Mitt Romney Not Decided On Career Future Yet

( )- While much of politics in the U.S. is focused on the midterm elections later this year, there are still some prominent politicians who are undecided on whether they will run for re-election in 2024.
One of those politicians is Republican Senator Mitt Romney from Utah, who said recently he hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’ll run for another term come 2024. If he does, he could potentially find himself involved in the same election cycle as one of his biggest enemies — fellow GOPer and former President Donald Trump.
Trump also hasn’t announced whether he’ll run for president again in 2024. If he does, it could make for an interesting election, as he and Romney don’t exactly see eye to eye. In fact, it could make for an odd clash between two prominent members of the same party who are seeking to win office — albeit different federal offices.
Romney voted to convict Trump during both of his impeachment trials. In fact, when he was the first senator to ever vote to convict a president of his own party who was facing an impeachment trial.
It’s not just the impeachment vote that has put Romney at odds with Trump and many other members of the GOP in the recent past. Last week, he was one of three members of the GOP in the Senate who voted to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court — Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Romney was joined by Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine in voting to confirm Jackson.
The opposition to Trump doesn’t hurt Romney as much as it might other Republican politicians. That’s because the former president isn’t as popular in Romney’s home state of Utah as he is in other parts of the country.
That being said, Utah is still very conservative. Trump won by 20 points in Utah over Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
At this point, Romney said he hasn’t thought much about whether he’ll run for another term on the Senate. He told media outlet The Hill recently:
“I’m going to cross that bridge down the road. I haven’t given a lot of attention yet.”
One sign that he may not be running again is that he hasn’t put in a lot of effort to raise money to this point. At the end of last year, his campaign account reported having $473,000 in cash on hand, which is only $215,000 more than they reported after he won his seat on the Senate back in 2018. That’s certainly not a huge amount of money raised in four years.
Romney is also 75 years old, and he may not be up for dealing with politics on the national stage much longer.
It’s also possible that if Romney were to run for re-election, he would be facing a tough challenge within his own party. One potential challenger could be Sean Reyes, the state attorney general, who has been very pro-Trump in the past.
If Romney does decide to step aside, it’s certainly something Trump would celebrate.