In Senate Announcement Video, Mitt Romney Is Already Bashing Trump's Immigration Policies

"If you give me this opportunity, I will owe the Senate seat to no one but the people of Utah", Romney says in the video.

"This is a terrific day for the United States Senate".

In Senate Announcement Video, Mitt Romney Is Already Bashing Trump's Immigration Policies
In Senate Announcement Video, Mitt Romney Is Already Bashing Trump's Immigration Policies

Long-regarded as the most vocal GOP critic of USA president Donald Trump, Romney used his announcement to take a dig at the White House on the issue of immigration. The closest allusion to Trump was Romney noting that Utah "welcomes legal immigrants from around the world", while "Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion". Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will vacate upon his retirement at the end of this term, contrasted his adopted state of Utah with the Trump administration's policies in Washington.

In the video, Romney, who is running to occupy the seat Sen. That reality was made clear by immediate reactions to his announcement from across the political spectrum.

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Mitt Romney wants to go to Washington, and he's not hiding how he feels about the president. Trump announced there was blame "on both sides", causing many, including Romney, to condemn the remark.

"Our party and our country are always better off when Mitt is engaged", Ryan said in a statement, "and I know that he will put his unparalleled experience, conservative leadership and lifetime of service to work for Utah in the U.S. Senate". Romney's family has ties to the state, and he is personally credited with righting the struggling organizing committee tasked with bringing the Olympic Games to Salt Lake City in 2002.

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Romney attracted headlines in 2016 when he took the extraordinary step of delivering a biting speech denouncing Trump, calling him a "phony" who was unfit for office. Utah exports more overseas than it imports.

Over the past year, Romney has injected himself into the national conversation, sometimes criticizing President Trump, although he once was in the running to be his secretary of state.

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

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