Utah's role in 2020 presidential race includes speculation Mitt Romney will run again

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  • ohheck SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 6:27 p.m.

    Born and raised in Utah. Other than a decade of working in Washington DC for the US Department of State and Foreign Service, I’ve lived in Utah almost all of my 66 years. Always felt so proud of this state and it’s heritage. Thank you, Mr. Romney... for the first time in my life, you’ve managed to make me ashamed to be a Utahn.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 6:07 p.m.

    "Why Utah even elected him to the Senate is beyond me. Utah truly is the capital of con men and swindlers."

    Meaning the big establishment GOP crowd in Utah. Every party has it's own big establishment crowd.

  • Conservative86 ,
    Jan. 3, 2019 2:23 p.m.

    Mr. Senator, you are in the spotlight. You decided to run for Senate. Who do you represent, Utah? Your divisive words, assault on Trumps character, moral behavior, dishonesty and hypocritical judgement, shows the descent you traveled down attacking your current President by calling it standing for principle… He's at least followed through on his promises on the campaign trail.

    Mitt said it best, "“the presidency shapes the public character of the nation...” Well guess like Mitt is in the national and Utah spotlight... and Mitt, that stoplight does not just represent your state, nor is it Utah you only represent.... You now represent like it or not... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. Your actions reflect on their reputation, and it is tainting it. Stop dividing the country! I know you didn't learn to do that as a bishop, so why do it now?

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 2:21 p.m.

    If Mitt Romney says he has no intention of running another campaign for the office of POTUS.. then you can pretty much believe he will enter the race and challenge Donald Trump for the nations top seat. Romney flip flops on nearly every decision and nearly every statement. I would never believe a political or business promise from him. Trump with all his perceived faults and flaws is more effective without even trying than ol' Mitt could ever hope to be.

    Why Utah even elected him to the Senate is beyond me. Utah truly is the capital of con men and swindlers.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 11:31 a.m.

    I hope he does run again. Hopefully it is like baseball "three strikes and your finally out". He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If he really wanted to do something useful that didn't involve that huge ego of his, he and his wife could serve a mission for the Church.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 11:08 a.m.

    Mitt would have been a good president with his vast executive experience.

    But, being a junior member (albeit with high name recognition) in the world's most dysfunctional legislative body is ill suited to his experience and temperament. He will be miserable the whole time, unable to take decisive action to get things done, and always fighting nonsensical charges and policies from the left while bills languish for lack of 60 vote support. This will torpedo any chances of his ever becoming president.

    After his remarks about Trump, he has already lost any support from a significant part of the party he alleges to be a member of.

  • rbowman838 Pueblo, CO
    Jan. 3, 2019 10:46 a.m.

    I don't understand Mitt! If he were to run again I am afraid he would be brutally defeated. If he did win, the media would beat him up worse than they are President Trump. I do understand the fact that he wishes President Trump did not have such a questionable past and that he can be very crass. Since when have all of the past Presidents been rated so high on the moral list. Even the Bush s' had issues that were controversial. The Democrats won't work with any Republican President no matter who runs on the Republican side. Mitt needs to be blasting the hypocritical Democratic Leadership instead of President Trump. I will still support the President because he is just the right man now to have any chance of promoting conservative values. Let's build a wall and establish clear paths to legal citizenship for those who will love and support the America we all love.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 10:31 a.m.

    @swartz "Trump is doing just what we wanted him to do, and this is shake things up and get the "swamp" cleaned out."

    He puts a coal exec in charge of the EPA, a Boeing exec with no military or government experience in charge of the DoD and his cabinet is full of Goldman execs.
    Tell me again how this is draining the swamp? The swamp is swampier than ever.

    /I will never understand how anyone can support such a person.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 3, 2019 10:03 a.m.


    I agree that Mitt's op ed, as you say, was a "chump move".

    Hope we will see some "chump change".


  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 3, 2019 9:55 a.m.

    Perhaps Mitt could explain to those of us who are less astute EXACTLY what "rising to the mantle of the Presidency" means.


  • swartzy1 Dallas, TX
    Jan. 3, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    I am sorry to see Mitt take this stand against Trump. Where I live, outside of Utah, almost all of my church friends, voted for Trump and will vote for him again. We were upset with the stagnant Govt. in D.C. Trump is doing just what we wanted him to do, and this is shake things up and get the "swamp" cleaned out. He is being attacked by the oldsters who don't want things changed. So when Mitt comes in and starts to attack him, I am seeing another Sen. Flake, who is not respected by his own district, I get embarrassed by my fellow brothern for their "anti" stands. The way I look at it, is if we don't support Trump, then we are giving way to Socialism and tearing the Constitution apart. I hope Mitt will see how he is viewed outside of Utah. It isn't good.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Jan. 3, 2019 8:53 a.m.

