Senator Susan Collins said she was “horrified” by a crowd of Republican delegates to a convention in Utah, booing Senator Mitt Romney, warning that the CSO should better accept opposing views – or become like the Democratic Party.
“I was horrified, Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who serves his country and our country well,” Collins (R-Maine) told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
She also defended Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Who was attacked by some Republicans after voting for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump over the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
“Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience, and she did what she thought was right, and I congratulate her on that. We have to accept the differences in our party, “Collins said.
“We do not want to become too much of the Democratic Party, which was taken over by the progressive left. We need to have rooms for a variety of views, ”Collins continued.
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“These are the principles that unite us. We are not a one-man party, “Collins said.
“There are many prominent younger men and women in our party who promise to lead us a lot. And I think that all of us who adhere to these principles must remember [former President] “Ronald Reagan’s warning to Republicans that the person who agrees with you in 70 or 80 percent of cases is your friend, not your enemy,” she added.
Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, was booed and called a “traitor” and a “communist” on Saturday night when he turned to the party’s 2021 convention in Utah for voting twice to impeach Trump.
“Aren’t you embarrassed?” Romney replied to the jester as he took the stage.
“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I wasn’t a fan of the problems with the character of our last president,” Romney said.
He was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump at his first impeachment, and one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict him after the Capitol uprising.
“You can whistle 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 candidate for president in 2012. “
The vote to condemn Romney for the two impeachment votes fell from 798 to 711.