Republican Romney to announce Senate bid Friday

Marsha Scott
February 16, 2018

According to multiple news outlets, Mitt Romney will formally announce Thursday that he's running for Utah's open U.S. Senate seat.

Romney was in the news last month as it was announced he was treated for prostate cancer last summer.

During the 2016 presidential election, Romney gave a scathing speech in which he called Trump "a phony" who was "playing the American public for suckers" and was unfit to be president. Pundits attributed Romey's loss to Kennedy's strong grip on Bay State politics and the GOP challenger's lackluster performance in the debates.

In November, Utah Republican Boyd Matheson, president of the Sutherland Institute and former chief of staff to Sen. While Romney's loss to President Barack Obama in 2012 wasn't almost as lopsided as Reagan's blowout over Mondale, his loss came as a deep disappointment to the Republican Party and caused a tremendous amount of soul-searching among the party's establishment.

Mitt Romney speaks during a stop at St. Anselm College in 2010.

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 is pretty popular in Utah, which is a deep-red state. Romney would undoubtedly become one of the most well-known members of the Senate upon his arrival, and speculation over which coveted committee assignments he might seek is already well underway. A number of little-known Republicans have announced Senate campaigns ahead of Romney.

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"I haven't heard a word from him", says Anderson....

If elected, Romney associates said he would operate in the Senate as an independent-minded lawmaker but would resist being labeled as a reliable Trump critic in the model of retiring Sen. Jeff Flake as the president's most vocal thorn in his side from the Republican Party.

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.

Foreign policy is one area where Romney could clash with Trump and join the ranks of Sen. John McCain swept more states.

"The governor believes America can not be withdrawn on the world stage", Williams said. He also hired Salt Lake-based Y2 Analytics as his polling firm.

Result: Won GOP presidential primary, but lost general election.

Other former Romney aides do not see his potential Senate campaign as a vehicle to criticize President Trump.

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