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Former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney may not be done with politics just yet. In his interview with Deseret News, Romney hinted that he is mulling a 2018 Senate run in Utah, eyeing the seat expected to be vacated by Orrin Hatch, who plans to retire once his term ends. Romney reportedly stated, “I don’t have any predictions on what I might do… All doors are open.”

In 2012, Romney was the Republican nominee for president, who then lost to incumbent Barack Obama. Romney served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007, and was a potential candidate for President Trump’s Secretary of State, a job that ultimately went to former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Although Romney was a fierce Trump critic throughout the campaign, the two seemed to bury the hatchet and have had great meetings since then. Romney has since praised Trump’s strong start to his presidency, especially Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Many in the conservative movement were skeptical of Romney when he ran for president. In 2012, and even more so now, ObamaCare was controversial legislation, and has had catastrophic effects on the country, such as coverage losses, premium hikes, and the loss of doctors. ObamaCare was one of the major issues comprising the election, as more Americans disapproved of it as time continued.

However, Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, signed similar legislation for the state, colloquially known as “RomneyCare.” As such, although he apologized for it and explained the differences between his and Obama’s health legislations, Romney still lost. There were many reasons for this, but a major one was that not many people understood the distinctions between the two laws, even if Romney understood the issues better than Obama and would implement better, more Republican policies than Obama’s, whose policies were disastrous for the country and the world.

Many on the right, such as Sean Hannity, believe Romney, despite his RomneyCare baggage, would have made a great president. In his second presidential debate with Obama, he stated that Russia was our most dangerous enemy, and Obama mocked him for it. It turns out Romney was right, considering Russian aggression in Crimea, election hacking, among other examples.

There is no question Romney knows the issues and has America’s interests at heart. Even though he is not the Tea Party conservative many of us would want, he would make a great Senator. He and would-be Senior Utah Senator Mike Lee would make a great team. If Romney chooses to run, we should support him to be the next Senator from Utah.


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