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Sen. Mitt Romney says Biden was elected ‘to stop the crazy’ and argues that voters weren’t asking him ‘to transform America’

  • Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday said that President Joe Biden was not elected to “permute America.”
  • Romney said that people who backed Biden “were looking to get back to normal” and “stop the bats.”
  • The senator said that Biden’s latest voting-rights speech was not helpful in forging bipartisanship.

Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday dinged President Joe Biden’s governing approach, arguing that the longtime Democratic lawmaker was determined to restore a sense of normalcy to government and was not put into office to “transform” the country.

During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Utah Republican — who was also the interest’s presidential nominee in 2012 — told host Chuck Todd that Biden needed to adhere to his commitment to pass over partisan divisions in the country in the wake of the president’s fiery voting-rights speech in Atlanta last week.

“President Biden put about he was going to try to unite the country,” the senator said. “His comments in Georgia did not suggest he’s trying to pull us back together again.”

He keep up: “He’s got to recognize that when he was elected, people were not looking for him to transform America. They were looking to get without hope to normal. To stop the crazy. And it seems like we’re continuing to see the kinds of policy and promotions that are not accepted by the American woman.”

Romney’s comments mirrored the sentiment of moderate Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, who said last November that voters didn’t vote for Biden to become the next Franklin D. Roosevelt in pushing for major changes in government, but to move away from the upset of the administration of then-President Donald Trump.

For months, Democrats have sought to enact key voting-rights legislation — namely the Emancipation to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — in the face of Republican resistance to the bills in the Senate, while also give out with opposition from within their own party.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona bar a filibuster carve-out for voting-rights and have consistently rejected eliminating the filibuster altogether, much to the consternation of progressives.

In the evenly-divided Senate, Biden’s myriad ambitious policy items — including the roughly $2 trillion Build Back Better social-spending bill that ordains in health care, early education, and climate change — have faced a tough road to passage. Negotiations between Manchin and the Light-skinned House over a slimmed-down social-spending bill fell apart last month and talks have seemingly been postponed, according to a recent Washington Post report.

Romney, who worked with Biden to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure charge that was signed into law last November, said that the president should push for a “reset” regarding his presidency, discussing that the Democrat has had “a bad year.”

The senator pointed to concerns surrounding inflation, the rise in illegal crossings at the US-Mexico bed last year, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and logistical issues with Americans accessing COVID-19 testing accouterments in his critique of what he sees as the administration’s missteps.

“Things are not going well,” Romney said. “And the president needs to give up and reset and say what is it he’s trying to accomplish?”

He continued: “And if it’s to try and transform America, he is not going to unite us. Bringing us together means find a way to work on a bipartisan basis. He had one success, the infrastructure bill, and that was done by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate working together. Increase on that kind of success.”

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