Senator Mitt Romney stated in an interview on Thursday that Representative Liz Cheney would not be the candidate if she decided to run for president.
This statement comes after Representative Cheney stated earlier in the week that she was contemplating a run for president.
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Romney, who was the GOP nominee in 2012, said in an interview with the Desert News that he doesn’t think a person who is seen outside of the Trump ring would have any reasonable shot of becoming the contender in 2024.
He went on to say that if Trump doesn’t compete again, he thinks it’ll be individuals who were fans of Trump or people who didn’t say much about him. These folks would then be open to becoming the nominee.
Mitt Romney on Liz Cheney: "I salute her courage. You wouldn't call it courage, by the way, if there were no consequences for doing what you think is right. She did what she thought was right. I believe she was right."
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Romney stated he will not in any way promote somebody to run for president of the United States. Because Romney has already been there and done that, it’s not something he will be doing again any time soon.
The Utah senator then added that it’s hard for him to tell if Cheney genuinely intends to carry out that plan. If Cheney were to run for the position, she would not end up as the nominee.
The senator from Utah, who voted the same way as Cheney in pursuit of impeaching Trump after the riot in the Capitol, also said he praised her boldness for adhering to conscience.
Cheney did this despite the risks and consequences that her deviation from former President Trump and the majority of the Republican Party presented to her.
According to Desert News, Romney said that he applauds Cheney’s bravery in this matter. The now-outgoing Wyoming congresswoman clearly acted in the manner that she believed to be appropriate.
Finally, Romney stated that it seems to him that Cheney was correct.
Earlier this week, Cheney admitted during an interview on NBC News’ Today show that she was thinking about running for president. Her comments came one day after she was defeated in the primary by attorney Harriet Hageman.
The congresswoman from Wyoming aroused the ire of President Trump after she responded forcefully to his unsubstantiated charges regarding the 2020 election.
Cheney also earned Trump’s anger for subsequently sitting on a House select committee examining the riot that occurred on January 6, 2021 in the Capitol.
As a direct consequence of this, Trump supported one of her primary opponents, which ultimately led to her defeat as the three-term incumbent.
Cheney stated in response to a question regarding a possible presidential bid that it is a choice she’s going to make in the upcoming months.
She is not going to be making any pronouncements at the time about what that decision is going to be. Though she is giving it some thought and will make a call soon.
This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.