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Behind Closed Doors, Romney Stumps To State Lawmakers

Nicole Nixon

U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney was at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday meeting with Republican lawmakers. While the meetings were held behind closed doors, Romney said he spoke with Republican lawmakers about  his campaign and challenges facing rural Utah.

“We have 11 counties that are shrinking. The other counties, their biggest problem is all the growth,” he said. “How to deal with the challenges of the different parts of our state is something I’m very interested in being able to understand” and focus on in his senate campaign.

After the deadly school shooting in Florida and renewed calls for gun control, Romney said he thinks those policies are best made state by state. But he did call for enhanced background checks nationally.

“I think you’ll see a coalescing of viewpoints in doing a much better job on background checks,” Romney said. “That’s something that can happen at the federal level which states would applaud.”

Romney isn’t too concerned with a recent rule change in the Utah Republican Party that targets candidates who gather signatures. He is gathering signatures and plans on attending the state party convention.

“I’m going to let other people deal with the politics within the party and the process for achieving nomination within the party. I’m instead going to focus on my race,” he said.

The rule would not apply to any current candidate and is being reviewed by the state elections office.

Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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