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Collins: Republican Party is not led by one person

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMasks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' Senate GOP dismayed by vote to boot Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (R-Maine) said on Sunday that the Republican Party is not led by one person, appearing to push back on the notion that former President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE is the leader of the GOP.

Collins was responding to a recent event in Utah during which fellow GOP Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyImmigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Top border officials defend Biden policies US Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China MORE (Utah) was booed by a crowd of people after he said he wasn’t a fan of Trump’s “character issues."

“I was appalled. Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who serves his state and our country well,” said Collins while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.” She called on her fellow Republicans to remember the “fundamental principles” of their party such as “belief in personal responsibility, individual freedom, opportunity, free markets, a strong national defense.”

“We are not a party that is led by just one person,” Collins added. “There are many prominent, upcoming younger men and women in our party who hold great promise for leading us. And I think that all of us who abide by those principles should remember Ronald Reagan's admonition to Republicans that the person who agrees with you 70 or 80 percent of the time is your friend, not your enemy.”

Collins's remarks echoed those of Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE (R-Wyo.) who said during a recent House Republican retreat that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week Masks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRoy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Why Cheney was toppled, and what it says about the GOP and Trump's claims MORE are the leaders of the Republican Party when asked about Trump's future involvement in politics.

"I think right now, the Republican Party is headed by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the House. I think our elected leaders, you know, are the ones who are in charge of the Republican Party," Cheney said.

Cheney voted in favor of impeaching Trump while Collins supported convicting the former president following the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Clyburn says he's willing to compromise on qualified immunity in policing bill GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster MORE asked Collins whether it was "dangerous" to be like Cheney, someone who "tries to stand up for facts and truth regarding the election and the insurrection."

"Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience. And she did what she felt was right. And I salute her for that," Collins said. "We need to be accepting of differences in our party. We don't want to become like too much of the Democratic Party, which has been taken over by the progressive left. We need to have room for a variety of views, especially since we adhere to those core principles that I mentioned earlier."