Romney Announces His Endorsement Plans For 2020
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On Thursday, Republican Senator Mitt Romney announced to CNN that he will not be endorsing any presidential candidate for 2020, including President Donald Trump.
“I’m not planning on endorsing in the presidential race,” Romney said to CNN. “At this stage, I’m not planning on endorsing in the primary or in the general.”
President Trump has received multiple Republican primary contenders however some states are deciding to cancel their primary elections. Romney said that he would prefer "an open primary" so people's voices can be heard.
“I would far prefer having an open primary, caucus, convention process … where people can be heard,” Romney said.
Romney has hated President Donald Trump form day one. Back on January 1st, 2019, Romney decided to write an op-ed in the Washington Post to slam the President.
Romney hammered President Trump on "his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
He did acknowledged that the President had enacted “policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years.” He praised aligning “U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors,” along with all his other accomplishments.
Romney then slammed President Trump: “With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
Check out what Breitbart reported at the time:
Moving on to American economic and military leadership in the world, Romney said, “Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world,” citing poll data.
“To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home,” Romney charged. “That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment.”
Romney called for “setting a course to a balanced budget” and linking arms with other nations. He suggested, as the U.K. moves to leave the European Union, “We want a unified and strong Europe, not a disintegrating union. We want stable relationships with the nations of Asia that strengthen our mutual security and prosperity.”
The failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor relentlessly lambasted Trump during the 2016 presidential election. When time came for the 2018 midterm elections and Romney made his way to Utah to run for the U.S. Senate, president Trump chose to endorse him — and Romney accepted.
Romney looked forward in the op-ed to working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but warned that when it comes to the president, “I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.”
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