The chairman of the Utah Republican Party said Wednesday that he believes Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Pawlenty departing Wall Street group as campaign rumors swirl Trump ambassador nominee spread conspiracy theories about Cruz, Kasich MORE is qualified to run for Congress, walking back previous comments in which he criticized a potential Senate run by the former GOP presidential candidate.
Romney will announce he's running for the U.S. Senate on Thursday and will be the keynote speaker for the Utah County GOP's Lincoln Day fundraiser on Friday.
The Washington Examiner first reported Romney's plans, though the former MA governor had dropped a not-so-subtle hint on February 1, saying on Twitter that he was "looking forward" to making an announcement about the race on February 15.
"Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud".
Romney went on to talk about the now-president's failed businesses. Trump and Romney have a rocky and adversarial personal relationship, exhibited most clearly during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
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"He has never been a Trump supporter" the Utah party chairman said.
'A business genius he is not, ' Romney said. Anderson basically called Mitt a carpetbagger (just like-gasp!-Hillary Clinton) who was end-running the party and disappointing all the fine Republicans who had been waiting for decades for Orrin Hatch to retire.
Trump hit back at Romney at a rally in ME the next day.
"I think there are areas where he can be helpful to the White House and there are always areas where he's going to disagree and he's going to be very clear and public about those disagreements", Madden added.
Once Romney's in the Senate race, it's most definitely his to lose.
When asked about whether or not Romney is eyeing a position on the committee he chairs, Corker, referencing his potentially impending retirement, said that decision might be out of his hands.