In an interview with the New York Times’ DealBook, Romney said Trump “has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party.”
“I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney added.
The Republican senator, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, noted “a lot can happen between now and 2024” and said he is “not great at predicting.”
Noting polls of potential contenders for the 2024 presidential election, Romney said:
“If you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.”
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On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at the DealBook DC Policy Project said: "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." #DealBookDC https://t.co/Q6zOBOXHks pic.twitter.com/TK6fE9KLx2— DealBook (@dealbook) February 24, 2021
Romney was questioned on if he would campaign against Trump if the former president ran again, to which he said, “I would not be voting for President Trump again. I haven’t voted for him in the past.”
The Utah senator said he would support a candidate who represents “the tiny wing of the party that I represent.”
Axios reported this week that Trump will use his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday in Orlando, Florida, to push that he is Republicans’ “presumptive 2024 nominee,” citing top Trump allies.
“I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge,” Trump’s message will be, according to Axios, which cites a longtime adviser to Trump.
A source told Reuters that Trump plans to talk about “the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Also, look for the 45th President to take on President (Joe) Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies.”