Senator Susan Collins said she was “appalled” by a crowd of Republican delegates at a Utah conference hosted by Senator Mitt Romney, warning that the GOP should accept more conflicting views – otherwise it will be like the Democratic Party.
“I was horrified, Mitt Romney is an excellent senator who serves his state and our country well,” Collins (R-Maine) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
She also defended rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Who has been attacked by some Republicans after she voted to accuse former President Donald Trump of the January 6 attack on the US capital.
“Liz Cheney is a woman with strength and conscience, and she did what she felt was right, and I salute her for that. We have to accept differences in our party, ”Collins said.
“We do not want to be like too much of the Democratic Party, which has been taken over by the progressive left. We need to have rooms for different views, ”Collins continued.
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“These are the principles that unite us. We are not a party led by only one person, ”Collins said.
“There are many prominent future younger men and women in our party who keep a great promise to lead us. And I think all of us who adhere to these principles need to remember [former President] “Ronald Reagan’s admonition to the Republicans that someone who agrees with you 70 or 80 percent of the time is your friend, not your enemy,” she added.
Romney, the Republican candidate for president in 2012, was arrogant on Saturday night and called a “traitor” and a “communist” when he spoke at the party’s state convention in 2021 in Utah because he had twice voted to accuse Trump.
“Aren’t you embarrassed?” Romney responded to heckling as he took the stage.
“I’m a man who says what he means and you know I’m not a fan of our last president’s character problems,” Romney said.
He was the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump in his first indictment, and one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict him after the Capitol uprising.
“You can boo anything you like,” said Romney, 74. “I’ve been a Republican all my life. My father was governor of Michigan, and I was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. “
A vote to censor Romney on the two charges fell 798 to 711.