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UT-Sen: Mitt Romney says he won't stay silent, declares where he stands on the Trump agenda

Former governor Mitt Romrney has won the GOP nomination for Utah Senate with more than 73 percent of the vote. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

In an op-ed for the Salt Lake Tribune, Senate candidate Mitt Romney revealed that his policy would be to support Trump's agenda items when he thought that they were "in the best interest of Utah and the nation" and to oppose them when he feels that they are not.

What exactly did he say?

Romney criticized some Republicans, accusing them of supporting Trump's policies "whether or not they actually agree with that policy." He said that these Republicans fail to criticize the president solely based on being a member of the same party:

The argument for this position is that you pick a team, so to speak, and when the leader of the team is criticized, his or her power to act is weakened and the opposition helped. So in order to achieve Republican policy aims, solid Republicans should stand with the president 100 percent, or at least stay silent when in disagreement.

Romney contrasted himself with these Republicans, saying that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will support Trump's policies when he believes that "they are in the best interest of Utah and the nation."

He then listed things he agreed with that Trump had done, such as reforming the tax code, and things he disagreed with, like withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership or imposing global tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Romney also said he would "speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions." But he insisted that he would "not make this a daily commentary; I express contrary views only when I believe it is a matter of substantial significance."

Romney referred to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan, as well as Adams, Roosevelt, and Bush (with no indication of which Adams, Roosevelt, or Bush he was referring to), as examples of presidents who shaped "the character of the country."

What is Romney running for again?

Romney is facing Dr. Mike Kennedy for the Republican Senate nomination. A recent poll showed Romney with a 42-point lead over Kennedy.

The primary election in Utah will take place Tuesday.

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