— CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 15, 2018
Dan Senor, an adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said it was “highly likely” that the former governor of Massachusetts would move forward with a run for Utah Senate.
Speculation over a Romney senate run has run wild in recent months, and kicked into high gear after current Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his retirement just after the new year.
And reports suggest Romney has his eyes on the seat vacated by 83-year-old Hatch. The New York Times even reported on Sunday that Kem Gardner, a friend of Romney’s, had received a text from him stating simply: “I’m running.”
Senor, appearing on CBS This Morning on Monday, said that while he could not confirm the speculation, he has spoken to Romney and thinks it is “highly likely that he’s going to move forward” with a run.
Romney has been a fairly consistent thorn in the side of President Donald Trump, publicly condemning his behavior in office, which raises questions as to what kind of Republican senator the Utahan would be.
And the president is apparently aware of this potential dilemma: he reportedly pressured Hatch to run for reelection, and called Romney after Hatch announced his retirement.
According to Politico, on the short call Trump “wished Romney…best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Watch Senor’s comments above, via CBS News.
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