ELECTION 2018

Romney Song Touts ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ In Utah

Nov 7, 2018, 12:18 PM | Updated: 12:27 pm
(Screenshot courtesy official Mitt Romney Facebook page....
(Screenshot courtesy official Mitt Romney Facebook page.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Senator-elect Mitt Romney has posted a video a day after his election of a Utah-centered version of the song, “I’ve Been Everywhere.”

The video was tweeted out just before 11 a.m. Tuesday on Romney’s official Twitter page with the text, “This has been quite the ride. Thank you, Utah.”

The two-time US presidential candidate and former Republican governor of Massachusetts won the Utah senate seat left vacant by Senator Orrin Hatch, who announced his retirement after 42 years in Congress.

Romney’s victor over Democrat Jenny Wilson was declared just moments after polling locations closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. With over three quarters of the voting counted Wednesday morning, Romney held a 62 percent to 31 percent lead over Wilson.

Apparently referring to his campaigning all over Utah, the video showed Romney driving a pickup truck down a country road before he began singing about different places he had visited.

“That reminds me of that old Johnny Cash song,” Romney said, before launching his version of the song.

“I’ve been to Logan, Ogden, Payson and Salina. Layton, Mapleton, Farmington and Tooele. Bluffdale, Castle Dale, Riverdale – even Loa. Sulphurdale, Glendale, Springville, Tabiona, Juab, Moab, Kanab, Antimony, Oakley, Murray – saw Gayle in Sandy. I’ve been everywhere,” he sung.

At over a minute long, Romney mentioned around 67 Utah cities and towns in the video.

“That’s as many as I can get out,” he said.

As of Wednesday at noon, the video had been viewed just under 77,000 times on Twitter, and a corresponding video on Facebook had been seen around 30,000 times.

For much of the campaign, he enjoyed significant voter support. Opinion polls leading up to the election showed him with 30-plus point margins over Wilson.

In 2012, Romney lost the presidential election with 47.2 percent of the popular vote, to Barack Obama’s 51.1 percent – and 332 to 206 electoral votes.

Despite not realizing that ultimate political goal, Romney said he felt he could still make a difference in Congress.

“I’ll be only one of 100 U.S. senators, but I believe that one person doing the right thing at the right time can have a lasting impact,” he said.

In her concession speech, Wilson – a member of the Salt Lake County Council who also worked with Romney during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics – said she hoped the senator-elect remembered he was sent to Washington to represent the Beehive State, and not as the position he ran for twice before and lost.

“Do not forget about us, the people of Utah,” she said.

Based on the video tweeted Wednesday morning, Romney remembered many of the state’s towns and cities – at least 67 of them.

Senator-elect Romney will be sworn into Congress on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

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Romney Song Touts ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ In Utah