Why Sen. Mitt Romney cast the lone GOP vote against a Trump judicial nominee

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  • Anthony Alpine, UT
    May 18, 2019 9:11 a.m.

    conservativeme1

    Can you not see the difference between a political candidate expressing his views, and a sitting judge (charged with being non-partisan and balancing the scales of justice) making politically charged denigrating statements about about a sitting president? Senator Romney has been courageous in his actions in standing for correct principles.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    May 16, 2019 5:51 p.m.

    I haven't read the oath of office that United States Senators take, but while I presume it probably says something about honoring the Constitution and serving the American people, I'm just about positive it doesn't say that a Senator is honor bound to vote to confirm a judge who he believes would be a disgrace to the bench.
    And I'm even more sure that the oath of office does not command obedience to a leader...isn't that why we fought the American Revolution, to replace a monarchy with democracy?
    You did right, Mitt. You were elected to represent Utah.
    But these days you also have to represent all of America.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 16, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    Having used to live in East Texas, I wouldn't have voted for him because he'll be a lousy judge. He is from the right, everything we on the right hate about liberal judges. Make decisions based on party ideology rather than on the law. What we on the right sometimes call, Legislating From the Bench.

    I don't want that coming from the right any more than I like it coming from the left.

    While I'd most likely agree with decisions based on my ideology, doesn't mean that decision is the correct one.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2019 10:43 a.m.

    If Romney is "principled" for voting against a court nominee that disparaged a president (mildly and legitimately) 8 years ago; Then I suppose i am also "principled" for not voting for Romney for repeatedly vindictively
    petulantly piously hypocritically and myopically disparaging a president 8 seconds ago

  • Reasonable Mormon Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2019 10:24 a.m.

    Romney showing us that the legacy he is emulating is that of our dear late Sen. Bob Bennett, and not that of craven Hatch, or the sycophants currently representing our state.

    A Republican with a backbone to put country over party, that is admirable, no matter how you slice it. Even if you agree or disagree.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    May 15, 2019 9:35 a.m.

    Thank you Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney.
    The fact that you irritate Trumpublicans is a key indicator that you are doing the right thing.
    Please continue Senator.

  • conservativeme1 West Valley City, UT
    May 15, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    So, Mitt you didn't vote for this judge because he made disparaging remarks about Obama? How many disparaging remarks have you made about President Trump? Does this disqualify you from being a Senator? I wasted my vote on you!

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2019 8:49 a.m.

    Because Romney isnt a trump sycophant.

    I hope the GOP never recovers from this pathetic and unqualified presidency.

    Lindsay Graham was write when he said this: "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it." May 3, 2016

    The death of the party of Lincoln at the hands of an ego driven grifter elected by people he would never talk to if he didnt want something from them.

    "Its easier to fool someone than convince them that they have been fooled. "-Mark Twain (maybe)

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    May 15, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    A Republican admired and often supported by Democrats? You mean like Ronald Reagan?

    Why have Republicans forgotten decency and civility? Mitt Romney is an ideal Republican.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    May 15, 2019 8:20 a.m.

    Good for you, Mitt. Romney is the kind of Republican that we had a few years back when I was one. Today, the radicals have hijacked the party and ruined it.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2019 8:11 a.m.

    @Den Den - West Jordan, UT

    you rote:
    "Romney has got to go!"

    I actually appreciate a Senator/Congressman who can think for himself.

    What has got to go is this Team sport-Lockstep-Sycophant voting....by Dems and Reps, now prevalent in Congress today.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 15, 2019 8:00 a.m.

    Keep up the good fight Mitt!

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    May 15, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    Dems. Remind us again the voting tallies for the SCOTUS nominees under Obama and Trump. It really shows the country over party mantra you tout. Do the same for other judicial nominees. The truth is in the numbers, but be sure to show them all.

  • durwood kirby , 00
    May 15, 2019 7:41 a.m.

    My hat is off to Romney. It is small acts like this that will preserve this troubled country.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2019 7:27 a.m.

    Mitt continues to embarrass Utah just to elevate his own national profile.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    May 15, 2019 7:17 a.m.

    Baseball mitt romney, catching flack for another poor decision as a RINO.

    He will be a one term senator for Utah, he literally has flipped sides and is a progressive liberal wearing a red hat.

