Mitt Romney to announce Senate run Thursday

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 New York

"He's probably going to run for the Senate", Ron Kaufman, a senior adviser to Romney, told ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics Podcast" Wednesday, he added "He really does believe in service to the country".

The Republican Party leader said he spoke Wednesday to Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. Trump and Romney have a rocky and adversarial personal relationship, exhibited most clearly during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

Thomas Wright, an RNC member from Utah, said the committee supports its candidates and expects that to be the case if Mr. Romney captures the nomination.

"That doesn't mean when he sees areas where he has to speak out and I think maybe guide the policy conversation or political conversation in a direction where he thinks the president is doing the wrong thing, he will certainly take the opportunity as he has shown time and time again", Mr.

"Mitt Romney doesn't live here, his kids weren't born here, he doesn't shop here", Anderson said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.

In November, Utah Republican Boyd Matheson, president of the Sutherland Institute and former chief of staff to Sen.

His first campaign appearance will be on Friday in Provo, Utah, the source said. His remarks there will steer clear of Trump and focus on how Congress could learn from the conservative state, the people said.

Incumbent Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.), the longest-serving Senate Republican, announced last month that he will retire at the end of his current term in January 2019.

Romney, 70, has been a popular figure in Utah, if not a resident, for decades.

Once Romney's in the Senate race, it's most definitely his to lose.

Senate Minority Assistant Whip Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, said she's excited for a race between Romney and Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson, a Democrat. But the impression I get is that he's just an old-school Utah Republican making a last futile protest against what he calls a "Romney Machine" that's about to roll over him. Hatch officially announced his retirement, Romney changed the location on his Twitter bio from "Massachusetts" to "Holladay, Utah", fueling speculation that he would announce for Senate and opening himself to criticism for carpet-bagging to win an easy Senate seat.

If elected, Romney associates said he would operate in the Senate as an independent-minded lawmaker but would resist being labeled as a reliable Trump critic in the model of retiring Sen.

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