SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump announced his endorsement for Mitt Romney’s Senate run via Twitter Monday night.
“@MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!” Trump tweeted just before 7:30 p.m. MST.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee who blasted Trump during the 2016 race, announced his Senate campaign in a video Friday.
Though he was one of Trump’s earliest and harshest critics during the president’s campaign, Romney told the Deseret News last week that he has spoken with the president multiple times in the past year and supports his domestic policies so far.
Romney responded to the tweeted endorsement, saying he appreciated the president’s support.
Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 20, 2018
“I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah,” Romney tweeted.
If elected to the seat that Hatch, R-Utah, has held since 1976, Romney has said he believes the relationships he has already built in Washington, D.C., would position him better than the average freshman senator.
In his 2 ½-minute video, Romney praised Utahns’ “can-do pioneering spirit,” called out federal dysfunction and pledged to take the state’s values to Washington.
“Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in Washington,” Romney says in the clip.
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