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Romney Downplays Trump Feud, Focuses On Utah In Campaign

Mitt Romney focuses on Utah in Senate Campaign.
Mitt Romney focuses on Utah in Senate Campaign.

Mitt Romney is shaking hands, posing for pictures and cracking jokes as he barnstorms Utah seeking votes for his Senate bid.

What he isn't doing is talking about his well-documented feuds with President Trump.

Though some hope Romney will become the GOP's counterbalance to Trump, whom he called a "phony" and "con man" during the 2016 presidential race, as a candidate, Romney is avoiding lobbing any new attacks on the president and is instead trying to keep the focus on Utah issues.

Romney makes a point in short speeches to applaud President Trump's moves to lower taxes, shrink bureaucracy and shift more control of public lands to the states — examples he hopes show he and Trump see eye-to-eye on some issues.