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GOP Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney to walk a careful line when it comes to his attitude towards President Trump, as he is preparing for a primary on Tuesday against a conservative Challenger.

Romney, who was once a star of Trump’s critics, has decided not to replace the open scrapping with the President, since he declared his intention to outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

While he is the overwhelming favorite, he was forced into a runoff election after he failed to win 60 percent of delegate votes to the state party to the Convention.

Romney has a choppy history with the President. While Trump, Romney secured the presidential election run in 2012, Romney and Trump feuded publicly over a year as a trump ran for the 2016 nomination. The height of the Romney critique came in March 2016, when he blasted Trump in a major speech.

“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a cheater,” Romney said. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He plays, the members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White house, and all we get is a lousy hat.”

Trump responded by calling Romney “a total joke” and a “disaster of a candidate.”

But according to Trump, the election won a couple of months later, Romney appeared to make peace with Trump and met with him, as he was as Secretary of state.

But just a few months later, Romney, Trump suggested response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 2017, said he gives “racists, to be happy.”

Despite that Trump is endorsing Romney for his Senate bid, while Romney has waived, in turn, the explicit criticism of the President. In this month, he even went so far as to predict that the GOP would rally around Trump, and he wanted to be re-elected comfortably in 2020.

“I think President Trump will be re-appointed by my party easily, and I think he is re-elected, solid,” Romney told Fans in Utah.

But there were signs that Romney still has the potential to be a thorn in Trump’s side, if he wins in November, in the model of the outgoing Arizona sen. Jeff Flake, or other former presidential nominee sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Romney has condemned the practice of separation of families caught crossing the border illegally, saying it “puts America in a terrible light in the world.”

He also sent out a tweet this week, the agreement with Laura Bush’s criticism of the practice, said: “we need a compassionate response.” However, in the midst of a fire storm of criticism directed at Trump, Romney’s comments were relatively mild.

Romney may be especially careful, demanding Trump has put up to it, and removed the primary challenge from the right from state Rep. Mike Kennedy — who is running as the local, conservative choice. Who goes by the elections have a great advantage against Democrat Jenny Wilson.

But polls suggest Romney through the primary cozy. A poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics this week, Romney showed published up to 42 points over Kennedy. The survey indicates Romney Wilson 58-20 would suggest, if the election were held today.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.

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