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Mitt Romney Is Running For The United States Senate To Represent Utah

Date February 21, 2018 10:52

Mitt Romney’s first attempt in politics was made in 1994 when he ran for the US Senate in Massachusetts. He lost to Senator Ted Kennedy, winning only 41% of votes against Kennedy’s 58%.

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In 2002, Romney won the race to represent the Republican Party in the Massachusetts governorship elections and served as governor from 2003 to 2007.

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However, in 2008, Romney lost the Republican Presidential nomination to Senator John McCain. And by November of 2012, he conceded the presidential election to Barack Obama. His outing at the debates was lauded as the best, but they were not enough to secure him a win.

Romney announces his bid for the Utah Senate seat

Following the inauguration of President Trump, Romney was mentioned as a possible candidate for Secretary of State. However, that did not come to pass. Now, the former governor has declared his intention to run for the US Senate in the State of Utah.

He made the announcement on Friday, and already, there are speculations that this may further complicate the tensions between Romney and President Trump. Romney has been vocal in his criticism for the present administration. Oddly, President Trump seems to approve the move.

However, Romney has never mentioned President Trump in person but only made allusions to him and his policies. Particularly, he made a note on immigration, stating that Utah "welcomes legal immigrants from around the world," while "Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion."

Some people say it is a bad move

Romney relocated to Utah from Massachusetts after conceding the 2012 presidential elections to Barack Obama.

Although his announcement has gained positive reaction, many observers still feel that Romney is too much of an outsider to stand a chance in the elections. However, the politician has proven his mettle in his years of public service and is a trusted hand in administration.

Most notable of his achievements is his management of the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. His current election bid has also gotten the support of President Trump.

History does not forget

It may seem ironic that President Trump now fully supports Romney when only two years ago, his vitriolic attacks on the Republican were highly publicized.

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Romney also had more than a few choice words to describe President Trump. He went as far as calling him a "phony". Romney added, "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University."

Whether the hatchet has been buried between the two is yet to be discerned. It is likely that activities in the coming weeks will shed more light on the matter. The Utah seat is currently occupied by Senator Orrin G. Hatch.