Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury MORE revealed Wednesday that when it came time to vote for president in 2016, he wrote in his wife Ann’s name.
“I wrote in the name of a person who I admire deeply, who I think would be an excellent president,” Romney told the editorial boards of Utah’s Deseret News and KSL. “I realized it wasn’t going to go anywhere, but nonetheless felt that I was putting in a very solid name.”
The former GOP presidential nominee and current Utah Senate candidate had not previously stated publicly for whom he had voted in the 2016 presidential election.
Romney had said that he would not vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE or Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE.
Romney, a frequent critic of Trump during the then-candidate’s 2016 campaign, was considered for a role in the Trump administration as secretary of State before being passed over for Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDeadline for Kansas Senate race passes without Pompeo filing Democrats launch probe into Trump’s firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo The Memo: Fauci at odds with Trump on virus MORE.
Trump has endorsed Romney in the race, but the candidate said last month that he was not ready to endorse the president for reelection in 2020.
The former presidential nominee said earlier this week that he doesn’t view Trump “as a role model for my grandkids.”
Romney hopes to fill retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchBottom line Bottom line Bottom line MORE’s (R-Utah) Senate seat. He faced a hiccup in that bid last month, when he failed to win enough votes to secure the GOP nomination for the seat at the state’s GOP convention.
He will face off against state Rep. Mike Kennedy (R) in a primary next month.
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