Utah Senator Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that he believed Donald J. Trump would win the Republican nomination for president if he ran for his old job in 2024, another indication of Mr. Trump in the party.
“I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he’ll win the nomination,” Romney told the DealBook DC Policy Project.
Mr Romney noted that “a lot can happen by 2024,” but added: “I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names put forward as potential candidates in 2024, if you put the president Trump in there among the Republicans, he wins in a landslide.
Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is the only Republican senator to vote to convict Mr. Trump in his two impeachment trials.
Asked by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times about whether he would campaign against Mr. Trump, Mr. Romney replied, “I will no longer vote for President Trump. I haven’t voted for him in the past. And I would probably be behind someone who, in my opinion, represented more of the small wing of the Republican Party that I represent.
Mr. Romney’s comments were a clear sign of Mr. Trump’s enduring position within the Republican Party, even after his election defeat last year and his impeachment for inciting aggression against the Capitol on January 6.
“He has by far the biggest voice and a big impact in my party,” Mr. Romney said.