Report: Mitt Romney preparing Senate run if Sen. Orrin Hatch doesn't seek re-election

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 16, 2017 6:38 a.m.

    I'm glad that there are so many posts calling for the kind of candidate that could be backed, as a matter of fact, by constitutionalists, conservatives, Jeffersonian liberals, libertarians, disenchanted democrats, and independents. If these forces ever get together we would definitely have a decent senator. That candidate is not Mr Romney of course (no hard feelings Mitt).

    Mitt does represent a lot of Utahns but, if the latter took politics a little more seriously and studied all the candidates carefully, and learn their religion a little better, very good things would start to happen.

  • The Meliorist Grande Cache, 00
    Sept. 15, 2017 6:56 p.m.

    @ Dixon1000

    The Headline in the Washington Post in January 2015 (almost 3 years ago) read;

    "Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence."

    If it was about politics he would likely have claimed himself a Bostonian to better court the undecideds. Instead he declared himself a Utahn 3 years ago when it was politically detrimental.

    So. How long do your neighbors need to live in Utah before you would accept them as Utahns?

    Mitt Romney is 100 times the man Trump ever could be, even if Trump actually started acting Presidential as he promised before the election.

    I doubt Utah would ever vote for Trump again (actually they didn't most voted against him). They are the kind of people who will take a person at their word. And when he breaks it they are quick to forgive. But they are also mighty smart and cautious about making that same mistake a second time.

    Now is the time for Utahns to come together and send Romney to Washington to clean up the swamp that is growing in size ever since Inauguration Day.

  • Allen South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 5:47 p.m.

    I was a GOP County delegate a few years ago and attended all of the meetings to which I was assigned. I was quickly turned off of the GOP because the whole emphasis was on the party and not on our country. Since then I've considered myself an independent, although I still register as a Republican so I can vote in the closed Primary.

    In my opinion, both the GOP and the Democrat folks seem to put their party first, and little is said about our country. They seem unable to compromise. Compromise requires moderate candidates rather than extremist candidates. Needless to say, I'm not in favor of the party system, although that is the way politics seem to be in this century. People seem to think extremists can find middle ground, but it doesn't work that way. About all that extremists do is argue with each other, and they discover that nothing much is being accomplished. I hope that the next few elections will involve people who realize that our nation is composed of all kinds of people of all kinds of backgrounds and needs, and that they as elected officials need to be concerned about what is best for the majority of the people. I think Romney is that kind of person.

  • Allen South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 9:18 a.m.

    Compromise means that liberals and conservatives get together and reach decisions that neither side agrees with but are decisions that serve all citizens. The decisions are more liberal than conservatives want and less liberal than liberals want. Such is compromise.

    One danger in compromise is that decisions may slowly drift to the left. The conservative side of the compromise need to insure that that drift doesn't happen. I think Romney is such a conservative.

    I'm sorry that my previous post was submitted under my default name. Unfortunately, the DN doesn't allow the default name to be changed or names that are not used to be deleted.

  • Be fair South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 8:57 a.m.

    Compromise is necessary because we are people of varied backgrounds, interests, and needs. Idealistic positions, whether they be conservative or liberal, represent just a small portion of our population. We need laws that represent all members of our population, not just fringe subsets of the people.

    I'm wondering, if we elect people who represent extreme positions and won't compromise, how will those people serve all of the people?

  • Allen South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 8:49 a.m.

    Being an ideologue doesn't go far in politics. It's one thing to be an ideologue during the primaries, but we need people who will compromise with the other party to get things done. Shutting down the government is a last resort when compromise doesn't yield anything. We need politicians who put their country first and their party second. It's important that Republicans win elections, because the winning party gets the chairman of committees, but compromise by both Republicans and Democrats is necessary to actually improve our country!

    Congress is to be a check on the President and not slaves who support the President in all matters regardless of what positions the President takes. Compromise is necessary in order for Congress to be a check. It seems to me that members of Congress who won't compromise want Congress to be slaves to the party! We need to vote out slave masters, regardless of whether they be Republicans or Democrats.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 11:30 p.m.

    Utah doesn't need Mitt.

    Competence and actually running an Olympics and a state government well is not what Utah wants in Congress. We want idealogues that will never compromise on anything and will shut down our government.

  • Dixon1000 Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 12, 2017 8:58 p.m.

