Romney 2024? – Republican Article
It goes without saying that 2024 will be an extremely important year for the Republican Party. Now that Trump has denied the idea that he wants to start his own third party, his focus will be entirely on retaining his grasp over the GOP. He’s already started endorsing candidates in 2022 to go against those Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him. He has even teased the idea that he might be considering starting his own Super PAC to help fund Pro-Trump candidates.
Trump and his massive MAGA political machine are a force to be reckoned with, whether we like it or not. The establishment GOP is still figuring out what they’re going to do with him.
To me, the most realistic way forward is for Utah Senator Mitt Romney take a third shot at the presidential race. While his run in 2008 had him lose the Republican Nomination to former Arizona Senator John McCain, 2012 proved to be a relatively successful attempt by Senator Romney. Romney and his running mate, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, won 206 of the electoral votes. They had a very respectable 47% of the popular vote (nearly 61 million votes). He is currently the only safe, establishment Republican who could possibly stand a chance against Trump.
Even before Trump won the Republican nomination in 2016, Romney was hesitant about him. Romney decided to not vote for Trump in the election. Romney urged voters to vote tactically vote where another candidate had the possibility to win that state’s primary. This was in an attempt to ensure Trump would not win the nomination. Nonetheless, Trump eventually secured the nomination, yet Romney chose to never formally endorse him nor speak in his support.
Throughout his entire presidency, Romney had been openly critical of Trump and his policies; he even became the first US Senator in history to vote to impeach a president of his same party. They have been constantly at odds with one another. This all culminated in the January 6th Capitol Riot, when Romney gave a scathing criticism of Trump and his role in the attempted insurrection once the Senate reconvened. Romney chose to vote once again to impeach Trump in his second impeachment trial. However, The vote was lost 57-43 as other GOP Senators chose to cling to a relatively flimsy defense that a former President could not be impeached.
Romney’s actions over these last four years could mean that he is once again considering a presidential bid. In 2016, it was clear he would lack the funding to have a successful campaign. Many donors were apprehensive to pour money into a candidate who had failed twice before. However, 2024 will be a completely different political landscape. I believe many traditional, establishment GOP donors will welcome the sight of an establishment candidate, in this case, Mitt Romney.
Recent policy decisions by Romney could also potentially sway independents and moderate Democrats to vote for him. His minimum wage proposal, co-sponsored with Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, would raise the federal minimum wage in an incremental manner to $10 an hour by 2025, and then be raised every two years based on inflation. While in no means a perfect plan, it is a lot more realistic and would likely see bipartisan support when compared to the Democrats $15 an hour plan which has already failed to pass with the upcoming $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Romney and Cotton’s plan would raise wages for 3.5 million workers without costing any jobs.
Moreover, he’s introduced The Family Security Act. This would work to modernize and streamline outdated federal policies and introduce a new monthly cash benefit for families with children. Rather than relying on a lump sum payment with their tax returns, families could rely on consistent and predictable cash payments every month to help offset the costs of raising a child. The total amount would be incrementally reduced based on income. Policies like these could be instrumental in swaying independent and moderate voters, while also not pushing away more fiscally conservative voters. Interestingly, regarding foreign policy, The Economist found Romney to fall in line with much of Obama’s positions.
Romney is by no means the perfect candidate. However, in the current political climate, he seems to be the only legitimate and realistic way forward for the GOP. He appeals to the large Evangelical base, while also possessing the ability to regain popularity amongst suburban white women, a sector in which Trump failed to gain popularity. He’s also one of the few GOP lawmakers to openly support the BLM movement. He even marched alongside them on June 7th, 2020, drawing praise from now Vice President Kamala Harris.
Despite the GOP’s numerous attempts to censure Mitt Romney, he remains a staunch anti-Trump Republican. He has stayed true to his beliefs and choose to put country over party. I hope his actions resonate with voters, and that he decides to run for president in 2024.
Written by Chief Republican Writer, Sebastian Calcopietro
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Romney is not strong enough to win over Trump supporters – A Democratic Response
Romney is old news. As my colleague Sebastian has pointed out, he’s failed his last two presidential bids. That was also before the Republican party took a nose dive into the insane. Trump has a stranglehold over the Republican party, with a clear majority of Republicans wanting him to remain the head of the party for the foreseeable future. Trump isn’t some enigma. He speaks to a large and growing portion of the Republican party that is reacting to what they see as a changing country.
Trump’s harsh rhetoric towards immigrants coupled with his ‘no B.S.’ tone has lead to many in the party seeing him as a savior. They’ve become disillusioned with establishment GOP candidates who they view as shills to Democratic interests. They believe Trump will do what he promises. While Trump may be just one person, he embodies a shared apprehension among many Americans to what they view as a rapidly changing country. Demographic change isn’t new, people have been talking about these shifts for decades. Trump’s ability to weaponize these shifts as a means of exploiting White anxiety to a changing country, coupled with his bombastic speeches and macho persona, has garnered a strong appeal among many that doesn’t appear to be wavering.
The problem for the Republican Party isn’t necessarily Trump but what he embodies. If the party wants to win elections in the future, it will need to present an agenda more palatable to groups in this country that are growing both in size and political influence. Unfortunately for Sebastian and other moderate Republicans, I don’t see this happening any time soon.
Written by Democratic Writer, Christopher Norman