What happened: Romney took leave from his private equity firm to challenge Ted Kennedy for the MA seat that the Democrat held at that point for more than three decades. Romney is set to be in Provo to headline the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner Friday at 6 p.m.at Utah Valley Convention Center. Romney, running as a Republican in a blue state, supported abortion rights and gun control measures and said he would offer more effective leadership on gay rights issues than Kennedy. Pundits attributed Romey's loss to Kennedy's strong grip on Bay State politics and the GOP challenger's lackluster performance in the debates.
Kevin Madden, a Republican Party consultant who worked on Mr. Romney's 2012 campaign, said Mr. Romney is running to be one of 100 senators. The most recent public survey from the University of Utah showed 85 percent of Utah Republicans favoring Romney, who also has a 64/19 lead over the presumptive Democratic candidate. He's reportedly not expected to face stiff competition if he does run.
Romney is pretty popular in Utah, which is a deep-red state.
Once Romney's in the Senate race, it's most definitely his to lose. The former Governor is an outspoken critic of Trump, and has routinely called the Commander-in-Chief a "phony" and a "fraud".
If Mr. Romney wins the party's nomination, he could create problems for the Republican National Committee, which is chaired by Mr. Romney's niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, but takes its marching orders from Mr. Trump and the White House.
"I believe Mitt has the temperament and skills to effectively represent Utah in the U.S. Senate and I shared that opinion with him", Bramble said. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who regularly speaks out against the president.
'A business genius he is not, ' Romney said.
Trump hit back at Romney at a rally in ME the next day. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been ill, as one of the party's more hawkish leaders on that front.
"The governor believes America can not be withdrawn on the world stage", Williams said. Doug Jones, D-Ala., would bring attention to her candidacy in a ruby-red state.
Romney, in what was an unprecedented move from a former presidential nominee, inserted himself into the 2016 primary begging voters to select anybody-but-Trump.
Other former Romney aides do not see his potential Senate campaign as a vehicle to criticize President Trump.