According to Utahpolicy.com., 2012 Republican Presidental nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is planning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 if current long-time Senator Orrin Hatch retires after this term.
“Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to.”
Right now, Hatch has not decided if this will be his final term in office. Hatch, who has served eights terms in the U.S. Senate, has previously stated that a likely decision would come later this fall.
Earlier this year, Hatch told the National Journal that “he would step aside if an “outstanding person” were to run for his position. Someone like Romney.”
A UtahPolicy.com poll shows Romney would do well in a Senate race against Democrat Jenny Wilson. Romney leads Wilson 64-26 percent in that poll.
After losing to President Barack Obama 332-206 in electoral votes, Romney has stayed in the news. An outspoken opponent of President Trump during the 2016 Republican primary, Romney has been proven right on a number of issues.
After losing the race for the White House in 2012, Romney prophecy has been vindicated. In foreign policy, Romney correctly predicted that Russia was America top geopolitical foe. He also correctly predicted the rise of ISIS in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled, The Price of Failed Leadership. Romney’s critique of the slow economic recovery has also panned out, as did his prediction of an implosion of Obamacare.
Many conservatives have seen Romney as squishy or too moderate. I am not one of those. He is not as conservative as I would be on some issues, but he is a serious leader. In the era of Trump, we need serious leaders who are honest and can get agendas passed. A turnaround expert by trade, Mitt Romney has improved almost all the positions he has held. Maybe he can improve the U.S. Senate next.