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PARK CITY — Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday he may never be ready to endorse President Donald Trump's re-election, but wouldn't give the race's Democratic front-runner, Joe Biden, "more than a 50-50 shot" of winning the White House.
"I don't think endorsements are worth a thimble of spit," the Utah Republican told reporters during a break at the annual E2 Summit on policy and politics in Deer Valley that attracts big-money GOP donors.
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"I think the attitude here has got to be the same as across the country, which is the president will surely be the Republican nominee and an incumbent in a growing economy is more likely to win than to lose. But it's not a sure thing," he said.
Steve Hilton, host of Fox News' "The Next Revolution," left, former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, middle, and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, right, participate at the annual E2 Summit founded by Romney to discuss policy and politics on Friday, June 7, 2019. Some 250 invited guests, many of them GOP donors, are attending the three-day summit being held at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley that ends Saturday.
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Romney said if the Democrats nominate "a strong contender, anything's possible." But he declined to say whether he believes Biden, a former vice president who appeared at the summit in 2017, would be Trump's toughest opponent.
However, he said Biden would put up a better challenge than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, but predicted Democrats will nominate a president candidate outside their party's mainstream.
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Romney made news recently by saying it was too early to endorse the sitting president of his own party, a statement he repeated Friday. In 2016, after slamming Trump during the GOP primaries, Romney wrote in his wife, Ann, for president.
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