Former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will enter the fray more formally today by delivering a speech in Utah where he will outline reasons why his party should vehemently oppose Donald Trump as the nominee. For weeks, Romney has been taking shots at Trump on twitter, though today marks a more formal indictment of the Trump candidacy.

Report from the Associated Press on March 3:

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is charging into the increasingly divisive White House race with a verbal lashing of Donald Trump and a plea for fellow Republicans to shun the front-runner for the good of country and party.

Romney will brand the billionaire businessman as “a phony, a fraud” whose “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University” in a speech Thursday morning at the University of Utah on Thursday morning. The Associated Press obtained excerpts of his remarks in advance.

Trump, in turn, dismissed Romney as “a stiff” who “didn’t know what he was doing” as the party’s candidate in 2012 and blew a chance to beat President Barack Obama. “People are energized by what I’m saying” in the campaign and turning out in remarkable numbers to vote, Trump told NBC’s “Today.”

In ratcheting up the rhetoric, Romney cast his lot with a growing chorus of anxious Republican leaders — people many Trump supporters view as establishment figures — in trying to slow the New York real estate mogul’s momentum.

“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” the former Massachusetts governor said, according to the early excerpts.

Romney and Trump were very friendly during the 2012 cycle, with Romney gladly accepting Trump’s endorsement and heaping praise on the business mogul. The tables have fully turned in 2016 with Romney now employing some of the harshest rhetoric of the campaign in attempting to halt Trump’s momentum on his steady march toward the Republican nomination.

Without a doubt, this speech will become a topic at the Fox News Republican debate airing tonight at 9pm ET.

Update

The video of Romney’s speech, just about 18 minutes:

Transcript available from Heavy.com

7 COMMENTS

  1. This page missed one, very important word. Romney billed this as a “MAJOR” speech. Ha. Romney is not even a “minor” character.

    Now we all have to wait breathlessly for Michael Dukakis to deliver a “MAJOR” speech to Democrats.

  2. i think the public is sick and tired of the politicians making false promises. Maybe Trump is a new eye on Washington and won’t be passive about issues. He has a lot of energy and passion and is showing the anger that we all feel about our government. He turned a few dollars into an empire and is one of the richest people in the world. Yes he bankrupted some of his companies, but you know what, he doesn’t give up. Who’s perfect? He’s a billionaire. You know what Washington? take a message, Trump is winning because you guys up there are not doing your jobs. How many vacation days do you get while the economy is in turmoil? How is the ObamaCare going? How many people have already lost their jobs because of ObamaCare? Healthcare premiums have soared. Companies have laid off workers so they don’t fall into the category to be required to offer all employees healthcare. Don’t get me started on Hillary. She’s a blood sucker who’s looking for easy votes. She’s a liar and will say anything to get a vote.

  3. Watching the Republican party try to stop Trump and save their country club is like watching the Coyote catch the Roadrunner.

  4. What a weird day. It will be interesting to see how the events of the last 12 hours plays out on stage tonight

  5. Romney is just a reminder of how an outdated Republican party failed miserably last election!! Are they really willing to lose the next election to save their own self serving interests? Disgraceful!. Donald Trump has unleashed new enthusiasm into the party by the shedload and do they embrace it? nooooo they try and tank him. If they has brains they`d be dangerous!!

    • There are two separate movements underway.

      One is the party establishment, worrying about losing their command of party members. The other is the “conservative establishment,” who don’t want anyone who is not committed to their stated goals.

      Both factions are perfectly happy to lose the November election rather than give up any of their own control.

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