Romney And Trump Set Aside Differences, Romney Accepts POTUS' Endorsement

Romney And Trump Set Aside Differences, Romney Accepts POTUS' Endorsement

As he launched his long-awaited U.S. Senate campaign in Utah, Mitt Romney spoke with The Associated Press about immigration, gun control, Russian Federation and why he's running in Utah.

Romney says he doesn't intend to run for president again but says he'd be interested in running for re-election if he wins Utah's Senate seat this November.

Trump said Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor to [Orrin Hatch], and has my full support and endorsement!"

The two have not always gotten along in the past.

Members of both political parties have suggested that Romney, if elected to the Senate, would continue to call out Trump if he believed the president warranted criticism.

Hours after making his campaign announcement early Friday morning, Romney filed paperwork with Utah's elections office allowing him to start collecting the signatures of 28,000 registered Republicans to earn a spot on a June primary ballot.

"Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world - Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion", Romney said in a video on February 16 without mentioning Trump by name.

Trump and Romney spoke in January after Hatch announced his retirement, a White House official said.

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"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud", Mr. Romney said in a speech in Salt Lake City.

Later, Romney dropped by a campaign volunteer booth set up at Utah Valley University in Orem, where he shook hands and posed for pictures with a mob of excited college students he asked to sign his candidate nominating petition.

The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Lindsey Graham who have now become allies.

Romney later said he couldn't vote for him or his rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, saying he wished Americans "had better choices".

Romney changed his tune after Trump beat Clinton for president, and even considered serving as Trump's Secretary of State.

"I can't imagine that he's not", McConnell told the paper Friday after Romney announced his Senate campaign.

Romney also would be a compelling addition to the ongoing congressional wrangle over health care.

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