Utah Senator Mitt Romney said Tuesday that he believed Donald J. Trump would win the Republican presidential nomination if he ran for his previous office in 2024, another indication of Mr Trump’s perceived strength in the party.
“I don’t know if it will run in 2024 or not, but if it does, I’m pretty sure it will win the nomination,” Romney said on the DealBook DC Policy Project.
Mr Romney noted that “a lot can happen between now and 2024,” but added, “I’m looking at the polls, and the polls show that if you got President Trump there, the names that were floating as potential competitors in 2024 deploy Among the Republicans, he wins in a landslide. “
Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is the only Republican Senator who has voted to try Mr. Trump on both impeachment trials.
When asked by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times whether he would fight Mr Trump, Mr Romney replied, “I would not vote for President Trump again. I have not voted for him in the past. And I would probably step behind someone I thought was more representative of the tiny wing of the Republican Party that I represent. “
Mr Romney’s comments were a clear sign of Mr Trump’s enduring position in the Republican Party, even after his election defeat last year and his impeachment for inciting the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“He has by far the biggest voice and influence in my party,” said Mr Romney.