    On second thought, yes let's elect Mitt. Then, after he proves himself more inept and RINO than Bailout Bob Bennett, the tea party faithful can vote him out in the primaries, feasting on his hapless record like a pack of wild hounds. It will be well worth enduring his poor leadership and lame "trickle down racism" analogies just to see his face as we howl like coyotes as he is ousted.

  • Dixon1000 Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 12, 2017 8:38 p.m.

    Absolutely not. Mitt doesn't even live in Utah, he has repeatedly demonstrated his inability to connect with normal citizens, and his judgement was completely off in the last election. He seems to like being anointed rather than actually earning his positions; that was clearly his hail mary approach in the last presidential election: I'll just bash Trump in the off hope that someone would say "hey Mitt, want to be president?". Double boo.

  • The Meliorist Grande Cache, 00
    Sept. 12, 2017 8:33 p.m.

    I am shocked at those arguing that Mitt is not a Utahn. He officially relocated and resides in Utah now. He pays State taxes and is a registered Utah voter. Would anyone here dare to say to their neighbor of 2 years that they aren't really Utahns?

    Sounds pretty unneighborly to me.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 12, 2017 7:10 p.m.

    Hatch has always been a RINO saying each election that he would be a Republican if elected. Once elected, he voted with Democrats and against conservative positions. Romney would be another Hatch but even more so. Further, at 70 he is too old to be starting a Senate career. Let's hope that the voters in Utah and not fooled again by another RINO.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 6:48 p.m.

    Let's hope and pray that Hatch will decide to retire...I think Mitt Romney would be excellent..he's a smart man with lots of experience.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 3:40 p.m.

    Is it so much to ask that a Utahan represent us in the Senate?

  • glacierlake3 Provo, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 1:25 p.m.

    Well we see that mitt Romney has become a professional politician change states to get elected. Hope Hatch continues on, or if he decides to leave office. I suggest people look for a Utahan instead of a professional politician.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 11:37 a.m.

    Mormons should never be in a position to legislate anything that affects normal people.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 10:39 a.m.

    Another RINO

    Just what we don't need

    Sept. 12, 2017 10:22 a.m.


    "I think Romney is just another RINO and obstructionist. I will not vote for him..."

    RINO and obstructionist? Both? Do you not know what those words mean, nor the people to whom they've been applied? Those accused of being RINOs are usually legislators who have attempted to compromise in order to accomplish something of value (i.e. actually do their jobs). The TRUE CONSERVATIVES that excite the Republican fringe are the ones who refuse to meet their legislative colleagues in the middle and revert to doing absolutely nothing, and are called obstructionists for preventing any work from being done.

    The fact that you call Romney a RINO and an obstructionist tells me that you're not ready for political discourse or engagement. You seem caught up in tribalism rather than making efforts to actually understand issues and opinions.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 10:16 a.m.

    If Orrin Hatch does run again, he'll lose. His advanced age aside, he promised...yes, promised...several times in 2012 that if we would give him just one more term it would be his last. Is he going to go down in history as a man of his word or as a loser whose need to satisfy his ego is more important than his integrity?

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    Sept. 12, 2017 7:56 a.m.

    re: the greater truth

    You raise an interesting point about the role of the senate and who senators represent. Senators were originally elected by state legislatures, which meant senators represented the state and the state's government, as you said. However, this policy was changed by the 17th Amendment in 1913, giving power to the citizens to elect senators. Regardless of what their original purpose was, senators now represent their citizens.
    You're welcome to debate the pros and cons of this but the chances of changing the 17th Amendment seem close to impossible. The original constitution was never assumed to be perfect and would require changes which is why it allows for amendments (there are other amendments that also show this). What's more important than the original constitution is the current constitution, and that document clearly states senators should be elected by state citizens. In my view arguing for the original intent of the constitution in this context when an amendment exists is just wasting breath and irrelevant to the discussion. Maybe the comment was just trolling.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 7:20 a.m.

    I'm sure you have seen the video of Mitt telling what a great guy Donald Trump was. That was when Trump was giving Mitt thousands of dollars toward Mitts anemic Presidential campaign. We all remember the speech that he gave trashing Donald Trump at the beginning of Trumps Campaign. There's some words to describe that but the DN won't print them. How about just shameful. And the sight of Mitt with his tail between his legs going to Trump Tower at the thought he might be Secretary of Anything. No better friend could BLM and Antifa have than Mitt. No thanks

  • Mom jeans man is gone Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 7:12 a.m.

