Romney won’t say who he picked. ‘That’s something I’m keeping private at this stage.’
Utah Senator Mitt Romney revealed on Wednesday that he did not vote for his party’s candidate, President Donald Trump, in the 2020 election.
Romney has not stated whether he voted for the Democratic pick, former Vice President Joe Biden, or if he wrote in someone else.
“That’s something I’m keeping private at this stage,” Romney told CNN.
The former governor of Massachusetts cast his vote early in Utah, where he was elected senator in 2018.
After being defeated in 2012 by President Barack Obama seeking his second term, Romney entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican hopeful. The contentious primary race ended with Trump getting their party’s nomination and eventually winning the presidency.
Romney has previously expressed his distaste for his one-time rival. In fact, he was the only Republican to vote for Trump to be removed from office during the impeachment process earlier this year.
Other than that single vote, Romney continues to march along party lines. He has said he plans to vote for the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, despite his party’s rank hypocrisy on election-year high-court nominations and the angry objections of Democrats.
Romney has, however, notably maintained that Trumpism is negatively defining the legacy of the Republican Party.
“I think our party is in trouble with young people, increasingly with older people, with minorities,” he told CNN. “And those young people we were in trouble with five years ago are now voting, and so we’ve got some real work to do.”
Fearing a massive loss in the 2020 election, other Republicans have started to distance themselves from Trump.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told reporters recently that he wrote in a vote for Ronald Reagan in the 2020 presidential race. He made the decision after concluding he could not support either Trump or Biden.
Maine Senator Susan Collins, who is vulnerable in a race to retain her seat, has refused to state if she will vote for the president’s re-election. Senator Ben Sasse, who recently blasted Trump on a recorded call with supporters from his home state of Nebraska, also will not say if Trump has earned his vote.
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