REPORT: Mitt Romney Mulls 2018 Senate Bid

Talking Points Memo reports:

Alarmed by President Trump and the shrinking faction of Republicans willing and able to stand up to him, Mitt Romney is seriously considering one more run for public office.

Sources close to Romney tell TPM that he’s leaning toward a run if Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) decides to retire, a move that sources close to Hatch say is more likely than not. And they say that while Romney was initially not keen on running for the Senate, the retirements of Trump-critical Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) and John McCain’s (R-AZ) ongoing health problems have left a void he thinks desperately needs to be filled.

“There’s a demand for people like him in the Senate. We’re losing people like Jeff Flake, who’s a conservative but an independent voice, we’re losing Bob Corker. Now more than ever we need statesmen and people with integrity in public office, and Mitt Romney fits that description,” former Romney spokesman Ryan Williams told TPM, after emphasizing he hasn’t talked to Romney about the race.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Have they no fresh blood of decent candidates to run ?

    • Reality.Bites

      They need, if going against Trump, a candidate who can’t be defeated in primaries by Trumpists. Can’t get much closer to that than Romney in Utah.

    • FAEN

      I worry more about that issue with our side truth be told.

    • Michael White

      we as liberals don’t have any fresh candidates.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Randy Bryce seems really good.
        Running against Paul Ryan

    • lymis

      Honestly, whether there are any decent Republicans left – at all – is a matter for honest debate. But if there are, they have to be looking at the current state of the party, and the tactics of their own right wing, and the abuses of both the donor class and the Breitbart wing, and honestly thinking that the small chance they’d have of actually being elected wouldn’t be worth the harassment, pain, suffering, and in some cases, actual physical danger, they’d be putting themselves and their families through.

  • shellback

    How many times do the voters have to say “NO” for you to understand? Go away.

  • bkmn

    Mittens will run as a guy who will control Trump but if he wins he will support his agenda at over 99%

    • Reality.Bites

      Call me crazy, but I think if he runs it’s going to be on an agenda of taking the party back from Trump. No other reason to do it.

      • FAEN

        Mittens doesn’t have the balls im afraid.

        • Chucktech

          If he did, he’d primary Hatch.

        • Todd20036

          Wait… how EXACTLY do you know what Mittens’ balls look like?

          • FAEN

            He came to my ball slapping seminar and volunteered. Like most overly religious republicans he’s into so many biblical no no’s.


          • Nowhereman

            People are saying…

          • FAEN

            The top people.

          • Nowhereman

            I’m soooo glad that I had already swallowed my sip of tea before I read that!

      • David Walker

        More like a comeback attempt. He misses the government welfare.

      • perversatile

        Call me crazy- but I just figured out the guy in the yellow suit (1:38) was suppose to be Paul Ryan.

        • Nowhereman

          My stomach hurts from laughing so much! I’ve never seen a mormon dance like that! And the elevator scene was–well, strange.
          Also, the next video, “Foil” is one of my favorite Weird Al parodies.

      • Sporkfighter

        How is he planning on doing that? Mormons generally hate Trump, and that help him in Utah, but I don’t see how one senator will be able to do what three senators (Corker, Flake bailing and McCain dying) can’t.

      • Lawerence Collins

        The GOP thugs that aren’t running or retiring, have proven. That the right is extra extreme now. If you’re not president Toxic 🍊🤡💩 supporter. You can’t win.

      • Gerry Fisher

        He’s 70. I don’t think he’s got another presidential run in him.

      • MikeSEA

        I hope you are right on this. Trump was ‘relatively’ unpopular in Utah, as some LDS members were uncomfortable with the way he conducts his life.

        That said, though, I keep thinking about that creepy dinner with Romney and Trump after the election, where Romney kissed some butt in a (futile) campaign to become Secy of State. So, who knows?!

  • Treant

    Did you just say he’s gonna be like Jeff Flake? OK, now I completely object to RMoney.

  • j.martindale

    Remind the people of Utah again about the makers and takers, Mitt.

    • Gustav2

      In Utah, “makers and takers” are the same thing, but euphemistically called “businessmen and women.”

      • Stev84

        Mormons aren’t too keen on businesswomen

        • FAEN

          Mormons aren’t too keen on women at all unless they’re in those awful dresses, hair in a French braid and are cooking, cleaning and giving birth silently.

