Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) called on Senate Democrats to primary President Joe Biden, according to a new report.
Romney, a former GOP presidential candidate, challenged Sens. Cory Book (D-NJ) and Mark Varner (D-VA) to take on the current president.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 12, 2023
"The former Massachusetts governor’s remarks came during an event for Republican donors in Utah, according to Deseret News, where he also told the audience that Democrats have informed him that anyone replacing Biden would need to be 'more progressive,' like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) or Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)," the New York Post reported.
"'And they don’t want that — they don’t think that’s right for the country, either,' Romney said of the response from them to the prospect of a far-left Democrat becoming president," it added.
— Messenger Politics (@MessengerPol) October 12, 2023
"Romney made the comments Wednesday while speaking at a donor summit in Utah," according to the Messenger.
"They come as voters have indicated a lack of enthusiasm for both Biden and former President Donald Trump as the likely nominees, citing concerns including the age of either candidate," it noted.
Romney has long opposed a return to the White House by former President Donald Trump yet also does not want Biden to win another term.
Instead, the Utah senator is calling for a new generation of leaders on both sides, challenging the two major parties to offer new alternatives for voters.
Romney, who has announced that he does not plan to run for reelection next year, has set off a battle for a new leader in his state in 2024 as well.
The battle adds to the push by Republicans hoping to win back the Senate as it also seeks to defeat Biden next year.