While running for President in 2012, Mitt Romney said he felt Russia was the country creating the greatest threat to the United States and a lot of people were surprised. On KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday, Romney said he still feels that way.
“That doesn’t mean we’re enemies, that we’re about to go to war or anything like that,” Romney exclaimed. “I don’t think that will ever happen. But I do believe that their interests are to diminish and disrespect the validity of true democracy.
“They have interfered with our elections, they have interfered with other elections around the world. They represent a danger to the principals of democracy and free enterprise upon which much of the world is based.”
Romney is running for the U.S. Senate now and said he has already visited all parts of the state, visiting 21 counties and 40 communities. He said the overwhelming sentiment he hears from Utahns is that the federal government is too involved in our lives and in this state.
“The federal government is playing too heavy a hand,” said Romney. “It is directing too much.”
He also said there are some real polarities throughout the state regarding the challenges facing Utah’s communities, from improving growth to handling the growth that is already occurring.
If Romney wins the Senate race, he would instantly become one of the most recognizable Senators on Capitol Hill. Romney said that name recognition and reputation will be a real advantage for Utah.
“As we consider who would best be able to fight for the cause of Utah, and the issues that affect our people, someone like myself…has experience on the national stage and who has campaigned with 40 different senators, I’ve got relationships in the Senate on our side of the aisle.
“I think a number of Senators on the other side of the aisle know me as someone who has spoken with dignity and honor as I’ve addressed issues. So I think I’ve got good respect there.”
He also recognized that he and President Trump have not always seen eye-to-eye but he believes the President has made it clear that he supports Romney’s campaign.
Romney admitted that he would like to serve two to three terms if Utahns agree to continue electing him to office.