Romney delays announcement after school shooting

President-elect Trump briefly flirted with making Mitt Romney his secretary of state inviting him to dinner in November 2016. That never happened likely because Trump never forgave Romney for his March 2016 speech labeling Trump a'phony

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks after a dinner meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Jean-Georges inside of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in NY, U.S., November 29, 2016.

The Atlantic reported last week that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) would like to make Romney the next chairman of the organization should Romney replace the outgoing Sen.

What happened: Romney took leave from his private equity firm to challenge Ted Kennedy for the MA seat that the Democrat held at that point for more than three decades. Pundits attributed Romey's loss to Kennedy's strong grip on Bay State politics and the GOP challenger's lackluster performance in the debates. Rumours were swirling in Utah political circles and among the former governor's friends and aides that Romney was exhausted of playing the presidential also-ran - the GOP's answer to Walter Mondale, the former Democratic Vice President who was trounced by the late Ronald Reagan in 1984 by 512 electoral votes.

President-elect Trump (left) briefly flirted with making Mitt Romney (right) his secretary of state, inviting him to dinner in November 2016. Orrin Hatch, who announced earlier this year he's not running for re-election.

Romney previewed his campaign again in a short Facebook post: "Stay tuned for my announcement on the Utah Senate race this Thursday", the post said. Romney is carefully designing his campaign launch to avoid media questions about Trump. They discussed his plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to do so publicly.

Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney.

'I don't know what happened to him, ' Trump said, who had previously mocked the ex-nominee for running 'one of the worst races in presidential history'. Madden said, his first duty is to be a good ambassador for the people of Utah - not the face of the anti-Trump Republican Party.

Some Republicans have high hopes for Mr. Romney and suggest he could be a leader in the upper chamber.

Still, it is clear that some Republicans, including Mr. Anderson, the state party chairman, are not sold.

I could have said, "Mitt, drop to your knees". "Mainly on the national security and foreign policy front", Madden said, "So I think he'll look to quickly establish his voice there".

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