Mitt Romney Tells Us How He Really Feels About The Election

By Jennifer Wentworth | Friday, 01 March 2024 03:15 AM
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In a recent interview with CNN's Kaitlan Collins on "The Source," Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) unequivocally stated that he would not support former President Donald Trump over President Joe Biden in a hypothetical election.

"No. No, no, absolutely not," Romney declared, emphasizing his stance.

Romney, who secured the GOP nomination for president in 2012, explained that his decision is based on "two factors." He is considering "who I want to have as the leader of my country and the person who is the example of the president for my kids and my grandkids." He identified policy and character as the two vital elements, with character holding the most significance.

Romney elaborated on the importance of character, saying, "What America is as a nation, what has allowed us to be the most powerful nation on Earth. And the leader of the Earth is the character of the people who have been our leaders, past presidents, but also mothers, fathers, church leaders, university presidents, and so forth." He warned that a president lacking character would have a profound impact on America's character, which he considers a primary consideration.

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While Romney acknowledged alignment with many of Trump's domestic policies, he expressed fundamental policy differences with the former president, particularly in foreign policy. He criticized Trump's approach to Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that Trump "shows more respect for Vladimir Putin than Vladimir Putin deserves."

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Romney also disagreed with GOP candidate Nikki Haley, the last remaining challenger to Trump in the 2024 GOP primary. Haley had previously stated that she did not believe Trump could win a general election against Biden. Contrarily, Romney predicted that Trump might win if the election were held today. However, he warned that such an outcome would lead to "a dramatic change in our foreign policy."

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Romney expressed concern that a Trump victory could diminish America's global standing. "I think that people around the world say, okay, America is no longer the leader of the free world, and the arsenal of democracy," he said. "It's not the shining city on a hill. It's now an isolated island."

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Romney, who announced in September that he would not seek reelection, has been one of the most vocal critics of Trump within the GOP. He made history as the first senator to vote to convict a president from his own party during Trump's first impeachment trial. He was also among several GOP senators who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment, although neither trial reached the vote threshold needed for conviction or removal.

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