Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) ended the suspense by announcing that he will not be seeking reelection and will call it a career after his current term expires next year.
On Wednesday, the failed GOP presidential candidate said that he’s going to do the honorable thing and retire, sparing the country from another octogenarian in Congress at a time when elderly politicians are drawing scrutiny for hanging onto their positions of power despite the physical and mental issues typically associated with old age.
The 76-year-old Romney acknowledged that it was time for him to step aside to make way for a younger generation, something that should serve as an example for other geriatric leaders including President Joe Biden who many believe is rapidly losing a battle with senility.
“I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another. 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,” said Romney.
My message to Utahns on my Senate reelection plan: pic.twitter.com/kgbsfIxMeR
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 13, 2023
“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. On the deficits and debt, both men refuse to address entitlements even though they represent two thirds of federal spending,” he added, unable to resist taking a shot at his nemesis, former President Donald J. Trump.
“Donald Trump calls global warming a hoax and President Biden offers feel-good solutions that will make no difference to the global climate. On China, President Biden underinvests in the military and President Trump underinvests in our alliances,” added Romney. “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.”
The 2024 Republican frontrunner, who has frequently clashed with “Pierre Delecto” gave the former governor of ultra-liberal Massachusetts a special sendoff in a reaction to the big news.
“FANTASTIC NEWS FOR AMERICA,THE GREAT STATE OF UTAH, & FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. MITT ROMNEY, SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS PIERRE DELECTO, WILL NOT BE SEEKING A SECOND TERM IN THE U.S. SENATE, WHERE HE DID NOT SERVE WITH DISTINCTION. A BIG PRIMARY FIGHT AGAINST HIM WAS IN THE OFFING, BUT NOW THAT WILL NOT BE NECESSARY. CONGRATS TO ALL. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump wrote in an all-caps post to Truth Social.
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“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. I look forward to working with you and with folks across our state and nation in that endeavor,” Romney said in his statement.
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