As Rep. Liz Cheney contemplates her next move after losing the Republican primary in Wyoming this week, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he wouldn’t encourage her to run for president.
“I’m not going to encourage anyone to run for president. I’ve done that myself, and that’s something I’m not doing again. I don’t know if she really wants to do that. She would not become the nominee if she were to run. I can’t imagine that would occur,” Romney told the Deseret News on Thursday.
Cheney, he said, might run for other purposes but “I’m not in collaboration with that effort.”
On Wednesday, Cheney told NBC’s “Today” show that she is “thinking about” a White House campaign in 2024.
“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republic. And I think that defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that’s what I intend to be a part of,” she said.
As he has in the past, Romney said Trump would almost certainly win the GOP nomination if he runs in 2024. And if it’s not Trump, it would likely be someone like him.
“I don’t think someone who is seen outside the Trump circle would have any realistic chance of becoming the nominee in 2024, barring something I can’t foresee at this stage,” he said. “If he doesn’t run again, I think it’ll be people who either were supporters of his or people who didn’t say much about him and then would be open to become the nominee.”
Romney, a featured speaker at a Cheney fundraiser earlier this year, said he has not spoken with her since she lost handily to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman on Tuesday.
The Republican Party is “very much” in Trump’s corner, and going against his interest meant Cheney had a “very difficult, an almost impossible” race, he said.
“I salute her courage. You wouldn’t call it courage, by the way, if there were no consequence for doing what you think is right. She did what she thought was right. I believe she was right,” Romney said.
With Cheney’s loss, only two of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump will be on the November ballot. Four lost primaries, while four, including Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the other GOP member of the Jan. 6 committee, did not seek reelection.
Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, said it might be the case now that Trump-backed candidates are winning Republican elections, but it won’t be forever.
“My party has changed a great deal over the last decade. It will change again over the next 10 years. I can’t tell you how, but I think we’ll have more voices than one at some point,” he said. “But right now one voice, and that’s President Trump’s voice, is the loudest and the strongest and bucking him is something people will do at their peril.”
Romney said he believes it is likely that Republicans will win the House in the midterm election, but the Senate is a tossup.
“I take my cue from Mitch McConnell who watches it more closely than I do in terms of the races outside of our own races here,’’ he said. “But he looks at races around the nation and I guess just yesterday he said too close to call.”
Hey Mitt.. We just decided we didn’t like you — or the guy you ran with ( Ryan) – or Liz Cheney or the swamp Republicans whom we trusted. — like Cornyn and Kasich and Pence .- and a roster full of liars.
the only smart thing Pierre Dilecto has eve said….
I think she should run. I think she needs to be beaten down, again.
LIZ Cheney LIed many times Under oath in the JAN.6 Performance That Pelosi put on.
The Turtle cannot see anything with his head up his fanny.