Mitt Romney To Announce Utah Senate Campaign On Thursday

Romney for a couple of weeks has been scheduled to be in Provo on Friday to headline the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner. Like most of the state, Utah County is heavily Republican. The region is also among the most populous and politically influential in statewide campaigns.

Romney is a beloved figure in Utah and isn’t expected to face fierce competition in the Senate race, either in the primary or the general election.

Mitt-mentum is BACK! Romney will run for Utah Senate seat but won’t announce it until Thursday on his social media

But the campaign is garnering national attention because Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, was the GOP’s presidential nominee just a little over five years ago, and has periodically sparred with President Trump. Here is Romney’s Facebook message from Wednesday:

The Republican donor said, “It made perfect sense to me. He’s got the stature and a virtually unmatched fundraising base to draw upon. And he’s running because he wants a national platform to help the party anyway.”

“Stay tuned for my announcement on the Utah Senate race this Thursday. Visit [MittRomney.com] to be one of the first to know!”

Mitt Romney to Announce Utah Senate Campaign Thursday: Sources

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will start the next chapter of his political career tomorrow, by announcing a run for the U.S. Senate in Utah over social media.

The Washington Examiner first reported Romney’s plans, though the former Massachusetts 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. 

NRSC chairman Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) revealed to a donor that he and the Senate GOP leadership “liked Romney” as a potential candidate for the NRSC chairmanship.

Included in the tweet was a link to MittRomney.com, which asked potential supporters for their information to ‘Join Team Mitt.’  

During the first White House briefing of the new year, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed President Trump’s views on Sen. Orrin Hatch announcing his retirement, protests in Iran, and putting "maximum pressure" on North Korea

Mitt Romney to announce US Senate campaign online?

Former Republican nominee and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will restart his political career tomorrow, announcing on social media that he plans to seek the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch

Earlier this month, Mitt Romney sent out this tweet announcing that he planned to make an announcement about his Senate prospects on February 15

The former presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor will follow that up with a campaign speech Friday at the Utah County Lincoln Day dinner Friday night, the sources said.

Mitt Romney’s tweet linked to his website, MittRomney.com, which in a not-so-subtle way asked interested parties for their information so they could ‘Join Team Mitt’ 

Hatch announced in January that he would be retiring at the end of his term, and Romney was reportedly interested in filling the seat.

President-elect Trump (left) briefly flirted with making Mitt Romney (right) his secretary of state, inviting him to dinner in November 2016. That never happened, likely because Trump never forgave Romney for his March 2016 speech labeling Trump a ‘phony’ and a ‘fraud’ 

And on Feb. 1, Romney said on social media that he would have a Feb. 15 announcement about the Utah Senate race.

In hitting back at Mitt Romney (left), then-candidate Donald Trump (right) said at a March 2016 campaign rally that Romney was ‘begging for my endorsement. I could have said, “Mitt, drop to your knees.” He would have dropped to his knees.’ Trump endorsed Romney in February 2012

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He’s since posted on Facebook reminding users of the forthcoming announcement. 

Three people with direct knowledge of the plan say Romney will formally launch his campaign in a video on Thursday. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate is scheduled for Friday in Utah. The people who provided the information asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about Romney’s plans in advance.

While his initial roll-out will be low key, Romney is expected to address Republican grassroots supporters Friday at the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner. 

Romney was always supposed to keynote the event, but will now use it as a platform to start to get his campaign message out, the Examiner said. 

The 2012 GOP nominee is not expected to field much competition in the race, which is for the seat currently occupied by Sen. Orrin Hatch, an 83-year-old Republican who announced his retirement early last month. 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running for the Senate in Utah.

As soon as Hatch signaled he was out, Romney changed his location on his Twitter account to Holladay, Utah, one of the two locales where he owns homes in the state.

Despite his late father being a politician in Michigan and Romney, himself, serving as governor in Massachusetts, he has a deep relationship with the state, especially because of his Mormon faith. 

“There’s no question that he loves Utah and wants to support Utah any way he can. And I’m hopeful he’ll run, because he would be just fine,” he said last month. “And he would certainly be somebody who I think could succeed me into the job. We haven’t spoken in the last few days, but if Mitt decides to run, he knows he’ll have my support.”

In December, Utah Republicans came to Romney’s defense when former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon charged that he ‘hid’ behind his religion to avoid service in Vietnam. 

Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts and was the Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election. He currently lives in Utah, where his late mother was originally from. Helped by the fact that he’s a Mormon, Romney already enjoys high popularity in the heavily Mormon state.

Bannon went on the attack after Romney criticized the ex-aide’s continued support for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama. Moore had been accused by multiple women of preying on them, sexually, as teenagers.  

With Bannon still in good graces with President Trump at that time, the episode further exposed the continued rift between Romney and the White House. 

Additionally, Trump had encouraged Hatch to stay in the Senate, in hopes of maintaining an ally in the body over Romney, who could replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake as the president’s most vocal thorn in his side from the Republican Party.  

While Trump had briefly considered Romney to be his secretary of state, it seems to two men never quite buried the hatchet. 

Romney, in what was an unprecedented move from a former presidential nominee, inserted himself into the 2016 primary begging voters to select anybody-but-Trump. 

‘And let me put it very plainly,’ he said in March 2016. ‘If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.’  

The ex-nominee also called out Trump for his ‘misogyny,’ his lying and his love of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, months before the Russian election meddling was known about. 

Romney, most famously, also labeled Trump a ‘phony’ and a ‘fraud.’   

‘I don’t know what happened to him,’ Trump said, who had previously mocked the ex-nominee for running ‘one of the worst races in presidential history.’  

‘You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, “Mitt, drop to your knees.” He would have dropped to his knees,’ candidate Trump said in classic Trumpian fashion.   

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