SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters Tuesday he sees no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, an assertion directly at odds with claims from President Donald Trump. However, he added, President Trump has every right to look into the possibility of any and all voting irregularities.
Speaking on a call with reporters, Romney said that any irregularities found won’t give President Trump a victory.
“I’m sure, in a nation as large as ours, there have been circumstances, probably on both sides of the aisle, where people voted that shouldn’t have voted, or people who got ballots that they shouldn’t have received and voted and sent them in. I presume that happened,” Romney said. “But I don’t know that there’s any evidence that’s been presented so far that suggests that that happened in a sufficient number of cases to result in a – overturning of the election results as we understand it.”
Romney on voter fraud: no widespread evidence
Romney continued, saying claims of voter fraud potentially threaten freedom worldwide.
“Look, every nation in the world is looking at America and watching this election and seeing how we respond, and — I think it’s important that we show confidence in our institutions,” Romney said.
He also weighed in on why other Senate Republicans may be staying quiet on the outcome of the election.
“First of all, they may have information I don’t have,” Romney acknowledged. “But I haven’t seen that information at this stage. I know there are lawsuits that are pointing out things that may have been done by various elected — election officials that people feel were inappropriate. And surely, in a nation with as many voters as there were, 140, 150 million voters, there will surely be some irregularities in that process. But I think it’s unlikely at this stage that there would be sufficient irregularities to justify a different outcome.”
Romney will not be a Biden cabinet member
The senator answered a wide range of questions; he addressed a potential stimulus package from Congress; he spoke about the impact of the pandemic on the outcome of the election; and he spoke about the future of the Republican Party after President Trump leaves office.
Romney also reported he would not be joining President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet.
“The answer is no, I have not been approached, nor will I be approached, and I’m not going to be part of the Biden administration,” Romney said.
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