Mitt Romney to address 2016 Presidential Race at University of Utah


    Mitt Romney to address 2016 Presidential Race at University of Utah

    (KUTV) Mitt Romney is headed to the University of Utah.

    The former governor of Massachusetts will speak at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to address the state of the 2016 Presidential race. The speech will take place in the 600 seat Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

    "We're expecting the governor to speak very specifically about the 2016 presidential election, the candidates, Super Tuesday, challenges going forward, and I think we're going to get his opinion on what happened so far," said Jason Perry, the Director of Hinckley Institute of Politics.

    Perry said now is the time to make a difference in the presidential race.

    "If you did want to impact the election, the candidates, or how they're perceived, this is the time to do it. We're coming off Super Tuesday, where we see who the frontrunners are."

    Perry said Utah is becoming more relevant in the presidential race.

    "We are a state that is very involved, politically. We have a great interest in who the POTUS is because so much of the State of Utah is owned by the Federal Government."

    The announcement comes days after Romney suggested there was a "bombshell" lurking in the tax returns Trump has so far refused to release. Trump's response to Romney's comment came via Twitter, where he wrote Romney was "one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics."

    Perry was excited to host the speech at the Hinckley Institute.

    "We're thrilled to have someone like Gov. Romney come and talk directly to the students."

    He said he hopes Romney's visit will inspire young voters to get involved.

    "The student voice is so important in this country. My hope is they all get engaged somehow after this," said Perry. "Whether you love politics or not, you're impacted by it. So we want more participation instead of less."

    Though the event will not be open to the public, 2News will stream this event live on 2News and KUTV.com.

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