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Romney reveals he wrote in wife's name for president in 2016

Romney reveals he wrote in wife's name for president in 2016
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Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him WaPo reporter says GOP has less incentive to go big on COVID-19 relief COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks MORE revealed Wednesday that when it came time to vote for president in 2016, he wrote in his wife Ann’s name.

"I wrote in the name of a person who I admire deeply, who I think would be an excellent president," Romney told the editorial boards of Utah's Deseret News and KSL. "I realized it wasn't going to go anywhere, but nonetheless felt that I was putting in a very solid name."

The former GOP presidential nominee and current Utah Senate candidate had not previously stated publicly for whom he had voted in the 2016 presidential election.

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Romney had said that he would not vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE or Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE.

Romney, a frequent critic of Trump during the then-candidate's 2016 campaign, was considered for a role in the Trump administration as secretary of State before being passed over for Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBiden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him MORE.

Trump has endorsed Romney in the race, but the candidate said last month that he was not ready to endorse the president for reelection in 2020.

The former presidential nominee said earlier this week that he doesn't view Trump "as a role model for my grandkids."

Romney hopes to fill retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMellman: What happened after Ginsburg? Bottom line Bottom line MORE's (R-Utah) Senate seat. He faced a hiccup in that bid last month, when he failed to win enough votes to secure the GOP nomination for the seat at the state's GOP convention.

He will face off against state Rep. Mike Kennedy (R) in a primary next month.