Mitt Romney is on a roll with his attacks on Donald Trump. Today, the people have learned that Romney is looking into stopping the Trump machine, but he will be using an unorthodox method to do it – the Republican National Convention.
According to a report by CNN, the former 2012 GOP nominee has been on a crusade lately to stop Donald Trump in his bid for the GOP nomination for president. This includes making statements that accuse Trump of being dishonest and labeling him as a disaster for the party.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) March 3, 2016
Now, Mitt Romney is taking his fight one step further and weighing a possible bid to stop Trump at the RNC later this year, which is where the GOP nominee is expected to get all of his delegates to meet the minimum requirement to be on the ballot for the party.
Mitt Romney calls Donald Trump ‘phony, a fraud;’ GOP frontrunner calls him ‘choke artist’ https://t.co/Xzj4FSebi0https://t.co/15DUYVpTW6
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) March 3, 2016
It appears that Romney has instructed his closest advisors to start researching and exploring the many possible ways that he can make a successful run at this. CNN cited a source close to the Romney camp for this new information.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) March 3, 2016
It is somewhat unknown how this can be achieved and Romney’s advisors have one task in front of them and that is to find out how it can be done and whether or not there are some rules that need to be updated for the action, should he decide to take it.
— CNN (@CNN) March 3, 2016
Although it does seem to be a little late in the primary season for Mitt Romney to be taking an action such as this, it is clear that Trump will be the first candidate to get the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. So moving forward, this could be quite a daunting task for Romney and his people. But if he is successful, then it could be viewed as a hostile takeover of the nomination, which is something Romney might be quite familiar with in the private sector.
Furthermore, it does not seem immediately evident that Romney is attempting to take the nomination for himself at this point in the season. He has already made a speech where he urged voters to only vote for the candidates that had the best chance of taking delegates away from Trump, which means they could be voting for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, or John Kasich in their respective states. It also appears that Romney does not have faith in any of the candidates to overcome Donald Trump in total delegate count, so that could be why he intends to take him on at the RNC.
“It sounds like the plan is to lock the convention,” CNN’s unnamed source said.
It certainly does appear as though Romney is trying to make himself a candidate for the nomination in some way, but his remarks also indicate otherwise.
“If the other candidates can find common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism,” Romney said in his speech.
If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would NOT have accepted his endorsement
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 3, 2016
But this could also backfire on Mitt Romney and the Republican Party as a whole. If there is one thing that Donald Trump is known for, that is not to take losing to anyone very well. Should Romney be successful with his plan at the RNC and push Trump out of the GOP nomination, there is a real good chance that Trump could take himself into a third party candidacy and run as a conservative independent. Should that happen, that in effect could split the conservative voter base and surely give the Democratic nominee a win for 2016.
Failed candidate Mitt Romney,who ran one of the worst races in presidential history,is working with the establishment to bury a big “R” win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2016
Conversely, there has been a lot of furor in the Democratic primary, as well and voters for Bernie Sanders have been vehemently accusing Hillary Clinton and the DNC of rigging the election in favor of her candidacy. This is in regards to the “superdelegates” that do not have to vote in accordance with the people, many of which have pledged support for Clinton already. So, that means that there could be four big-name candidates on the ballot come November.
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