Republican presidential hopefuls fired back at Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Tuesday after he claimed he would vote for Democrats over former President Donald Trump and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. And it wasn’t pretty.
Each candidate’s campaign slammed the notoriously unreliable Romney for turning his back on the Republican Party. The 2012 presidential loser was ultimately dismissed as irrelevant in the current campaign.
Ramaswamy told Fox News that Romney was revealed to oppose America First as a platform — not just the 45th president.
The candidate went much further in his retribution. “Newsflash, Mitt: I didn’t vote for you either, and I still call on your niece Ronna [McDaniel] to resign” from leading the Republican National Committee.
As for Trump, the far-and-away 2024 GOP frontrunner, a spokesperson revealed the level of respect Romney commands in today’s party. “Voters aren’t going to take advice from a loser and quitter like Mittens.”
The retiring Romney told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell that he would be “happy to support virtually any one of the Republicans” except Ramaswamy. “Maybe not Vivek, but the others that are running would be acceptable to me, and I’d be happy to vote for them.”
He added that a “number of Democrats” would be an improvement over former President Trump.
Romney recently announced he will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2024. He is noteworthy for losing an obviously winnable presidential contest in 2012 to incumbent Barack Obama.
Trump described Romney’s retirement announcement as “fantastic news” for the country, his home state of Utah and the Republican Party. The senator voted twice to impeach the 45th president.
As for Utah, many of his GOP colleagues are only too happy to see him put out to pasture. In October, over 60 Republican state lawmakers threw their backing behind Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson to challenge Romney in next year’s primary.
Undeterred, Romney recently lashed out at both Trump and Biden. “We face critical challenges — mounting national debt, climate change and the ambitious authoritarians of Russia and China. Neither President Biden nor former President Trump are leading their party to confront them.”
Retirement cannot come a minute too soon.