Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday that if former President Donald Trump were to run again in 2024 he would likely win the Republican nomination “in a landslide.”
The Utah Republican appeared on the New York Times’ DealBook DC Strategy Forum and was responding to whether Trump will continue playing a role in the GOP.
“I’m sure he will,” Romney said. “He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party. I don’t know about his family members, whether they intend to do that, but I expect he will continue playing a role.”
“I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination,” he added.
The remark prompted surprise from Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who asked the senator, “You think he would win the nomination?”
On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at the DealBook DC Policy Project said: “I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination.” #DealBookDC https://t.co/Q6zOBOXHks pic.twitter.com/TK6fE9KLx2
— DealBook (@dealbook) February 24, 2021
“Oh, I think he’d win the nomination if he runs,” Romney replied. “I mean, a lot can happen between now and 2024, so — I’m not great at predicting, but I subscribe to Yogi Berra’s philosophy in that regard, he said I don’t like predicting, particularly if the future is involved.”
“I don’t know what will happen there, but I look at the polls and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide,” he continued.
Trump will make his first post-White House speech on Sunday as keynote speaker at the conservative CPAC conference, and it remains to be seen whether he will mention anything about 2024.
Asked if he would campaign against Trump, Romney said he would likely get behind another candidate.
“I would not be voting for President Trump again,” the moderate Republican said. “I haven’t voted for him in the past, and I would probably be getting behind somebody who I thought more represented the tiny wing of the Republican Party that I represent.”
While Romney gets it that liberal Republicans are a small minority in the GOP, he doesn’t seem to understand that he is elected to represent his state, and his state overwhelmingly voted for Trump, 58.1 – 37.6, over President Joe Biden.
Of greater note may be the question of why Mitt Romney is paying close attention to presidential polling in an election nearly four years off? Is this the real reason he holds such animosity toward Trump, who could be denying him a second run for the White House?
Either way, Romney’s voice betrays him in that he seems to understand he wouldn’t stand a chance running against the former president.
As for not voting for Trump, Romney has not acknowledged whether he voted for Biden in the 2020 election, but he did admit well after the fact that in 2016, he cast a vote for his wife, Ann Romney, writing her name in over a vote for Trump or Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
“I wrote in the name of a person who I admire deeply, who I think would be an excellent president,” he told the editorial boards of the Deseret News and KSL-TV in May 2018. “I realized it wasn’t going to go anywhere, but nonetheless felt that I was putting in a very solid name.”
On a different note, Romney felt compelled to engage with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who was presiding over the Senate on Tuesday.
"Good," Sinema replied. pic.twitter.com/nSzLOM7PVK
— The Recount (@therecount) February 23, 2021
Sitting in the Senate presiding officer’s chair, Sinema was wearing a pink sweater with the words “dangerous creature” emblazoned on the front.
Romney approached his colleague from across the aisle and quipped, “You’re breaking the internet.”
“Good,” Sinema is heard replying — the image of her attire was making the rounds on social media.
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