    I can't wait for the Lib candidates. Just imagine the bench strength dems have:
    Ted Wilson
    Unfortunately, DeeDee is gone
    And new comer Jackie.
    If that isn't a full house I don't know what is.

  • Mom jeans man is gone Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 7:01 a.m.

    Easy to vote for Romney if Jenny Wilson ran. We don't need another liberal Wilson in government.

  • FamilyHart Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 6:19 a.m.

    I think Romney is just another RINO and obstructionist. I will not vote for him...

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Sept. 12, 2017 2:26 a.m.

    Sorry folks, but Mitt took a beating from Obama in their second debate.

    No where the fighter as Donald.

    I want a president with backbone, who will trump corruption.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 1:47 a.m.

    We don't need another Orrin Hatch in the Senate. I remember when Hatch first ran against Frank Moss, when they debated at the University of Utah. Both have the same insincere lawyer laughs, imo.

    Hatch was a recent move in himself from Pennsylvania when he first ran for the Senate from Utah.

    And we do not need more multi-millionaires or billionaires in government. Their interests are already over-represented. Rule by the rich is called a plutocracy. Mitt in office would make him a plutocrat. We have too many already!

    We do not need Mitt Romney, a Country Club candidate from Michigan and Massachusetts, to represent us. He pulled off the 2002 Winter Olympics here. But that doesn't make him a Utahn.

    I'd much prefer to see a home grown and raised Utahn, whether Mormon or Gentile, than a rich transplant who assumes he knows better because he's rich.

    Orrin made a politician's promise that this would be his last term in office.

    But then again, what is a politician's promise worth? Read their lips, and see that they are almost always being disingenuous.

    Bob Bennett, when he first ran for the Senate, likewise guaranteed that he would be just a single term Senator. He was, 3 times!

  • TerraPack Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2017 12:47 a.m.

    the greater truth - Bountiful, UT said,

    "It would amazing the amount of contention we could avoid if we restored the senators to representing the state and not the people ( house representatives are for representing the people!)"

    "Senators were never intended to represent the people of utah or the people of any other any state, but to represent the government of utah, the State of Utah, to the federal government."

    You probably loved Bob Bennett. He had this antiquated view of the modus operandi of a senator. He told me on several occasions that he was there to represent Deedee corradini, rocky Anderson, Mike Leavitt, and other local elected officials.

    I had challenged him on several occasions to find out how little benefit there was in the UTA rail projects he had committed to get federal money for. He declined to investigate for himself, deferring to local officialdom.

    The trouble with Bob's approach was the profound deceptiveness of UTA and the ease and permanence with which UTA officials had conned local politicians. Nor would Sen Hatch investigate the con artistry of UTA officials, either.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:52 p.m.

    I don,t think quite a few "conservative" Utah Republican know much about the history of their party. The party has had liberal, moderates and conservatives since its founding in 1854. Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower were moderates in much of their views; Nelson Rockefeller, Robert La Follete, and Hiram Johnson were liberals; Robert A Taft and Barry Goldwater were conservatives; yet all of these people were able to work within the party. Too many conservatives want to purge the party of those who don't agree with them on every thing. Compromise is necessary for the American political system to work.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 9:35 p.m.

    Bountiful Guy--

    "But Mitt has a lot of work to do to restore my trust that HE cares about the party. I'm ashamed of his behavior in the last election. He worked hard to get Hillary elected and I'm so glad he lost."

    I disagree. Romney cares about our COUNTRY. And I believe he cares about the Republican party as well--the Republican Party that used to stand for something. Trump is the leader of that party right now and Trump stands for nothing but himself. He told the voter what they wanted to hear so he could get elected, but once in office he cares little for the average citizen. The fact that Trump, a liberal, won the Republican nomination, tells me the Republican Party is way off course.

    Romney did not work to get Hillary elected. Romney tried to help the Republican Party elect a Republican, not a liberal Democrat named Donald Trump--a man parading as a Republican.

    If voters had actually heeded Romney's warnings that Trump was a fraud, a fake, we would have a real Republican in the White House. The political discourse would be quite different now.

  • Paulartz Logan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 9:32 p.m.

    I realize this news media is pro-Hatch pro-Romney. When are you going to be pro-Utah voter!!!

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 8:57 p.m.

    Sen Hatch,

    If you do not retire, your legacy will be turning over Utah's senate seat to Ms. Wilson who is not qualified. Just thank the voters of Utah who have supported you and keep your promise to gracefully retire.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 7:35 p.m.

