Anti-Trump Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) made a big announcement on Wednesday, declaring that he will not seek re-election in 2024. In a statement, he candidly expressed his views on both Joe Biden and 45th President Donald Trump, emphasizing the need for a new generation of leaders to address the pressing challenges facing the nation. Romney voted to impeach President Trump.
His departure from the Senate after his current term follows many other Republicans who were defeated or quit after they voted to impeach Trump during the sham proceedings led by far-left Democrats.
Romney, who has been in multiple public offices for a career of around 25 years, explained his decision, saying, “After serving in various public roles for a quarter-century, I would be in my mid-eighties at the conclusion of another term. Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders to step up. They are the ones who must make the decisions that will shape the world they will inherit.”
He highlighted some of the critical issues currently facing the United States, such as the escalating national debt, climate change, and the assertive actions of Russia and China on the global stage. Romney expressed his concern that neither Joe Biden nor President Trump effectively led their respective parties to confront these challenges.
Regarding the fiscal challenges, Romney pointed out, “Both men have chosen to avoid addressing entitlements, even though they constitute a significant portion of federal spending. Donald Trump dismisses global warming as a hoax, while President Biden offers solutions that may not have a meaningful impact on global climate issues.”
In the context of U.S.-China relations, Romney remarked, “President Biden is underinvesting in the military, while President Trump did not prioritize our alliances. Political considerations often hinder the necessary solutions to these complex problems. It is incumbent upon the next generation of leaders to guide America into the next phase of global leadership.”
While he made it clear that he would not run for re-election, Romney reassured his constituents, saying, “I will not retire from the fight. I will continue to serve as your United States Senator until January 2025. I remain committed to addressing these issues and advancing the priorities of our state. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with individuals across our state and nation in pursuit of these goals.”
Romney expressed deep gratitude for the honor of serving Utah and the nation, acknowledging the trust placed in him by the people. His decision comes at a time when questions about his political future had been circulating, given his previous clashes with his own party due to his outspoken criticisms of former President Trump. Notably, Romney voted to convict Trump in both of his impeachment trials.
He was initially elected to the Senate from Utah in 2018, marking the beginning of his tenure in the role.