Biden encourages Romney to consider Senate run in Utah

Posted June 11, 2017

FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at M-7 Technologies in Youngstown, Ohio.

The former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, has received unlikely support from his former political rival, Joe Biden. Biden made the comment to Romney Friday, June 9, 2017 at a luxury resort in Utah, where Romney was hosting an annual invitation-only business and politics summit.

Speaking with Romney at the Republican's E2 Summit on American leadership, Biden said Romney was a man of integrity.

"By the way, you should run for Senate".

One person in attendance — videographer Dean Dykema from Maryland — said Romney didn't give any indication he's considering a run if Hatch decides against seeking re-election.

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.

Biden was appearing at Romney's annual E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah, and the two were leading a discussion in front of the summit's attendees Friday evening. Earlier in the day Biden swore in the newly elected and returning members on the Senate floor. The audience - filled with Romney contributors and political allies - applauded in response. The former DE senator has made regular public appearances since leaving office, and has often used them to criticize President Donald Trump.

Speculation has grown that Romney could run for the Senate in Utah.

Romney, a former MA governor, is a Mormon and owns a home in Utah.