    Romney has no plans to run in 2020 -- That is pure speculation on anyone saying that. I believe he will do okay as a senator, However i believe he should air his grievances about Trump to Trump himself rather than through his Op- ed. Good leaders try to privately resolve differences rather than using the media to make conclusions about those differences and make judgements that may or may not be true. Most of their differences seem to be leadership style more than policy. Lets not get all knotted up until there is something that needs a knot.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    We could have a better discussion if Romney would only tell us whom, among the Presidents since Lincoln, did rise to the standard of "President" in Romney's opinion. Would it be Truman, who also had a penchant for colorful speech and didn't suffer whom he believed to be fools lightly ? Kinda like Trump, but in his own way. Did not have twitter, etc. in those days; another difference. But Truman did turn a few heads.

  • mohokat , 00
    Jan. 3, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    Barry Goldwater said of Lyndon Johnson that Johnson could pat you on the back one day and stab you in the back the next day.

    Sounds to me Sen. Goldwater was talking about Sen. Elect Romney.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 8:24 a.m.

    I do not believe Romney plans to or will run in 2020. Just because he isn't on board with Trump and he thinks there is a better person to lead the GOP doesn't mean Mitt will be it. But then, Trump is a threat to the Constitution and perhaps Mitt will be one of the Elders of Zion to save it, who knows. There are precious few other Saints to help him, from what I'm seeing.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 8:07 a.m.

    I dont think he will run again.
    I am hoping he will actually try to be a good statesman which would certainly include calling out this 'president' who is in my opinion the least qualified and worst person ever elected to any position in government.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 3, 2019 7:44 a.m.


    You ask how he got elected Senator from Utah.

    Well, I voted for him because he is married to Ann. I'll bet I'm not alone.


  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 3, 2019 7:38 a.m.

    Ha ha. Who wants a "safe, no drama choice"?



  • twinkleberry67 Layton, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 11:56 p.m.

    Anyone has the freedom to think and believe how they choose and that is fine with me. I agree with other comments that expound that it is far better leadership to deal with dissagreements in private rather than taking out their angst on the other’s reputation in public. However, I did not cast my vote for Mr. Romney to go back to Washington and take over the reins of the unofficial never Trump senate committee from the departed Jeff Flake and the late John McCain either.

  • MK52 Arlington, VA
    Jan. 2, 2019 11:31 p.m.

    It would be nice if Romney brought some insight about the dangers and evil of basing immigration on religion or race, especially by schooling Trump and the rest of America about the discrimination experienced by LDS, which led to flight to Mexico. Without compassion, Romney would just be a gentler, kinder Trump. Sensible and humanitarian policies are needed. If Mitt is just going to vote the party line, he is a crashing cymbal and an empty suit. WE need ideas and courage, not just critics.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 10:30 p.m.


    I am concerned with the meaning of your comment—you are saying that regardless of behavior, policy, and governing style, we should support our candidates.

    I am curious—what could Trump do that would be a red line for you? If he did that thing that was just too much for you to vote for him again, what would that thing be? If you say “he could do nothing, I will always vote for Trump as the Republican nominee”, then I am very concerned.

    We should always vote for the person that will do the best job. Being a loud mouthed, thin skinned, obnoxious, Twitter happy, moderate to liberal politician is not in the job description. Trump should be nowhere near the White House and Romney is exactly correct...once again.

    Real conservatives see the real Trump.

  • BigAlAvenger Summit, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 9:48 p.m.

    Romney reminds me of Harry Reed and Jeff Flake. Same religion, same vicious nature. I am ashamed of both of them. Also he was born rich, raised far left and spent most of his life in one of the most progressive left states in the US. His socialist insurance program in Massachusetts was the pattern for Obama Care which has destroyed the healthcare industry in our country.

  • HappyUtahn Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 9:48 p.m.

    There you go again, Mitt. You seem to have courage when it comes to attacking those in your party and conservatives, but are inert when it comes to attacking Democrats. I don't think your character is that stellar. Today's politics require someone who is willing to scrap with the Democrats to thwart their ideas for "fundamentally transforming America." Trump beat all in the primary and won the game that counted - the Electoral College. You couldn't even win the second debate against Pres Obama. Learn to fight in the cultural civil war we're in or give the seat to Mike Kennedy who will represent Utah rather than himself like you're doing. That your relish the praise of CNN, The Washington Post, and others who are the open enemies of this GOP President (rather than balanced news reporting) spend poorly of you. You are judged by the company you keep. You chose poorly, especially for someone who thinks himself wise.

