Romney, Who Just Thanked Trump For His Support, Once Said He Wouldn’t Accept Trump’s Endorsement

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday night to announce that he was endorsing former Republican presidential nominee — and frequent Trump critic — Mitt Romney in the Utah Senate race. (Romney recently announced his candidacy to run for longtime GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat.) Following Trump’s tweet, Romney responded on Twitter, thanking the president for his support while stating that he hoped to earn the “endorsement of the people of Utah.” Shortly after Romney sent that tweet, a two-year-old tweet of his resurfaced that showed Romney with a far different opinion of then-candidate Trump.

Trump Endorses Mitt Romney For Utah Senate Race: ‘Will Make a Great Senator’

President Donald Trump endorsed longtime foe Mitt Romney for Utah Senate on Monday night, saying the former 2012 presidential candidate has his “full support and endorsement!” Romney, formerly the governor of Massachusetts, has been a thorn in the side of Trump since the 2016 campaign, repeatedly speaking out against the now-president’s policies and rhetoric. There was a brief reprieve in the bitter relationship between the two last year, when Romney put himself in the running to be Trump’s secretary of state. But that bid resulted in little more than a meme-worthy photo, and Romney soon returned to his position as one of Trump’s most fierce critics. Continue reading "Trump Endorses Mitt Romney For Utah Senate Race: ‘Will Make a Great Senator’"

Matt Schlapp Swipes at Romney’s ‘Pathetic’ Senate Bid: ‘Learn How to Knit’ or Something

On Friday night, Matt Schlapp sounded off on Mitt Romney and his recently-announced Senate run in Utah. When asked by Mike Emanuel, who was filling in for Bret Baier on Special Report, if the former Massachusetts governor was going to win, Schlapp expressed his uncertainly, but did confidently say that he found this all “rather pathetic.” “He ran for president, he got trounced, a lot of people thought he was going to win, he had a good first debate,” Schlapp told Emanuel, “but I think it’s time for Governor Romney of Massachusetts––maybe future senator from Utah––to just kind of find something else to do.” The American Conservative Union chairman suggested for Romney to “get a hobby,” “play golf,” learn how to knit,” or “go traveling.” “So mean, man!” Marie Harf reacted. The former Obama State Department spokeswoman and now Fox News contriubtor praised Romney, Continue reading "Matt Schlapp Swipes at Romney’s ‘Pathetic’ Senate Bid: ‘Learn How to Knit’ or Something"

Jason Chaffetz Makes Comical Defense of Romney’s Utah Senate Run: ‘He’s Got a Utah Driver’s License’

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has officially announced a bid for Utah’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, looking to replace long-time Senator Orrin Hatch. Romney, you may remember, formerly served as governor of Massachusetts — a state a heck of a long way from Utah. This has opened up the businessman to accusations of political carpetbaggery, despite Romney’s long history with Utah, particularly the Mormon Church. Perhaps this is why Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz, during an appearance on Fox News this morning, listed off a series of Romney’s qualifications for the job — one of which was truly comical “Look, he’s one of the most favorite sons of Utah. He’s got deep strong ties to Utah,” he said. “His kids are here. His grandkids are here. He’s got a Utah driver’s license.” A Utah driver’s license. Chaffetz ultimately said that Romney would make a fine addition to the government. Continue reading "Jason Chaffetz Makes Comical Defense of Romney’s Utah Senate Run: ‘He’s Got a Utah Driver’s License’"

Romney Announces Bid For Utah Senate: D.C. ‘Sends Immigrants a Message of Exclusion’

He’s running…for Senate. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has confirmed that he is throwing his hat in the ring to become the next senator of Utah. Romney’s interest in taking current Senator Orrin Hatch‘s seat was expected among various political corners, though he postponed his announcement in light of the school shooting that took place in Florida this week. The aspiring senator made his campaign official with the release of a video statement on Friday morning. The presentation is a mix of Romney’s achievements in public office, Utah’s importance to the nation, his promise to fight for the state in the nation’s capital. But it also takes a few subtle jabs at longtime foe President Donald Trump: “Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion,” Romney said. “And on Utah’s Capitol Hill, people treat one another with respect.” Romney’s political Continue reading "Romney Announces Bid For Utah Senate: D.C. ‘Sends Immigrants a Message of Exclusion’"

Fmr. Romney Adviser: ‘Highly Likely’ Mitt Will Run For Utah Senate

Dan Senor, an adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said it was “highly likely” that the former governor of Massachusetts would move forward with a run for Utah Senate. Speculation over a Romney senate run has run wild in recent months, and kicked into high gear after current Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his retirement just after the new year. And reports suggest Romney has his eyes on the seat vacated by 83-year-old Hatch. The New York Times even reported on Sunday that Kem Gardner, a friend of Romney’s, had received a text from him stating simply: “I’m running.” Senor, appearing on CBS This Morning on Monday, said that while he could not confirm the speculation, he Continue reading "Fmr. Romney Adviser: ‘Highly Likely’ Mitt Will Run For Utah Senate"

Romney Adds to Utah Senate Run Speculation by Changing His Twitter Location

Hours after Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah announced his intent to retire after the end of his current term, Twitter sleuths noticed that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney switched the listed location on his Twitter account from Massachusetts to Utah — increasing the speculation of his reported interest in a Senate run. Per Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur‏, at 3:12 p.m. Romney listed Massachusetts as his current location, but by 5:45 p.m. his pin was changed to Holladay, Utah. Hatch announced his retirement at around 2:00 p.m. eastern time. As for Holladay, Utah specifically, Romney purchased property in the area with plans to build a home for his family following his presidential election loss to Barack Obama in 2012. Around that same Continue reading "Romney Adds to Utah Senate Run Speculation by Changing His Twitter Location"