Salt Lake City, Utah- (News4Utah) – Governor Mitt Romney was the keynote speaker at a local economic summit, where most of the focus was on a potential senate run.
There was no official announcement from Romney, but there were plenty of hints and local leaders say there is no doubt he is in.
More than 900 people packed into a ballroom at the Salt Lake Marriott to listen to Romney.
“I’m convinced that bright days are ahead, but I’m convinced as well that Utah has lessons to teach the world in a time when we can trade, we can win and we can succeed,” said Romney.
At the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit, Romney spoke freely about how Utah values can address the nations biggest challenges.
But, mums the word on whether he’ll make a run for senate.
“I have nothing for you on that topic,” said Romney.
“I don’t think there is any doubt,” said Derek Miller, President and CEO of World Trade Center Utah.
Miller was once considering a run for the seat himself.
“I’ve said from the very beginning, this is going back over a year and a half ago now, if Mitt Romney wants to run for senate, I’ll be the first one doing a honk-and-wave, holding a sign for him. I think he’s that good,” said Miller.
Romney’s good friend Kem Gardner is also indicating a Romney run. He even had a little slip during the introduction. Seemingly intentional.
“So, I think we need to welcome to the stage Sen, I mean Governor Romney,” said Gardner.
Governor Gary Herbert has also had discussions with Romney. He’s encouraged him to run and says Romney is in a position to quickly climb the ranks.
“Think about it. Romney and Ryan leading in congress in ways they couldn’t have done as president and vice president. Isn’t that an interesting thought,” said Herbert, (R) Utah.
Miller expects Romney to make an official announcement soon, possibly next week.
No other republican candidates have declared for the race.