Mitt Romney announces he's running for Senate in Utah

Romney makes it official He's running for Utah Senate seat

He made the announcement over Twitter on Friday morning saying, "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".

Romney is the former governor of MA and was the Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election. Trump and Romney spoke in January after Hatch announced his retirement, a White House official said.

It's not clear how Romney, a heavy favorite to win, would approach his role as a senator, particularly in the era of Trump.

But Utah Republican Party Chairman Rob Anderson harshly criticised Romney in an interview published online on Wednesday by the Salt Lake City Tribune. He figures Romney will take advantage of a new option created by the state legislature to get on the ballot by petition.

Hatch; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown between the former GOP presidential candidate and the Commander-in-Chief -whom Romney has repeatedly criticized as a "phony" and a "fraud".

As he did in two presidential campaigns, Romney's announcement highlights his stewardship of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Romney first sought the presidency in 2008, but lost the Republican nomination to Arizona Senator John McCain.

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Interestingly, the head of Utah's Republican Party blasted Romney's run, comparing it unfavorably to Hillary Clinton running for Senate in NY.

Geraghty, though, has no doubt Romney would be a fine senator, providing "a more respectful politics".

Over a plate of oversized buttermilk pancakes, Mitt Romney said Friday he's running for Senate because he wants to be "in the fight" and supports President Donald Trump's policy agenda.

Politico reports that Romney, who delayed his planned formal announcement because of the deadly Florida school shooting, is likely to frame his campaign as "hyper-local", rather than an outspoken Trump critic.

"He was right in the center of the sweet spot for Utah politically when he ran for president", said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who advised Romney during that campaign. He's a Brigham Young University graduate who went on to become the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.

"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. Trump, then a nominee for president himself, responded at one of his campaign rallies, claiming Romney came "begging" for his endorsement four years earlier.

Romney was widely expected to run following Sen. In that race, Romney staked out far more liberal positions on issues like abortion than he would as governor of MA or as a presidential candidate.

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