President Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney in Utah Senate race

Casey Dawson
February 20, 2018

President Donald Trump has reversed course on Mitt Romney and offered a full-throated endorsement of the former MA governor's run for U.S. Senate in Utah.

Donald Trump and Mitt Romney, once one of the president's fiercest critics, have kissed and made up, at least on Twitter. He called Trump a "fraud", and a "phony", and said that Trump was "playing members of the American public for suckers".

As president-elect, Mr. Trump considered Mr. Romney for the secretary of state nomination in a process that dragged on for weeks before ultimately discarding him in favor of Rex W. Tillerson. He won the red state by 48 points over President Barack Obama.

The Senate candidate even included some thinly veiled Trump attacks in last week's campaign launch, saying, "Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion".

Romney previously served as the governor of MA, before winning the GOP nomination for president in 2012 where he was defeated by Barack Obama.

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If Romney wins the Senate race, it could set him up for a direct collision with Trump, with whom he has publicly sparred. As a candidate using the petition route, he'll have to-Romney needs 28,000 signatures to guarantee himself a place on the June primary ballot. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University", he said in a fiery anti-Trump speech he gave in 2016 (which, by the way, was given in the great state of Utah). In the run-up to the December special election, Romney stated that Moore's election "would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation".

Romney also said he supported Trump's so-called four pillars of immigration and favored stronger border security and stopping chain migration and the lottery program.

And then, after Trump took office, Romney was back at it. Orrin Hatch official. Ogden resident Paul Henstrom, who voted for Romney for president in 2012, hopes he can be a bridge in a deeply divided Congress.

"Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah", Romney said. He then served as governor of MA from 2003 to 2007.

Look out Utah, Mitt is officially on the campaign trail - for the U.S. Senate that is - in case you've been out of the country for several months or hibernating this winter. "I think that's going to be a problem".

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