Re-emerging on the national stage of politics last week to deliver a stinging rebuke Donald Trump’s candidacy at the University of Utah, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has refused to rule out he would accept the GOP nomination at a brokered convention this summer in Cleveland.
Appearing Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Mr. Romney confessed he has no plan on seeking his party’s nomination and admitted he does not envision a brokered nomination process, but did not remove himself from consideration should it occur.
“I don’t think anyone in our party should say, ‘Oh no, even if the people of the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it.’ No one is going to say that,” Mr. Romney said.
After declining to eliminate his consideration for the nomination at a brokered convention or endorse a primary candidate, Romney did assert his intention to eventually back a candidate which opposes Donald Trump.
“I can tell you this: I’m not a candidate. I’m not going to be a candidate. I am going to be endorsing one of the people who is running for president,” he said. “One of the four is going to be the Republican Party nominee. Three of the four are people I would endorse. But I’m not running and I’m not going to be running.”
Although Mr. Romney has largely remained out of public view since the 2012 presidential election, he did offer support to GOP senate contenders in 2014 — endorsing candidates, as well as appearing at rallies and fundraising events.
[Washington Times] [NBC News] [Photo courtesy AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta]