May 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Susan Collins "appalled" by censure attempt against Mitt Romney

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday she was "appalled" to see her colleague Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) booed and nearly censured at the Utah Republican Party state convention a day earlier.

Why it matters: The effort to censure Romney for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol failed by a 711-798 vote. A number of Republicans have faced backlash in their home states for voting to convict Trump, as the former president continues to have significant sway over the party.

What they're saying: "Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who serves his state and our country well,"Collins said Sunday. "We Republicans need to remember that we are united by fundamental principles."

  • "We are not a party that is lead by just one person. There are many prominent upcoming younger men and women in our party who hold great promise for leading us."
  • "[T]he person who agrees with 70 or 80% of the time is your friend, not your enemy."

Of note: Collins also defended Liz Cheney, who was censured by the Wyoming GOP for her vote against Trump.

  • "Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience, and she did what she felt was right, and I salute her for that. We need to be accepting of differences in our party."
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