Mitt Romney delays Senate announcement after Florida shooting

President-elect Trump briefly flirted with making Mitt Romney his secretary of state inviting him to dinner in November 2016. That never happened likely because Trump never forgave Romney for his March 2016 speech labeling Trump a'phony

Though he briefly seemed to reconcile with Trump after the election and was viewed as a candidate for secretary of state, Romney later resumed his criticism, especially over the president's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Former Romney campaign aides told The Hill Romney will not run a Never Trump-style campaign, though they said he won't shy away from criticizing the president when they disagree on something.

While Romney is the highest profile candidate to throw their hat into the ring for the Senate race, he is not alone. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Matheson flirted with his own Senate campaign past year and spoke with Bannon about the possibility but decided against it.

In an apparent dig at President Trump's penchant for engaging in feuds with other public figures, Romney declared that at the Utah Capitol Building, "people treat others with respect".

Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson, a Democratic challenger in the race against Romney, has taken swipes at him over his residency.

Romney teased the announcement last week but delayed the formal declaration from Thursday because of the school shooting in Florida. In a tweet from February 14, Romney said he'd delayed his senate race announcement out of respect for the victims. Romney called Trump a "fraud" and a "phony" during a speech in 2016.

Foreign policy is one area where Romney could clash with Trump and join the ranks of Sen.

Not everyone is happy about a Romney candidacy. "Washington is buried in debt", he said. And let there be no question: "I will fight for the people of Utah".

Here's how NPR's Mara Liasson envisioned the scenario playing out in a report from December: "If that happened, Romney would immediately become the most prominent elder statesman of the GOP".

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Boyd Matheson, who served as chief of staff for Sen.

The former Republican presidential candidate announced his campaign Friday in a video message via twitter.

"I think the one thing that Mitt Romney understands about President Trump is that President Trump is 100 percent transactional", Mr. Matheson said. Janna and I adore Mitt and Ann.

Given the two men's history, some fireworks may be expected.

When Trump's candidacy gained strength in the 2016 campaign, Romney urged Republicans not to support him, an effort that fizzled as the NY real estate magnate went on to win the nomination and the November election. But there will still be significant overlap between the president's political interests and Romney's - and politics is a team sport, even if the team is dysfunctional and rife with disagreements.

Mitt Romney was the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

In the video, Romney says Utah is admired for both its beauty and its people. "When he thinks the president is saying something undermining America's ideas or principles, he'll speak out". A number of little-known Republicans have announced Senate campaigns ahead of Romney.

Utah is a deep red state. "And how do you expect to represent Utah when you don't live here?"

The comments shocked Dave Hansen, a former state party chairman.

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