Senator Mitt romneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Money: Neera Tanden’s nomination is in jeopardy after three no-Republicans | Trump furious after SCOTUS rules on financial records Tanden’s path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable Asia Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden MORE (R-Utah) said in an interview Tuesday that he is “pretty sure” of the former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: US Political Divide Over Masks Caused Half a Million COVID-19 Deaths Bishop of Georgia Says State Republican Party Election Bill Is ‘Attempt to Suppress Black Vote’ Trump closer to legal danger after a court ruling on tax returns MORE he would win the GOP presidential primaries in 2024 if he decides to run.
Romney made the remarks in a discussion with Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times on the DealBook DC Policy Project, in which he said he is “confident” that the former president will continue to “play a role” in the Republican Party despite his defeat in the presidential election last year.
“He has by far the biggest voice and a huge impact on my party,” Romney said, referring to Trump. “I don’t know about the members of his family, if they intend to do that, but I hope he continues to play a role.”
Romney said that if Trump decides to run in 2024, he is confident that the former president will win his party’s nomination.
“I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney said. While noting that “a lot can happen between now and 2024,” the Utah Republican pointed to polls he said show Trump as a potentially strong candidate for president in the upcoming election cycle.
“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 among the Republicans, he wins overwhelmingly,” he said.
Pressed on whether he would campaign against Trump if he ran in 2024, Romney, who has voiced his criticism of the former president in the past, said he would likely choose to endorse another contender in the party.
“I would not vote for President Trump again. I have not voted for him in the past and I would probably support someone who I thought represented more of the tiny wing of the Republican party that I represent, ”he said.
“There is a populist movement on the right in this country and on the left. They won’t be leaving anytime soon. Although I believe that in time the policies that last and that really help the American family will be more successful, ”Romney said as well. “So, I am still, so to speak, a more traditional conservative than part of the populist rhetoric within my party.”
In recent weeks, Trump has sidestepped questions about whether he plans to run for president again in 2024, though he has said he has seen “a lot of great polls out there.”
“We have tremendous support,” Trump said earlier this month. “I won’t say it yet [if I’m running again]But I have tremendous support, and I’m seeing the poll numbers going through the roof. … I am the only one who is accused and my numbers increase. “