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WATCH: GOP Congressman rips ‘egomaniac’ Romney as Trump transition team devolves into further chaos

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If President-elect Donald Trump actually picks Mitt Romney to be his secretary of state, it will be over some very loud objections from members of his own transition team.

In addition to both Kellyanne Conway and Newt Gingrich speaking out against Romney, Rep. Chris Collins — who serves as the co-chairman of Trump’s House Leadership Committee — told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday that he would strongly advise against picking the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee to be secretary of state.

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“What do I know about Mitt Romney? I know that he is a self-serving egomaniac who puts himself first, who has a chip on his shoulder,” Collins told CNN. “[He] thinks he should be president of the United States. I mean, there’s no love lost between me and Mitt Romney, and I’ve called him a loser for the last six months.”

Cuomo was stunned that Collins would so vigorously trash the president-elect’s potential pick for secretary of state, and he asked how to square this with Trump’s apparently belief that Romney would do a good job as the nation’s top diplomat.

“I’m going to leave it up to President-elect Trump to pick the people in his cabinet that he thinks can serve in his administration,” he said. “Healthy debate is a good thing, disagreement is a good thing… My concern is that Mitt Romney is a bit of a lone wolf, and might not take the advice, or direction, of President-elect Trump.”

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst

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Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.

"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."

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Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.

As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.

WATCH: Protesters interrupt the #DemDebate as the debate nears end. pic.twitter.com/TKCn6eIEsN

— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 20, 2020

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