Senate candidate Mitt Romney addresses Utah County GOP

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PROVO, Utah (News4Utah) – United States Senate candidate Mitt Romney speaks publicly Friday night just hours after he officially enters the race.

Romney’s campaign strategy is to focus on Utah values and how he can represent them in Washington D.C.

Long before his announcement, he was tapped as the keynote speaker for the Utah County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner. Friday night he delivered that address in front of a sold out crowd.

The former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor is seeking that seat being vacated by Senator Orrin Hatch.

He says is a model Washington can learn from: a balanced budget, strong export market, a welcoming attitude toward refugees and more.

He also touched on the Florida school massacre. He says Congress must take action to keep it from happening again.

“How do we prevent these school violent events from happening? And I believe by the way that this is the time for us to have this discussion because it’s very much in our minds. I don’t know what the answers are to make our schools safer, I don’t have all the answers, I’ve got some ideas. But I think we can’t just sit and wait and hope and expect things to get better. Because these things just keep on happening,” said Romney.

Romney says he stands with President Trump on domestic policy such as tax reform, but he’s not always with him on what he says and does. He says he will stand up to him in those situations.

Romney plans to take the signature route to the primary ballot and go through the Republican convention in April.

Watch his entire remarks via the video below: 

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