It’s being widely reported that Joe Biden encouraged Mitt Romney to consider a Senate bid in 2018. The conversation took place during a closed-door appearance with Romney on Friday evening during the second day of the E2 Summit in Park City, Utah.
The E-2 Summit is an elite annual donor conference hosted by Romney. This year, approximately 300 leaders in politics, philanthropy, and business attended the event and were encouraged to create new organizations, such as nonprofits or political action committees, based on the ideas that came out of the conference.
In addition to Biden, guests at the conference included the CEOs of FedEx and Microsoft, along with Paul Ryan, Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, inventor Dean Kamen, and the founder of Boston’s Year-Up nonprofit were also invited.
According to Matt Waldrip, the summit’s executive director, “The purpose is to gather leaders of business and political representatives of both sides to discuss the future of American leadership.”
Upon hearing Biden’s suggestion, Romney was reported to have just smiled while his audience of contributors and political allies applauded their approval.
It has been rumored that if that longtime Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch does not seek reelection, Romney may well run.
Biden also criticized Hillary Clinton’s performance during the 2016 election, telling the audience that he knew a month before Election Day that she would lose key battleground states, after having campaigned in those states himself.
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