    He clearly does not represent the values of most Utahn's.

  • Nichol Draper West Jordan, UT
    May 15, 2019 6:55 a.m.

    Gee Mitt, is it because Trump isn't giving you campaign contributions any more?

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    May 15, 2019 6:55 a.m.

    cityboy

    "Democrats whole-heartedly support Trump in his proposal for a $2 trillion infrastructure bill.
    Dems are split on impeaching Trump. They are split on the”Green New Deal”. The Democrats in Congress are much less cohesive than the Republicans. But there is one thing they all agree on. And that is that Donald Trump is bad for our country, bad for world peace, bad for our standing on the world stage, and bad for civility and working together to solve our country’s problems."

    Wow. Did you follow any of this? Wasn't the infrastructure bill proposed by Nancy and Chuck and Trump was the one who supported them?

    Dems are not split about getting Trump out of office. They cannot agree on how to do that. I wouldn't translate as country over party. They are 100% united.

    Trump is clearly the worst president in behavior (i.e. sicial media) in my memory, but he has been great with jobs, capitalism, trade, the economy ( reversing regulations that stymied job growth), and many other things. Who are the Dems recognizing that? Country over party. And judicial nominees; where is country over party? What about Kavanaugh?

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    May 15, 2019 6:45 a.m.

    Romney has got to go!

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2019 6:40 a.m.

    I would not vote for Senator Romney because I disagree with on rhe vast majority of issues. But moments like this one remind me that he has a nasic sense of integrity that Utah has not seen from its senators in a very long time. I appreciate his stand on this.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 15, 2019 6:28 a.m.

    @sman - columbia, MS
    May 14, 2019 7:03 p.m.
    becouse he called a sitting president a phoney and a fraud."

    I realize that facts don't matter much to you and the Right. Actually, Romney called Trump a phony and a fraud when he was a candidate for the nomination. Not the nominee, nor the President. But, he was correct, no matter when it was.

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    May 15, 2019 6:26 a.m.

    This is another example of why I regret voting for Romney. His grandstanding on trivial issues. His personal animosity toward President Trump is annoying. Hatch should have run again.

  • Snack Pack Payson, UT
    May 15, 2019 6:12 a.m.

    I views of Romney have dropped like a rock the last three years. No way he gets reelected as he seems to be as unpopular now, more than ever.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 15, 2019 5:11 a.m.

    cityboy
    Your last comment about dem unity shows just how wrong they are.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    May 15, 2019 4:53 a.m.

    "Sen. Mitt Romney broke ranks with Senate Republicans on Tuesday to vote against a Trump administration judicial nominee who disparaged President Barack Obama eight years ago."

    Of course, he did. Gotta be looking for that attention.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    May 15, 2019 1:18 a.m.

    This is not the first time Mitt has broken ranks with fellow republicans. This effectively nulifies the vote from republicans. A draw.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2019 11:59 p.m.

    He is pro life. Unborn babies are being killed every day. You couldn't have voted for this judge nominee for the sake of the unborn babies?

    How is it that your new found pro life stance had such low priority?

  • Occidentali Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2019 10:43 p.m.

    Mitt Romney, because Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, the Obama administration with its DOJ and FBI and the One Party Media are not being aggressive enough in monitoring and harassing our duly elected president and each of his officials and nominees. They cannot do it enough so they need Mitt Romney from Utah to pile on as well. You see, Republicans police their own since Democrats have been so restrained and dignified.

  • Nice&Easy ,
    May 14, 2019 9:10 p.m.

    Gosh Mitt you disparage the President constantly... Why the double standard?

  • clearthink Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2019 8:54 p.m.

    Romney was far more critical of President Trump than this judge was of President Obama. We don't need a Senator who lacks self-awareness like this.

  • ATwin , UT
    May 14, 2019 8:32 p.m.

    Another disappointment Mitt! I really regret ever voting for Romney.

  • cityboy Farmington, UT
    May 14, 2019 8:18 p.m.

    @md,

    “Show me any instances in the past 2 years that Democrats put country over party. Name one....I'm waiting......good luck.”

    Democrats whole-heartedly support Trump in his proposal for a $2 trillion infrastructure bill.

    Dems are split on impeaching Trump. They are split on the”Green New Deal”.

