Mitt stirs the pot! The outgoing Utah senator is urging Cory Booker and Mark Warner to challenge 80-year-old Joe Biden in 2024 — and urging Never-Trumpers to rally around a single GOP rival
- The 2012 presidential candidate hosted the E2 summit alongside his running mate, Paul Ryan
- Romney is working hard to campaign for a candidate to challenge Trump
- The now-retiring Republican even encouraged Democrats to run against Biden
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is stirring up excitement on his way out of Congress by encouraging Trump nobodies to support a single candidate and even naming two Democrats to challenge Joe Biden for the White House.
At the E2 summit, hosted by Romney and his former vice president Paul Ryan, the senator implored GOP donors to support a single candidate who would run against Trump.
During a closed-door conversation at the two-day forum in Park City, Utah, Romney said he would be happy if either of them won the nomination The Washington Post.
“I think our party suffers from multiple personality disorder, and I think the Democratic Party suffers from it too,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said Tuesday.
“I think we are schizophrenic.” “We don’t know what we are or what we stand for within our party.”
Outgoing Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is focused on finding a candidate to take on Trump in the 2024 election season and is even encouraging Democrats to challenge Biden
Romney and his former vice president Paul Ryan (pictured) hosted the E2 summit to find a Republican candidate to rally around
Ryan (left) and Romney (right) in the campaign process in 2012. The couple is trying to take back their party from Donald Trump
Deseret News reported that Romney, now free from the pressure of running a Senate campaign, said he had encouraged Democratic Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Mark Warner of Virginia to run against Biden.
The couple led the meeting of minds, which was attended by former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.
Other speakers include Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and former Attorney General Bill Barr.
Notably, candidates Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy were not present.
Chaos ensued at the second GOP presidential debate, with Republican candidates, aside from Trump, insulting each other and ignoring the rules. They were pitted against each other instead of acting as a united front against Trump.
The broad discussion at the summit covered the US role in the Hamas-Israel war as well as the threats from China, Russia and Iran. Both hosts were concerned about their party’s ability to address these issues.
Ryan expressed that he felt his party was riddled with a “populism unbound by principles” and tied to “the personality cult of Donald Trump.”
“A guy, he’s 77 years old – and he’s got about 91 counts and he has a shelf life.” “Hopefully it’s February, but maybe it’ll be a little longer,” the former House speaker said of Trump.
Senator Cory Booker (left) accompanied Joe Biden at a campaign stop in 2020. Now Romney has encouraged Booker to challenge Biden for the White House
Democratic Senator Mark Warner (center) speaks to staff in the Senate Office Building in September. Warner is another candidate Romney has suggested to run against Biden
Romney predicted that multiple candidates will remain in the primary race, but wants a single candidate sooner rather than later.
“I want it to come together sooner; “I just think it has to happen,” he said. “I want to give you, as people who fund campaigns, the responsibility to have a say in when it’s time for the person you’re supporting to say, ‘Okay, I’m behind someone else.'”
The Utah senator also addressed his decision to retire. He said there were far fewer opportunities to achieve bipartisan cooperation.
He doesn’t believe they can solve some of his biggest problems, such as the fight against China, the country’s debt reduction, the threat of artificial intelligence, climate change and immigration.
“I’m going to be working like crazy on whoever the next president is,” he said, “to see if I can’t get that president to finally address these issues, because time is running out.”