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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

As Mitt Romney mulls the decision to run for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch’s retirement, he should consider a twist: run as an independent. Here are five reasons why this is not only a good idea now, but also a good idea for the future.

  1. He wouldn't need party backing to win in Utah. He’s a shoo-in. Romney could be any affiliation and win hands down.
  1. He would distance himself from Trump and the direction of Republican Party.

Romney has been critical of Trump and desires to take the conservative agenda in a different direction. That will be a very difficult task if he stays in a Republican Party that has become more extreme.

  1. It would set him up as the dealmaker in Congress.

Midterm elections will shake up the political makeup of Congress, but it's likely to be very narrowly split. Instead of the regular party-line voting, Romney could be a key tie-breaker and dealmaker between differing ideas.

  1. It opens the opportunity for him to run for president in three years as an independent.
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It is unknown whether Romney would like another run at the presidency, but it would be very difficult to be accepted by the Republican Party base again. Another Republican primary would be full of land mines. During the recent presidential election, many were clamoring for him to enter as a third-party candidate. He could avoid the primary chaos and enter as an independent, giving disaffected voters a viable third option.

  1. It opens the idea for him to form a national party outside of the two mainstream ones.

It takes a bold move to shake up an “industry.” Starting a path as an independent Senate candidate opens a future opportunity for Romney to start a new conservative movement as a third national voice between the Democrats and Republicans.

John Ahlander

Cedar Hills