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.”
HE’S BACK: Obama RETURNS to Campaign Trail for 2018 Midterms
Former President Barack Obama will officially hit the campaign trail later this year; stumping for Democratic hopefuls in gubernatorial, Senate, and House races across the country to help liberals regain control of the US Congress after the 2018 midterm elections.
According to Politico, Obama plans to make the rounds for Democratic candidates this fall, appearing at rallies, campaign events, and fundraising dinners to propel left-wing legislators into office.
“Obama isn’t expecting to make campaign appearances until the fall, people who’ve been working on the plans say, and when he does, he will take cues from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in looking for endorsements and appearances that play up redistricting,” writes Politico.
“He’s going to be out there for candidates, he’ll be out there helping us in meaningful ways, not just in fundraising,” said DNC boss Tom Perez. “The guy was a state senator in ’04, and he was president of the United States four years later. He knows something about winning elections and building a brand.”
This won’t be the first time the former President weighed-in on national elections. Last year, Obama actively campaigned for Ralph Northam in Virginia’s governor race, and made robocalls for Democrat Doug Jones in his race against Roy Moore in Alabama’s highly-contested special election.
UNDER THE BUS: Liberals Say Clinton ‘TOO TOXIC’ for 2018 Midterms
Liberal legislators and left-wing activists have had enough of the Clintons and their political baggage; with 2018 hopefuls turning their backs on the Democratic dynasty and saying the couple is “too toxic” to campaign during the upcoming midterm elections.
According to Politico, Democrats looking to capitalize on the growing “Me Too” movement and claim moral high-ground on the sexual harassment scandals sweeping the country are trying to turn the page on Bill Clinton’s sordid history of misconduct and controversies.
“[Bill Clinton] just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats. And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was,” said Rep. Jayapal of Washington, a prominent leader of the House Progressive Caucus.
“I value the assets of what the Clintons can bring. He did a lot for Georgia when he was president,” added Rep. Porter. “He carried Georgia. The personal side that is now being highlighted, we’ll have to measure.”
Clinton insiders claim the former President is too busy working on his upcoming book to stump during the 2018 midterms, adding “President Clinton has been diligently working on his book.”
“He’s also been focused on the work of his foundation,” the insider added. “So, beyond a few requests for support and advice from a few candidates, he hasn’t spent much time on the midterms.”