With Trump’s populist rise as the party’s dominant figure, Romney’s brand of Republicanism went from establishment to outlier. He was the only Republican member of Congress to vote to convict Trump in his second impeachment.
Prominent Republican Senator Mitt Romney, one of Donald Trump’s fiercest critics, announces that he will not run for reelection to office in 2024.
The 76-year-old former presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts said the country is ready to take over from a younger generation of politicians.
“It has been a quarter of a century since I have been involved in public service in one way or another,” the 76-year-old Republican said in a statement. “Honestly, it’s time to usher in a new generation of leaders,” said the senator whose term ends in January 2025.
In 2012, the Republican with moderate tone and positions competed as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate against Barack Obama, without success. He was elected senator in November 2018, where he became one of the most critical Republican voices of Donald Trump, who was president at the time.
Reacting to the announcement on social media, Trump described it as “fantastic news for America.” Romney’s retirement brings an end to a 20-year political career.
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