President Donald Trump, who once called former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney one of the "dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics", endorsed him for senator of Utah on Monday. The news was shocking because Romney did everything possible to ensure Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton.
The White House had aggressively lobbied Hatch to seek an eighth term in part to block Romney from trying take the seat and from there possibly launching another presidential bid after his failed 2012 run, the New York Times reported.
"MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah".
The former MA governor announced on February 16 that he would run for the Senate seat.
The civil words between the two Republicans are very different from some words they have used about each other in the past - words like "phony" (Romney) and "loser" (Trump).
All of this has led pundits to speculate that as senator, Romney could become a thorn in Trump's side, using it as a pulpit to tread where many Republicans have dared not.
In November 2016, the press went wild amid reports that then President-elect Donald Trump was considering Romney as Secretary of State. "Don't.just Don't. I don't think he wants your endorsement as it's proven to be the kiss of death", yet another tweet added.
"Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world - Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion", Romney said in a video on February 16 without mentioning Trump by name.
Despite Romney's previous criticisms of Trump, Cardenas said Romney "has adapted to the fact" that Trump is president. "I'm talking about content, tone, civility, problem solving - the things that can make our party more effective". Trump backed Moore even in the face of the accusations, and Romney said that "no vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity".
"That's not why he's running", Beeson said. "I think in that case you might as well have a Democrat - well, not quite, but nearly".