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Romney to Enter Senate With Hillary-Like Clout Right Away

Romney to Enter Senate With Hillary-Like Clout Right Away
Utah GOP Senate candidate Mitt Romney (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 03:45 PM

Mitt Romney's victory in the Republican primary for senator in Utah and virtually assured victory in the November election in the overwhelmingly conservative state sets up an unusual situation in which a former presidential nominee runs for a lower office, CNN reported Wednesday.

Although both Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Secretary of State John Kerry both lost their presidential races, they stayed on as senators after losing their bids for the White House.

It would also be the first time since Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2001 that a freshman senator will arrive on Capitol Hill with the profile and spotlight to make an immediate impact, according to the Washington Examiner.

"He will be fairly well regarded by his colleagues," a Republican operative with Senate ties told the Examiner. "He's spent a lot of time raising money for them over the past six years and campaigning for them. Beyond his own presidential race, Romney is one of the few national figures consistently helpful to Republican Senate campaigns."

That in itself is unusual these days, as most politicians of both parties run against Washington, making sure they talk quite a bit about how few friends they have there.

However, Romney, 71, could find the Senate frustrating, according to the Examiner. In his previous careers as a venture capitalist, CEO, governor of Massachusetts, and two-time presidential candidate, he was almost always in charge.

But congressional committees are an arduous process needing to work with equals and dominated by members whose power derives from seniority.

However, a Republican strategist said "Ultimately, just like he did when he was governor, he'll figure out a way to build coalitions and play the politics and media game in order to be effective."

Although Romney denounced Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, the two have since made amends.

However, Romney wrote in a Sunday op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune he plans to speak out and oppose Trump in the Senate when he says or does something he finds morally objectionable, or is not in the best interest of Utah or the country.

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Mitt Romney's victory in the Republican primary for senator in Utah sets up an unusual situation in which a former presidential nominee runs for a lower office and enters will an unusual amount of political clout, according to CNN.
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