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Asked by CBS’ Norah O’Donnell who he likes among the Republican primary field, Romney said in an interview released Friday that he would be “happy to support virtually any one of the Republicans.” But he added “maybe not Vivek” in a swipe at entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
“But the others that are running would be acceptable to me, and I’d be happy to vote for them. I’d be happy to vote a number of the Democrats too. It would be an upgrade, in my opinion, from Donald Trump and perhaps also from Joe Biden,” Romney said.
The Utah senator and former Republican presidential nominee said he believes Trump being elected to a second term in the White House would be “devastating” for the country, but he acknowledged that he’s a “tiny, tiny slice” of the Republican Party.
“I don’t begin to be able to understand how it is so many people can accept the dishonesties that have been spoken by Donald Trump,” Romney, one of the president’s most vocal critics, said during the interview. “I don’t know how it is people go along with that, but they do. And in some respects it’s like ‘well there’s our team and their team. We’re going to cheer whatever our team says and say that we believe it.’”
Romney did compliment President Joe Biden as a “charming, engaging person,” and said he and the president “get along.” He explained that the leaders occasionally speak on the phone about challenges facing the country, but Romney still noted he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Biden on every issue.
“There are some places I agree with him, but most places I disagree with him. I think he’s made all sorts of terrible mistakes, but I would like to see someone else run,” Romney said.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Romney says he would vote for a Democrat instead of Trump in 2024