    As much as I do not care for Republicans,
    or Mitt Romney --

    I would rather Mitt Romney over Chris {Trump sycophant} Stewart.

    At lease Mitt Romney had the integrity and BACKBONE to stand up to Trump,
    and call him for what he is - a fraud and a phony - and stuck to it.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 7:10 p.m.

    I like Romney in that he tried to warn the country about Trump and his excessive ego and juvenile behavior. I don't like Romney's progressive healthcare initiatives and support for increased entitlements. Healthcare should in no way be subsidized by government at all. I don't think he'd be any better economically for the US because he's seems to be "more of the establishment". We need fiscal conservatives in government to stop the hemorrhaging that's going on. Just passed $20 Trillion...when do we the people elect leaders that exercise some spending control??

  • the greater truth Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 7:08 p.m.

    Reading these comments,

    it would amazing the amount of contention we could avoid if we restored the senators to representing the state and not the people ( house representatives are for representing the people!)

    Senators were never intended to represent the people of utah or the people of any other any state, but top represent the government of utah, the State of Utah, to the federal government.

    If we had left it as intended Hatch would have been gone long ago.

    The people should be irrelevant in this, conservative or liberal. Parties should be irrelevant in the senate.

    You want someone to represent the people that is what the house is for. Whether the libs like it or not the current house does represent the people of utah, right leaning, republican majority. The left is a minority in utah, a small group in slc and park city does not get to legislate against the majority.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 6:18 p.m.


    The fringe ultra right does not represent the vast majority of Utahns and if you are not the fringe ultra right does not make one a RINO. Who is more RINO, Mitt or Trump?

    Mitt would make an excellent Senator. It is time we put someone who knows how to govern in the Senate.

  • The Meliorist Grande Cache, 00
    Sept. 11, 2017 5:44 p.m.


    Someone clean of the Trump cesspool who can put conservatives back in charge of the RNC and America.

    I would love to see Mitt clean the floor with Trump in the debate. Of course Trump likely won't finish his term anyway, but if he did. That would be so sweet.

    With McMullin over the CIA and Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State I think Putin will be looking at some pretty unhappy days ahead.

    Thanks Mitt!

    Sept. 11, 2017 5:41 p.m.

    I voted for him and he took a dive and gave up and let obama win then he stabbed Trump in the back I won't vote for him again may even be the first time I vote for a democrat for the first time I my life but give him my vote no way

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 5:39 p.m.

    Romney would win by a landslide. I Like Wilson and I will vote for her if anybody but Romney wins. Call Romney a RINO or anything else you want. He has the name recognition and if he is elected he will wield a lot of influence in the Senate. Senator Hatch time to retire and enjoy the rest of your life. You are not irreplaceable.

  • Just want to know...... Northern Utah, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 5:38 p.m.

    He told President Obama in the debates about Russia. No one believed him. He is talented, and we need someone who is strong and knows the ropes from being the Massachusetts governor. Yes, I don't appreciate Massachusetts' health plan he/his legislature created, but he would he would represent us nicely.

    Sept. 11, 2017 5:31 p.m.

    I was standing right in front of Hatch when he promised if we voted him in it would be his last term. Keep that promise.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    Sept. 11, 2017 5:09 p.m.

    I'm disappointed when I see people placing political parties over national interests. The fact that Romney didn't support the republican nominee should in no way disqualify or diminish his ability to serve as a republican senator. A political party should never be the first priority of politicians or individuals. Romney felt like Trump didn't espouse the personality, values, morals, temperament, or demeanor to be president and a majority of voters agreed. This is not a character flaw, this behavior should be commended.
    I wouldn't want to support someone so loyal to a political party that they ignore or brush aside serious problems or concerns with the party's leadership or platform. If an individual won't stand up against something they see as wrong I don't want them in a position of influence. History is riddled with terrible leaders that were allowed to rise to power or make bad decisions because nobody stood up to them.

    Both parties have repeatedly placed their interests above what's good for the country. Neither party has a monopoly on values, morals, ethics, or worthy positions.

  • rexwhitmer ELFRIDA, AZ
    Sept. 11, 2017 4:52 p.m.

    I'm not from Utah, but as the comments above mine are voiced, I would agree completely. I voted for him when he ran for President, the way he gave up made me wish I had just not voted! It's Utah'ns who'll have to live with him. I'll be watching. Does he even live in Utah now or will he have to move there?

