Romney, entering race to succeed Hatch, cites Utah's trade surplus

Laura Christensen
February 17, 2018

"Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion", he said in the two-minute video praising the state.

Leading up to Romney's widely anticipated announcement, confidantes said he intends to focus his campaign on Utah, where he moved with his wife, Ann, after losing the 2012 presidential election to incumbent Democrat Barack Obama.

Romney was a prominent anti-Trump voice in the election (later meeting with Trump for the secretary of state job), but he didn't mention the president once in his announcement video. "Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah". He has a strong connection with the state, most notably when he played a major role in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Romney - who grew up in MI and was governor of MA from 2003 to 2007 - established his residency in Utah four years ago.

During the 2016 campaign Romney castigated Trump as "a phony, a fraud".

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"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 in a video posted on his Facebook page.

Trump responded by calling Romney a "failed candidate" who "choked like a dog" in the 2012 race. Trump announced there was blame "on both sides", causing many, including Romney, to condemn the remark.

Whether or not a Senator Romney will be good news for President Trump, it's a prospect that's highly likely to become a reality. Boyd Matheson, who was formerly Sen. People shouldn't expect a "Romney/Trump cage match", he added. The voters have no patience for Trump's Twitter antics or "locker room talk" - there was even a slight decline in Mormons affiliating with the Republican Party during Trump's nomination.

"I don't know if I see a Sen". And on immigration, Mormon voters much more dovish than the immigration hardliners now shaping the debate in Washington. "Hatch or the rest of Utah's delegation", Cox said.

"I'm thrilled Mitt has chose to run", he tweeted.

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