Utah Senator Mitt Romney is making headlines once again, and this time, it’s for a deeply candid interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell. Here are the highlights.
Mitt Romney Opens up on CBS
In this wide-ranging conversation, set to be broadcast on “CBS News Sunday Morning” and streamed on Paramount+, Romney discusses his political journey, the reasons behind his departure from the Senate, and his concerns about the state of today’s Republican Party.
Romney: A Reckoning
All of this comes in the context of a revealing new biography, “Romney: A Reckoning,” penned by McKay Coppins.
From Nominee to Pariah in the GOP
In a notably frank exchange, Norah O’Donnell delves into the private sentiments of Romney’s fellow Republicans in the Senate.
Romney’s Departure From the Senate
The Senator’s response offers a glimpse into the prevailing sentiments within his party. “I don’t think I’ve heard a single member of my caucus, the Republicans in the Senate, say, ‘You know, Donald Trump is great. Aren’t we lucky to have him as our leader?'”
Romney reflects, distancing himself from the resounding support many Republicans still express for the former president.
Romney’s Concerns for the Republican Party
Romney goes on to express his profound concerns about the character and direction of his party.
A “Failure of Character”
He asserts, “Donald Trump represents a failure of character, which is changing, I think, in many respects, the psyche of our nation and the heart of our nation.
And that’s something which takes a long time – if ever – to repair.”
A Stark Assessment of Donald Trump
His candid words underscore his belief that Trump’s influence has left a mark on the nation’s character.
From Nominee to a Party Pariah
As the conversation deepens, Norah O’Donnell highlights a stark transformation in Romney’s political standing.
She notes that he was once the party’s nominee and is now, in many ways, viewed as a pariah in the Republican Party.
Romney’s Political Heritage
Romney acknowledges this reality, saying, “Yeah, that’s, that’s saying it in a gentle way, yeah. I mean, yeah, no question. I don’t really have a home in my party.”
He reflects on his political heritage, which aligns with figures like Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, George W. Bush, and John McCain.
Deep Concerns About the Current GOP
These leaders, according to Romney, upheld values that seem increasingly rare in today’s Republican Party – being anti-Putin, anti-Russia, anti-authoritarian, and staunch advocates for character in leadership.
He laments that he doesn’t recognize these values in the majority of his party today, expressing deep concern about this shift.
Addressing the Oprah Joint Run Rumor
The interview is not limited to Mitt Romney alone; it also features Ann Romney. During this part of the conversation, Ann Romney addresses a rumor that has been circulating.
She asked whether Oprah proposed a joint run with Mitt Romney on an independent ticket in 2019, a proposition that would have shaken up the American political landscape.
GOP’s Identity Crisis
Romney’s candid expressions echo a larger sentiment among certain factions within the Republican Party.
His critique of the party’s shift and the erosion of its core values underscores a broader debate about the party’s identity in the post-Trump era.
The Future of the GOP
As the interview airs, it is bound to spark discussions about the future of the GOP and the ideological battles shaping American politics.
Romney at a Crossroads in a Changing Party
As the political landscape continues to evolve, it remains to be seen what the future holds for a statesman who finds himself at a crossroads in the midst of a changing Republican Party.
Romney’s honesty in addressing these challenges serves as a reminder of the complex, evolving nature of American politics.
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