Romney Makes Startling Admission: “Kiss of Death”

Romney Makes Startling Admission: "Kiss of Death"

( – In 2012, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the most popular conservative in the GOP. He was the Republican presidential candidate that year and later lost to Barack Obama. A decade later, he’s one of the least popular Conservatives — and he’s now acknowledging that.

On December 10, Romney joined Kristen Welker on NBC’s “Meet The Press” to discuss the 2024 election. During the interview, the GOP senator refused to rule out voting for President Joe Biden in 2024. He said he hasn’t endorsed any Republican candidates because he believes if he did, “it would be the kiss of death.” So, he decided against the move.

The former Republican nominee for president fell out with his party after he repeatedly targeted former President Donald Trump. Romney was the only GOP senator to vote to impeach Trump in both of his impeachment trials. Earlier this year, the senator announced he wasn’t going to run for reelection when his first term is up.

Romney told Welker that he thought former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is the only other candidate who he believes has a shot to become the nominee. Haley is trailing Trump in the polls by more than 40 points. He also complimented former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who he said has been doing a “terrific” job taking on former President Donald Trump. His compliment surprised some because he once said the former governor was “another bridge-and-tunnel loudmouth.”

The senator did show his support for one person for president. He told Welker that he hopes Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) decides to throw his hat in the ring and run for the White House. “I wish he’d be the Democratic nominee,” Romney said.

Manchin has also decided he won’t be running for reelection, and he hasn’t ruled out running for president. Though if he runs, he would likely be a third-party candidate.

Romney’s Senate term is up in January 2025.

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