Former Presidential Candidate Runs for Senate

Mitt Romney will run for U.S. Senate in Utah, hoping to capture the seat of outgoing Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who announced his retirement in January.

Romney, 70, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 and the former governor of Massachusetts, made the announcement Friday morning on Twitter. In a two-minute video, he lauds the state for exporting more than it imports and balancing its budget, values and lessons he said belong in Washington.

Romney had been rumored to run and Hatch’s departure seemed to have opened the door. Shortly after Hatch announced he wouldn’t seek re-election this fall, Romney’s backers pushed for him to enter the race.

Over the past year, Romney has injected himself into the national conversation, sometimes criticizing President Trump, although he once was in the running to be his secretary of state.

 

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