'Friends' of Mitt Romney create site selling merch, encouraging Utah senator to run against Trump

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Posted - Oct. 13, 2019 at 10:43 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Reports emerged last week that some Republican donors are encouraging Utah Sen. Mitt Romney to run against President Donald Trump in 2020, and Romney addressed those rumors Thursday by saying there is "no circumstance I can conceive of that would have me running for national office again.”

But that isn't stopping some Republicans from trying to change his mind.

Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's short-lived former communications director turned prominent critic, tweeted a link Friday to a website selling Romney 2020 T-shirts and attempting to "nudge" the senator into a run.

Featuring slogans like "commit to Mitt" and "enough is enough," the site says it is "paid for by friends of Mitt Romney." It includes an "issues" page that features positions lifted directly from Romney's senate campaign website.

It also features an email newsletter sign-up to follow the "crusade."

Though a vocal contingent of so-called Never Trump Republicans are seeking an alternative candidate to throw their weight behind, the president retains widespread popularity within his own party. A Friday Hill-HarrisX poll shows Trump with an 83% approval rating among Republicans.

Romney said Thursday he expects the president to be reelected.

Graham Dudley

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