  • Sam_Handwitch

    at this point Trump is still above water in Utah, so not sure bashing Dotard will work in a primary.

    i wonder if Mia Love is considering

    • FAEN

      If there was ever a doubt that the majority of so called ‘Christians’ are of the cafeteria kind we can now bury that doubt in the ground.

      They voted for a man the least like Jesus and voted against a woman who has spent her life helping children and trying to make peoples lives bettter.

      What a bunch of hypocritical assholes.

      • Chucktech

        …and voted against a woman who taught Sunday school and has spent her life helping children and trying to make peoples lives better.

        • FAEN

          Thank you for the addition 😊.

    • FAEN

      Mia Love-another quisling.

  • billbear1961

    So, this is the Romney who reviles the Defiler, not the one who grovels to him for a job in his infamous regime?

    • David Walker

      As I suggested to another contributor, he misses the government dole. And the spotlight. I will give him credit for “sensing” that something is amiss in the party of Lincoln. We need razor-sharp thinking like that. Or it’s out of spite for a really crappy 45 dindin.

      • billbear1961

        It’s been a very LONG time since it was the party of Lincoln.

        It IS now a neo-fascist party, the single greatest enemy this Republic has.

        That its claim to ANY legitimate authority is not REJECTED in what is SUPPOSED to be a GENUINE democracy is a growing source of SCANDAL, David!!

      • madknits

        To be fair, neither he nor his Lieutenant Governor, QuntingBitchWhore Kerry Healy (she who was born with a silver spoon in her back), accepted a salary when they were governing MA. I still hate them both and hope they die painful deaths.

        Healy famously said that Dreamers should not get in-state tuition rates for state universities, and that they should go to private universities. Harvard actually has need-blind admissions, so if you can get into Harvard College (the undergrad school), they make sure you have the wherewithal to pay for it.

    • gothambear

      exactly my thoughts – they just need to run the tapes of mitty groveling and fawning for the camera at whatever trump resort he was dining at to beg for a cabinet job…ugh

  • Gustav2

    Mittens does like to play the “Savior” doesn’t he?

    I wonder where he gets that?

  • PopstarPecker
  • JustDucky

    If Mittens is putting country above party and running against Trump as a well funded independent candidate in 2020 in order to split the Republican vote and do what he can to prevent four more years of Trump, I support him. Otherwise…

    • FAEN

      IMHO Romney is too liberal for Utah Republicans.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I’ll make a bold prediction here. Mittens will sway whichever way the wind’s blowing.

  • Michael R

    If you have something to say , say it at the 2016 debates

  • FAEN

    Mittens loves to run for office. He can’t help himself.

  • GayOldLady

    Oh Mitt, you really trying to sell people on the Republican Statesman angle?

  • FAEN

    Please proceed Gov.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Oh Mitt, remember you drove off for 12 hours with your puppy on the roof of your car? Well, you are that puppy now.

    • FAEN

      That still and will forever sicken and upset me. And spoke volumes about the man.

  • worstcultever

    “Me and my companies wiped out hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs and pensions so that I could have a car elevator, which proves the greatness of America! Vote for me!”

  • MBear

    Nothing like fixing an oligarchy by hiring another oligarch

    • Daveed_WOW

      Well, the Church saved Rome…oh wait…

  • Daveed_WOW

    Is anyone else just plain tired of rich, old white men? The main reason we need diversity is to fight the bloody boredom.

    • Reality.Bites

      All the young poor men in the Republican Party are Nazis, so in that party, give me the rich old white men please.

  • greenmanTN
    • KnownDonorDad

      I’ll say one thing for Romney. I actually believe that he’s aboveboard when it comes to sexual stuff. Yes, the stereotypical squeaky-clean Mormon guy, but it rings true.

  • billbear1961
  • OdieDenCO

    “..people with integrity in public office, and Mitt Romney fits that description,”

    nothing like starting off your potential bid for office with a good lie.

  • RealityBass

    Gee I wonder how Mitt would vote on tax cuts for the rich?

    • FAEN

      Remember he considers himself ‘middle class’.

      • edrex

        more like liddle’ class.

      • madknits

        Right, because all middle class people own property in multiple states, and forget in which one they declared their primary residency when filing their taxes. /r*

        • FAEN

          Or demolish their 12,000 sq foot homes so they can build a 24,000 sq foot home.

          Such middle class behavior 🙄.

          • madknits

            Like I said, rage.

          • Danieruw

            Or have car elevators! Seriously, I didn’t even know that was a thing until it came up in relation to Mittens.

          • FAEN

            They have become rather trendy. My parents building has one but it’s a BUILDING not a private home.

