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Romney: Trump still 'most powerful voice' in GOP

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRepublicans, please save your party Mellman: How the Senate decided impeachment The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (R-Utah) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE remains “without question, the most powerful voice” in the GOP.

“He will have an enormous impact on our party going forward. I believe the great majority of people who voted for Donald Trump want to make sure that his principles and his policies are pursued,” Romney told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddBrown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage Fauci lays out timeline for vaccinating teens, children Trudeau: Canadian, US border to remain closed 'for now' MORE on NBC's “Meet the Press.” “He’s not disappearing by any means. He’s the 900-pound gorilla when it comes to the Republican Party.”

Romney is one of the few Republican lawmakers to congratulate Democratic candidate Joe Biden on his projected win for president on Saturday, tweeting, “Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMichelle Obama says 'everyone was concerned' about potential violence at Biden inauguration Ella Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? MORE. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”

Todd noted that Romney won the largely suburban Cobb County in Georgia during his own bid for president in 2012. Romney won the county by 12 points while Biden won it by 8 points, prompting Todd to ask if the GOP had problems garnering support from voters in suburban areas.

“My party, I'm sure, has challenges as does the the opposition party, but I think I'll let people like yourself make a call as to why people voted the way they did,” said Romney. “But I think if you look at the numbers and look at the pickup that Republicans had in state houses across the country and Congress and holding the Senate so far, versus our loss in the presidency, you'd suggest that the presidential race was more a matter of a referendum on a person.”

Romney said he believed his party had done well when it came to running policy-driven campaigns. Romney said that the American people did not want a Green New Deal or Medicare for all, causes that are central to the progressive wing of the Democratic party.

However, the senator acknowledged the GOP’s weakness when it came to appealing to young people and minorities. The female suburban vote was not lost to Republicans, Romney said.

“Can we bring back suburban women into our party? I believe so. But we got some work to do,” Romney said.