Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has just announced that he will not run for re-election.
Sen. Romney made the announcement in a video post on Twitter/X.
In the video, Romney says he will not run for another term.
“Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders,” Romney said in the video.
“While I’m not running for re-election, I’m not retiring from the fight.
“I’ll be your United States Senator until January 2025.
“I will keep working on these and other issues and I will advance our state’s numerous priorities.”
In his statement, Romney also bashes Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden, specifically calling them out over their responses to “climate change.”
The senator says he is calling for “a new generation of leaders” instead.
My message to Utahns on my Senate reelection plan: pic.twitter.com/kgbsfIxMeR
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 13, 2023
“I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another,” Romney says.
“At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid-eighties.
“Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders.
“They’re the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in.
“We face critical challenges—mounting national debt, climate change, and the ambitious authoritarians of Russia and China.
“Neither President Biden nor former President Trump are leading their party to confront them,” Romney said.
“On the deficits and debt, both men refuse to address entitlements even though they represent two-thirds of federal spending.
“Donald Trump calls global warming a hoax and President Biden offers feel-good solutions that will make no difference to the global climate,” he added.
With respect to China, Romney said, “President Biden underinvests in the military and President Trump underinvests in our alliances.
“Political motivations too often impede the solutions that these challenges demand.
“The next generation of leaders must take America to the next stage of global leadership.”
“While I’m not running for re-election, I’m not retiring from the fight. I’ll be your United States Senator until January 2025,” Romney said.
“I will keep working on these and other issues and I will advance our state’s numerous priorities.
“I look forward to working with you and with folks across our state and nation in that endeavor.
“It is a profound honor to serve Utah and the nation, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so.”
It comes as questions have swirled over his political future.
Romney, who was the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2012, has faced blowback from his own party over his vocal criticism of Trump.
During both of his impeachment trials, Romney voted to convict Trump.
Romney has since developed a reputation as a uni-party operative and a RINO – Republican In Name Only.
He was first elected to the Senate from Utah in 2018.