Biden encourages Romney to consider Senate run in Utah

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They were once political rivals, but now former Vice President Joe Biden has encouraged Mitt Romney to run for Senate in 2018.

Biden spoke at Romney's ideas summit, an annual gathering of donors and business leaders in Utah.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

On Friday, Mitt Romney met with a number of friends and political donors in Park City, Utah, to talk about the future of his brand in the now tumultuous political climate.

According to the Politico report, Romney responded to Biden's recommendations with merely a smile.

The Biden-Romney event was closed to reporters.

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One person who attended the meeting said it was a quick, off-hand comment, but Romney supporters broke into applause.

Romney and Biden both considered running for President a year ago, only to defer to candidates they saw as having an overwhelming financial advantage (Jeb Bush on the Republican side; Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side).

"Mitt didn't have a chance to ask many questions because Joe pretty much took over the show", Dykema said. Orrin Hatch, 83, must decide whether he wants to seek an eighth term.

In April, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he reached out to Romney about running for Hatch's seat, but said he'd support the longtime senator if he chose to run again. Robert Bennett. Bennett was defeated by a tea party-backed Republican, Mike Lee.

Since then, Romney has been campaigning for Republican candidates.

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