Mitt Romney criticized Republican lawmakers Saturday and said he would lead an effort to repeal Obamacare and block massive spending bills if he is elected to the U.S. Senate in November.
Romney, 71, a one-time Republican presidential nominee, is expected to see an easy GOP nomination and victory for the general election, the Washington Examiner reported.
What is his plan?
Grassroots conservatives at a GOP nomination convention near Salt Lake City questioned Romney as he pledged to use his connections and experience to complete an agenda that has eluded other ambitious Republicans, including President Donald Trump, the report stated.
“Here’s the difference between me and a lot of other people that are thinking about running: And that is, I know how to get a group of people together, I’ve campaign with some 40 different Republican senators. I’ve campaigned for them, with them,” Romney said at the convention. “I can get a group of them together to stand together to fight against the excessive spending that we’re seeing in Washington.”
In part, he was referring to the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package Trump signed in March. Romney said he would have opposed the bipartisan legislation. He also hinted that he would be willing to force a government shutdown to block a similar bill in the future.
“When you play poker, you have to follow through with your bluff,” he said.
Romney reassured Republicans that his Senate race is not a maneuver for another presidential run. Some Trump supporters questioned Romney’s motives, especially since he has hammered the president for some of his policies and comments.
“It’s what is expected from a well-polished politician,” delegate Joshua Badal, 27, said after asking Romney to why he has conflicting views of Trump. “It seems to me he’s just changing his opinion to get the people to vote for him.”
Romney pledged to stand up to Trump when they disagree and work with him on shared goals.
Romney said he would stand up to Trump where they disagreed and work with him on shared goals. He also said that overall, Trump has exceeded his expectations.
Some delegates weren’t happy with Romney’s answers to their questions, and there is opposition to his image as an insider, the Washington Examiner reported.
Regarding Obamacare, Romney said such issues should be decided by the states.
“I don’t want to fix Obamacare, I want to repeal Obamacare,” Romney said. While serving as governor of Massachusetts, Romney wrote a healthcare reform that served as a model for former President Barack Obama’s federal overhaul.