SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney joined with far-right Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky to oppose allowing transgender youth to participate in girl's sports.
Romney's thoughts on the issue came came during a confirmation hearing for Miguel Cardona to become Secretary of Education.
Cardona said he believes the education system should respect students choices and "that they are afforded the opportunities that every other student has to participate in extracurricular activities."
Romney spoke by video with pictures of his grandchildren in the background, and said, “They shouldn’t be competing with people who are physiologically in an entirely different category. And I think boys should be competing with boys and girls should be competing with [girls] on the athletic field.”
“A lot of us think that that’s bizarre, not very fair,” Paul said. “Frankly, some boy that’s 6-foot-2 competing against my 5-foot-4 niece doesn’t sound very fair.”
During the confirmation hearing Romney also argued that proposals made by President Joe Biden aiming to reduce classroom size are unnecessary.
Romney said new money for education should be focused on other areas such as giving all students better access to computers and broadband.