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Collins: Republican Party is not led by one person

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate votes to repeal OCC 'true lender' rule Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' 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 TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal 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 RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Republican reactions to Cheney's removal Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP 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 CheneyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE (R-Wyo.) who said during a recent House Republican retreat that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal McConnell: 'Good chance' of deal with Biden on infrastructure MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' On The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal 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 TapperClyburn says he's willing to compromise on qualified immunity in policing bill GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster GOP governor says Republican Party has to allow for differences 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."