Mitt Romney to launch Senate bid Friday, culling Utah lawmakers' support

Mitt Romney, the former MA governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, postponed announcing his plans for the Senate race in Utah in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday.

Sources close to Romney told NBC News that the former MA governor will make his announcement in a video message rather than a large-scale rally.

"Out of respect for the victims and their families, I will not be making an announcement tomorrow about the Senate race", he tweeted.

The people who provided the information asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about Romney's plans in advance.

"I know he served as governor and ran in a presidential race and did a lot of work to understand foreign policy issues", Corker told ABC News this week, "I think he's going to be a strong voice on multiple issues, personally".

In Utah, Romney is remembered for turning around the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics.

His first campaign appearance will be on Friday in Provo, Utah, the source said.

Romney is likely to face plenty of questions from reporters - and from within his own party - about his views on Trump and his past statements criticizing the president.

Weiler said he brought up comments made recently by Utah GOP Chairman Rob Anderson about Romney's ties to the state.

"I haven't heard a word from him", says Anderson....

"Nobody wants to go out there like David and Goliath and get defeated by the Romney machine", he said.

The Republican challenger attempted to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen.Edward M. Kennedy, who won re-election to a sixth full term.

In the 2016 campaign, Romney decided not to seek the nomination.

One of President Donald Trump's chief political foils in the Republican Party - a party that increasingly resembles a Trump fan club more than a group of partisan but independent thinkers - is about to storm the national scene and send a jolt of energy to the dwindling and listless #NeverTrump movement. He also hired Salt Lake-based Y2 Analytics as his polling firm. M.J. Henshaw, a former aide to a Utah congressman, will be the spokesman; consultant Will Ritter, who is close with Romney and his family, is handling media and digital activities through his firm Poolhouse, which produced the campaign's kickoff video.

"I can't think of a logical reason why he would do that", Mr. Hansen said.

  • Rogelio Becker