In a possible ‘Senator Romney’, some GOPers see an elder statesman and potential Trump foil

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Former Massachusetts Governor and one-time Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is planning to announce that he will run for the U.S. Senate in Utah on Thursday morning, according to senior advisers familiar with the matter.

“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.”

Romney first re-ignited speculation that he indeed is ready to make another foray into national politics with a tweet at the beginning of February.

What makes Romney’s expected announcement and desire to occupy a seat in the Senate particularly interesting is his relationship with the man who currently occupies the Oval Office.

“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat,” Romney said in March referring to then-candidate Donald Trump.

The comments were some of the harshest during a bitter 2016 presidential campaign. Now with Romney potentially occupying a seat Congress’ upper chamber, those tensions between him and the president are sure to resurface.

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Mitt Romney speaks to members of the media after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in Bedminster, New Jersey, Nov. 19, 2016.

Romney was a favorite target for Trump on Twitter during the campaign, where the then-presidential candidate called him a “dope” and a “fool,” as well as “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics.”

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