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Mitt Romney officially announces that he's running for US Senate in Utah

Mitt Romney officially announces that he's running for US Senate in Utah

Romney, a former MA governor, became one of his party's most outspoken critics of President Donald Trump's candidacy during the 2016 campaign, and as Utah GOP Sen.

The 70-year-old Republican, who has been a vocal critic of the USA president, will run for Utah's senate seat after keeping a relatively low-profile since losing to Barack Obama in 2012.

The long-serving Utah Republican Orrin Hatch announced his retirement in January, setting off speculation that Romney could vie for Hatch's Senate seat.

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

"I think he's keeping out candidates that I think would be a better fit for Utah because, let's face it, Mitt Romney doesn't live here, his kids weren't born here, he doesn't shop here", the Utah Republican Party chairman, Rob Anderson, told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Now, with McCain's career in its twilight, Romney has a chance to take that mantle as a high-profile defender of conservative GOP ideology and the United States' place in the world.

He announced his campaign in a video posted online Friday.

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Mitt Romney officially announces that he's running for US Senate in Utah

Romney, 70, was the Republican Party's presidential standard-bearer in 2012, eventually losing the general election to then-President Obama.

The press release goes on to outline the "false narratives" in Romney's video; for example, unlike Washington, Utah is constitutionally required to have a balanced budget, and like Washington, the Utah Legislature suffers under scandals.

However, after Trump won the presidency in November 2016, he briefly considered picking Romney as his secretary of state.

Romney was planning to make the announcement earlier this week, but postponed it due to the school shooting in Florida. Eventually, Trump passed over Romney and tapped Rex Tillerson. But Adams added that he is still a Romney supporter "for now, until I see who's running. It will not be part of my budget", the then-presidential candidate told reporters in OH in October 2012.

What happened: Romney regrouped after his 2008 campaign and re-emerged as a front-runner in the 2012 Republican presidential race.

-Romney defeated John Lakian in the Massachusetts Republican Party September 1994 primary with more than 80 percent of the vote. Jenny Wilson, a Democratic candidate running for Senate in Utah, said this week that "Utah families deserve another Utahn as their senator, not a MA governor who thinks of our state as his vacation home". "Mitt Romney desperately wants to separate himself from the extremism of the current administration", said Democratic National Committee spokesman Vedant Patel in a statement, but "the basis policies of Trump's GOP. were his before they were Donald Trump's".

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