Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced he’s not seeking reelection after his term ends in January 2025.
“I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another. At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid-eighties. Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders. They’re the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in,” Romney said in a video statement.
Former Department of Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard, the subject of the movie “Sound of Freedom,” said he’s considering running for the soon-to-be open seat.
Ballard made the announcement during an appearance on “The Sean Spicer Show.”
— The Sean Spicer Show (@seanspicershow) September 15, 2023
Fox News reports:
Tim Ballard made the announcement during an appearance on the digital show of former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer, where he said he had been approached by numerous “influential people” for weeks about a potential run before Romney announced Wednesday he would not be running for re-election.
“Since Sound of Freedom took out any opportunity for me to ever be an operator again — those days are done … They know my face. But starting several weeks ago, I’ve been asked by a lot of very influential people, names you would even know, asking me to throw in,” Ballard said.
Spicer noted Ballard lived in Utah, which the former admitted was the very seat he was asked to look at running for.
“I was very seriously considering it then. And now, I’ll be honest, even mores very, very seriously considering,” Ballard said.
When asked what would get him into the race, Ballard said his “wife and prayer.”
“So she says yes when you go home, you’re in?” Spicer asked.
“That’s how it’s always worked in the past. So even before Senator Romney announced his retirement, a lot of things were building up to this consideration. I was with the president of Honduras last week, and the president of Guatemala last week, and I was just listening to them in their plight, in their tears, over the plight of their people because of our border policies,” Ballard said.
Ballard testified before the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday and demanded the Biden administration start finding 85,000 missing unaccompanied children.
The Washington Examiner reports:
During an appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Ballard testified to the House Homeland Security Committee that adults in the United States would have an easier time taking custody of an unaccompanied child released from the border than a needy animal at a pet shelter.
“It’s more difficult to adopt a cat from a shelter in the United States than it is to go down and take one of these children out of the custody of [the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] and claim that I’m the sponsor,” said Ballard, who recently left his organization Operation Underground Railroad and joined the related anti-trafficking group, the SPEAR Fund.Advertisement
“This must stop. We must begin with finding the 85,000 missing unaccompanied children, which this administration claims is not their problem anymore,” Ballard told Congress.
Ballard blamed the Biden administration’s 2021 decision to stop taking fingerprints and conducting in-depth background checks of adults who step forward to care for children as a grave mistake that led to children being lost after release.
Watch Tim Ballard’s appearance on “The Sean Spicer Show”: