Romney to announce US Senate run Friday

by Antonio Miles February 17, 2018, 0:23
Romney to announce US Senate run Friday

Romney, the former governor of MA and 2012 Republican nominee for president, is expected to launch his campaign for the Senate seat now held by retiring Sen.

Romney, 70, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 and the former governor of MA, made the announcement Friday morning on Twitter. Orrin Hatch (R.). Romney's name recognition and popularity there make him the instant front-runner in the red state.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is considered a heavy favorite for the Senate seat.

But Utah Republican Party Chairman Rob Anderson harshly criticised Romney in an interview published online on Wednesday by the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Still, his likely Democratic opponent, Jenny Wilson, slammed Romney before he even announced his run, painting him as someone who doesn't understand the state.

In a 2016 speech, Romney called fellow Republican Trump a "phony, a fraud", who was "playing the members of the American public for suckers".

Romney's video made no mention of Trump, but his relationship with the president looms as a major issue in the campaign.

The numbers are similar to how Utahns voted in the 2012 presidential election, when Romney received 72.6 percent of the vote over Barack Obama's 24.7 percent.

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If every state had behaved like Utah did on November 6, 2012, we may well be discussing the lameness of Mitt Romney's lame-duck presidency right about now.

Mr Trump has claimed Mr Hatch once told him he was "the greatest president in the history of our country".

"What he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn", Romney said in a Facebook post at the time.

When Trump's candidacy gained strength in the 2016 campaign, Romney urged Republicans not to support him, an effort that fizzled as the NY real estate magnate went on to win the nomination and the November election.

A decade ago, in February 2008, Romney withdrew from the Republican presidential primary after a bitter and sometimes personal campaign against McCain. He said Romney said he "wanted to reach out to lawmakers and seek their opinions about what he might do if he is elected". Romney demanded that Trump apologize and "repudiate the racists". His potential candidacy excited many conservatives, and his decision not to run may reflect how effectively Romney cleared the field.

Trump had lobbied Hatch to run for re-election in 2018 in what was viewed as an effort to prevent Romney from getting into the Senate.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, whom Romney tapped as his vice presidential running mate in 2012, immediately hailed his old partner's "unparalleled experience, conservative leadership and lifetime of service".

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