Utah Sen. 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 Trump’s perceived strength in the party.
“I don’t know if he will run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney told the DealBook DC Policy Project.
Romney noted that “a lot can happen between now and 2024,” but added: “I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names that float as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump there among the Republicans, he wins. overwhelmingly. “
Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump in both of his political trials.
When asked by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times if he would campaign against Trump, Romney replied: “I would not vote for President Trump again. I have not voted for him in the past. And I would probably be supporting someone who, in my opinion, represented more of the tiny wing of the Republican Party that I represent. “
Romney’s comments were a clear sign of Trump’s enduring position in the Republican Party, even after his electoral defeat last year and his impeachment on the charge of inciting the assault on the Capitol on January 6.
“He has by far the biggest voice and a huge impact on my game,” Romney said.