Mitt Romney may be making moves to run for Senate

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  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 8:41 a.m.

    Romney’s poor judgement in his 2012 campaign & his jockeying just to win votes (libs against Kennedy in MA & Tea Party in 2012) tells me his political integrity is nil. His poor judgement in campaign decisions made me feel he wasn't all he claimed to be.

    Hatch grew up in PA. Romney in MI, & then was a long time resident (& governor) of MA. Though he lived here for the 2002 SLC Olympics, & (apparently) lives here now, he doesn't know Utah like someone who has lived here all (or at least, most) of his life. Orrin Hatch knows enough to get re-elected every 6 years. But he promised voters this was his last term. But politicians’ promises can’t be trusted. They know most voters forget, so they just "change their mind”.

    Romney's country club values & attitude are much of what turned voters off in 2012 (& did for me too then, & now).

    Like he did in 2012, Romney will put his finger in the wind to see which way it's blowing (like he did to suck up to tea partyers), & like he did when he ran for the senate against Ted Kennedy in MA years ago. This does not indicate a person of true political integrity. If he shifts to get elected, who says he won't shift for other political expediencies?

  • taatmk Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 3:01 p.m.

    Romney would have my vote (as he has had in the past).

  • Flying Finn Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 2:32 p.m.

    Fullypresent - Salt Lake City, UT

    Please wake up and smell the roses. If Hatch decides to run again he will will again. Who could the Democrats in Utah select that could possibly beat him? Seriously, a Hail Mary from the 1 yard line wouldn't be enough for them win ...... and they know that.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 11:24 a.m.

    Hatch isn't deciding. The voters will. They are the ones that should decide. It is their Senate seat.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 12, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    "If he runs on the Republican ticket, to be honest he will have to describe himself as a RINO"

    And he should own that title with pride. It means he believes in actually doing things right. That he is balanced. That he considers all sides to an issue. That he would work with all groups to advance the agenda.

    So yes...... being a Rino should be viewed as a term of intelligence..... It's those the claim to not be Rino's that should be avoided at all cost. They are the ones responsible for electing one of the most crude men to be President of this nation.... by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Trump or Romney? I would take a Rino Romeny over a crude elitist Trump any day of the week.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 11:29 p.m.

    In Massachusetts he was a conservative for a citizen there. He worked with both parties to get things done. Utah elected GOP officials have not learned that with their Democrat colleagues in the Senate or the House. This is amazing as the GOP runs the state agencies. The Democrats are considered a hiss and a byword in Utah. That lack of a real two-party system in Utah has created a discernible rift. Salt Lake City and County has been gerrymandered so much by the GOP government that the Democrats never get ahold in the Legislature. Once in awhile a Democrat Governor gets elected but that has been a rarity in 100 years.

    The State Department and Agency leadership is 99.9% GOP cronies. That causes some problems for Salt Lake City and County Democrat leaders, elected and appointed.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 8:25 p.m.

    Run Mitt run.

  • rexwhitmer ELFRIDA, AZ
    Nov. 11, 2017 5:07 p.m.

    I can tell you as a person whom has been disappointed by Romney several times that he is not either conservative or a Republican. If he runs on the Republican ticket, to be honest he will have to describe himself as a RINO. He didn't behave as a Republican in Massachusetts, you couldn't tell his actions from those of the governor he replaced or the one that followed him. When he ran for President, he was weak, couldn't or wouldn't fight. I voted for him and in the end was almost glad he didn't win! I don't think he was worse than Obama, and had he won, it's likely that we wouldn't be in the hole we're in, but at best he'd be as weak as Jimmy Carter in my opinion.

  • Edmunds Tucker St George, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 2:59 p.m.

    ''is reaching out to Utah power brokers and making other moves toward getting in the race.'' Totally consistent for Mitt's sons or grandsons, if they want to get into politics, and give up their nights, weekends, and holidays, forever and forever.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 1:52 p.m.

    Not in my lifetime.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 12:30 p.m.

    Senator Hatch has served Utah as an outsider from Pennsylvania stating his seniority would help Utah. He gets his left hand seat with President Trump and the Senator appears he likes his glorified position. His Senate Tax Plan is basically the reverse of the House plan so in conference we’re not sure which one we will have.

    The rich will gain at the expense of the nation.

    Trump debased Mitt Romney over 2-years ago during the campaign in September 2015. Trump doesn’t like anyone but his mirror image. Trump abuses women as Access Hollywood validated with his own voice. Trump’s base voted for him.

