Sen. Mike Lee: ‘Enough Room in the Republican Tent’ for Both Romney and Me

Even if Republican lawmakers come to different conclusions with their votes, “there is enough room in the Republican tent,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says.

Lee called on “more work” to be done in the GOP to “chart the proper course for our party” in a statement on Friday.

While noting Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and he “usually vote together” with “a majority of Senate Republicans,” the two lawmakers voted differently on Feb. 13.

Lee voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection while Romney voted to convict Trump.

He recalled the experience to “cast a vote contrary to those cast by most (or even all) of our GOP colleagues,” saying, “It can be liberating. It can be terrifying. It is often both.”

Lee continued:

“In any event, the fact that Senator Romney and I sometimes disagree (either with each other or with most Senate Republicans, or both) is not itself cause for alarm. To the contrary, it shows that neither one of us blindly defers to anyone. […] He and I have adopted this approach not just because it works for us specifically (as two senators representing the same state), but also because it helps advance what unites us.”

“While Senator Romney and I sometimes reach different conclusions, there is enough room in the Republican tent for both of us — just as there is room enough for all Republicans in a general election, regardless of how they voted in the primary,” Lee added.

The lawmaker concluded his statement:

“The tent of the Republican Party is open to anyone and everyone willing to support our shared, liberty-minded objectives. With our eyes fixed on the future, we should be including and inviting our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family members — and anyone else who might be discouraged or disaffected — by bringing more people into the tent.”

Lee also responded to an article by The Salt Lake Tribune saying he was defending Romney’s vote to convict. He said its “headline is not only misleading, but affirmatively deceptive” and the newspaper “will stop at nothing to undermine and create divisions within the Republican Party.”

“I didn’t defend anyone voting to convict. Nor would I. My vote to acquit was correct,” he added.

Romney defended his vote to convict Trump in a statement on Thursday and said, “President Biden won the election through the legitimate vote of the American people. The division in America will only begin to heal in the light of this truth, a truth which must now be affirmed by each of us in this chamber.”

Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Feb. 13 with a 57-43 vote. Seven Republican senators voted with Democrats to convict, but they fell short of the 67 votes needed to convict the former president.


  1. Being the R national platform for 2020 was “whatever Trump wants to do,” I can’t argue with your response.
    BUT inciting insurrections, exploding the deficit, lying 30,573 times in 4 yrs, accepting NO responsibility for the COVID death toll or ineffective response, imposing tariffs, seizing private land for a vanity wall, and lying then owning up to an affair with a porn star were NOT CONSERVATIVE TENENTS.

    personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense WERE

  2. “share with us what you believe conservative credentials are in 2021” Phyllis

    [raises hand high] ME ME ME! I got this one, Teach!

    Undying fealty to President Who? regardless of whether he is right or wrong, has a good policy or a bad one. Nothing else is required, now. Is that about right?

    1. Somehow this reply decoupled from Gerald’s comment that it was related to. I think it was because of screen rotation. Odd, but that’s life.

  3. Mitt Romney ISN’T a Republican. He is a closet Democrat pretending to be a Republican. That’s right…a RINO…!?!?! And there is NO PLACE in the “Republican tent” for him…!!!!

    1. Just so we are clear on what you are saying, Do you believe that Sen. Romney should LEAVE the Republican Party and caucus with D’s? Would that also be the case for the R registered Senators that believed inciting an insurrection is indeed an impeachable offense? Only one of the 7 is up for re-election in 2022 so you are talking giving the D’s a 57 to 43 advantage going into the 2022 election—not the 50-50 split they currently have. I realize that in Trump World there is a belief in “no consequences” of actions, but consequences occur even if you don’t plan for them.

      HOW is “And there is NO PLACE in the “Republican tent” for him…!!!!” NOT “Cancel Culture” which I repeatedly hear is an aversion to “Republicans”?

  4. Increasingly, Sen. Lee is on the wrong side of issues. He is MOST CERTAINLY WRONG that Romney has a place in the Republican Party. You have to be on the right side of the issues purported to be important to Republicans, rather than constantly singing the Democrat Party’s tune, as does Romney! Sen. Lee needs to sharpen his credentials as a conservative, as well!

    1. “You have to be on the right side of the issues purported to be important to Republicans” Don

      I am confused, Don.

      Who says that he isn’t on the right side of Republican issues? Which issues IN PARTICULAR is he NOT on board with, Don? Huh?

    2. “Sen. Lee needs to sharpen his credentials as a conservative, as well!” Don

      After you address the General’s question, which I can not wait to read your response, please share with us what you believe conservative credentials are in 2021. I was a registered Republican 31 years and I have observed the eradication of ALL conservative principles the last 4 years.

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