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 4:38 p.m.

    i'd vote him in a heartbeat. there isn't a lib worth voting for. He'd win hands down.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Sept. 11, 2017 3:49 p.m.

    Given the other uber-far-right-wing uber-fringe Utah alternatives:

    Mike Lee or (gag!) Chris Stewart --
    even Mitt Romney would win my vote.

  • Red Corvette St George, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 3:32 p.m.

    Dear God no!

  • RJohnson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 3:31 p.m.

    To my previous "6.6 Mormons across the country" comment, that should be "6.6 million Mormons..."

    I wish DN would add an edit feature.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 3:28 p.m.

    "This would be another Bob Bennett in the senate from Utah. Romney is a Democrat in sheeps clothing "

    No he's not. And neither was Bennett. Having dignity and being willing to work together to get things done isn't a trait limited to Democrats, at least I would hope it's not.

    Sept. 11, 2017 3:19 p.m.

    I hope he runs and wins, just to hopefully silence the lunatic fringe of the Utah Republican Party who think that Mike Lee and Chris Stewart are effective legislators. Romney better represents the moderate, intelligent conservativism of the Utah people, and would get my vote over either of those two (or candidates like them). Good thing Count My Vote is still law.

  • Fair Flower Layton, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 3:18 p.m.

    Cool! He's got my vote.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Sept. 11, 2017 3:12 p.m.

    Why not another one without principles?

  • RJohnson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 3:02 p.m.


    "Romney is a Democrat in sheeps clothing and I hope LDS people realize that."

    Such nonsense. First, it suggests that among the 6.6 Mormons across the country none are Democrats. Second, I'll bet Mike Lee has more than one wool business suit.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    Sept. 11, 2017 2:53 p.m.

    I enjoy reading comments that push for candidates supporting "Utah values" while at the same time attacking Romney for criticizing Trump's long list of appalling activities. Romney's condemnation of Trump throughout the campaign should be applauded not derided. (Personally, I wish Romney had done more to stop Trump but I appreciate his reasons for holding back. Trump's presidency is unfolding exactly how many feared, and he's causing meaningful harm to our country. I hope the next three years are better but I have low expectations.)

    I acknowledge there are reasons Romney shouldn't represent Utah in the Senate but believing he's a liberal democrat shouldn't be one of them. Romney might not be my preferred candidate but I'm confident he would do a good job and represent the state well.

  • QE St. George, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 2:47 p.m.

    Utah would be lucky to have Mitt Romney represent us. How quick some forget what he did for our state as he saved the 2002 Winter Olympics. He understands how to get along with BOTH sides. Some to the far left and/or far right haven't a clue how to bring people together, but Mitt has a track record that proves he CAN do it.

  • iammad ROOSEVELT, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 2:43 p.m.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is nothing new and been the making for the past four years. The year after Romney lost the 2012 election he sold his home in New Hampshire, and California then moved to Park City.
    He came to gain residency here.
    He started his Republican/Conservative retreat in Park City every year.
    He had plans to run for governor of Utah or the United States Senate when Hatch did not run.
    All now has come to fruition, and Mitt has now announced his intentions to run.
    Nobody should be surprised by this. It has been four years in the making.

  • DavidMiller Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 2:30 p.m.

    I generally like Romney and would certainly support him over Hatch. Romney would likely be at least marginally better than Hatch while Hatch is guaranteed to be no better than Hatch. I would prefer Hatch over Stewert because I believe Stewert would become Hatch Jr - exactly like Hatch but with a later expiration date. At worst, Romney would become Hatch Jr but with a much earlier expiration date than Stewert.

    Frankly, I know we can do better than any one of those three but if those were my three options I easily choose Romney - some potential upside, almost no potential downside.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    Sept. 11, 2017 2:25 p.m.

    Its pointless Mitt.
    But good for you if you truly want to serve the public.

    I think it is a futile waste of time energy and effort to think there is any way to fix the mess.

    (What is it with so many wealthy people that they want to be in politics instead of enjoying their $$$ and their lives?
    Can they not think of any way to spend their wonderful copious amounts of free time-- and money-- instead of wasting it on politics??)

    Just unbelievable to me.

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:59 p.m.

    I would vote for Mitt in this case because it means that Senator Hatch finally realizes that he needs to help a Republican replace him. But Mitt has a lot of work to do to restore my trust that HE cares about the party. I'm ashamed of his behavior in the last election. He worked hard to get Hillary elected and I'm so glad he lost.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:44 p.m.

