Susan Collins called out on Sunday a group of Republicans in Utah for booing fellow centrist Senator Mitt Romney during a GOP convention in his home state Saturday.
'I was appalled,' Collins said during an interview with CNN's 'State of the Union' when recalling video of the event.
'Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who serves his state and our country well,' she told host Jake Tapper. 'We Republicans need to remember that we are united by fundamental principles, such as a belief in personal responsibility, individual freedom, opportunity, free markets, a strong national defense.'
'We are not a party that is led by just one person,' Collins insisted, adding the GOP 'remember Ronald Reagan's admonition to Republicans that the person who agrees with you 70 or 80 per cent of the time is your friend, not your enemy.'
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Senator Susan Collins said she was 'appalled' when she saw video of fellow centrist Republican Mitt Romney being booed and heckled at a GOP conference in his home state of Utah
Romney was booed as he addressed the Utah Republican Party 2021 Organizing Convention on Saturday in West Valley City, Utah
Collins and Romney were two of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial earlier this year for inciting the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
In her CNN interview, Collins also defended Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who, as Republican Conference chairwoman, is the No. 3 Republican in the House.
“Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience,” the Maine senator said. “And she did what she felt was right. And I salute her for that.”
“We need to be accepting of differences in our party,” Collins drove home. “We don't want to become like too much of the Democratic Party, which has been taken over by the progressive left. We need to have room for a variety of views.”
Cheney was the highest-ranking Republican in the House to vote in favor of impeaching Trump for the second time.
Trump has called for the Republican Party to oust both Romney and Cheney.
During a speech at a GOP convention in Utah on Saturday, more than two thousand attendees booed Romney.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The vocal backlash came after Romney, who represents Utah in the U.S. Senate, narrowly avoided censure by the state's GOP over his votes