In a recent interview, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) expressed his willingness to vote for a Democrat candidate over both Donald Trump and Vivek Ramaswamy in the upcoming presidential election. He stated that he would be “happy” to do so.
During his appearance on CBS on Friday, he expressed his willingness to support almost any Republican candidate for the 2024 election. However, he made a playful remark about businessman and potential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, suggesting that he might not receive his endorsement.
“I would gladly support several Democrats as well,” Romney expressed to host Norah O’Donnell. “In my opinion, it would be a significant improvement from both Donald Trump and possibly Joe Biden.” Romney further explained to O’Donnell that he firmly believes that a second term for Trump would have devastating consequences for the country.
“I find it baffling how so many people can accept the dishonesties that Donald Trump has spoken,” he expressed.
Romney expressed his personal fondness for President Joe Biden, describing him as “charming” and “engaging.” He revealed that they have occasional phone conversations to discuss challenges facing the United States. However, Romney also emphasized his belief that Biden has made numerous regrettable errors, stating his preference for another candidate to run for the presidency.
In February, Romney made it clear that he did not support President Trump and expressed doubt about supporting Biden. Last year, he revealed that he did not vote for Trump but did not disclose his choice at the time.
In a surprising turn of events, the Utah senator has expressed openness towards working across party lines if Donald Trump secures the Republican party nomination for the upcoming year. This marks a significant shift in his stance, reflecting a willingness to find common ground despite political differences.
In September, Romney made the decision to retire, stating his age and the importance of new leaders. Following this announcement, Trump criticized Romney on TruthSocial, expressing that Romney’s service lacked distinction. Trump also mentioned that there would have been a vigorous primary battle against Romney, but now that won’t be required. He ended his statement by congratulating everyone and emphasizing the goal of making America great again.
According to McKay Coppins, who is Romney’s biographer, it wouldn’t be surprising if Romney decided to endorse Biden towards the end of the election. This is due to the strained relationship that existed between Romney and former President Trump.