Will Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Cruz stop Trump’s momentum? Or will it hurt Cruz’s image?
Mitt Romney says he’s sick of ‘Trumpism’ and would like to see Ohio Gov. John Kasich become president. But he’s siding with Ted Cruz in next week’s Utah caucuses in the hope that it will increase the possibility of a ‘contested’ Republican National Convention in July.
Cruz leads most Utah polls but will have an uphill climb to win a majority of votes there, a result that would give him all 40 of the state’s convention delegates.
Anything less means Trump will share in the delegate spoils, moving him a step closer to clinching the GOP nomination before July’s convention kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio.
Romney, the party’s failed 2012 presidential nominee, jumped on the anyone-but-Trump train with a scathing March 3 speech designed to raise the stakes in the party’s vicious civil war.
He wrote Friday on Facebook that Trump isn’t a real Republican, and Cruz represents the party’s best chance to stop Trump in his tracks.
‘This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz,’ Romney wrote.
‘Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.’
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