Romney declines to say who he'll back for president

Romney declines to say who he'll back for president
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBuild Back Smaller: What's the best path forward for Democrats? Romney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney Budowsky: President Biden leads NATO against Russian aggression MORE (R-Utah) on Monday declined to say who he will back for president in 2020. 

“I’m not going to be describing who I’ll be voting for, I don't imagine," said Romney, who has emerged as the biggest GOP critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE in the Senate.

"My plan is to stay quiet on that,” he told reporters in response to the question: Are you considering voting for anyone other than President Trump in the fall?


Romney voted in favor of one of the articles of impeachment in the Senate's trial earlier this year.

He also indicated in an interview with The Atlantic earlier this year that he would not vote for Trump.

“Though he said he won’t make an endorsement in this year’s presidential election, Romney was clear that he will not cast a ballot for Trump,” McKay Coppins wrote in the magazine in early February.

Romney may not be the only GOP senator to not vote for Trump.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell: I'm going to give Biden's Supreme Court nominee 'a fair look' The Hill's Morning Report - Who will replace Justice Breyer? McConnell aims to sidestep GOP drama over Trump MORE (R-Alaska) said last week she is “struggling” over her decision on whom to support for president.

Asked last week if she could support Trump for reelection, Murkowski said, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.”

For Republicans such as Romney and Murkowski, the question may be whether they'd back the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden — a longtime member of the Senate with relationships on both sides of the aisle.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that a number of Republicans are wrestling with that question.

Romney in the Atlantic interview said that “under no circumstances” would he vote for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell warns Biden not to 'outsource' Supreme Court pick to 'radical left' Briahna Joy Gray discusses Pelosi's 2022 re-election announcement Ocasio-Cortez: Supporting Sinema challenge by someone like Gallego would be easy decision MORE (I-Vt.) or Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats press cryptomining companies on energy consumption Ocasio-Cortez: Supporting Sinema challenge by someone like Gallego would be easy decision Over 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation MORE (D-Mass.), two of the most liberal candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Romney told Utah media outlets that he voted for his wife in 2016 by writing in her name on the ballot.

"I wrote in the name of a person who I admire deeply, who I think would be an excellent president," Romney said during his 2018 Senate race.

He said he knew his vote "wasn't going to go anywhere, but nonetheless felt that I was putting in a very solid name."

At least 15 Republican senators indicated they didn’t vote for Trump in the 2016 general election. At least nine of them are still in the Senate.

This story was updated to reflect that Romney has not said who he will vote for in 2020 but that he has made it clear it will not be Trump.

CORRECTION: Romney says he is likely to keep his vote in 2020 quiet. An earlier version of this story included incorrect information.