Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Mitt Romney Announces 2018 Senate Run

Mitt Romney Announces 2018 Senate Run

President Donald Trump, who once called former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney one of the "dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics", endorsed him for senator of Utah on Monday.

Romney, a 70-year-old multi-millionaire, is a former MA governor who's running to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.

In a famously scathing speech delivered in the midst of the presidential campaign in March 2016, the former MA governor who ran unsuccessfully against President Obama in 2012 called Trump a "con man" whose promises are "as worthless as a degree from Trump University".

"Utah voters rejected numerous things that Trump was very outspoken about, and they rejected sort of the tone and tenor of his candidacy", said Katie Packer Beeson, a GOP consultant who served as Romney deputy campaign manager in 2012 and led an anti-Trump super PAC in 2016.

Romney will face Democrat Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County Council, in the 2018 race.

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The president's tweet suggested he may have buried the hatchet, at least temporarily, with the GOP foe who called Trump a "phony" and a "fraud" in 2016. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah.).

Romney, who grew up in MI and was governor of MA from to 2003-2007, has a home in Utah, and is a Mormon like approximately 55% of the state's residents.

One asked where he stands on President Trump, to which Romney responded that he was generally with the president on policy, but not much else. Several little-known Republicans have announced Senate campaigns ahead of Romney. In June of that year, Trump tweeted that Romney had "choked like a dog" in losing to former President Barack Obama. "I don't think we can just wait and hope things like this are going to stop of their own accord", he said. He made no mention of Trump. Orrin Hatch - he took some subtle jabs at Trump, stating, "Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion".

Romney accepted Trump's endorsement anyway - and it's not clear that he needs it. Utah is a deeply red state, and Romney's prospects are good.

Last year, he also endorsed accused child molester Roy Moore in his Senate run in Alabama and said both sides were to blame for violence that erupted at neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. "I think in that case you might as well have a Democrat - well, not quite, but nearly".

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