Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) expressed that almost any 2024 candidate, from either party, would be preferable to another term with former President Trump. In a CBS interview with Norah O’Donnell, Romney stated his willingness to support most Republican contenders, excluding Vivek Ramaswamy, and several Democrats, viewing them as better options than Trump and possibly Joe Biden.
Romney, who announced his decision not to seek reelection in September, has faced sharp criticism from Trump and his supporters. Trump mockingly referred to Romney as “Pierre Delecto,” a nod to the pseudonym Romney used for a private Twitter account, in a Truth Social post following Romney’s retirement announcement.
At 76, Romney cited age as a reason for his retirement, emphasizing the need for younger leadership. Known as a staunch critic of Trump within the Republican Senate, Romney has voted for Trump’s impeachment twice and consistently labeled him as a threat to the nation.
Romney’s biographer, McKay Coppins, speculated that the deep animosity between Trump and Romney might lead the latter to endorse Joe Biden later in the election, as discussed in an October interview on “The Press Box” podcast. Although Coppins hasn’t confirmed this with Romney, he wouldn’t be surprised by such an endorsement.