    The Democrats in Congress are much less cohesive than the Republicans. But there is one thing they all agree on. And that is that Donald Trump is bad for our country, bad for world peace, bad for our standing on the world stage, and bad for civility and working together to solve our country’s problems.

  • watchdog21 alpine, UT
    May 14, 2019 8:00 p.m.

    I want my vote for Mitt back. He will only criticize the home team. I guess we know what team he is actually on. If he said half the stuff bad about the Dems that he has about the President I could respect him more.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2019 7:21 p.m.

    Romney was wrong, the nominee was right.

    Not because he opposed trump, but because he opposed a man who expressed how so many of us felt.

    Imp7
    Putting country over party – unlike nancy and chuck

  • sman columbia, MS
    May 14, 2019 7:03 p.m.

    Amazed one comment made eight years ago disqualifies a person from serving as a federal judge. I'm surprised Romney ran following that logic, becouse he called a sitting president a phoney and a fraud.

  • md Cache, UT
    May 14, 2019 6:17 p.m.

    @Impartial

    "Yep. He may actually be an American that puts country over party. Unique concept for Republicans."

    Show me any instances in the past 2 years that Democrats put country over party. Name one....I'm waiting......good luck.

  • jparry Provo, UT
    May 14, 2019 5:56 p.m.

    Bravo, Sen. Romney! Truncale has a well-documented record--especially during his unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2012 (received only 12% of the vote in the Republican primary)--of expressing his very partisan hostility over the last decade not only at Obama, but also at immigrant rights, voting rights, and host of other laws and issues that might come before his court. Conservative or liberal, Truncale's kind of aggressive partisanship should disqualify them for this kind of appointment.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    May 14, 2019 5:18 p.m.

    Count Rushmore,
    One tiny little adjustment to what you said, a democrat loved by democrats.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 14, 2019 5:13 p.m.

    @Chancey - Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:45 p.m.
    A Republican loved by Democrats may not be a Republican..."

    Yep. He may actually be an American that puts country over party. Unique concept for Republicans.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:52 p.m.

    "Democrats and civil rights groups opposed Truncale, a staunch conservative and one-time GOP congressional candidate, because of his views on abortion, immigration and voting rights."

    Says a whole lot about why Mitt voted against.

  • Thomas Paine South Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:51 p.m.

    Senator Romney does a good job at showing us how a Republican really should act and vote.
    Thank you, Senator Romney.

  • Chancey Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:45 p.m.

    A Republican loved by Democrats may not be a Republican...

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:42 p.m.

    I trust that Senator Romney exceeding high moral dudgeon will be displayed in voting against anyone who has ever said a disparaging word about Republicans as well.

    And, if Trump does not get a second term then Romney's guardianship of senate confirmation must block every single Democrat nominee who has been on the Trump hate bandwagon. Just to be consistent.

    But, I get this, like many of Romney's votes are less about moral purity and "just get along" than they are about revenge for Trump's despicable comments about Romney. So much for doing what is best for the country instead of settling petty personal peeves.

    I really, really regret my vote for the Massachusetts carpetbagger.

  • Count Rushmore Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:36 p.m.

    A Republican loved by Democrats. That's what Utah voted for.

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:35 p.m.

    Romney is one of the few GOP congressmen who shows integrity. Sad to see so many of his colleagues' focus is on obstructing democrats or trying to win over Trump instead of actually doing what's best for their respective constituents.

  • omahahusker Modesto, CA
    May 14, 2019 4:16 p.m.

    Glad to see Utah has such a stellar Senator representing the great state of Utah. Certainly as a presidential candidate Sen. Mitt expressed frustration with Pres. Obama. Should some of those statements be repeated? We don't live in a perfect world. The judge nominee wanted to move on, so should Sen. Romney.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:16 p.m.

    What? A spine instead of a rubber stamp? Never thought I'd say this; I wish more GOP congresspeople has the guts of Romney to stand up to Trump and McConnell.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    May 14, 2019 4:01 p.m.

    I love that Romney does this. He is a good example of someone voting their conscience rather than just being another rubber stamp politician. The democrats would be well advised to also have people of similar character who put their beliefs above party loyalty. Maybe I just haven't been watching the close enough, though Utah's lone Democrat in the House seems to be wiling to buck the party line from time to time.

    Maybe it is something about that pioneer stubbornness coming through regardless of party.