Former Vice President Mike Pence responded to comments made by outgoing Senator Mitt Romney, who claimed he stood by “ungodly” things during his time in the White House. Romney, who served as the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and received the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, announced that he will not be seeking a second term in the Senate next year. He currently serves as the junior senator from Utah and has made damaging claims and appraisals of his colleagues in Washington, D.C. In an article published by The Atlantic, Romney revealed a text message to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, which he brought up worrying reports of activity leading to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. He also said that some of his Senate GOP peers do not respect the U.S. Constitution.
Romney took aim at Pence, calling him out for standing by former President Donald Trump’s actions while claiming a deep devotion to Christianity. Pence is currently among the packed field of candidates seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination but is considered a longshot due to his striking unpopularity among Trump-supporting members of the GOP base. On CNN’s State of the Union, Pence stated that he believes they were called to serve and is proud of the record of the Trump-Pence administration. He also expressed doubts about Mitt Romney’s knowledge of his administration and believes he can go into retirement.