Former presidential hopeful and Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney announced his return to the political arena Friday morning, officially kicking off his bid to replace outgoing Orrin Hatch as Utah’s next Senator.
Romney unveiled his Senate bid on social media with a two-minute long campaign video, claiming he was running to bring “Utah’s values to Washington.”
I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah's values to Washington. pic.twitter.com/TDkas6gD2p
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 16, 2018
“I have decided to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah’s values and Utah’s lessons to Washington,” he said. “Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah.”
If elected, he would replace 83-year old Sen. Hatch; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown between the former GOP presidential candidate and the Commander-in-Chief -whom Romney has repeatedly criticized as a “phony” and a “fraud.”
ROMNEY RETURNS: Mitt Romney to ANNOUNCE SENATE Run This Week
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is set to re-enter the political arena this week; announcing his plans to run for the US Senate in Utah following a brief hiatus after his 2012 defeat to then-President Barack Obama.
The former Governor of Massachusetts hinted at his possible bid on social media earlier this month, saying “Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race.”
Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race. https://t.co/OLXWZWREEK
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 1, 2018
Romney’s high-approval rating in Utah and widespread popularity throughout the state should set the stage for an easy primary and general election; sending the former presidential hopeful back to nation’s capital.
If elected, Romney’s ongoing feud with President Trump is sure to gain further national attention as the GOP looks to maintain control of both Houses of the US Congress. The former Governor is an outspoken critic of Trump, and has routinely called the Commander-in-Chief a “phony” and a “fraud.”
FIREWORKS: Hatch GOES NUCLEAR Over Liberal 'Bull****' on Taxes
GOP Senator Orrin Hatch stunned his colleagues on Friday after he absolutely unloaded on Dem. Sen. Sherrod Brown over liberal “bullcrap” regarding the nation’s tax debate; saying he was sick and tired of left-wing talking points claiming Republicans only favor the rich.
“I come from poor people, and I’ve been here working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance, and I really resent it when you say that I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break,” said Hatch.
“I think you guys overplay that all the time and it gets old. Frankly, you ought to quit it,” he added. “I get sick and tired of it. True, it’s a nice political play, but it’s not true […] What you said was not right. I come from the lower middle-class and we didn’t have anything, so don’t spew that stuff on me.”
“I’ve had a reputation of having worked together with Democrats,” said the Senator from Utah. “I’ve got more bills passed than everybody on this committee put together. They’ve passed for the benefit of people in this country.”
“I like you personally very much, but I’m telling you, this bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after a while,” he added.
Watch the fiery exchange above.