Media mogul Oprah Winfrey denied Republican Sen. Mitt Romney’s claim that she asked him to be on her campaign ticket for the 2020 presidential run.
The assertion was made in writer McKay Coppins upcoming book release, “Romney: A Reckoning,” which was crafted off of Romney’s journals and dozens of interviews.
The book, which goes on sale next Tuesday, contains a passage where Romney told Coppins that Winfrey approached him to be her vice president on an independent ticket aimed at torpedoing former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign.
According to the book, Winfrey, who is a Democrat, wanted the Republican Utah senator to join her on a unity ticket in an effort “to save the country.”
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A spokesperson for the former talk show host denied the book’s postulation, which was originally reported by Axios.
“In November 2019, Ms. Winfrey called Senator Romney to encourage him to run on an Independent ticket,” Winfrey’s mouthpiece told The Hollywood Reporter.
“She was not calling to be part of the ticket and was never considering running herself,” they clarified about the conversation.
Romney, who is 76, announced that he would not run for re-election in the Senate when his term is over.
He was elected the governor of Massachusetts in 2002, then attempted to run for president for the first time in 2008.
Four years after losing to John McCain in the GOP primary, Romney secured the Republican nomination in 2012, but lost to former President Obama.
BREAKING: Senator Mitt Romney says he will *not* run for reelection.
Another RINO bites the dust.
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“I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another,” he said about his retirement. “At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid-eighties. Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders.”
Romney has been a vocal critic of Trump, and has fallen out of favor with the GOP after voting to convict the former President during his second impeachment trial in 2021.
The Utah Republican Party attempted to censure Romney and other congressional members who voted to impeach Trump, but the measure failed by a 711-798 vote.
When the senator attempted to give a speech at the event, he was booed by the crowd
“Yeah, I understand I have a few folks that don’t like me terribly much and I’m sorry about that, but I express my mind as I believe is right and I follow my conscience as I believe is right,” he said over the jeers.
“I’m not a fan of the current president’s policies,” Romney defended.
Trump called out Romney, former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, and former United States Attorney General Bill Barr in a video posted on his platform Truth Social.
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“Remember, Republicans eat their young. They really do, they eat their young. Terrible statement. But it’s true,” he stated.
In a follow-up post last week, Trump referred to them as “failed candidates,” who couldn’t effectively campaign because they lack the talent and skills required.
“If [Romney] and RINO Paul fought as hard against Obama as they do against President Donald J. Trump, they would never have lost,” he wrote last week. “But remember, Republicans ‘Eat Their Young.’”
He noted that it was “problematic” that the GOP goes after their own rather than “radical left Democrats, who are “destroying” the country.
“Romney, who today couldn’t get elected “dogcatcher” in the Great State of Utah, should have beaten an absolutely failed first term Obama,” Trump added in a direct attack on the Senator.
Trump on Hannibal Lecter: You know why I like him? Because he said on television “I love Donald Trump” so I love him pic.twitter.com/1jYyXKFkjI
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“These are LOSERS, and the Republican Nation must stop following their failed ideas and policies. They only help Crooked Joe Biden,” he concluded.
Trump seems to have a fixation on cannibalism in his messaging of late. The former president flubbed a reference to “Hannibal” actor Mads Mikkelsen, who portrayed the flesh-eating villain in NBC’s “Hannibal” from 2013-2015.
“Hannibal Lecter, how great an actor was he?” Trump said about the character Mikkelsen portrayed, rather than the actor’s real name.
“You know why I like him? Because he said on television on one of the – ‘I love Donald Trump.’ So I love him. I love him. I love him,” Trump remarked.
“He said that a long time ago and once he said that, he was in my camp, I was in his camp. I don’t care if he was the worst actor, I’d say he was great to me.”
Trump seemed to be referring to Mikkelsen’s November 2016 interview with CBS News, when he was asked what he thought about him.
“He’s obviously not the classic politician, that’s for sure. I can definitely laugh at some of the stuff he says but I can also go, “Oh my God, did he say that?” I think he’s a fresh wind for some people, but that’s what you’re voting for, I guess, right? It’s a big job,” the actor said at the time.