    At least Mitt has stood up against Judge Moore when GOP leadership anywhere won’t do it. The Judge as a Judge most likely sentenced people for abusing women and girls. As an Assistant-DA he was in a position of trust. In that position, Moore is held to a higher standard and he should lose his license to practice law and be tried.

    I know of people that were not in a position of trust and spent years in prison for acts with a 14-year old.

    We need Senators willing to be examples for integrity and who value morals and honesty. He even provided his IRS returns, unlike Trump.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 11:20 a.m.

    I like him out of the stratosphere more than Orrin. And he has my respect because he is one of the few that hasn't kissed Mr. Trump's pinky ring.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:52 a.m.

    Romney is not a Utahn. Remember how fast he left Utah when he wanted to run as a governor of Massachusetts! He amended past returns and stated he wasn’t a resident of Utah. He will say anything to get elected!!!

  • StocksOnTheRocks Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:38 a.m.

    LOW ENERGY Orrin Hatch hasn't noticed yet, he has retired, long ago.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:35 a.m.

    "Romney became a national embarrassment the way he went after Trump"

    Au contraire mon ami. Trump took a stand while others just coward and fell in line with Bannon and Trump. I stopped being an active Republican because the trend that Gingrich started - not the party of conservatism, but the party of sell out to the highest bidder. It's time to stop that trend. It's time for the principled "conservatives" to take back the party from the snarky crowd that only offers negative, and next to nothing in the form of solutions.

    I would whole heartedly support a Mitt Romney "Rino" campaign to fight back the privileged elite fraternity Wall Street brothers rule. We need more doers, and less complainers. We need more leaders, less gropers.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:13 a.m.

    @casual observer
    "How will the left wing campaign against Romney?"

    *shrugs* A Democrat isn't going to win against anyone. Trump still won by 20 even though we had a 3rd party option we could vote for. So in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter how the left campaigns against Romney. Frankly I'd be happy if he runs, if my side is going to lose either way I'd rather it be to someone with dignity like him and Curtis.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:38 a.m.

    Republicans in this state are conflicting. They dont want rinos but trumps is one.

    They want tax cuts even if it adds to the debt.

    They are not interested in spending cuts.

    I would say Mitt would fit in just fine with the republican voters of this state.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:12 a.m.

    How will the left wing campaign against Romney? They really can't accuse him of being a Trump supporter. The discredited personal attacks during his presidential bid have been exposed as untrue and Harry Reid can't falsely tell us that Romney paid no income taxes.

  • Egyptian origins Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:10 a.m.

    Romney lost the Presidency which has been altered to become the most powerful position in the world and in all of the world's history, safe from any threat of coup no matter what High Crimes the Executive commits; because of the Mormon NWO conspiracy and the Marriott video porn scandal still on the minds of the nation, so why not run for Senate where he can be given bonus bribery payments by lobbyists who will later extort from him to pass laws that will financially benefit those lobbyists and where he can be elected by the State with the highest concentration of Mormons to avoid the NWO conspiracy and remain in the position until he has a sufficient retirement for generations of his descendants. I guess if Romney chooses he will be giving up ultimate power for more money and Hatch would then be giving up 3rd position to become President, realizing we can no longer dethrone a corrupt Executive no matter how much direct evidence a Special Counsel has to prosecute a sitting President.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:01 a.m.

    In making these signals now, Mitt is attempting to signal to Hatch that the latter needs to get out of the way. The ham-handed way he's going about it, however, is likely to have just the opposite effect. Given the seniority system presently in place in Congress, Hatch could do considerably more for Utah as a Senator than Mitt would ever accomplish. OTOH, it must be said I'd accept most any Democrat over either of them. I also think Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox would be a fine candidate, too.

  • BobUtah Draper, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 8:28 a.m.

    Mitt, you are yesterday’s news. You should run in Massachusetts not Utah. We need younger much more conservatives than you in congress.

  • Thimk Preston, ID
    Nov. 11, 2017 8:11 a.m.

    Orrin, time to move on. You're not indispensible.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 7:55 a.m.

    There should be a succession ceremony with a royal parade.

  • Rocket2010 Murray, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Mitt, you’re a great guy but please just go away.

  • hardware Erda, Ut
    Nov. 11, 2017 7:39 a.m.

