Election 2020

Romney Won’t Support Trump in 2020

Republican senator from Utah and former GOP presidential candidate told a CNN reporter he'll be withholding his endorsement in next year's race

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced this week that he does not plan to back President Donald Trump or anyone, for that matter, in the 2020 presidential race, either before or during the general election when Trump seeks his second term.

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs — among others — tore into Romney for that stance during a television segment on Fox on Friday, saying, “What is wrong with this man?”

“Can you hear the tears falling on the marble floors under those terrible, terrible anti-Trumpers?” said Dobbs.

And Dobbs also suggested that much more attention should be paid by people to the “booming Trump economy.”

On Thursday, CNN reported that Romney — who won his race in Utah in last year’s midterm elections — said he would withhold his endorsement in the 2020 race, “both in the primary and in the general election, underscoring the uneasy relationship between the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee and the leader of his party.”

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“I’m not planning on endorsing in the presidential race,” Romney told CNN in an interview at the Capitol.

“At this stage, I’m not planning on endorsing in the primary or in the general.”

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Here’s a further line from CNN on this development: “Romney’s statement adds more certainty about his plans in the presidential race after previously signaling he was unlikely to endorse a candidate in the 2020 elections. The decision by a party’s previous nominee to avoid backing a sitting president is yet another norm-breaking episode in Trump’s tumultuous time atop the Republican Party.”

The outlet also noted that Romney is friendly with Bill Weld — one of Trump’s primary challengers. Back in April, Romney said in an interview that Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, had been a “superb governor” but did not say whether he would get behind the long-shot candidate or not.

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