Since losing the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney, R-U.T., has had an increasingly rocky relationship with conservative voters.
On Sunday, what he said on CNN left critics demanding that Romney be kicked out of the Republican Party.
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On CNN’s “State of the Union”, Romney told host Jake Tapper that President Joe Biden was honorable and trustworthy.
“I do trust the president. and he made very clear in the much larger statement that came out over the weekend carefully crafted and thought through piece-by-piece that if the infrastructure bill reaches his desk and it comes alone, he will sign it,” Romney said about Biden’s weekend backtracking on the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
“At the same time, I recognize that he and his Democrat colleagues want more than that, want other legislation as well,” he said about the second, upcoming spending bill Democrats are determined to pass through reconciliation. “We, Republicans, are saying absolutely no.”
“At the same time, trillions of dollars of new spending is something we will not support,” Romney continued. “Fixing the infrastructure in our country and fixing our airports and roads and bridges and transit system and rail is something we will support. We can get the job done.”
“How many Republicans in the Senate do you have committed to vote for this bipartisan infrastructure deal?” Tapper asked.
“Well, I believe we will have enough to get it passed,” Romney said. “I don’t know exactly where everybody is after the weekend. I certainly can understand why not only myself but a lot of my colleagues were very concerned about what the president was saying on Friday.”
“But I think the waters have been calmed by what he said on Saturday,” he said.
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“I called the White House, and the White House called around to each of us I think had been negotiating saying, look, we are going to make clear exactly what the president means and I do take the president at his word,” Romney said.
“I do I take him at his word and a man of honor? Absolutely.”
Critics were outraged that Romney would back a Democratic president so vocally and called for him to be removed from the Republican Party.
“After this, it’s high-time Romney be booted from the party – there’s no saving him, and he’s literally an enemy of every single conservative in the country,” Missy Crane wrote on WayneDupree.com.
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