacy, it's strange that I got poll votes at all.

    Hey...wait a minute...

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 9, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    @ Silo. There is so much buyer's remorse from Obama voters, polls show that if the election were held today, Mitt Romney would win. So much for liberals thinking Mitt is a "Blessing" for liberals.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    Lest Democrat posters get TOO smug in their assumption that Hillary Clinton will win in 2016...

    She also has not said she will run (yet). So let's not start to Coronation yet...

    It's entirely possible that SHE would prefer to be a Grandma, instead of the head of not only one Department (State Dept) but the head of a whole Government, the CEO of a whole country and the leader of the free world.

    It's not a job everybody wants. I would never want it. I wouldn't blame her OR Romney for not wanting it. Especially if their Grand-Kids are as cute as mine!

  • apm22 sparks, NV
    Dec. 9, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    He needs to be a supporter of good candidates and stay home. He has already tried twice. America needs a solid candidate with a proven track record of supporting principles of good government. We don't need another politician that cozy's up to Wall Street, as the article indicates, and we all know about Mitt Romney. We need a man that will stand up for the little guy, a la individual rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

  • riverofsun St.George, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    Only goes to show how terribly weak those Republican Potus job seekers are for the upcoming 2016 election
    Which Mitt Romney will attempt to run again?
    Certainly not much to worry about there. Not much work for Dems to do.
    All that's necessary is media displaying Mitt's peculiar episodes during his 2012 campaign.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 9, 2014 12:21 p.m.


    Mitt Romney

    Barack Obama

    What a crazy country!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    Richie has a good point. Maybe his staying out of the race is a strategy. Maybe if he stays out long enough and they all shoot themselves in the foot (and the media tears the front-runners apart)... he will be the only viable candidate left?

    I don't know. I think it's seriously that he want's to be a grandpa more than he wants to be the President (lot's less headaches, speeches, investigations, preventing wars, prosecuting wars that can't be avoided, protecting millions who just criticize ANYTHING you do, etc).

    ALso... I think he has given up on the majority of Americans seeing what he sees in America. He's not willing to play the game where the candidate who promises the most free stuff to get the votes wins. And he's not willing to take the easy way out, which looks good in the short-term, but he knows enough that it will fail in the long term). He's not willing to pander to ultra-conservatives OR ultra-Libearals.. and that's what it takes.

    He's just not willing to do what it takes (IMO)... So why run?

  • Madsen Hall Magic Centerville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    The last presidential campaign and post-election politics have proven Romney right again: A majority of Americans vote for whoever gives them the most free stuff. Only problem is, Obama's free stuff is a dream. Now Americans have awakened to the realities of the Liberal, Democratic party and voted Right in the recent mid-term election. Will this political shift carry over to the upcoming presidential election. Depends on how Congress behaves.

    We can count on Obama working at the expense of America to ensure that Congress looks foolish.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    Hopefully people will see the truth about Mitt and send him packing. Again.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    RE: J Thompson " How has he encouraged job creation? How has he invited other nations to build their factories inside America? What exactly has he done except stumble and mumble?"

    He saved American capitalism (for good or ill) with his allies at the Fed. I'm not sure I can ever forgive for it.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 11:38 a.m.


    "No wonder liberals hate Mitt Romney! Mitt Romney is a liberal's worst recurring nightmare!"

    Mitt failed as a Presidential candidate against John McCain, then failed in the same election as a VP candidate against Sarah Palin.

    In the next 4 years, he did nothing but campaign, and managed to fail again as a Presidential candidate against Obama.

    I honestly don't think liberals consider Mitt a nightmare, I think they consider him a blessing.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Dec. 9, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    The conservative wing of the Republican party - who feel like they've been abandoned - don't trust Romney. And he's tried to win twice - and lost - as a "mainstream" Republican. I voted for the guy, and would vote for him again, against any Democrat who currently seems like a feasible 2016 candidate. (Hillary? Elizabeth Warren? Jerry Brown? Biden? President Biden?!!?) But there are lots of people who won't vote for a mainstream Republican (we see what 25+ years of "mainstream republican" influence has gotten us!), and other people who won't vote for a Mormon. I don't see a President Mitt Romney in our future. (But what do I know? I was floored when Obama was reelected!)

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    A good leader knows that he is not the only person qualified to do a particular job. There are many people who aspire to be "President" but few who are focused on the duties of the office instead of the perks of the job. Look at the current President, how has he "healed" America? How has he strengthened our image throughout the world? How has he encouraged job creation? How has he invited other nations to build their factories inside America? What exactly has he done except stumble and mumble?

    Mitt Romney has a clear track record of saving and creating jobs. He is responsible for creating jobs for more than 150,000 people, people who can afford a home, buy their own food, wear their own clothes and participate in the American dream.

    Other Republicans will present their qualifications to America.

    Hillary Clinton has already presented her qualifications. What did she say about a "movie" causing Benghazi? Why hasn't she retracted that statement? How popular was her book? How many people bother to attend her appearances?

    The race hasn't begun, but it's time to separate the politicians from the "doers".

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 11:13 a.m.


    He may know "where he wants to take America." America has shown that where he wants to take us isn't where we want to go.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 9, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    I find it amazing that every candidate in the last election that Mitt Romney campaigned for won, including Mia Love. Contrast that with the fact that nearly every candidate Hillary Clinton campaigned for lost! No wonder liberals hate Mitt Romney! Mitt Romney is a liberal's worst recurring nightmare!

  • Dragline Orem, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    Mitt Romney has yet to confront the issues of the past election: He won't show his taxes, hasn't gotten past the 47% comment, hasn't embraced the Romneycare good but Obamacare bad comparison, has no immigration plan, and has really nothing else to say about creating jobs other than fewer taxes on the wealthy. He correctly identified Russia as a problem on the world stage, but has no remedy for this issue, Syria, ISIS, or the West Bank.

    In what world will the demographic voting in 2016 embrace him, let alone the Tea Party right during the primaries that distrust him as being too middle-of-the road?

    Hillary Clinton's biggest rival will be Elizabeth Warren in March/April/May of 2016, not a GOP contender in November.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    Lets all have patience folks. I think Mitt is waiting until all the other possible Republican candidates as well as Hillary shoot themselves in the foot enough times, then he can walk into the White House without breaking a sweat. Read his writings including "No Apology's". He knows where he wants to take America.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 9, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    It's going to be a lot of fun watching the Republican candidates tear each other to shreds in 2016. Nothing is more entertaining than this screeching fight over who's holier than who.

    To get an idea of what's coming, check out Monty Python's sketch "the 4 Yorkshiremen."

  • Utah_Happyman Orem, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    Please stay home former Gov...time to hang it up...

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    Romney's inconsistency is telling of the man, and I think as a President, he would act similarly. The man cannot make a decision, cannot present a consistent message, and is a bit of a reed in the wind. He may be a good man personally, and have a lot of talents, but he is not well suited to be President.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    Yet another article about Mitt Romney.. his approval ratings... who likes him and who doesn't. How his ratings compare to Hillary Clinton's... WHO cares?

    He's not even running. What does it matter?

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Dec. 9, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    With so many of Romney's warnings coming to pass if we elected Obama, he certainly has established his credentials as having foresight. Unfortunately, his warning to "swallow hard" and compromise on immigration reform fails to acknowledge the lessons of the last three times we compromised on that subject. To paraphrase an old saying, "You can't make a good deal with a bad [Democrat]. Until politicians such as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are run out of office, let's remember an even older saying, "Caveat Emptor," let the buyer beware.