Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney assured the audience of the Today show that he will not be running for president.
There is plenty of chatter about a brokered convention and smoky-back-room plans to foil a Trump nomination. One speculation is Romney is rested and ready to dive in at the last minute and rescue the party from Trump.
ROMNEY: No reasonable scenario I can imagine.
LAUER: Just slam the door on it. Close the door. Unambiguous: you will not run for President.
ROMNEY: I’m not running for president.
“I’m not running for president, and I won’t run for president,” Romney said a day after he delivered a scathing speech urging Republicans to back anyone but the Republican frontrunner.
“There’s no question I’m going to do everything within the normal political bounds to make sure we don’t nominate Donald Trump,” he said in the interview. “I think he would be terribly unfit for office. I don’t think he has the temperament to be president and so I want to see one of the other three [Republican candidates] become the nominee.”
Honestly, with the anti-establishment sentiment saturating the electorate atmosphere, Romney should have endorsed Trump if he wanted to derail his path to victory. No one wants to hear how Mr. Establishment opposes a candidate who has garnered support by clap-trapping against the establishment. It’s not that Romney’s speech was wrong, it’s just indicative of how tone-deaf the ruling GOP class is and precisely what got us into this mess in the first place. The truth is that anti-Trump sentiment is not confined to the “establishment” wing, but now it sure seems that way. And that plays right into Trumps (tiny) hands.
“We’re getting to the point where your grandkids are going to be saying to you, ‘Papa, what did you do to stop Donald Trump?’” he said. “I knew I couldn’t stand silent anymore.”
Romney’s appearance on the Today show follows his rebuke of Trump: “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” said Romney in his Thursday televised speech.