Mitt Romney to speak at FSU

Mitt Romney
Romney remains an unpopular figure among some Republican circles.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney will speak at Florida State University next week as part of FSU’s Strengthening American Democracy speaker series.

Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, is among the toughest Republican critics of former President Donald Trump. The speaker series — hosted by FSU’s Institute of Politics – aims to highlight the “principles of democracy” and a citizen’s duty to support it via public service and civic engagement.

“He is a distinguished and successful leader in politics and the private sector who cares deeply about the strength of our democratic institutions and who has made significant contributions to both his home state of Utah and the nation,” Institute Director Hans Hassell said of Romney. “We look forward to learning from his experiences and perspectives on civic engagement, civil discourse and much more.”

The online interview will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday. Former Republican Party of Florida Chair and FSUM adjunct faculty member Al Cardenas will moderate the event.

Romney, meanwhile, remains an unpopular figure among some Republican circles.

Last year, he stood as the sole Republican who voted to convict Trump during the Senate impeachment trial for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Romney was also a critic of Trump’s COVID-19 response.

In May 2021, Romney was booed at the Utah Republican Party state convention and nearly censured.

“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,” Romney said at the event.

Despite Romney’s opposition to Trump, the Utah Republican believes the former President would win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination “in a landslide.” Trump has yet to announce whether he will join the race.

More information about the Strengthening American Democracy speaker series is available online.

A Zoom link for Monday’s event is also available online.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    October 29, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Why does Florida Politics allow spam to stay in the comments? “Marystever” needs to be blocked

    • just sayin

      October 29, 2021 at 8:07 am

      Sorry this free news website isn’t pursuing spam as aggressively as you’d like, Charlotte. Maybe pitch in for a filter?

  • martin

    October 30, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Mitt the Twit might just get a crowd of 10-15 to show up.

  • Ian

    October 31, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Romney should just relocate to Tallahassee altogether. He’s got a better chance of getting elected to the state legislature in Leon County than getting reelected to the U.S. Senate in Utah.

    • Paul

      November 11, 2021 at 10:02 am

      True. Based on September 2021 polling in Utah, if the election were held today, he’d likely loose in a GOP Primary, with his approval/disapproval within the GOP running at 42%/44%. 63% of GOP voters prefer “a Republican senator other than Mitt Romney.”

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