  • canoebum

    I don’t know for sure, but I’d bet real money he sits on the Board of more than one company eager to get their hands on Utah natural resources currently protected as wildlands by the Federal government. As the US Senator from Utah, he could instrumental in transferring some of that land to private hands. I don’t trust him. Just another bored rich guy.

    • bzrd

      his MO
      buy companies then sell off their valuable parts leaving shite

      • FAEN

        In Jesus name of course.

    • Reality.Bites

      I think it’s safe to say though, that any other potential Utah senator could only be worse than Romney, not better and probably not even equally bad, but palpably worse.

      Where the election of a Republican is inevitable, let’s hope for the sanest, most rational ones possible. We know first hand now the results of “let’s hope the most insane, unreasonable unelectable Republican is nominated.”

      • canoebum

        You make a good point. I would only suggest that Romney has experience and connections that could make his efforts to privatize public lands effective. Other prospective candidates, though more deplorable, may be inept, which would work in favor of maintaining the protections those lands now enjoy.

        • Reality.Bites

          I’ll be grateful to still have a government in place for them to get rich off the back of.

  • lymis

    Cool. Maybe we could get something completely and in all ways totally different from Obamacare – like, you know, Romneycare was.


  • JAKvirginia

    Can’t he get a real job? Another clown sucking off the government teat! Moocher! /s

  • ericxdc

    Gosh, I hope they won’t fight over who gets the second scoop of ice cream.

    • KnownDonorDad

      “Reek. My name is Reek.”

  • Cuberly Deux


    On what planet?

    • JackNasty


  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Don’t….just…..don’t. Better yet…

    • Rambie

      Have you seen the Senators from Utah?! Sadly, Mitt would be a upgrade.

  • LovesIrony

    Fasten the kennel to the roof,it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  • madknits

    When Willard ran for Governor of Massachusetts, he had filed his taxes stating that Utah was his legal residence. For some reason beyond comprehension, his excuse, I signed my tax forms without looking at the residency was accepted. Lying sack of shit. And Willard “Corporations are People, My Friend” Romney should be absolutely delighted with the direction this administration is taking.

  • Macbill

    Doesn’t he live in California in a house with a car elevator?

    • bzrd

      he doesn’t know where he lives

    • madknits

      He has residences in several states, or did when he ran for president. Not sure if he sold the two homes he owned in New England (MA and NH).

  • BeaverTales

    Does Rmoney live in UT now? Billionaires can uproot and live amazing lives almost anywhere without even selling their previous homes if they want.

    I’m betting he moved back to the Mormon mothership instead of moving to the CA house with the car elevator because the CA demographics have failed to be impressed by his pedigree and name, and seemed content to go without wealthy GOP politicians like Whitman and Fiorina.

    Schwarzenegger caused some kind of burnout on fame being a primary qualification for office in CA, but not elsewhere….it’s a good thing for the future. CA is hopefully going to remain a trendsetter.

    • William

      That “huddled masses” crap was added later.

  • rednekokie

    Hmmm — just can’t keep his nose out of the guv’mnt trough, can he!!!

  • Given it’s Utah, Romney or McMullen is probably the best we could hope for from them.

    • KnownDonorDad

      McMullen would be interesting – a strident anti-Trumper.

      • William

        McMullen sounds like he has a brain and may have visited reality. Mitt is clueless.

  • thatotherjean

    Statesman? Person with integrity? Only in comparison with Trump. For someone to get Republicans out of the mess they got themselves into, they’re going to have to look elsewhere.

  • Friday

    It’s not like Rmoney is really much improvement, but at least there’s less flying spittle.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Lowered expectaaaations

  • andrew

    I wouldn’t vote for him if I lived in Utah, but he would be an improvement over Hatch and infinitely better than the right wing extremist Lee.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Mitt, Hon, when last n the national spotlight, you were groveling for a nomination for Secretary of State. Now, you’re going to “stand up to him”?

  • JCF
  • Michael Hampton

    No thanks. Thanks though. Really.

  • William

    Mitt is 70 years old. Time for new blood in elected office.

  • Nowhereman

    It’s sad that we are now at the point where Romney looks like a good option.

  • Randolph Finder

    The question is “Of all the people who could get a plurality of votes in the 2018 Utah Senate race, who would JMG *like* to see?”

    And note, even if both Romney and McMullan were both in the General Election, the last time the Democratic Candidate for US Senate won more than one third of the votes was 1992!