During a conversation with CBS's Norah O'Donnell, Romney expressed his willingness to back any Republican candidate, with the exception of Ramaswamy. "I'd be happy to support any one of the Republicans," he emphasized, "maybe not Vivek, but the others that are running would be acceptable to me."
Romney further surprised listeners by stating his readiness to vote for several Democrats. "I mean, would be an upgrade from, in my opinion, from Donald Trump, and perhaps also from Joe Biden," he said.
However, Romney clarified his stance on President Biden, stating, "I find him a very charming, engaging person." He admitted to agreeing with Biden on certain issues but disagreed with him on most. "I think he has made all sorts of mistakes," Romney added.
Regarding Biden's future, Romney expressed his desire for a change in leadership. "I would like to see someone else run," he concluded.
Romney's refusal to back Trump is not a new development, given their long-standing feud. Notably, Romney was among the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in 2020 and 2021.
In September, Romney revealed that he would not run for re-election for his Senate seat. "The next generation of leaders must take America to the next stage of global leadership," he stated.
Romney disclosed to the Washington Post that his decision was influenced by his age, 76, and the potential of either Trump or Biden being the next president. "Biden is unable to lead on important matters and Trump is unwilling to lead on important matters,” he stated.
Reacting to Romney's decision, Trump said it was "Fantastic news for America, the great state of Utah, and for the Republican Party." He added, "Mitt Romney, sometimes referred to as Pierre Delecto, will not be seeking a second term in the US Senate, where he did not serve with distinction."
Romney, who was the GOP nominee for President in 2012 and lost to then-incumbent Barack Obama, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2019 and will complete his term in 2025.