Biden encourages Romney to consider Senate run in Utah

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Nonetheless, Joe Biden encouraged Romney to run for the senate.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Biden on Friday told a closed door gathering at the E2 Summit, he knew Clinton would lose key battleground states from having campaigned himself in those states, Politico reported Saturday. Romney remained largely quiet as Biden made the remark and offered little by way of response other than to smile, whilst the audience reportedly applauded in excitement at the prospect.

Romney and Biden both considered running for president past year, but both deferred to candidates they saw as having an overwhelming financial advantage (Jeb Bush on the Republican side; Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side). But people who were there confirmed the conversation, and described it as a warm, bipartisan talk.

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"Mitt didn't have a chance to ask many questions because Joe pretty much took over the show", Dykema said. Orrin Hatch, 83, must decide whether he wants to run for an eighth term.

Romney spoke the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about Hatch's seat earlier this year.

Romney was one of the top secretary of state candidates and even attended a dinner with then-President Elect Trump, which spawned a widely-ridiculed photo of Romney gazing morosely at photographers as Trump grinned emphatically.

Following Donald Trump's election victory last November, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was briefly considered by Trump's team for the position of secretary of state.