Outgoing U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) who is planning on exiting politics in 2025 spoke to Norah O’Donnell on CBS News’ Person to Person. As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican primary for the 2024 presidential race, and even some polls against Democrat Joe Biden, hopeful anti-Trump Republicans still want to see another person win.
Although unlikely, folks like Mitt Romney are still keeping their dreams on live support. A clip of Romney speaking to O’Donnell is making its rounds on X.
O’Donnell: “Who DO you like in the Republican field?”
Romney: “Uh, anybody, I’d be happy to support virtually any one of the Republicans, maybe not Vivek, but the others that are running would be acceptable to me. I’d be happy to vote for a number of the Democrats too. It would be an upgrade in my opinion from Donald Trump and perhaps Joe Biden. Look, I like President Biden. I find him a very charming, engaging person. There’s some places I agree with him but most places I disagree with him. I think he’s made all kinds of mistakes but I would like to see someone else run.”
Mitt Romney says he would vote for Democrats over Vivek and Trump
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 25, 2023
Romney has been anti-Trump for personal reasons for a long time. He’s bitter that he couldn’t beat Barack Obama when he ran for president.
He’s bitter that Trump didn’t do more with him when he was president. Romney has also shown his hand however, to prove that it’s not all personal and that he’s against nationalism and populism which has been on the rise on the right and around the world in recent years.
This is shown by the fact that he’s also not in favor of someone like Vivek Ramaswamy because he is more anti-war than other Republicans running against Donald Trump. It’ll be interesting to see what Romney does next politically speaking.
Mitt Romney has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump, both during his presidency and after. He was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump on impeachment charges in 2020. Romney has also criticized Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his attacks on democracy.
In addition to his criticism of Trump, Romney has also been a vocal advocate for bipartisanship and so-called “civility” in politics. He has called for Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the country’s problems while pushing his own negative feelings towards Trump and his allies simultaneously. Romney has also been a critic of the Republican Party’s move to the right, arguing that the party needs to broaden its appeal to win back moderate voters.
Romney’s relationship with Trump has been complex and contentious. The two men first met in the 1990s and had a cordial relationship. Romney even endorsed Trump for president in 2012. However, the relationship soured after Trump became president. Romney has been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, and Trump has responded with personal attacks.
The two men’s relationship has continued to be strained since Trump left office. In 2021, Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump on impeachment charges. Romney has also been critical of Trump’s attacks on democracy and his continued influence on the Republican Party.
In February 2023, Romney announced that he would not be seeking re-election to the Senate in 2024. Romney said that he was “ready for a new chapter” in his life and that he wanted to spend more time with his family. He also said that he was concerned about the direction of the Republican Party and that he wanted to focus on other ways to serve the country.
Romney’s decision to leave the Senate is a blow to the RINO wing of the Republican Party. He is one of the wing’s most influential figures and a voice for moderation in the opinion of some. His departure will leave a void in the Senate to be filled by someone much better hopefully.