    "Some people just cant be happy with millions of dollars unless they can turn that into some power over the plebs. Ego is what is wrong with politics."

    Not sure why, but this statement sure makes me think of bubba and his wife, old what's her name.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:43 p.m.

    It is amusing that conservatives on here call Romney a rino.

    Every republican is a rino. Not one of you will give up SS or Medicare unless you are forced to. Not one of you will cut 500 billion from the budget before tax cuts. Not one of you will forgo tax cuts to pay for the wars trump will start.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:40 p.m.

    "to the point where they're going to support candidates just released from the asylum."

    Not sure why, but this statement sure reminds me of the dims and all their support for the bern.

  • Nonchalant Smithfield, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:32 p.m.

    I'm confident Utah will elect a Republican for U.S. Senate to fill Orin Hatch's seat. If Republicans act in their own interests, they will vote for someone in the caucus and primary who accurately represents their conservative views.

    Utah Republicans do not identify with Mitt--except that he is LDS. He grew up in Michigan (a state run by unions). He later lived in Massachusetts where he was governor of one of the most liberal states. He attempted but lost two presidential bids, and has since been an itinerant politician rather than a rooted Utahn. His Utah home is in a stuffy neighborhood insulated from the conservative values of the state.

    Mitt would likely be a good replacement for Senator Hatch--if that is what Utah Republicans want. But Utah needs a more conservative Republican to lead in the Senate--not a run-of-the-mill moderate. Senator Hatch has been in office for years and years and has not accomplished very much in the conservative realm. Now, he endorses Romney while pretending not to.

    I would be in favor of Rep. Chris Stewart for SENATE--someone rooted in Utah Republican conservatism. He has a record of conservative votes and a record of commitment to Utah.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:16 p.m.

    It's funny how the mere mention of Romney's name evokes the same emotive reaction from conservatives as the mention of Hillary Clinton's name, Huma Abedin's name, or Michelle Obama's name.

    At some point, conservatives are going to "cleanse" the GOP party to the point where they're going to support candidates just released from the asylum.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:13 p.m.

    What's with the easterners who think they should represent Utah?

    No Thank You, Sir!

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    Sept. 11, 2017 1:13 p.m.

    What? No love for Evan McMullen? Shouldn't he be running for the senate, after how successful he was at disrupting the Donald Trump campaign? Although, I guess passing the baton from one stodgy "elitist" to another would be par for the course in Utah. It is too bad you all have run off the best conservative you've had in a long time in Jason Chaffetz. Now he would would make for an excellent replacement for Mr. Hatch and great addition to the Freedom Caucus. Maybe he would consider giving Mr. hatch a run for it in the primary.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:56 p.m.

    Romney in a RINO, an establishment do nothing liberal who hates conservatives. The problem is most Utah voters will not think, and will be persuaded by the MSM and will vote for him.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:54 p.m.


    "He's a rich, white male LDS Republican."

    What does white male have to do with this?

    Never mind one of our representatives is a black female, and the better part of half the population are white males.

    But, you know, narrative.

  • The Trooper South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:47 p.m.

    These politicians need to know when it is time to go. Hatch is 83 years old. He will be almost 90 by the end of the next term. Let it go, regardless of who runs.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:41 p.m.


    "Give it up Mitt! You're a liberal disguised as a conservative."

    Strom Thurmond--

    "Mitt is eerily similar to Hillary Clinton. Never had a position he wasn't prepared to jettison if he thinks its benificial."

    Patriot--"Romney is a Democrat in sheeps clothing..."

    The three of you must have meant "Trump". Maybe you aren't award that Trump is preparing to embrace amnesty, something you have all spoken against. Trump is dishonest, a flip flopper that will say anything to get what he wants. Extremely greedy, self-absorbed; crude.

    I support Romney fully in a campaign for Hatch's seat. He is honest and experienced. He listens to people and studies issues carefully. He respects all people and is service oriented. He doesn't want to get into politics to enrich himself, but to genuinely serve.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:34 p.m.

    A great replacement for Hatch. Too bad he didn't run against Lee last year, he is a moderate who would do a much better job than Lee!

  • American First Merced, CA
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:33 p.m.

