Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Money: Neera Tanden’s nomination in peril after three GOP noes | Trump rages after SCOTUS rules on financial records Tanden’s path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden MORE (R-Utah) stated in an interview on Tuesday that he’s “fairly certain” former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP’s elections bill is an ‘attempt to suppress the Black vote’ Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE would win the Republican Celebration’s presidential main in 2024 if he decides to run.
Romney made the remarks in a discussion with The New York Occasions’s Andrew Ross Sorkin on the DealBook DC Coverage Challenge, through which he stated he’s “certain” the previous president will proceed to “play a task” within the Republican Celebration regardless of his defeat within the presidential election final 12 months.
“He has by far the biggest voice and a big effect in my social gathering,” Romney stated, referring to Trump. “I do not find out about his relations, whether or not they intend to do this, however I count on he’ll proceed taking part in a task.”
Romney stated if Trump does resolve to run in 2024 he’s sure the previous president will win his social gathering’s nomination.
“I am fairly certain he’ll win the nomination,” Romney stated. Whereas he famous “loads can occur between now and 2024,” the Utah Republican pointed to polls he stated that present Trump as a doubtlessly robust contender for president within the subsequent election cycle.
“I take a look at the polls and the polls present that, among the many names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you happen to put President Trump in there amongst Republicans he wins in a landslide,” he stated.
Pressed if he would marketing campaign in opposition to Trump if he ran in 2024, Romney, who has been vocal in his criticism of the previous president prior to now, stated he would most likely choose to assist one other contender within the social gathering.
“I might not be voting for President Trump once more. I have never voted for him prior to now and I might most likely be getting behind any individual who I assumed extra represented the tiny wing of the republican social gathering that I signify,” he stated.
“There’s a populist motion on the fitting on this nation and on the left. They’re not going away any time quickly. Though I feel over time insurance policies that endure, and that actually assist the American household, will likely be extra profitable,” Romney additionally stated. “So, I stay, if you’ll, a extra conventional conservative than a number of the populist rhetoric inside my social gathering.”
In recent weeks, Trump has dodged questions about whether or not he plans to run for president once more in 2024, although he has stated he is seen “a lot of nice polls on the market.”
“We’ve got large assist,” Trump stated earlier this month. “I received’t say but [if I’m running again], however I’ve large assist, and I’m ballot numbers which can be via the roof. … I’m the one man who will get impeached and my numbers go up.”