With Mitt Romney’s 69th birthday this past Saturday, and with the race to the White House continuing to heat up, media outlets are taking the time to check in on last election’s Republican presidential nominee. On April 25th, 2012, Romney was presumed the GOP’s nominee before officially accepting his nomination on August 30th, 2012. The former governor of Massachusetts was endorsed during his run four years ago by now Presidential hopeful Donald Trump – a candidate that Romney now vehemently distances himself from. In fact, he tweeted that “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.” Trump dismissed Romney’s statement via Twitter, labeling him as a “failed candidate” who begged for his endorsement in 2012. Having called Trump a “fraud”, Romney also shares that he believes “America is poised to lead the world for another century”, a statement that many statistics do not back, with our nation’s steadily decreasing rankings in business and education.
As far as the candidates for the Democrats, Romney expressed that Hillary Clinton must not capture the presidency due to her dishonest behaviors, but that having Trump as the Republican nominee would enable Clinton to win. Additionally, the former GOP nominee shared that he finds Bernie Sanders to be an authentic and honest guy, but terribly misguided.
On Thursday, March 3rd, in a statement delivered at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Utah, Romney announced that he will not be running for president, and that he does not plan to endorse a candidate in the near future. Despite having made this statement, Romney was involved in recording a phone call for candidate Senator Marco Rubio less than a week later. However, his message simply urged votes to get out and cast a ballot for “a candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton and who can make us proud”, steering clear of directly endorsing Rubio. Similarly, Romney participated in recording another Anti-Trump call for Ohio governor John Kasich, expressing the GOP must pick a serious and thoughtful commander-in-chief, for failing to do so would compromise a safe and prosperous future for Americans. He again shares his conviction that Donald Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton.
Whether or not the former governor of Massachusetts’s attempts will have an impact on Trump’s success as a candidate still remains in the hands of voters. And with those voters favoring Trump for lacking the establishment sort of politics that Romney ran on, the attack may not have reached a present audience or shared anything that the American people didn’t already know.