Hopes that the Senate would bring the protracted government shutdown to a close was dashed on Thursday.
Days away from joining the Senate majority, the senator-elect argues that the president "has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
Polling data indicate the bloc has remained unfazed by the president's family separation policy and demonization of immigrants in general.
Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of New York is toppled by a liberal activist, and in Republican primaries all three of the president's candidates advance.
Perhaps no Republican leader demonstrates the transformation of the modern-day party better than Romney.
The exchange over the Utah race is another sign that the two Republicans are mending a relationship burdened with mutual insults.
The former Republican presidential candidate will release an online video Thursday announcing he's running in Utah for the seat held by Orrin Hatch, who plans to retire.
The business executive and onetime Mormon officer, 80, also played key roles in state and national politics. He was the father of a former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador, Jon Huntsman Jr.