Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News during a press conference call on Wednesday that there remains no appetite for a potential Mitt Romney run for president in 2020.
Incoming Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) published an op-ed on Tuesday, criticizing President Donald Trump.
Sen. Paul quickly took to Twitter on Wednesday, calling Romney a “Big Government” Republican.
Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong asked Sen. Paul if he thinks Romney will plan to run to challenge President Trump in 2020 or if he will endorse Trump for president.
Sen. Paul told Breitbart News he thinks there remains no appetite for a Romney presidential campaign in 2020. Paul emphasized that Trump won many traditionally Democrat states, while Romney could not win any of these states.
“I think when you look back at presidential electoral politics, what was extraordinary about Trump’s run was that he won Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and no Republican has done that, and that includes Mitt Romney,” Paul told Breitbart News.
Romney lost the 2012 presidential election to former President Barack Obama by more than 100 electoral votes.
“I think Trump’s victory was an extraordinary one, and he did it by being, frankly, different, not being a run-of-the-mill establishment Republican. I don’t think there’s an appetite for a Romney run in the Republican party, nor do I think Mitt Romney-style big government establishment Republicanism is frankly popular enough to win in a general election,” Paul continued.
During the press conference, Sen. Paul also contended that Romney’s attack on Trump is “bad for the Republican party” and will make it difficult to get things done in the Senate.