Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced that he would not be giving a presidential endorsement to any of the 2020 candidates, Republican or Democrat.
“I’m not planning on endorsing in the presidential race,” said the Utah senator. “At this stage, I’m not planning on endorsing in the primary or in the general.”
The refusal by the former Republican presidential candidate to endorse a candidate, let alone a sitting president from his own party, is unusual.
He also told CNN that he disagreed with the moves by some states to cancel their Republican primaries, saying that he wants an opportunity for “people to be heard.”
“I would far prefer having an open primary, caucus, convention process […] where people can be heard,” said Romney before reaffirming that he would not be running for president.
Romney has been an opponent to the president on some issues, most recently joining fellow Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) in hammering Trump for moving money away from defense projects in their state to build the border wall.
Trump is currently facing three potential primary challengers as the 2020 presidential race heats up: former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) as well as former Governor Bill Weld (R-Mass.).
As IJR previously reported, the president dubbed his three challengers as the “Three Stooges” in a recent pair of tweets.
“The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!” wrote Trump.
Trump also blasted Sanford for his infamous 2009 extramarital affair with his mistress in Argentina where his staff told the press that he was hiking along the Appalachian Trail.