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Mitt Romney is thinking about running for Senate in 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 3: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives a speech on the state of the Republican party at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah on March 3, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Romney spoke about Donald Trump calling him a fraud and arguing against his nomination. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney admitted that he is mulling over a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

He made the comments to Deseret News, who reported that he mentioned the 2018 Senate race, and said, "I don't have any predictions on what I might do. I'm not going to open a door and I'm not going to close a door. All doors are open."

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is up for re-election in 2018 but has not announced if he'll run again after holding the office for 40 years.

"I'm not looking forward to anything political at the national level," he added. "We've got some races coming up here in Utah that are going to be interesting. We'll see what happens on that front."

Romney had a lot to say about the new president, all of it positive.

We're all watching with interest. He’s obviously gotten off to a very strong start in terms of making a series of executive orders and making the changes that he promised during the campaign.

He applauded Trump for proving his critics wrong by staying true to his campaign promises, especially the nomination of a conservative, Judge Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court. He also talked about being passed over for the Secretary of State position in the administration.

"I had very good meetings with, at that point, President-elect Trump," Romney said, adding that he was encouraged that Trump "was willing to talk to me, given the fact that I had been so critical."

Romney had been at the forefront of the "Never Trump" movement during the primaries, and criticized the then-candidate ceaselessly but his pleading wasn't enough to stop the Trump juggernaut. He has since come around to reluctantly accepting the 45th president, though he has admitted that he wonders why he didn't choose to run in 2016.

[H/T: The Resurgent]

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