Four years after Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential elections, the former Republican presidential nominee has decided to dip his toe into the ongoing presidential race by confirming that he will be campaigning with John Kasich in Ohio.
Mitt Romney is helping Ohio Governor John Kasich in his eleventh-hour efforts to try and win over the state to defeat Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. The campaign of John Kasich in North Canton and Westerville is set to take place this Monday, just a day before Ohio’s winner-take-all primaries.
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Join John Kasich and @MittRomney TOMORROW for two events.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) March 14, 2016
The former governor of Massachusetts, however, is not endorsing any particular candidate, as he is extending his help to all other three Republican hopefuls: Governor John Kasich, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. He has recorded “robocalls” for Kasich and Rubio in recent months. Nevertheless, this is the first time that Romney has stepped out and actively helped in the campaign of a candidate for the 2016 presidential elections.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 8, 2016
Mitt Romney is supporting all but one of the Republican presidential candidates, and that is Donald Trump. During a speech in Utah earlier this month, Mitt Romney encouraged voters to support any of the aforementioned candidates but not the business mogul.
Romney said in his statement that he believes “with all his heart and soul” that the people of the United States “face another time for choosing one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country” if they choose Donald Trump to represent the Democratic counterpart.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 10, 2016
The former presidential candidate was also interviewed by the Boston Globe just recently, and he said that he is shocked that the other Republican candidates are not aggressively attacking Donald Trump. He also revealed that his close advisers begged him not to comment on the GOP front-runner, as they cautioned him that his statements will only backfire and hurt him and his image. However, he decided to speak out against Donald Trump because of the business mogul’s comments on banning Muslims and his refusal to denounce David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Clan.
After Trump’s comments about Duke in Utah, Romney decided to deliver his speech, where he begged voters to think twice about voting for Donald Trump. He revealed that his son Tagg was the one who told him about Donald Trump’s comments over the Ku Klux Klan former leader.
Mitt Romney also opened up about not anticipating that Donald Trump would be a strong contender. Back in January 2015, he thought that it would mainly be a race between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.
He revealed that he did not think Trump would have gotten as much support as he is getting now because of his theatrical nature and his tendency to brag and stretch the truth, which he predicted would result in him not lasting long on the political stage. When Mitt Romney was asked about his thoughts on the Republicans’ role in Donald Trump’s rise, he noted that he was not pointing fingers but acknowledged that there was “understandable anger” regarding economic insecurity.
Aside from Romney, Marco Rubio also told his supporters in Ohio to vote for John Kasich to help the governor win the state’s 66 delegates and move ahead of Donald Trump. Rubio has repeatedly stated during his Ohio campaign that John Kasich is the best chance of the Republicans of beating Donald Trump.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 11, 2016
This Tuesday, voters in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio will be heading to the polls. If John Kasich wins in most of the five states, there is a possibility that he could prevent Donald Trump from being the Republican’s presidential nominee.
John Kasich is scheduled to appear in Utah this Friday, specifically in Kaysville, Orem, and Salt Lake City. The Utah primary is set for March 22.
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