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The bite was chosen ‘to stop the crazy’ not ‘Transform America’

  • Late. Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Joe Biden was not elected to "transform America."
  • Romney said people who supported Biden "sought to get back to normal" and "stop the crazy ones."
  • The senator said Biden's recent suffrage speech was not helpful in creating bipartisanship.

Late. On Sunday, Mitt Romney outlined President Joe Biden's approach to government, arguing that the longtime Democratic lawmaker was elected to restore a sense of normalcy to the government and was not put in office to "transform" the country.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Utah Republican - who was also the party's presidential candidate in 2012 - told host Chuck Todd that Biden had to abide by his commitment to build bridges between partisan divisions in the country in the wake of the president's burning suffrage speech in Atlanta last week.

"President Biden said he would try to unite the country," the senator said. "His comments in Georgia did not indicate that he was trying to pull us together again."

He continued: "He has to acknowledge that when he was elected, people were not looking for him to transform America. They were trying to get back to normal. To stop the crazy ones. And it seems that we continues to see the kind of "politics and promotions that are not accepted by the American people."

Romney's comments reflected the sentiment of Virginia Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who said in November that voters chose Biden not to be the next Franklin D. Roosevelt to push for too big a change in government, but to move away from Trump administration tumult.

For months, Democrats have been trying to pass key legislation on the right to vote - namely the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act - in light of Republican opposition to Senate bills, while also handling opposition from within its members. own party.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona oppose cutting a filibuster exception for voting rights and have consistently rejected complete elimination of the filibuster, much to the dismay of progressives.

In the equally divided Senate, Biden's most ambitious political issues - including the $ 2 trillion Build Back Better law on social spending investing in health care, early education and climate initiatives - have faced a tough road to passage. Negotiations between Manchin and the White House over a slim bill for social spending fell apart last month, and negotiations have apparently been shelved, according to a recent report by the Washington Post.

Romney, who worked with Biden to pass the $ 1.2 trillion two-partisan infrastructure bill signed into law in November, said the president should push for a "reset" regarding his presidency, arguing that the Democrat had "a bad year."

The senator pointed to concerns about inflation, the rise in illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border last year, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and logistical problems with Americans gaining access to COVID-19 test kits in its criticism of the administration.

"It's not going well," Romney said. "And the president has to stop and reset and say what it is he is trying to achieve."

He continued: "And if it's trying to transform America, he will not unite us. Bringing us together means finding a way to work on a bipartisan basis. He had one success, the Infrastructure Act, and it was done by the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are working together. Build on that kind of success. "

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