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GOP Sen. Mitt Romney announces he will not run for reelection

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event, Oct. 2018. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
September 13, 2023

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced on Wednesday that he will not run for reelection.

“The next generation of leaders must take America to the next stage of global leadership. While I’m not running for reelection, I’m not retiring from the fight. I’ll be your United States senator until January of 2025,” Romney said in a video posted on X, formerly Twitter. “It really is a profound honor to serve Utah and the country and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so.”

In his announcement, Romney highlighted his perceived accomplishments over the last several years, including the bipartisan infrastructure law, a comprehensive China strategy process, religious liberty protections, a compromise gun safety law, the Electoral Count Act reform, emergency COVID relief funding and several Utah priorities.

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Romney insisted it’s “time for a new generation of leaders” who can take on “critical challenges,” including “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 those issues. On deficits and debt, both men refuse to address entitlements, even though they know that this represents two-thirds of federal spending. Donald Trump calls global warming a hoax and President Biden offers feelgood solutions that make not difference to the global climate,” Romney continued.

“On China, President Biden underinvests on the military and President Trump underinvests in our alliances. Political motivations too often impede the solutions that these challenges demand,” he added.

Unlike Romney, aging congresswoman Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 83, announced she will run for reelection once again.

“Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery,” Pelosi posted on X. “Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for reelection — and respectfully ask for your vote.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.