    Mitt Romney's true colors have recently come out, first with the mean spirited attack on Trump during the Presidential primaries and most recently giving aid and comfort to the 'antifa' jack booted thugs, my opinion of him has quickly devolved and I now see him as a disingenuous out of touch establishment politician. Utah needs another Mike Lee.

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:30 p.m.

    Romney would have my vote!!

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:26 p.m.

    It baffles me that so many of these comments label Romney as a liberal, democrat, RINO, etc. The fact that some label Romney this was just shows how extreme and partisan people are. I think this type of labeling and exclusionary attitudes severely damage political parties and the country.

    Compromise isn't a four letter word. Different opinions are okay.

    The polls mentioned in this article even suggest more Utahans support Romney than a hard-line conservative like Stewart. Thus, claiming that Romney doesn't represent "Utah conservative values" seems off the mark.

    And ask most independents or democrats if they believe Romney is a liberal, RINO, or democrat and you'll be laughed at. Romney isn't the most conservative politician but that doesn't make him liberal.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:26 p.m.

    "Give it up Mitt!
    You're a liberal disguised as a conservative."

    Doesn't matter in Utah. He's a rich, white male LDS Republican. That's all that most voters in Utah need to know to vote for him.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:11 p.m.

    I wouldn't get up off the couch on election day for either one.

    I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I had no part in either train wreck.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 12:06 p.m.

    Romney is a good man, a decent man, and far better than any Democrat in the Senate today.

    He has the very commendable values of the LDS church.

    However, he also has the very undesirable attitudes picked up in Massachusetts, and those are not Utah values.

    While I enthusiastically supported him for President, I am not at all enthusiastic about him as a potential Senator. (Even though he would be no worse than Senator Hatch who runs as a conservative in Utah, but governs- meekly and with little effect- as a liberal to moderate Democrat.

    Let's get another person with true Utah values and strong conservative principles like Mike Lee to fix the Senate, not continue to be mired in the Washington swamp.

    Hatch certainly does need to be "called home" after far too long in office, but Mitt Romney is not the best candidate to replace him. Despite what polls might show, which are little more than name recognition, which sadly reflects the average voter's knowledge or interest in political candidates.

  • mightymite , 00
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:54 a.m.

    One of the worst choices out there. Give it up Mitt, you are a disaster in this arena,

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:50 a.m.

    When it comes to politics, Mitt and Trump are two peas in a pod. Both flip floppers, with weak conviction and terrible foreign policy views. Their are some differences, Mitt is a decent man with strong morals, honest and a reputable business man.

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:39 a.m.

    I would be happy to support Romney. Would very much prefer him to Hatch.

    The country missed out when it failed to elect him 5 years ago as POTUS. Here is our chance to get some of his expertise, experience, and wisdom back in Washington.

    Ignore the naysayers. Look at the poll results. Support this.

  • bemorefair Villanueva, NM
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:36 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is a great American. I wish he were president. He certainly has my vote. He will do an incredible job.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:30 a.m.

    Give it up Mitt!

    You're a liberal disguised as a conservative.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:24 a.m.

    Some people just cant be happy with millions of dollars unless they can turn that into some power over the plebs. Ego is what is wrong with politics. Trump may be the most egregious case but make no mistake, he didnt invent it.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:23 a.m.

    Finally, a chance for an old, establishment white guy.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:14 a.m.

    Mitt is eerily similar to Hillary Clinton.

    Never had a position he wasn't prepared to jettison if he thinks its benificial.

    Completely lacking the self-awareness of why he lost.

    Extraordinarily bitter.


    Defends ANTIFA.

    Simply won't go away.

    You're time has past Mr Romney, please move on.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:12 a.m.

    Romney is a terrible choice to replace Hatch. This would be another Bob Bennett in the senate from Utah. Romney is a Democrat in sheeps clothing and I hope LDS people realize that. Utah needs to look for another Mike Lee conservative to replace Hatch and not a Bob Bennett RINO to replace Hatch. Romney DOES NOT represent Utah's conservative values in any stretch. Let's hope that the good-ole-boy club of Orin Hatch doesn't shuffle Romney in. Let's hope Utah is able to pick another Mike Lee -- a young conservative who DOES reflect the majority of the state. Romney is a Deer Valley liberal and nothing more. After this past 18 months my opinion of Romney has sunk into the mud -- the man is dishonest and likes to talk out both sides of his mouth. I'm sure the liberal D-News will love Romney. Reader beware!!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    Please no. Not from one institutional, non- responsive Republican to another one. No!