  • rmk South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 9:19 p.m.

    Our freshman senator decides that the best way for him to represent us, the citizens of the state of Utah, is to attack the president of the United States who is from his own party. If there is anything that we need help with do you think the president will help? Do we want our senator to be the same as Flake from Az.?

  • dawnglo Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 2, 2019 9:16 p.m.

    If Romney runs for President he will have to run as a Democrat. He alienated so many Republicans when he spoke out in such a vile way against President Trump today. He is a hypocrite!

  • Habisha South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 8:54 p.m.

    Is it possible that Romney could one day rise to the mantle of US Senator? Not a good start.

  • fatherof7 Hurricane, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 7:56 p.m.

    Just a word of advice for Mitt Romney. Listen to Ann.

  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 6:21 p.m.

    This was a major unforced error by Mitt. He should have suppressed his desire to criticize
    Trump in order to keep himself aloof from the constant critical warfare being waged against the President by the MSM. The MSM doesn't care what damage they do to America politically, economically, or culturally/domestically by their warfare; they are focused on undoing the 2016 election.

    Trump needs trustworthy advisers with enough gravitas to be able to bring him back from the edge of major bad decisions, like Senator Graham did in regards to the overly impetuous Syria pullout.

    Trump is still, and will aLways be the flawed man the American people elected to the Presidency.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 5:33 p.m.

    Romney is playing this just right. Trump certainly has not risen the the mantle of the presidency, and Romney is correct in calling him out. And in doing so he has driven a stake in the ground as a moderate go-to guy. I like it a lot.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 2, 2019 5:16 p.m.

    This is "news" only because most news outlets like to report about any Republican who is joining with Democrates to criticize Trump.

    Remember, Trump won because he cut through the politically correct words with no action and is trying to actually follow through with his promises.

    One other media report stated the Romney criticized Trump of his attach on the dishonest and unprofessional media. THat seems odd because Romney had his own experience in criticizing these type of media members when he called out a reporter for interrupting and correcting him on live TV about a political statement Romney was making. Romney confronted the man and insinuated that he should be more professional and not do that again if he wanted to stay involved with the Romney campaign. All it would have taken is for Romney to add "Do you understand" in a strongly worded tone to really have made a difference rather than just be a weak politician.

    Romney needs to support the policys and say he doesnt agree with Trumps manors etc. Still, no reason to go after TRump needlessly.

  • 1Puukko , 00
    Jan. 2, 2019 5:01 p.m.

    No way would Romney win, he couldn't even win against Obama.
    Trumps the only one that can win in 2020.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    Jan. 2, 2019 4:49 p.m.

    After the election most Utahns who voted for Trump (remember though that most of Utah did not vote for him) justified it because he was not as bad as Hillary.

    Hillary is not running, and if Republicans don't want to see a Democrat president they better put forward someone better than Trump.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 4:31 p.m.

    Romney is criticizing Trump's behavior and character, which are despicable. I don't believe it's because of a grudge. It's because there is an endless supply of new lows to criticize.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Jan. 2, 2019 4:30 p.m.

    I don't want Romney to be president, but if he managed to take down Trump, I'd put a picture of him on my wall.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 4:21 p.m.

    The problem with government is that only the rich and powerful get to be the government. If we would have government that favored the little people, we must remove the power of money from government.

    Top management and business owners seem to focus only on the acquiring of money and often disregard the welfare and happiness of the little people. For them the joy of success in business is far greater than anything else.

    Business people are not any worse that ordinary people but participation in government gives them the opportunity to unfairly change the rules.

    Government people should be chosen according to their training and experience in governing people in ways that favor all people.

  • Viva la Migra Denver, CO
    Jan. 2, 2019 3:57 p.m.

    It seems like Romney should really study the concept of forgiveness, as he seems to be holding a grudge over some of Trump's remarks about him at his 2016 rallies. Rather than criticize, perhaps Romney could rise to the mantle of being a Senator and demonstrate what "high character" means. He seems to be trying to following the example of Flake, using sanctimony as tool, which is offensive to some and could hurt Utah.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    Jan. 2, 2019 3:51 p.m.

    Romney is not a liberal politician to anyone outside of the extreme right. Claiming he's a RINO is laughable. Likewise, Trump is not a conservative (neither is he a liberal).

    Romney would have made a terrific president but he knows his window is shut and I would be shocked if he ran again.

