Will Liz Cheney run for President? Here’s what Mitt Romney thinks | Panda Anku

As Rep. Liz Cheney ponders her next move after losing Wyoming’s Republican primary this week, Utah Senator Mitt Romney says he would not encourage her to run for president.

“I will not encourage anyone to run for President. I did this myself and it’s something I won’t do again. I don’t know if she really wants that. She would not become the candidate if she ran. I can’t imagine that happening,” Romney told Deseret News on Thursday.

Cheney, he said, could run for other causes, but “I’m not involved in that effort.”

On Wednesday, Cheney told NBC’s Today that she was “thinking” about a 2024 White House campaign.

“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very serious threat and danger to our republic. And I think it will take a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents to defeat him, and I want to be a part of that,” she said.

As in the past, Romney said Trump would almost certainly win the GOP nomination if he ran in 2024. And if it’s not Trump, it probably would be someone like him.

“I don’t think anyone seen outside of the Trump circle has a realistic chance of becoming the nominee in 2024, barring something I can’t predict at this point,” he said. “If he doesn’t run again, I think it will be people who were either his supporters or people who didn’t say much about him and then would be open to becoming the candidate.”

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, left, speaks with Jane Ann Craig at the South Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the productive working area of ​​the Sandy Salt Mine.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Romney, a keynote speaker at a Cheney fundraiser earlier this year, said he hasn’t spoken to her since she lost to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman on Tuesday.

The Republican Party is “very strong” in Trump’s corner, and going against his interest meant Cheney had a “very difficult, almost impossible” race, he said.

“I applaud their courage. You wouldn’t call it courage, by the way, if there were no consequences for doing what you think is right. She did what she thought was right. I think she was right,” Romney said.

Romney and Cheney are among a small group of Republicans who voted to impeach or convict Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Both have repeatedly defended themselves against Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

Cheney is also one of two Republicans on a House panel investigating the insurgency. Romney has said he believes the House Committee’s efforts are an important and legitimate effort. He also advocated the creation of a bipartisan commission in the Senate, but the vote failed.

Romney condemned the Republican National Committee for reprimanding Cheney earlier this year for her criticism of Trump and her role on the investigative committee.

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Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks Thursday, August 18, 2022 during a meeting of the South Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Salt Mine Productive in Sandy.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

With Cheney’s defeat, only two of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump will be standing in November’s election. Four lost primaries, while four, including Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the other GOP member on the Jan. 6 committee, did not seek re-election.

Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, said it might be the case now for Trump-backed candidates to win the Republican election, but it won’t be forever.

“My party has changed a lot in the last decade. That will change again in the next 10 years. I can’t tell you how, but I think we’ll eventually have more votes than one,” he said. “But right now there is one voice, and that is President Trump’s voice, the loudest and the strongest, and defying it is something people will do at their peril.”

Romney said he thinks it’s likely that Republicans will win the House of Representatives in the midterm election, but the Senate is undecided.

“I take inspiration from Mitch McConnell, who watches the races outside of our own races here more closely than I do,” he said. “But he’s watching races across the country and I think he just said yesterday he was too close to call.”

Also on Thursday, Romney, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. John Curtis and Rep. Burgess Owens spoke about inflation, energy, China and several other issues during a discussion hosted by the South Valley Chamber in Sandy.

The four Republicans agreed that the newly passed $750 billion Inflation Reduction Act that President Joe Biden signed into law this week is misnamed and bad for Utah and the country.

“Giving it a name doesn’t make it possible,” Curtis said. He said part of his frustration with the bill was that it was 100% partisan. No Republican voted for the Democrat-backed bill.

Appearing via video conference, Owens said Democrats “are not ashamed to say we deceived you. Be happy with it.”

Every time Congress has to pass something called the Inflation Reduction Act, “something has gone horribly wrong,” Lee said, noting the nationwide inflation rate of 9.1%.

Price hikes hit Utah particularly hard, with inflation at 15.4% above the national average. The Congressional Joint Economic Committee, on which Lee is the senior Republican, estimates that Utah residents are paying $910 more a month for basic goods than they did a year ago.

Lee attributed the inflation to excessive federal spending and called it “cruel, wild and wrong” to enact the massive spending bill now.

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Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah meet Thursday, August 18, during a meeting of the South Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Salt Mine Productive in Sandy. 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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