    We need a conservative who lives in Utah running for Senator. Mitt is a progressive who keeps company with more liberal minded people. He speaks out against the president and would be of no value to Utah as a Senator. Surely we can do better.

  • mightymite , 00
    Nov. 11, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Sad that Utah is exited about retreading Mitt got a run. Besides being rich and lds I do not see why Utahns are facinated with this guy.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 7:24 a.m.

    TherapyMan makes a good point.

    Mitt's from Boston. His dad was from Detroit. His grampa was from Mexico.

    Then again, Orrin really doesn't have close ties to Utah either.

    The only thing I can figure is that they represent the State of Mormon. Aside from the fact that no such political jurisdiction exists, it begs the question why we don't have enough home-grown talent to fill the office.

    No thanks, Mitt.

  • GrainOfSalt Draper, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 7:14 a.m.

    Romney became a national embarrassment the way he went after Trump. He showed that he is is just as nasty, petty and divisive as the worst of them. We don't need his ilk in congress. And I wouldn't call Romney's politics conservative, either. I've had enough of the RINO's. As much as I think Hatch should retire, I'd take Hatch over Romney any day!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 7:01 a.m.

    Trump could invite him to Trump Tower for a free dinner with the proverbial carrot that Trump might make him the Secretary of Something.

  • goodnight-goodluck Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 6:49 a.m.

    Hopefully he'll go home to Massachusetts to do it.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 6:04 a.m.

    Mitt is a good man; I made a large contribution to his presidential campaign. However, Utah should elect someone similar to Mike Lee. We don't need another RINO in the Senate. McConnell and McCain are sand in the wheels of progress. Utah should elect someone who will support President Trump's agenda, so ObamaCare gets repealed and the budget gets approved.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Nov. 11, 2017 2:53 a.m.

    One thing we don't need is another John McCain or Mitch McConnell in the Senate.

    Besides, Mitt gave that kid a "noogie" in middle school. Obviously, that automatically disqualifies him.


  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 1:36 a.m.

    Run Orrin so I can vote against you. Power turns otherwise decent people into pathetic stubborn career politicians. Orrin, go see your family.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 10:16 p.m.

    Mitt is too old but if he really wants it - go for it!

  • TherapyMan Washington, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 8:59 p.m.

    We need a Utahn to run, not a carpet bagger. It is time for new faces in politics.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 8:37 p.m.

    Mitt is a good man, and by Massachusetts standards can be called a conservative.

    However, living here for a short time does not make him a Utahn, nor a conservative.

    Mitt is already 70 years old, and that is 9 years older than the average U.S. Senator, and not a step towards a youthful congress able to cope with solving the problems that younger generations have been saddled with by the olde folks in Congress who have spent their way to reelection instead of making tough decisions.

    Romney could be a good Senator, even better than average, but we need another strong conservative willing to actually stand up and fight to cut wasteful spending, fight tax increases, repeal Obamacare and the other stuff every Republican has promised, but only a handful have tried to act on. Hatch campaigned on those issues, but never gets accomplished.

    Mitt should run for Senate in Massachusetts against Elizabeth Warren.

  • The Meliorist Grande Cache, 00
    Nov. 10, 2017 7:20 p.m.

    First the Senate. Then Romney for President. Because hindsight is 2020.

    Remember, most Utahns voted against Trump. In fact Utah was anti-Trump before it was so popular.

  • DillyDilly Ogden, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 6:50 p.m.

    I'd rather have someone from Utah to run for Senate that lives and works here and deals with average persons day to day life! We Don't need another Billionaire to tell us that he is working for us! And we do not need another Orin Hatch!

  • Tyler McArthur South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 6:46 p.m.

    Didn't Orrin Hatch say he wasn't going to run again last time he was elected?

  • Nephiwon Crown Point Essex, NY
    Nov. 10, 2017 6:29 p.m.

    Please run Mitt please run. U R exactly what trump and the country need. Nothing more to say.

  • Be Practical Sandy, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 6:27 p.m.

    Romney should run even if it means running against Hatch in a primary; he would win hands down. Of course he won't do that but it would be nice to have some new blood representing Utah, someone who wouldn't just be a Trump 'yes' man.

    Hatch won his first election in 1976 against Frank Moss partially by campaigning on the basis of Moss' 18 years and four terms in office. Well 42 years and seven terms later it's time for Hatch to recognize his great contributions and to bow out gracefully.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Nov. 10, 2017 6:21 p.m.

    There is one person who could make the decision for him.