Romney to Retire, Republicans Rejoice – ‘Don’t Let the Door Hit You’

Utah Senator and onetime Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has set an expiration date on his political career, and Republicans could not be happier.

Romney, 76, announced Wednesday that he will not seek another term in office. In a video posted to X, he told voters it was “frankly time for a new generation of leaders” and said he would step aside. Romney will finish his term in the Senate, which will end in January 2025.

The news was immediately met with celebration from Republicans

“Utah, good news: now you can get an actual conservative to represent you,” said American Majority CEO Ned Ryun. “Thank God.”

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“I’m the happiest guy in the world,” wrote conservative activist Scott Pressl. “Let’s replace Romney with/ a real Republican.”

“Finally, some good “news,” said commentator Mike Cernovich

“Oh, look, the coward doesn’t want to get the ‘Liz Cheney’ treatment in the primary, so he’s taking his ball and going home,” said another comment. “Enjoy spending the rest of your miserable life crying about President Trump on CNN with little Adam Kinzinger.”

“Just stay away from public life. And encourage those you work with to do the same. Step down and let others that want to work for their constituents get to work for their constituents.” ~ Denver Mackintosh [@Matt_mack6]

“I was having a crappy day, then I read you’re retiring,” said another comment. “Thank you for brightening my day and for knowing it’s time for you to go. Too bad you can’t convince the rest of the octogenarian members to join you.”

In his announcement, Romney appeared to take a swipe at some of his senior colleagues. Similar calls to step down have been made to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 81; California Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein, 90; and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 83.

“Adios Pierre Delecto,” said another reply, in reference to the sock puppet Twitter account Romney operated to promote tweets critical of then-President Donald Trump.

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“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,” Romney said. “They’re the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in,”

“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,”

Romney dedicated a sizable portion of his speech to talking about climate change.

“Donald Trump calls global warming a hoax and President Biden offers feel-good solutions that will make no difference to the global climate,”

Romney was first elected to the Senate in 2018 to replace outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch. He also served one term as the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He made two bids for the Presidency, both of which failed.

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