Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012 against then-president Barack Obama, said Wednesday that he will not seek a second term in the U.S. Senate, citing his age
“I’ve spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another,” the Utah lawmaker said in a video statement. “At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid 80s. Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders. They’re the ones who need to make the decisions that shape the world they will be living in.”
Among the challenges mounting for future leaders are a federal fiscal house in shambles and authoritarian regimes in Russia and China, which Romney said both President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump are ill equipped to tackle.
“While I’m not running for reelection, I’m not retiring from the fight,” he said. “I’ll be your United States senator until January of 2025. I will keep working on these and other issues and I’ll advance our state’s numerous priorities.”