by Erin Doherty at Axios
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) privately toyed with creating a new political party that would “endorse whichever party’s nominee isn’t stupid,” The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins writes in the first excerpt from an upcoming biography.
Why it matters: Romney said Wednesday he floated the new party with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) “months ago” and has tried to convince the centrist Democrat not to run as an independent in 2024.
- Romney, one of the most high-profile Republican critics of former President Trump, told Coppins that he sought a party that promoted centrist policies. Its working slogan: “Stop the stupid.”
- “We’d say, ‘This party’s going to endorse whichever party’s nominee isn’t stupid,'” Romney told Coppins in the sprawling excerpt published Wednesday.
Zoom in: Romney told Coppins that he was not ready to leave politics entirely, but felt like there wasn’t a place for him in today’s GOP:…Continue Reading