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Romney, seeks U.S. Senate seat, calls for action against mass shootings

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The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, and former GOP presidential candidate was the keynote speaker at the Lincoln Day Dinner; senior correspondent Adam Housley reports from Los Angeles.

Only hours after the announcement of plans for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the stage Friday night came clear in Provo, Utah, to draw attention to one thing, in the whole country: this week’s massacre in Florida.

“I think we can’t just sit and wait and hope that things will get better,” Romney said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “It is wrong and not acceptable for the children in our schools in fear of their lives”.

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Romney called for preventive measures, such as strengthening the FBI database for gun background checks and the improvement of school security with police patrols and intervention teams, such as the steps States should consider in order to prevent such tragedies.

Romney is the heavy favorite to replace the outgoing Orrin Hatch.

After the loss of the 2012 presidential race, the former Governor of Massachusetts, moved to Utah, where he has deep roots from his time at Brigham Young University and his role in repairing the image of the scandal-plagued 2002 winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City.

Romney briefly outline his platform for his campaign outlined posted in a video message on Twitter, where he touched on immigration, fiscal responsibility, and took what seemed to be a jab at President Donald Trump.

I use for the United States to serve in the Senate, the people in Utah and bring Utah values to Washington. pic.twitter.com/TDkas6gD2p

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) 16. February 2018

“Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in Washington,” says Romney in the video. “Utah has balanced its budgets. Washington buried in debt. Utah exported more abroad than it imported. Washington has, to the rear. Utah welcomes legal immigrants from all over the world. Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion.”

Romney’s announcement came as much of a surprise, but it was delayed after Wednesday’s shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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