Political tongues are wagging in Minnesota and across the nation after Utah Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he’ll vote for convicting the president:

“My promise before God to apply impartial justice required that I put my personal feelings and political biases aside.”

Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says:

“It’s a politically very fraught decision on Romney’s part, because I think it will diminish his influence with the administration and may produce some political trouble back home.”