Mitt Romney makes Senate run official

Michele Moreno
February 17, 2018

Mitt Romney announced Friday he will run for U.S. Senate in Utah to succeed the retiring Orrin Hatch, seeking a political comeback six years after his unsuccessful presidential campaign against then-President Barack Obama.

Romney announced via his Twitter account this morning, "I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah's values to Washington".

The Washington Examiner first reported Romney's plans, though the former MA governor had dropped a not-so-subtle hint on February 1, saying on Twitter that he was "looking forward" to making an announcement about the race on February 15.

The race could also get more interesting if a pro-Trump candidate chooses to run in Utah.

"Utah has balanced its budget", he said. "Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion". He is one of the most famous Mormons and is widely respected in Utah, which is heavily Mormon and home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Trump has called for building a wall on the country's border with Mexico and limiting legal migration. Eventually, Trump passed over Romney and tapped Rex Tillerson.

Possible opponents for Romney include Democratic candidate and Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson and independent Evan McMullin, who is considering a bid after winning 21.5 per cent of the presidential vote in the state in 2016. Among the Republican Party's fiercest internal critics of President Trump, Romney never mentioned the administration or Mr. Trump himself.

Mr Trump hit back, calling Mr Romney a "failed candidate" who "choked like a dog" in the 2012 race.

However, after Trump won the presidency in November 2016, he briefly considered picking Romney as his secretary of state.

"I was honored to join Mitt Romney on the national ticket in 2012 and couldn't be happier that he's running for this seat", Ryan said. After his role in the Utah Olympics, he served as MA governor from 2003 to 2007. He said Romney said he "wanted to reach out to lawmakers and seek their opinions about what he might do if he is elected".

"It says his campaign doesn't consider the Utah Republican Party an important part of his ability to win elections", says Anderson.

Anderson also said that Romney reached out to him in regards to his comments and "accepted my apology without hesitation". In 1994, he failed to oust Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy from his seat in MA. On February 11, 1999, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002 hired Romney as its president and CEO.

Those with knowledge of his plans spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

"And let there be no question - I will fight for Utah", he said.

Mitt Romney is expected to announce his highly anticipated U.S. Senate run on Friday, a source close to him told FOX 13.

Other reports by Insurance News

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