Former Republican presidential candidate and outgoing Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) said he would vote for a Democrat if former President Donald Trump or political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy secure the Republican nomination.
CBS News host Norah O’Donnell asked the retiring senator for his preference in the 2024 Republican presidential field.
“Anybody. I’d be happy to support virtually any one of the Republicans, maybe not Vivek, but the others that are running would be acceptable to me and I’d be happy to vote for them. I’d be happy to vote for a number of the Democrats too. I mean, it would be an upgrade from, in my opinion, from Donald Trump and perhaps also from Joe Biden,” Romney answered.
“Look, I like President Biden. You know, I find him a very charming, engaging person. There’s some places I agree with him, but most places I disagree with him. There’s some places I agree with him, but most places I disagree with him. I think he’s made all sorts of terrible mistakes, but I would like to see someone else run.”
Romney has been a longtime critic of the former president since it became clear that he was on track to become the Republican nominee in 2016. He was also rumored to be the subject of a wild plot to deny then-candidate Trump the nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention through behind-the-scenes political maneuvering.
Romney denied that he was seeking another run at the White House at the time, though he did state that a contested primary was a “realistic scenario” that Republicans should consider. Such a scenario would dismiss results from Republican primaries and turn the convention into a free-for-all battle for delegates.
After winning election to the U.S. Senate in Utah, Romney voted to convict then-President Trump in both impeachment trials.