July 25, 2023

Mitt Romney Wants Low-Polling GOP Candidates Out to Help Defeat Trump

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) wants Republican donors to push low-polling GOP presidential candidates to drop from the race to help stop former President Donald Trump from winning the nomination.

Romney shared the concern in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

“Despite Donald Trump’s apparent inevitability, a baker’s dozen Republicans are hoping to become the party’s 2024 nominee for president,” he wrote. “That is possible for any of them if the field narrows to a two-person race before Mr. Trump has the nomination sewn up.”

“For that to happen, Republican megadonors and influencers—large and small—are going to have to do something they didn’t do in 2016: get candidates they support to agree to withdraw if and when their paths to the nomination are effectively closed,” he added.

Romney has set Feb. 26, 2024, as a deadline for Republican presidential candidates to unite in an alternative to Donald Trump.

“Our party and our country need a nominee with character, driven by something greater than revenge and ego, preferably from the next generation. Family, friends, and campaign donors are the only people who can get a lost-cause candidate to exit the race," he wrote.

Trump previously endorsed Romney in his run for the Senate after defeating him as a rival candidate in 2016.

Romney was outspoken against Trump following the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and has since advocated for a new GOP leader for president.

Though Romney is not planning to run, several lawmakers in Utah have already endorsed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The next few months could get much more exciting as lower-polling candidates drop and offer a potentially closer battle between the remaining presidential candidates.

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