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McConnell: Trump Should Back Romney for Senate

McConnell: Trump Should Back Romney for Senate

Candidate for senate Mitt Romney tours Gibson's Green Acres Dairy on February 16, 2018 in Ogden, Utah. Mr. Romney is running for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah, currently held by Sen. Orrin Hatch, who announced his retirement after the current term expires. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
 

By    |   Sunday, 18 February 2018 09:35 AM

President Donald Trump needs to get behind Mitt Romney's run for Senate in Utah, which is a sign of a rising Republican party for the 2018 midterms, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told The New York Times.

"I can't imagine that he's not," McConnell told the paper Friday after Romney announced his Senate campaign. "We don’t want to lose the seat, and this looks like a pretty formidable candidate."

President Trump had been called a "phony" by Romney during the 2016 presidential campaign. And while Trump called Romney a "choke artist," he did consider him among his Secretary of State candidates before entering the White House.

"I'm not always with the president on what he might say or do, and if that happens, I'll call them like I see them, the way I have in the past," Romney told a GOP dinner in Provo, Utah, on Friday, while adding he supports the Trump administration agenda and can work with the White House, according to the report.

But McConnell's call for Trump to back Romney stems from seeing his as a pretty sure-fire Republican win in a 2018 midterms that might prove challenging for the ruling party.

"The odds are that we will lose seats in the House and the Senate," McConnell told the Times. "History tells you that, the fired-up nature of the political left tells you that. We go into this clear-eyed that this is going to be quite a challenging election."

McConnell lauded Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate, as an instantly respected junior senator.

"The best way to think about that, and I told him this a couple of months ago, I said: 'You'll be a freshman like Hillary Clinton was,'" Mr. McConnell told the Times. "He will come in here with a level of national identity and respect that will make him effective from Day 1."

Republicans take a 51-49 Senate majority into the midterms and will be defending eight seats. Democrats have to defend 26, including 10 in states President Trump won in 2016, per the Times.

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President Donald Trump needs to get behind Mitt Romney's run for Senate in Utah, which is a sign of a rising Republican party for the 2018 midterms, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told The New York Times.
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