Romney Announces Bid For Utah Senate: D.C. ‘Sends Immigrants a Message of Exclusion’

He’s running…for Senate.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has confirmed that he is throwing his hat in the ring to become the next senator of Utah. Romney’s interest in taking current Senator Orrin Hatch‘s seat was expected among various political corners, though he postponed his announcement in light of the school shooting that took place in Florida this week.

The aspiring senator made his campaign official with the release of a video statement on Friday morning. The presentation is a mix of Romney’s achievements in public office, Utah’s importance to the nation, his promise to fight for the state in the nation’s capital.

But it also takes a few subtle jabs at longtime foe President Donald Trump:

“Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion,” Romney said. “And on Utah’s Capitol Hill, people treat one another with respect.”

Romney’s political experience, name recognition, and popularity in the state give him a solid chance of winning the upcoming election. If Romney succeeds, there will be considerable implications in the U.S. Senate, especially since he and Trump have publicly opposed each other on multiple occasions.

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