[Deep State dirt-bag] Mitt Romney will announce on Thursday his bid for Utah's up-for-grabs U.S. Senate seat, sources close to the 2012 Republican presidential nominee told NBC News.
"I have chose to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah's values and Utah's lessons to Washington". Later on Friday he is scheduled to speak at a Republican Party dinner in Provo, Utah.
One question is whether Romney will continue to be a strong anti-Trump voice in a state the president won by 18 percentage points in 2016, or follow the path of former vocal Trump critics like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who have now become allies. When Donald Trump's candidacy rose, Romney urged Republicans not to support Trump, an effort that fizzled with Trump winning the nomination. "I think Mitt Romney would be running for the Senate whether Donald Trump was the president or Hillary Clinton was the president".
"I have made a decision to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah's values and Utah's lessons to Washington", Romney said. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been ill, as one of the party's more hawkish leaders on that front. "Mitt Romney's always been diplomatic. I don't think that's going to win the hearts and minds, but I also don't think he's going to do that", Chaffetz said.
"In many respects, Mitt Romney is being coronated instead of elected", said Don Guymon, a member of the Utah Republican Party Executive Committee. He was the GOP nominee for president of the United States in 2012, losing to President Barack Obama.
During conversations with several dozen Utah voters when Romney was mulling a run in December, many mentioned his leadership of the games, which were mired in a bribery scandal when he left his business to take them over in 1999, as a key asset in his quest for the Senate post.
The Salt Lake Tribune will update this story throughout the day.
"I haven't heard a word from him", says Anderson....
Romney went on to talk about the now-president's failed businesses.
"As I was thinking about retiring I was thinking, 'I don't want some dud to replace me, '" Hatch said. He said he spoke with Romney after the Tribune article was published, and Romney told him he would travel all corners of Utah to hear people's concerns.
Utah is a deep red state. Romney said he and Trump were "miles apart" on foreign policy, disagreeing about approaches to Syria, NATO, North Korea, and China.