Romney shoots down serving in Biden Cabinet

Romney shoots down serving in Biden Cabinet
© Greg Nash

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight MORE (R-Utah) on Tuesday shot down the possibility that he accepts a position in President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE's Cabinet. 

Romney, speaking on a Zoom call with reporters, said he had not been approached by Biden's team for a Cabinet post and would not accept a position. 

"The answer is no I have not been approached, nor will I be approached, and I'm not going to be part of the Biden administration," Romney said during a call with reporters. 

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"I'll be serving this term and who knows maybe even another one representing our great state,"  he added. 

Romney was elected to the Senate in 2018, meaning he'll be up for reelection in 2024. 

Romney won the party's 2012 presidential nomination but lost to then-President Obama.

He was briefly considered to be President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE's secretary of State and disclosed in 2017 that the discussions were serious enough that he discussed the role with former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE and other former secretaries of State.  

Romney, in remarks reported by CNN, said at Experts and Enthusiasts, or E2, Summit, that he "would have accepted the job had he asked me to do it." 

With Biden laying the groundwork for his administration next year, speculation around Washington is growing about whom he will select for his Cabinet positions. 

Lawmakers and former officials have said that they would not be surprised if Biden, known for his bipartisan leanings, picked a Republican to serve in his Cabinet. 

Romney is one of the Senate Republicans most willing to break with Trump. He was the only GOP senator to vote for one of the articles of impeachment against Trump earlier this year, and disclosed late last month that he did not vote for Trump in 2020.