Mitt Romney announces U.S. Senate run
(KUTV) — It's official: Mitt Romney announced his run for U.S. Senate early Friday morning.
“Utahns are known for hard work, innovation, and our can-do pioneering spirit. I am running for United States Senate because in these trying times there is no better moment to bring Utah’s values to Washington. Utah’s economic and political success is a model for our nation; I am ready to fight for this great state and advocate for solutions that improve the lives of Utahns,” Romney said.
In his announcement video, Romney says, "Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world. Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion." He also emphasized that no donor or corporation would own his campaign or bias his vote, an appeal Donald Trump used in his campaign for the U.S. presidency.
Romney reportedly plans to visit each of Utah's 29 counties to speak with Utahns about their issues, priorities and concerns.
Utah's dual-track nomination process includes procuring signatures for a June primary and participating in the caucus and convention system.
According to a news release, Romney plans to participate in both the signature gathering process and the state GOP convention in April.
"Romney is uniquely positioned to serve Utah and fight for Utahns," a news release states. "He led the 2002 Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics and, with a team of volunteers and managers, turned the struggling Games into a success story."
The news release also cites his success with Bain Capital, a leading investment company, as well as his time as turnaround CEO for Bain and Company, an international management consulting firm.
Romney is currently serving on the board of directors of Marriott International and as Chairman of the Solamere Capital Executive Partner Group.
"As governor of Massachusetts, Romney worked across the aisle to cut taxes 19 times, develop a health insurance program that covered all citizens, establish the John and Abigail Adams College Scholarship program for the top quarter of high school students, and balance the budget every year," a news release states.
Jenny Wilson, a Democrat candidate for Utah's open U.S. Senate seat released a video the same day that criticizes Romney for being "an out-of-state member of the national establishment."
The Utah Democratic Party also released a statement following Romney's announcement welcoming him to the race
"We (and apparently the leaders of his own party) have serious concerns about Mr. Romney's record," the release states. "Specifically his stance on public education and his decades-long push to cut funding for public schools."
The release goes on to attack Mitt Romney, President Trump, Sen. Hatch and the Republican Party.
"We hope that the campaign proves to be civil and that Mr. Romney realizes that Utahns have repeatedly rejected the Trump agenda of ripping apart families, destabilizing our institutions, and enabling misogyny and hatred in our communities," the release says. "The Republican Party has lost its way and Mr. Romney has been complicit in that process. We look forward to seeing if Mr. Romney can establish himself outside of their floundering moral center in a way that Senator Hatch, and so many others, have continuously failed to do."