    The presidency is about more than passing policy (where I'll admit Trump has both positive and negative accomplishments).
    I agree with Romney, Trump has largely failed the role of president to unite and lead the country and is an embarrassment. I look forward to voting for a different president in 2020, both in the republican primary (where Trump will most likely be challenged) and in the general election.

    I fear Trump's presidency will result in democrats nominating an extremist which will make the choice in 2020 much more difficult. There's a burgeoning moderate political movement that has been poorly represented by the major parties for decades. It's time for sanity to return to politics and for politicians to put country ahead of party.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    Jan. 2, 2019 3:20 p.m.

    My crystal ball for 2020 is coming into focus...

    The Republicans nominate Mitt Romney.
    The Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton.

    Who would win?

    This reminds me of something I read about the 1945 World Series, between the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers. A prominent sportswriter was asked, 'who should win?'

    He supposedly replied "Who should win? Neither. But one of them will."

  • pacmidmajor Springville, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 3:10 p.m.

    Romney is nothing more than a Liberal hiding in Conservative Clothing ....

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 2, 2019 2:45 p.m.

    eastcoastcoug: Policies make the conservative, not their occupation or past mistakes, real or imagined!

  • JimAg7 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 2:38 p.m.

    I reluctantly voted for Mitt this fall, following two inept Presidential runs and his previous comments about President Trump. He has now lost my conservative vote on his very first day with his uncalled for criticism of Trump. He says the President needs to show more leadership. I suggest the President is the first real leader we've had since Regan. He made promises to the people and he has done his best to deliver on all of them, in spite of incredible odds. I don't like his style either, frankly. But I do like the effort and the results. As for Mitt… what about the leadership principle of "praise in public, criticize in private." Coming out with this op-ed the day before he's sworn into office was a chump move.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Jan. 2, 2019 2:31 p.m.

    Please, not again. Mitt is like a bad B rated movie that keeps being recirculated.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 2:19 p.m.

    Its' pretty hard to be elected to the Presidency if your home state and party don't even like you.

    The democrats won't have him because they are in the phase of nominating total leftists that live on either of the coasts. So that is also ruled out.

    We Republicans obviously made a mistake electing him. How about if we just make hiim a one-termer??

    Jan. 2, 2019 2:01 p.m.

    I hope he runs. We're always better off with a Democrat in the white house.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 2, 2019 1:56 p.m.


    Trump and anyone who supports him is no Conservative. Trump lives an amoral life, he has run up our deficit, and wants Executive control over the other 2 branches of government. He's a billionaire who makes taxpayers pay for travel and security for his weekly vacations at either Mar-a-lago or Trump Tower. He's installed his family in government all while securing business deals and hundreds of patents for his Trump brands.

    Who's the Conservative?

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    Has he received permission from Candy Crowley...with just one question in 2012 she torpedoed his campaign.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    Jan. 2, 2019 1:49 p.m.

    CowboySky, apparently Romney is "big stuff" because his oped is making quite some big waves today. (He is just saying the things R leaders know but are too afraid to say.)

    People should worry less about him running in 2020, and more that he's going to say what needs said. This is so great. The cherry on top is how nuts right wing media are going.

    IMO, Trump ain't gonna make it to 2020, anyway.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 2, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    When RHINO Republicans run for POTUS, they always lose. John McCain and Mitt Romney both come to mind. Romney is no conservative! One wonders how he got himself elected to the Senate to represent Utah?

  • jimoray_3 Eden, UT
    Jan. 2, 2019 1:35 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is too self righteous in the real world. His judgment of President Trump is before and after the election is so out of line and gives the Utah community and their 4 electoral votes a good laugh. He like Flake would rather a liberal Dem win over a Trump. Jealousy and self righteousness will not win the day or the Democrats vote but delusion thinking like the Obama debacle 2012 will only be another slap in Mitts face

  • geekusprimus Little Elm, TX
    Jan. 2, 2019 1:27 p.m.

    I don't think he'll run again. Outside of Utah, Romney doesn't have the kind of support he needs to challenge Trump and take away the nomination from him, and the resulting cat fight will be enough to ensure that someone like Bernie Sanders steamrolls Trump in 2020.

  • CowboySky Green River, WY
    Jan. 2, 2019 1:13 p.m.

    O My! Not again. Romney is an embarrassment who thinks he is big stuff. Why Utah elected him is a head-shaker. He won't stand a chance against Trump (or perhaps another legitimate challenger). Someone in a position of power needs to have a talk with this politician. His niece just did!