Laura Seitz, Deseret News
ARCHIVE – Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leaves the auditorium after a speech on the Republican presidency at the University of Utah on Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY – Mitt Romney has yet to reveal the time and place for his announcement on Thursday of his political plans, fueling speculation that he will launch his campaign for the US Senate. UU Online.
If so, his first public appearance as a candidate would be as the keynote speaker at Lincoln Day Utah Republican Party Dinner in Provo on Friday.
The Associated Press reported that Romney will launch an internet video on Thursday announcing he will run for the seat, citing three people with direct knowledge of the plan.
Since this year he told Deseret News that he was leaving the door open for another candidacy for political office, the Republican presidential candidate of 2012 has been timid about his future.
Romney has not faced the media during that time, and has diverted questions about running when reporters caught him. He spoke at two conventions in Salt Lake City last month, but he did not address the persistent question or joke about it. Your comment on political issues has come through Twitter or Facebook.
Two weeks ago, Romney tweeted that he would make an announcement on February 15 about running for the position held by Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
On Monday, he went back to social networks to announce that he was going to make an announcement.
"Stay tuned for my announcement about the Utah Senate race on Thursday, visit www.mittromney to be one of the first to know!", Posted on Facebook. The website has a picture of Romney and a link to join "Team Mitt."
Although his messages do not spell out who is a candidate, there seems little doubt that Utah's adopted adopted son will run for Hatch's position. He would become the favorite to replace Hatch, who announced in January that he would not seek an eighth term this year.
Salt Lake County Democratic Councilwoman Jenny Wilson has been campaigning for Hatch's seat since last summer. Democrat Mitchell Vice President and Libertarian Craig Bowden are also running.
It is probably not a coincidence that Romney's announcement falls during the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Games began on February 9 and ended on February 25.
Romney, who spent much of his professional life in Massachusetts, where he served as governor, is best known in Utah for reversing the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.